December 31, 2012

Typography in the City: Volume 1 makes a “best of” list!

Typography in the City: one of the best typography books of 2012

My book Typography in the City: Volume 1: West Loop made Creative Bloq’s list of The Best Typography Books of 2012!

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.

Get a sneak peek

See an online preview of Typography in the City: Volume 1 here.

Learn more

Visit the Typography in the City blog and read the inspiration behind this project. 

November 27, 2012

Typography in the City gets some love, both locally and abroad. #TypeTuesday

Typography in the City book Creative Bloq  Typography in the City featured on

Hooray for urban typography!

I’m excited to share that my “type-spotting” blog Typography in the City and the related book were mentioned in two places yesterday.

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.

My self-published book, Typography in the City (based on the blog) was featured on Creative Bloq, a blog that delivers a daily dose of design tips and inspiration. Read the Creative Bloq post.

Thanks Chicago Journal & Creative Bloq for spreading the word about urban typography!

November 1, 2012

Why I love having my own business: leaving work early to do something fun with Little One

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Halloween in the city

Panda roaming the halls. Urban trick-or-treating. Taking a much-needed break.

Happy Halloween!

Yesterday was my son’s 2nd Halloween. I left work early to get him decked out in his costume and buy candy for the trick-or-treaters.

Because we live in a condo building in the city, trick-or-treating consists of: 1) stopping by the local restaurants and shops for goodies, and 2) trick-or-treating in our condo building (frankly, I like the latter tradition as you don’t have to wear a coat!) The local businesses were very generous, with plenty of candy and smiles for the kiddos. Our local wine bar even had mulled wine samples for the adults!

August 20, 2010

Featured Project: Wedding Invitation

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Wedding invitation, program & escort cards

When a graphic designer and copywriter get married, it’s pretty obvious who will design the wedding invitation and graphics. Being your own client can be challenging though—especially when you’re planning a large event such as a wedding—but there was no way I was missing out on this design project!

Our theme was an urban tropical wedding. Wanting to avoid tropical cliches, I created a simple, elegant orchid illustration in a dark coral and spring green color palette to be used throughout the wedding stationery.

Since I’m obsessed with paper, it played an pivotal role in the design process. With the help of my Mohawk rep, I used Mohawk Options for my Save the Date Postcards. This recycled, double-thick cover stock was heavy enough to assure the postcards would survive the mailing process unscathed.

Wanting to incorporate both of our cultures into the Invitation design, I used Canaletto, an elegant cotton paper made in Italy by Gruppo Cordenons, for the invitation suite and accented it with a wide green sinamay ribbon, a natural organza mesh ribbon made in the Philippines.

Designing our wedding invitation, graphics and décor while juggling client projects and wedding planning was a challenge, to say the least. But seeing the finished product and realizing I had captured our vision made it all worthwhile. Calling on friends along the way helped too. I was lucky to have a fabulous printer-friend, as well as helpful connections in the paper and gift industry, allowing me to find exactly what I needed to carry out our creative vision.

Wedding favors, table numbers & menu cards

Photography by Simply Jessie Photography (Chicago, IL)

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