New Projects and Graphic Design Web Bits

branding, design, design inspiration, fine arts, freelance, guerilla art, outdoor art, weddings

Things are heating up in New Orleans, and the graphic design projects keep coming – each project fabulous and each client amazing. I seriously cannot ask for better clients. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with ISeeChange on some branding items (logo not included) for an event they took part in. I love what they are doing to try to get every one of us involved in climate change from a local, grassroots level. It’s social, it’s fun and it’s important! Check out Julia and her fantastic team and see what they have going on at ISeeChange.org.

I also got to see the finished product for the shaving soap labels I worked with Sweet Olive Soap Works on. I love, love, love her products and was super excited to design these labels! Check out her fantastic array of natural skin care products.

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I shipped off the last of a wedding package I designed for a fantastic couple in Virginia. They had the most unique and inspiring ideas to use for the designs. I am extremely pleased with the way everything turned out. Look for a post dedicated just to their items soon!

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If you have some time to do some perusing online, I came across a few design-y articles I thought y’all might enjoy!

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Seeking Design Inspiration

architecture, design inspiration, outdoor art, photography

I’ve been in need of some graphic design and artistic inspiration these last few weeks. I’m trying to clear out the headspace, turn off Netflix and get out into the world a little more. Getting trapped in the Every Day can put a lid on creativity really quickly. On a philosophical level, I’m trying to make sense of all my time spent on social media, and in doing so, I’m seeking out deeper meaning from hours logged on blogs and Twitter. I’ve picked up a few gems this week that I wanted to share with you. These are just a few beauties in a sea of constant chatter.

One of my recent clients, a couple getting married on Bayou St. John, were so inspired by where they live, they dedicated their wedding programs and venue to the area. It has gotten me thinking about the space I occupy in New Orleans and the space it occupies in me.

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In my down time (of which I am trying to create more) I’m focusing on the minutia of daily activities. Commuting across town can be a real drain on one’s existence, but during my commute there is an opportunity to be on one of the highest points in the City and see incredible weather systems from a 360 view. I have never seen sunsets like the sunsets in New Orleans.

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During the day, I work in an area of town that is pretty stark, situated alongside Lake Pontchartrain. I require much urban time, so I head back into the thick of it for lunch many days. I am always amazed at how dedicated people are to their space on the urban landscape. Every square inch is an opportunity to make a statement. I feel like I’m squandering my personal opportunity of a yard. (Note to self: Must work on that.)

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The other morning, the Fried Green Husband and I went on an adventure to buy plants and came across our second sunrise of the morning. Sunrise over Brown’s Dairy, to be exact.

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My last bit of New Orleans inspiration comes from the deterioration and history of our town. There is something constantly surprising about the level of erosion on the surfaces and infrastructure here. It’s beautiful and a little heartbreaking, but mostly I’m drawn to the “what it could be” and “what it once was” of the situation. It’s amazing. Like a blank canvas in a lot of ways. It’s like staring at a blank canvas, but being overrun with ideas. It’s amazing.

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Design is Everywhere

design, design inspiration, freelance, guerilla art, invitations, outdoor art, weddings

My whirlwind summer has come to a close and I’m settling into some really fun graphic design projects. I just wanted to take a little time to share a few snapshots from my last several months of absence from the blog! Design is everywhere, so as you make your way around every day, seize the opportunity to find the beautiful in the mundane. If you keep your eyes open and your head up from your smart-thing-of-choice, you never know what you might see!

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I cannot confirm this as a Banksy – because it seems to lack the telltale environmentally integrative storytelling – but this prisoner of Warner Brothers and Paramount (as indicated on the black balls) was spotted in the Marigny just off Frenchmen Street one evening while I walked on a street I’d not taken before. Either way, it was unexpected, clever and has been deemed important enough by someone to cover it with plexi. I love how ruthless New Orleanians are getting in the fight for decent renegade street art. There was a great live discussion recently at Nola.com with local muralist Brandan Odums and nola.com’s Doug MacCash. You can read my own loud mouth opinions over there too. I was particularly struck by the term “low brow” being tossed around last year at the G40 Art Summit in Richmond, Va and have been contemplating the idea ever since. Why would one type of art be more low brow than another? Is it style, environment, artist, concept, simply personal taste? Where is the line?

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This beauty was spotted in the Lower 9th Ward recently, and I had to get a quick, slightly blurry, snap of it. I’ve seen similar work around town and am always fascinated by the amount of detail and symmetry.

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Now, is this clarinet “high brow” since it’s on a hotel in the middle of a tourist district? And because it’s there to mark a space of historical importance? I digress… It was well crafted and I love the scale, either way.

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I’ll close my graffiti rant post with this one that is probably not terribly new to Richmond anymore, but was new to me last weekend. Greg Mike mural at 821 Cafe. I’d love to have some time to go visit all the new pieces that have been installed in Richmond since I moved!

