NEW PROJECT: RAISE YOUR HAND. SAY YES.

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Some of the best and most rewarding design projects are those that allow me to reeaally get to know a brand. I’ve been working with Tiffany Han on her graphics since 2013 and it’s been pure magic.

Most recently, I helped design a cover for her new podcast, Raise Your Hand. Say Yes. It’s a weekly podcast about the creative adventures of (extra)ordinary people. After listening to the first episode with Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind (omg!), I was hooked.

Each episode is such an open and honest discussion about creativity. It’s refreshing and inspiring… plus my favorite topic EVER is how creative peeps overcome their fears and make a career for themselves, on their own terms, doing what they love. Isn’t that just the best??

For the photo, we wanted something fun, lighthearted, and creative (of course!). I snapped a few shots in my studio of various props. The gold dino with sequins quickly stood out as a winner – because what’s more fun, lighthearted, and creative than that?? Nothing.

For the text, I really wanted it to be fun and personal – just like the interviews. For the main title, we stuck with Tiffany’s current font to keep her branding consistent. But then we threw in some custom handwriting, Tiffany’s handwriting to be exact! She sent over scans of her writing, which I then digitized in illustrator. SO much fun, you guys. I think it adds the perfect finishing touch.

I’m beyond thrilled I got to work on Tiffany’s podcast. What a fun project! And P.S. it’s currently on iTunes’ list of new & noteworthy podcasts! WHAT. Congrats, Tiffany! :)

PARTY WITH THE ALISON SHOW

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A few months ago, I had the honor of going to the Search for Your Awesome par-tay hosted by The Alison Show and Bing. Did I tell you about it?? Well since it’s throwback Thursday, here’s the scoop. Get ready for some serious party inspiration…

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Holy moly, guys. They had a superstar crew working on this shindig. Melanie Blodgett from You Are My Fave was in charge of the decor and the activities for the night. Needless to say, SHE NAILED IT.

Outside, there were drinks, a food truck (I’m obsessed), Aiko Pops (also obsessed), and ice cream from Em’s a.k.a the best coconut ice cream of my life. Plus there were adorable and instagram-worthy details EVERYWHERE. The cuteness was almost too much to handle. It was basically a blogger’s paradise.

How gorgeous are those floral arrangements by Rebecca Caridad?? SO much talent, that one.

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After all of the deliciousness and photo-taking, we headed inside for an evening of DIYing. Rachel Denbow of Smile and Wave taught us how to do her beautiful wall hangings. AND we all got our very own weaving starter kits. I was in DIY heaven.

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Enough show and tell, there’s also a video!! It captured the evening and all of the fun details so well…

I’m beyond thrilled I got to spend an evening with this group of amazing ladies. There’s something about being around a group of like-minded creatives that always makes me feel so inspired. I felt especially inspired after this evening. Alison is one of the most genuine peeps you’ll ever meet AND the most fun. My proof? This party + her How to Be Awesome series. It’s a life-changer. Watch immediately, k?

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Photos by the beautiful and talented Heather Gray.
Awesome video by Modern Atelier.

New site, new services

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Friends! It’s been too long. How are you? How was your summer? FULL of playing and resting and netflix-watching, I hope.

I’ve been one busy bee over here at artsocial. For the last couple months I’ve been revamping my site and services. It’s been a long time coming and I think it’s finally time to share everything… ya ready? :)

First up, my à la carte services. In addition to custom graphics for programs, newsletters, and social media, I’ve also added a few gems like: presentation graphics for your lectures, media kits and one sheets to showcase your brand, and e-books and pdfs. So. Excited. Let’s brand all the things! After all, each graphic is a chance to enhance your business. Which is why I LOVE this stuff.

I’m also now offering three different logo design options – a complete logo package, a type treatment logo in case you don’t need the whole shebang, and a logo refresh for those who love their current style but just need a little update. I want you to be it’s-your-birthday excited, Christmas-morning excited, about your logo! And if you’re not, let’s talk. Right now.

