I recently stumbled upon the lovely work of Anthony Gerace. He’s a London-based graphic designer who specializes in photography with design. I love that combination!
Oh man guys! It’s Thanksgiving here in the US and I’m feeling all gushy and thankful for you guys. You’ve all been lovely dedicated readers to the Veda House and you guys are truly what keeps me going. I’m thankful I’ve been able to curate a space where design discussion happens on a daily basis and where I’m able to make connections with amazing people. I’m thankful my online friendships are strong and engaging. Hope you all enjoy your little breaks and I’ll be back after the holiday!
For this week’s personal podcast challenge I listened/watched the live chat between bloggers/moms, Joy of Of Joy and Naomi of Rockstar Diaries. I listened to the live chat while at work and took a few notes along the way. I really enjoyed hearing some insights who got in on the blogging train around the time that blogging was actually becoming something. You can watch the live chat here.
1. There is no one way to go about blogging and creating original content. Most importantly, be consistent, stay focused, and be passionate about what you’re blogging.
2. While striving to gain new readers, no neglect the readers you already have! Engage them in more than one way with support from Twitter and Pinterest.
3. When you’re strapped for time, choose quality over quantity.
4. Lastly, finding a “balance” is near impossible, but learning to “juggle” is much more manageable
If you have 30 min, I think you would really enjoy hearing their insights.
Notables this week:
1. The Maven Collective is basically my dreamland.
2. Yokoo Scarves & Accessories
3. Cecillia Fox via The Design Files
4. Sweet Paul Winter 2012 online Magazine!
5. Zara baby lookbook. OMG!
6. Lowell, Portland captured by Jessica Comingore
7. Hollie Fernando photography set
8. Marble and Rope Necklace by The Vamoose
9. I was featured in Erin Jane’s “Need.Read.Greed.” series
Until I can figure out exactly how I’m going to rebrand myself, I chose to make some temporary business cards for those “just in case” cases. Remember how I was in a really great networking situation and I didn’t have anything to pass along? Yeah….That’s not going to happen again.
As a freelance designer I feel it’s important to constantly seek more information. I think it’s extremely important to take the time to learn more and specialize in what you do. Starting this week, I’ve decided to challenge myself to listen to a few podcasts each week. In my opinion, podcasts are amazing ways to learn new things WHILE doing other things. I’m a big fan of multi-tasking, so if your excuse is that you don’t have time to dedicate to soaking in new information, podcasts are the way to go!
For this week’s challenge I listened to Grace Bonney’s (After the Jump) podcast series that focused on “Becoming Your Brand”. Listen Here.
1. Come up with a personal mission statement that is ownable. Who are you and what do you stand for?
2. Become an expert and own that expertise. Don’t misrepresent yourself, but use your expertise to set you apart from others.
3. Practice your elevator pitch. How would you introduce yourself and your business to a complete stranger in a 20 sec elevator ride. Are you relatable?
All great things to think about as I rebrand myself. Love it!