Changing subjects, now that these items have been mailed out, I can share with you a set of wedding invitations I designed for an amazing couple out west:

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And a new set of wedding invitations I’m working on for a fantastic pair of transplanted Virginians:

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So much more to come! The fall is shaping up to be really exciting!

If you’re in the New Orleans area, there is a great speaking engagement tonight at Design WIthin Reach on Magazine by the lovely folks who run Good Fucking Design. I’m hoping to be able to check it out!

New Orleans Baby Cards and Design Odds and Ends

design, exhibitions, fine arts, galleries, guerilla art, inspirational people, outdoor art

Lots of exciting things going on over here in New Orleans – including a brief visit from a couple of my favorite ladies from back home. I’m in the process of getting a bunch of awesome baby products together for a mommy tradeshow in May. I’m super excited to have the cards below for sale at ZukaBaby on Magazine Street very soon!

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The cards will be available in a couple of different color schemes – for boys and girls, and also gender neutral.

I also just recently finished a new logo for Let It Be Midwifery on the North Shore, here in the New Orleans area. I loved the owner’s idea of tying beauty and water and birth all together for this piece with a little New Orleans fleur de lis to tie it all together.

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Outside of working on some exciting projects, I’ve been online-stalking a large-scale light show that is finally up and running. You may have heard of it, but if not, The Bay Lights installation on the East Bay Bridge (between San Francisco and Oakland) went live on March 5. This light installation was created by artist Leo Villareal and will be on view at night for several hours at a time for two years. I hope to make it out west to see for myself!

I had a great excuse to hit up the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel downtown this past weekend and fell in love with the murals in the dimly-lit vintage bar. My friend Melissa poses in front of one mural below:

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The murals in the Roosevelt are commissioned deco/modern pieces by Paul Ninas from 1939. They are incredible (and so are the drinks)!

In other exciting art news, I’m planning to head down to the Angela King Gallery on Royal Street to check out the Peter Max pieces on view this month. I’ll report back after I’ve been! Peter Max is a personal favorite for his incredibly unique and detailed music posters in the 1960s (think Yellow Submarine).

I’ll leave you with an image I love that I snapped after a dinner party recently. I think, by now, you all know I love deviant art and beautiful textures.

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Hidden Art in New Orleans

design, fine arts, guerilla art, outdoor art, photography

So far, I think my two favorite things that I’ve discovered about moving to New Orleans are 1.) the fantastically nice, friendly, unique people here and 2.) the hidden treasures of artistic and political drama interspersed among the historical spaces. I love it. I feel like there’s someone’s little mark on the world around every corner.

This past week, I spent some time with a good friend in town for a visit discovering new hangouts (thanks for the delicious wine and snacks Elizabeth’s, Bacchanal and Restaurant R’evolution!) and taking a mini photo adventure through the Bywater. The Bywater is a fantastic mix of old locals and new hipsters – the kind of pairing where you think to yourself “how in the world does this work?” Like every neighborhood, nothing is perfect, but everyone we encountered seemed to be existing in a certain harmony. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how convenient the Bywater is to my Lower Algiers home by way of the Chalmette Ferry. Any day I don’t have to drive through the tiny French Quarter streets during Carnival season is a good day in my book.

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For those of you not in New Orleans, and who didn’t really follow the post-Katrina stories in 2005, above is a permanent representation of the the marks left on homes after they had been checked for inhabitants, bodies, pets, gas, electric, and so on. Every flooded home would have had a spray paint mark to indicate the findings and the date it was checked. This is the first I’ve seen where the homeowner has created a permanent installation where the spray paint once lay. Kenny Klein has a great blog with a graphic to explain the information detailed in these marks. He explains it much better than I ever could and his post on Katrina 6 Years Later is definitely worth a read/look through.

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I’m not sure why I’ve seen large street-side Cy Twombly dedications, but this is not the first one I’ve seen in New Orleans. Coming from Virginia, I have a special place for Cy Twombly in my art-y heart, and I love that he is loved worldwide.

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The two photos above are at the Clouet Gardens, a serene little space created out of a vacant lot – both beautifying the space and neighborhood and also creating a place for locals and passersby to sit and relax.

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Happy 2013 From Fried Green Design!

design, design inspiration, exhibitions, fine arts, guerilla art, non-profit, outdoor art

We’ve been busy bees here in the last few days of 2012 and the first few of 2013! I hope you all had a fabulous and safe new year with your loved ones! I had two favorite childhood friends and a new friend in town to celebrate with the manfriend and I (lots of friends!) . We had an incredible time and got to hear some great music while ringing in the new year! Now I’m spending some much needed time getting the web store up and running and hope to have my product pricing done today so I can populate the site! I will make the big announcement here as soon as it’s complete.

This past week, my husband played at the fantastic Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO) Bal des Artistes. The gathering was a fundraiser and fashion show, complete with several live bands, booze, and delicious local snacks provided by Morning Call at City Park. We had a great time and I can’t wait to see how they top it next year!

