interview with techlovedesign One of my favorite things about blogging is meeting other bloggers. I'm so grateful to be a part of this creative community of incredible + talented people. You're all so dang awesome. That's it, I'm making you all cupcakes. Oh I'll figure out a way...

Just so happens, I met a particularly rad blogger recently and had the opportunity to ask her a few questions. Yay!

Guys, meet Alyssa from techlovedesign. She's collected and curated a whole lotta awesome for you to explore on techlovedesign. I mean, how fun is this curated series of ampersand food? Plus she just started a 30 Day Challenge for May... it's not too late to join the fun, ya hear.

Okay, interview time...

01 What do you do? What do you love about it?

I'm a Social Media Manager for a top home retail company in Canada. I am constantly curating the coolest things from around the web, connecting with people and working on super exciting projects & campaigns. Their Facebook page is about to hit a quarter of a million fans (250k!) and I feel so proud to have started it all. I absolutely love it because it has the perfect balance of business, creativity and design.

02 What's your favorite thing about writing a blog?

The freedom. I really needed a creative outlet where I can play, create and share whatever I want... whenever! There are no rules and no limits. It inspires me to be more creative and allows me to connect with so many others who have similar interests. I also enjoy having my own voice rather than that of a company.

03 What are a few of your favorite blogs to follow/read?

Oh, boy! I love so many...

My top 5 blogs would be:

A Beautiful Mess Breanna Rose Design Love Fest Love Taza Made By Girl (and Art Social, of course!) awww *blush*

04 What quote or saying inspires you the most?

"What would you do if you weren't afraid?" - Spencer Johnson

05 Cake versus pie? Which one is your favorite?

Ice Cream Cake! Gold Medal Ribbon from Baskin Robbins.


Connect with Alyssa on twitter, facebook, and of course her blog, techlovedesign!

Okay, now it's your turn. What quote inspires you the most? And, more importantly, where do you stand on cake vs. pie?? I think Alyssa's right, ice cream cake all the way!


Photos via techlovedesign; graphic by artsocial.


like-a-boss You know what I love about blogging? SO many things, but one is meeting incredibly awesome creative people who are pursuing their dreams and living their truths! I was recently contacted by Glyfyx, a creative salon based in San Francisco with a love for the alphabet. They've turned this luurve into a whole line of games and products... I love it when people follow their passions and turn them into something BIGGER. Live all in, friends. You never know where your passion will take you.

Glyfyx has a special deal for all of you artsosh readers. They're offering $5 off Bitblox through thru January 31st with the code ARTSOCIAL13!! Check 'em out.

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P.S. love their description of these alphabet blocks for the digital age: "Bitblox are a celebration of pixels — those eensy data dots that have brought meaning and joy to our lives since the sun-dappled days of Pong."


Interested in sponsoring artsocial? First, hooray! Second, go here for more info…

Image one by artsocial. Image two, three, and four found here.


Another rad blogger has joined artsocial's sidebar party - woot! Hello and welcome to Call Me Shannon, the winnaaaaa of Artsy Forager and artsocial's first Art Association contest. What did she win, you ask? Well just her very own BOSS ad space on artsosh. I knew right away artsocial and Call Me Shannon would get along, her about page is pretty hilar. I love a blogger with a sense of humor.

Thank you, Shannon! P.S. your awkward family photo Halloween costume was GENIUS.


Image one by artsocial | image two | image three

Interested in sponsoring artsocial? First, hooray! Second, go here for more info...

Like a Boss: Passionfruit Ads

I am so crazy excited about this blog. Excited about a BLOG?? you say? Yep. Sure am. Watching it grow over the last few months is the best feeling in all the land. This excitement mixed with my impatience and go-getterness resulted in deciding it's time to try sponsorship and button swaps. I'm so grateful for the support and response that's resulted... it has caused me to do several spontaneous happy dances.

I started off taking the DIY approach to selling ads and swapping buttons. Holy crazytown, that only lasted one month. I noticed a few fab bloggers, like this one, use something rather magical called Passionfruit Ads. Guys. It's so awesome. You have control over all the details (ad size, price, description) and they keep everything niiiice and organized. They even send out those awkward emails for you. You know the ones... like when an ad is expiring and it's time to renew or, even worse, when an ad isn't in line with your brand and you have to say nooo. Saying no only takes one clickety-click of the mouse. No more awkward emails. If you're like me and hate sending bad news emails, that's a big plus. Passionfruit is like your ad middleman/bouncer/collector of your dolla billz. They've got your back (and your blog). Ohhhh and you can see how many views and clicks your ads get... I'm completely obsessed with watching these stats. It's unhealthy really.

When I got an email alerting me that Passionfruit - the very ad app I was newly obsessed with - wanted to reserve the Boss ad space on artsocial, my exact thoughts were: Whaaaaaaa! Efff yeeeah!! I keep things pretty professional 'round these parts. Did you see their seriously GANGSTER ad? Oh yeah, these guys are pretty Boss. They deserve that spot.

Check 'em out, bloggy friends. They come highly recommended by this girl.

Image by artsocial.