The self-published book features photographs of found typography from my West Loop neighborhood in Chicago, including building signage, street signage and “guerrilla typography.” Typography in the City: Volume 1 is available as a printed book and eBook.
December 31, 2012
November 27, 2012
Hooray for urban typography!
Bill Motchan, writer of the Chicago Journal’s ‘West Loop Wanderings’ blog posted an article about my inspiration for Typography in the City—including a photo of one of my favorite West Loop typography spots. Read the Chicago Journal article.
Thanks Chicago Journal & Creative Bloq for spreading the word about urban typography!
October 24, 2012
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Get those kids’ holiday gifts early!
October 15, 2012
I’m a fan of the “Inc.” series of books (Craft, Inc., Creative, Inc., Blog, Inc.) for creative businesses. Mom, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto is a great addition to the series (and my bookshelf).
What’s in the book
Mom, Inc. offers useful tips and information for moms starting or running a business. Ideas such as writing a Mom Statement and finding support networks are useful for moms just started out as well as seasoned biz mamas. I’m part of a local mompreneur group and find it so helpful.
They also talk about ways to balance work and children—which can be tricky, especially for new moms. And if you are a mama-to-be, you will appreciate their timeline for preparing your business for baby’s arrival and after.
What I love about the book
I love the authors’ clear, honest writing style and appreciate them sharing their knowledge and experiences. Both Meg and Cat are not only successful designers and small business owners but also moms, so they are an inspiration to myself and other biz mamas.
I also enjoyed reading the stories from well-known biz mamas, such as Skip Hop’s Ellen Diamant and DwellStudio’s Christiane Lemieux. As a fan of their baby products, I was inspired by their stories of starting and maintaining their successful businesses.
Mom, Inc. is currently a fixture on my desk…marked with many sticky notes!
October 3, 2012
Though I’m an experienced small business owner (12 years) I’m still a newbie mom (14 months), so I’m always eager to gain insight from more experienced biz mamas.
Jill Salzman is one of those mamas. She’s an entrepreneur with several businesses under her belt, founder of the fantastic mom entrepreneur group Founding Moms, and recently wrote the book, Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs. Whew!
What’s great about the book
The book details typical small business topics such as taxes and trademarks, however she also discusses things that biz mamas find challenging, such as finding “me time” and getting dinner on the table (prepping meals in advance has become a lifesaver for me!)
The book is a fast read, a must for busy moms. It’s organized into a series of tips, which you can easily go back to and reference.
Most of all, I appreciate the positive (and humorous) tone of the book. Being a business owner and a mom isn’t always easy, but a sense of humor and positive attitude can make life so much easier.
Who should read this book?
Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs is a useful (and entertaining) guidebook for both new and seasoned biz mamas.
June 30, 2011
You have a great idea for a book, tee shirt, invitation, app or other creative project. But how do you make it?
Here are some of the vendors I met with at the HOW Design Conference. One of them is bound to match your creative needs.
Vendors for creative projects
Are you an author, photographer or designer? Blurb Books is for you. Make your own book using their easy-to-use software or create a custom design. (Designers: an InDesign plug-in is coming soon!) Create a softcover or paperback book—or a hardcover book that can rival any store-bought book. For high-end projects, they now offer a “Proline” that includes premium papers and linen endpapers. I’ve made many a Blurb book…and have several in the works!
In addition to printing business cards and other paper goodies—like my super-cool square business cards with rounded corners!—they also print apparel, including allover printed full-color tees.
Moo has developed a cult following among artists and designers for their ability to print multiple back designs on a business card. Go to a craft show and you’re bound to see some Moo Cards. To add to their coolness factor, they are now offering stickers. Yes, you can print multiple designs—and even create a sticker book.
This is the “candy store” for paper-loving kids. I’m a frequent shopper here, as papers can be purchased in small quantities. Perfect for that party or wedding invitation you may be working on. Specialty papers such as perforated papers are also available.
You stare at your phone all day, why not have a case that’s nice to look at? Uncommon lets you create your own iPhone case by simply uploading your artwork.
Have an idea for a mobile app? Their turnkey system makes it easy to create and maintain your very own app. Custom apps also available.
Need to brush up on your art or design skills? Looking to take your creative hobby into a business? Find the books you need here—as well as Moleskine notebooks to jot down your great ideas.
Know other great vendors for creative or artsy folks? Share in the comments!
April 6, 2011
Yesterday, I received my copies of The Big Book of Packaging, featuring one of my packaging design projects.
Produced by Crescent Hill Books and published by HarperCollins Publishers, the book features hundreds of fine examples of packaging design—not to mention a rockin’ binding with exposed book boards (fellow bookbinding geeks will appreciate this). A great reference for designers and marketers alike.
Thanks to Crescent Hill and HarperCollins for the opportunity to be a part of this exciting new book!
January 6, 2010
Here in Chicago, the Chicago Public Library offers you the opportunity to search books online and have them transferred to your local branch. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find most of the business and marketing books that I’ve searched for—even new releases. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a bookstore junkie. But this way, I can scope out books before I head over to my local bookshop and plunk down my money.
Live in Chicago? Another Chicago Public Library perk that I just learned from fellow Twitterer Allison Hanlon: you can check out a Museum Passport which give you 1 week of FREE access to local museums (choose from 12, see specifics here). Talk about a great recession buster, especially for families. Have I convinced you yet? Check out the CPL’s online catalog or find your local branch.
Looking for your local library? Search Libweb for an extensive list of public and academic library locations.
October 20, 2009
We worked with our new client, the Chicago Theological Seminary to update their marketing materials. The goal was to convey the energy and spirit of the Seminary— as well as to create a design that could easily be used throughout the marketing campaign.
Starting with a View Book for prospective students, we created an overall look that was bold and engaging—yet flexible enough to be used in many different print formats, such as posters, banners and special event materials.
The new CTS “look” has been very well-received both by staff, as well as current and prospective students. It has also been adapted to their recently-updated website. But we’re not done yet! Stay tuned for more samples of updated CTS marketing materials.
Shown: CTS Look Book and Groundbreaking Ceremony Program. Printer: Vision Integrated Graphics Group (Tinley Park IL).
July 16, 2009
I’m excited to announce that we were recently featured in the book Freelance Design in Practice by Cathy Fishel (HOW Books, 2009).
Our e-newsletter Solstice was featured in the book as a way for a freelancer to “announce yourself to the world.”
When I started my business nine years ago, books like this were hard to come by. Freelancers just starting out (as well experienced ones) will find this book valuable. Thanks for the shoutout, Cathy!