Last but not least, my favorite. I’m now offering – wait for it – WEB DESIGN. Wahooo! It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since opening my studio doors last year. So I’m doing it. In fact, I’ve already been doing it! It’s time to offer it officially. I cannot wait to work with clients to create their dream websites.

In my own business, having a custom site has made SUCH a difference to me. It was an instant confidence booster when I was first starting out. And still is! This site makes me feel legit, yo. Because I know within a millisecond of someone visiting artsocial they’ll see my style and personality. And I know I’ll be taken seriously because I have the site to back it up.

It’s like this one jacket I have… It’s tailored to fit juuust right and every time I put it on, I basically feel like Kanye and Beyonce put together. HELLA AMAZING. I can take on anything and I look damn good while doing so. I think that’s what a custom site does for a business. It creates major confidence and major credibility.

Omg I have chills, do you have chills?

Anyhoo, I really do believe in the power of gorgeous imagery and thoughtful design. Obviously! I’m obsessed. But that’s why I’m so excited to finally launch these new services. Hooray!

Take a look around, k? And say hi in the comments, I’ve missed you!!

JULY VACAY

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Summer has always felt like the best time to reflect, reassess, and revamp. It’s a time to work on your side projects. Work on your abs. Sleep more. Eat better. Rest. Play. In honor of summer and its permission slips, I’m spending July doing all of the above…

First, I’ll be going on a little road trip to visit one of my very favorite people. Netflix and drinks and dance parties are in my future and I cannot wait. Cue this song.

After that much needed break, my plan is to come back and tackle some artsocial to-dos. You may have noticed a new url (WAHOO!). Legit, yo. I have some other site updates in the works, too, and with site updates come BIG, EXCITING announcements. Hold onto your ban.dos, friends, we’re about to take things up a notch. A collaboration has begun that will change artsocial in a big way. *cartwheels* *confetti* I can’t wait to tell you everything :)

Starting next month, I’ll also be sharing A LOT more of my design work with ya. It’s time. And if you’re one of my clients, I’ve got a little surprise for youuu! I’m teaming up with the amazing folks at Minted to create some client thank you packets. Working with my clients is awesome but giving them presents after the work is done to celebrate? Double awesome. So excited to share all the goodies! Here’s a hint. Highly recommend Minted for stationery, invites, and the like. Again, LEGIT. Everything is designed by independent artists PLUS they offer gold foil (!) and gorgeous thick paper. I’m in love with it. Okay, Minted gushing over… except they’re having some 4th of July sales right now. Definitely worth checking out. Okay, done.

Happy July, friends! And Happy 4th especially. See you in August!

Keep up with my summertime adventures on instagram! Oh there will be ‘grams.

Image by artsocial.

ART CRUSH: MATT SAWYER

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Okay, who’s beyond excited summer is finally here? In Colorado it feels like winter lasts an eternity, then suddenly – warmth! Sun! Happiness!

These photos by Matt Sawyer capture that summer feeling so well. Sun-drenched beaches, the open road, big skies, the urge to wander and explore… yep. It’s all here. Who’s ready for some summer adventures? (Me, me!)

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I’ll be road-tripping to visit some friends next month and I CAN’T WAIT to see this photo for reals. Is there anything more freeing than the open road?

I came across Matt’s work on my girl Artsy Forager’s collection for Mantle Art Company. She has SUCH a great eye for amazing artwork. I loved each piece she picked… but the summer vibes of Matt’s photos tipped the scales to full on ART CRUSH.

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Matt is an analogue fine art photographer based in Seattle. He’s been called “a master of atmosphere, the simplest subject caught in his lens becomes filled with meaning and drama.” I couldn’t agree more.

Swoon.

See more of Matt Sawyer’s work on Mantle Art Company.

Images: Grass Hut | Hwy 64 | Dillon Falls