City Pop | Branding Process| Rowan Made

Although things have been a little slow ( thank you wedding planning #AHHH ) in the design studio this summer, I’m still so excited about all the different clients we have on our roster at the moment! Remember that popcorn brand’s moodboard I shared with you last week? Well, here are some actual process shots from the design process! The plan is to keep City Pop’s brand strong + modern, while merging it with nostalgic touches here and there. For example, the business cards and popcorn packaging will all feature kraft paper and have a more textured appearance. I can’t wait to share more as we finalize different pieces of the puzzle. I know I say that all the time, but it’s truly a great feeling when you’re working with the right people. Cheers to that!!

Little Insights | Breanna Rose

life as of late has gone a little something like this

ONE I’ve been really inspired by the blog Un-Fancy lately. This space is run + curated by Caroline Joy and goes over how to create your own capsule wardrobe, which is pretty intriguing! I’m in the middle of putting together being that my closet is still fairly empty and I’ve been struggling to put together outfits I love this summer. This blog truly helps.

TWO This is what my desk usually looks like. Well, at least in the morning that is. My little ritual is to have Special K, granola, and slices of banana with coconut milk. On this particular morning, I had a meeting via skype with Jen for the Be Free, Lance workshop. We’re making so much process ( currently working on the workshop’s website ) and I’m getting so eager to share more. ;)

THREE On the morning of July 4th, I was busy cleaning up in the kitchen, when I looked over to see Walter staring at me, just like this. I can’t get over this little guy and all his quirks. We have, however, figured out that he has a bit of fear aggression with other dogs + strangers, so we signed him up for a beginner’s obedience class this September! We’re hoping that more socialization and training will help!

European Destinations

We’re headed to Amsterdam, Belgium, and France & in search of some recs!!

Michael and I knew that we wanted to head overseas for our honeymoon, but had such a tough time deciding WHERE we actually wanted to go. We circled around New Zealand, Italy, Germany, France, and a good portion of Northern Europe, too. But in the end, we decided that we didn’t want to be traveling around TOO much, and ended up creating a fairly simple route that we’re pretty pumped about. Our two week journey begins in AMSTERDAM, where we’ll spend a solid four days adventuring around all of the canals and doing who knows what. Neither of us have been there, so we would love to hear your favorite places to visit + things to see! We’re also thinking about a day drip out of Amsterdam, but aren’t settled on where yet. Any ideas!?

Next, we’ll take a train ride down to GHENT, BLEGIUM. There are so many cities in Belgium that were recommended to us, but Ghent won our hearts with it’s smaller feel … while still having all of the big city amenities, too. We’re thinking of possibly day-tripping out from here, too. Bruges, perhaps? It’s almost impossible to choose. HELP?

Be Free, Lance | Managing Feedback

When I first started freelancing, I let any negative comment ( no matter how big or small ) effect my day … and sometimes even my entire week. Constructive criticism is KEY for any good client relationship, so there’s really no reason to let it become a barrier. It’s bad for both parties involved and just isn’t healthy. Feedback doesn’t need to be thought of as a scary or bad thing. Instead, allow it to define forward movement and create positive collaboration between you and your client. Although I’ve seen a serious shift in the way I handle feedback, there is always room for learning and growth. Here are just a few tips I’ve found helpful for successfully managing feedback :

DISCONNECT PERSONAL ATTACHMENT As creatives, it’s easy to get attached to the work we create and share with clients. But just because we like something doesn’t mean that the client is going to as well. Or that it is even right for their end product. Do all that you can to be subjective and approach feedback in an open + honest way. Learn to let go when it’s important and that will make all the difference.

BECOME A PROBLEM SOLVER One of the worst things you can do is mull over negative feedback and let it eat you away. I know it’s hard … but as soon as you receive feedback, don’t even give your wandering mind the time of day. Instead, become a problem solver immediately. Outline any problem areas shared by your client and start brainstorming ways to solve them. By doing this, you’ll be too busy to even wallow in negativity. Just move forward.

Creative Diaries | David Schwen

I’ve been following the work of David Schwen, a creative director and designer from Minneapolis, for some time now. Being a designer myself, his studio portfolio is definitely eye candy and one that I love catching up with. I promise, you’ll enjoy all the color and inspiring concepts!! Plus, he’s the first male feature for Creative Diaries, so this one is a bit special. For this creative diary entry, he was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : I am out in LA for the time being, working at GOOD Magazine for a week as an artist in residency. Since I’m still on Minneapolis time, I woke up very early and went for a nice long walk. It was great to see LA before LA even woke up. Very peaceful and serene as the sun started to rise.

Creative Diaries | David Schwen

DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : It’s actually not a creative challenge, but a very practical challenge. As I was heading out the door, the button on my pants came off. I had to scramble to get a sewing kit to quickly fix my pants before I left. *just a note* the button was already loose, not because it popped off from my waste size being too big for my pants.

DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT : Starting out on my first illustration at GOOD, I was able to come up with a solid sketched idea that I was happy about, for one of the editorial features. It’s pretty interesting being inside of a studio and agency again, after I’ve been so used to working at Dschwen for a while now.

Creative Diaries | David Schwen

DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : It’s easy to get caught up in working on projects and trying to find new projects. Today I learned that I need to take more time observing what’s around me. While on my walk this morning, I found a perfect constructed smiley face on the sidewalk, created out of smashed gum, a random object and a leaf. I didn’t alter it at all, and was very amused with my find.

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WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : I had to work on another project for a client while out here in LA. I brought some materials to experiment with — but I had a lot of fun getting my hands dirty, creating textures and mark-making for an identity project.

AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : I was able to enjoy some very tasty LA famous tacos from a food truck over lunch. So good, that I didn’t have time to take a photo before they were eaten.