HerMoney with Jean Chatzsky

I really enjoy listening to HerMoney with Jean Chatzsky. This week, she opened her podcast by asking that we all taking a collective deep breathe. She reminded her listeners that our economy has been though many ups and downs; it's important that no one freaks out in light of the current political environment. 

This week, Jean’s guest was Barbara Corcoran. I know everyone loves Barbara Corcoran and I'm not the first one to say that she's an inspirational person. But truly, I do love listening to her speak about her path to success. I don't know if it’s the New Jersey accent or the fact that she stumbles over “big” words, but there is something wonderfully familiar about her.

As she did in her memoir, Barbara talks about struggling as a student and having to battle the internal voice that told her she couldn’t succeed. She talked about how we get stronger by getting knocked down. This is how we build resilience, it’s not some innate ability. Wise words that can be applied to our country as well. 

I really encourage you to listen, especially if you are a women who has decided to work independently. The conversation is truly validating. 

The Woman Card

During a victory speech last Tuesday, Donald Trump said, "If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.” A week later, I find this banner ad at the top of the New York Times home page. The ad leads to a form where you have the option of donating to Clinton’s campaign. Since this comment, the campaign has raised $2.4Million! I can't wait to get my card.

The Hillary logo was designed by Pentagram partner Michael Bierut. It has been criticized for imitating Obama’s landmark “O” logo which was designed by Sol Sender. It is hard not to see the similarities when they are side-by-side. Nevertheless, I like its graphic quality and the fact that it doesn't rely on political clichés like so many other campaign logos. 

Honey and Wax’s New York Antiquarian Book Fair Debut

Photo by Heather O’Donnell

Photo by Heather O’Donnell

Our wonderful client, Honey and Wax Booksellers is making their debut at the prestigious New York Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend. Heather and her crew have the most unique eye for books and ephemera so there are sure to be some finds. Congratulations, Honey and Wax!


Holiday Tote Bags

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How much do I love picking colors and fabrics for my holiday tote bags? I wish I could stay away from navy blue, but the Catholic schoolgirl in me is steadfast. Luckily, the rule-defying Quaker in me insists on the brightest possible florescents.

After taking a year off to recover from a move, I am so glad to get back to this annual tradition. If you are a client or a friend, look for your tote bags around the New Year!

My Favorite Bookstore

In my humble opinion, the very best bookstore in all of New York is Community Bookstore. This shop epitomizes what makes Park Slope so special. It is packed floor to ceiling with the best books that are arranged thoughtfully and invitingly.

When the owners, Stephanie and Ezra, asked me to design their new website I was at once terrified and excited. This bookshop is close to many peoples' hearts and the old website was charming and quirky, flash animations and all. 

After many months, the website finally went live. Next time you're in Brooklyn, be sure to visit the shop. 

Hot off the presses!

Photo by Heather O’Donnell

Photo by Heather O’Donnell

My wonderful client, Heather O’Donnell, just send me this shot of the entire set of Honey and Wax Catalogs. Number 4 is hot off the press and includes some incredible treasures. You can see all of the catalogs here.

Fire the Idiots

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This is an actual car that I found in Ocean Grove, New Jersey this past weekend. I was a bit afraid that the owner would come out to find me taking a photo. 

A client – who is also a friend – asked me to mock up this White House as a gag. I have no doubt that Mr. Trump would relish the idea of getting his brand plastered on this particular facade. 

Your so gay

While doing research for a new website, I came across these smart and beautifully-simple posters for the organization Stonewall. Since 1989, Stonewall has been working to educate people about the harm done by Section 28. This piece of legislation was designed to prevent the "so-called 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools."

Stonewall created a series of free downloadable posters that must look striking in a school environment. I picture them hung in a busy hallway surrounded by club announcements, prom and theater posters. You couldn't help but be impacted by their humor and simplicity. 

Download the posters here.

Marc Maron, Henry Winkler and Christian Boer

I love listening to Marc Maron’s comedy podcast, WTF. I think he's a gifted interviewer and he speaks with a lot of different types of people in the entertainment industry, not just standup comics. This week, he talks to The Fonz, Henry Winkler. I was enjoying the interview and quickly getting accustomed to Henry Winkler’s unusual speech pattern when my ears really pricked up. Mr. Winkler was talking about his wonderful children’s book series, Hank Zipzer. If you don't know this series, it is about the adventures of a boy with learning differences. He writes the books with his co-author, Lin Oliver. 

In the course of talking about the series, Mr. Winkler’s description veers in an unusual direction. He starts to talk about the series’ font and how it was designed specifically for those with dyslexia. I don’t often hear writers talk about the font that is used in their books so I was intrigued. It turns out that the font was designed by a Dutch designer — Christian Boer — as his senior project (in high school!). Because dyslexics mirror their letters, Mr. Boar created different styles for the letterforms that are commonly flopped. For instance, the lowercase “p” and “q” are weighted differently. The slant of the letter plays a large part as well. 

Take a look at this TED talk where Mr. Boar goes into greater detail about dyslexia and his process. 

Mama Hope

While doing research for a informational video I'll be designing for my client PlannedGiving.com, I came across the video below for the organization mamahope.org. I was intrigued enough to visit their website where I found a few beautifully produced videos that tell their story. This link will tell you how Nyla Rodgers came to found mamahope.org. In it, you’ll hear the truly inspirational story about what the daughter of a single mother did with all of her “leftover love”.