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The Everything Collective shared their amazing costumes with the crowd.

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We had a great excuse to wear masks and capes.

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Scott played with CANO volunteer and brilliant singer Tabitha Pearl.

In other happenings, I spent time with my ladyfriends bumming around town a bit and taking in the festivities. In my comings and goings, I spotted a few pieces I had to document for local inspiration:

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I hope you all are as excited about 2013 as I am! If you want to stay super up to date on Fried Green Happenings, I’ve started a facebook page and I’m on twitter. Thanks for all your support and comments in 2012 and I look forward to continuing to send happy design news your way this year!

Thoughts and Inspiration for the New Year

design, design inspiration, guerilla art, outdoor art

This year has been crazy exciting for the Fried Green Family. We are settling in swimmingly in our new digs and our animals are loving this climate. The office is almost complete and the best news of all is that the great state of Louisiana has granted me permission to make Fried Green Design official! I got my papers and I’m ready to go! The website and facebook are in the works – products to come shortly – and big entrepreneurial things are on the horizon. 2012 was good to me, but I cannot wait for 2013! Look for all kinds of posters and thoughtfully designed stuff for your home in addition to affordable wedding invitations, print collateral and all kinds of announcement options. This will all be on top of the custom freelance work I already do. I’m so happy to finally be moving forward with so many things that have been in the works for so long!

All these new things have gotten me thinking:

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It’s time to be the change you seek. I found a great article today on twitter with 6 reasons to quit your job and follow your passions. I can’t believe I’m one of those people who quit their job now, but I’m so happy. And of course:

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You can only go up from here. I took both of those pictures on a short drive today and it’s like the universe is speaking to me. I also won three prizes in the last two weeks. I have no idea what I did to get on karma’s good side, but I hope I keep doing it!

And if those photos aren’t good enough for you to feel inspired in life and make you want to do something great, here’s a picture of a 75-degree Christmas Eve on the Mississippi. Coming from Virginia (where they got three inches of snow the same day) I had no idea it could be like this:

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With the new year almost upon us, I’m thinking of taking on one of those 365 projects – like design something every day, take a picture a day, pet your cat once a day and document it. I feel like this would be good discipline for me and probably a good creative outlet that won’t necessarily have anything to do with work. If any of you has a suggestion or some feedback on this idea, I’d love to hear it!

I just want to give a shout out to a logo I pass almost every day on my way to/from ZukaBaby. Brigade coffee truck has a lovely, simple logo that I find totally inspiring. Stick it on that cute little truck, and the brigade theme is complete. After fighting with simple code and web stuff over the last couple of days, I really appreciate their super simple website landing page too. I love it.

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And lastly, I want to document the Frostop before it’s not there anymore. I don’t know that it’s going anywhere, but it’s right down the street from my house and seems like something that could be there one day and bulldozed the next. I love it too.

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Happy New Year y’all!

Fried Green Happenings in New Orleans

design, guerilla art, music, outdoor art

Hello team! Happy days here in sunny (chilly!) New Orleans. I got to spend some QT with the man before he was whisked off to play with the Temptations this weekend. We hit up the awesome Treme Creole Gumbo Festival and went to check out the scene on Frenchman Street. We happened upon the Frenchman Street Art Market which my buddies at Modern Commissary had mentioned existed. They had a lot to offer in the way of local art of all forms. I have my eye on a spoon ring and some fleur de lis magnets soon. Katherine Erny Gaar, who organized the market, was recently featured in The Gambit’s 40 Under 40 if you want a little more info on her!

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And speaking of the 40 Under 40, I am pleased to tell you that I will be doing design and marketing for the fabulous Erin Reho Pelias and her team at ZukaBaby. The shop is a must-peruse for your natural parenting needs either at the storefront on Magazine Street or online. I am really excited to work with this company!
Lastly, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for interesting street art. I drove by some dudes in the act on an abandoned building today near the Warehouse District, but frankly their work was just really average. I did happen upon a couple kind of interesting Impetus stencils that have me intrigued.

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Other than a sub par tumblr I can’t really find any info on this person/people. I’ll be on the lookout for more good pieces.
Off to hit the Adobe for a few freelance projects!

JR Makes the Hong Kong Street Art Scene

fine arts, guerilla art, outdoor art, photography, poster, TEDx

The French street artist known as JR has struck again – this time with his TED prize-funded “Inside Out” project hitting Hong Kong. The Wall Street Journal posted a nice article with video yesterday.

Image from JR’s website.

JR won the 2011 TED Prize and his wish for the world was to use art to create change. JR says “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world… INSIDE OUT.” Since March of 2011 JR has been taking photo submissions from individuals and groups and then sending back a large format print of their piece for them to paste up as a statement for a cause or idea they care about. Additionally, JR has continued his work of bringing attention to the various faces of the world. It’s pretty incredible and I am really happy to know a bit more about the idea behind this quiet, global movement. Check out the follow up on JR’s year of turning the world Inside Out.