Friday Favorites

design, design inspiration, websites

We all made it to the weekend! Hooray! Time to celebrate!

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Just kidding! Work has been pretty busy, in a great way, so the sazeracs and picnic wine will have to wait until I finish some of the incredible projects I have in the works!

For today’s totally fluffy post, here are a few of my favorite things this week! Enjoy!

First, shout out to one of my favorite bloggers, the fabulous Victoria of San Francisco Girl by the Bay – she’s always on top of what is bohemian hot and finding fun vintage trends in the world of home decor, clothes and life inspiration. Thanks to this lovely lady, I was gifted a beautiful set of notebooks and notecards from Mr. Boddington’s Studio! Thank you so much SF Girl!

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Next, this video made me super happy:

And there’s a nice post about the Lights of Hope over at My Modern Met.

I got a totally mindless color match game for my iPad/iPhone called Blendoku. I highly recommend it if you have a few minutes (hours…) of your life to kill. Addictive!

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One last favorite is that I will be volunteering at the Creole Tomato Festival on Sunday! Come on down to eat tomatoes and hear some music at the French Market!

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Feeling the Art in New Orleans

design, exhibitions, fine arts, galleries, kids, painting

This past week has been a whirlwind of things going on! We just had French Quarter Fest in New Orleans, which I was excited to get to since I’ve never been before! A word to the wise: avoid Saturday (and probably Friday) and just hit Thursday and Sunday. The crowds were way less annoying and a more manageable size on Sunday and I was able to enjoy music instead of making a super slow trek from stage to stage. I was most excited that I got to hear the Dixie Cups live – Iko Iko is one of my favorite songs from childhood, long before I even knew New Orleans existed. Props to my parents for introducing me to unusual music as a youth in Northern Virginia!

I’ve been looking for opportunities to get involved in the community, and an opportunity has arisen that seems right up my alley. I had a chance to visit A Studio in the Woods yesterday and learn about the amazing programs they have on this beautiful piece of land out past my house. As a satellite program of Tulane University, they host resident artists during the year and have programs for youth that focus on art and environmental stewardship. Think about donating to this amazing program, or volunteering. They have their annual FORESTival event coming up next month, and I’m planning on volunteering. So, bonus: We’d get to hang out!

Here are just a couple of pictures I snapped at the studio. They are in renovation and clean-up mode, so I didn’t want to go too crazy. Next time…

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During French Quarter Fest, I took a little time to (finally) visit the Angela King Gallery to check out the Peter Max paintings. Totally worth a trip to the Quarter, y’all. The paintings are the most beautiful, vibrant colors – they almost move. There was a fountain in Central Park scene one I had my eye on…

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Central Park painting by Peter Max, image from Angela King Gallery site.

One day when I make my millions…swoon. The gallery also had some beautiful large-scale paintings by Florida-native Richard Currier. Incredibly intense lighting in his work. Check him out.

I’m happy to say my New Orleans baby “congrats” cards are now for sale at ZukaBaby! Stop in and pick up a gift and a card for the pregnant/new mama in your life!

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New Stationery and Designs for Spring!

design, invitations, maps

Is it just me or is creativity in the air? I’m feeling renewed and getting really excited for some upcoming adventures for the business. I have been a busy bee populating the Etsy shop and working on new logos for small businesses and community organizations both here in New Orleans and in Virginia. It seems like growth is on everyone’s mind and it’s so nice to see these organizations on the move!

Here is just a peek at what I’ve been up to. As always, the full gamut of items can be seem on the Etsy site and I am more than happy to consult on any custom projects as well! Email me any time! emily(at)friedgreendesign(dotcom)

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Above is a custom postcard that I’m really excited about! These are for sending people your new address when you move or buy a home! You send me the address and I create a custom map that you can print onto a postcard at home and mail to your friends and family. Love it!

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I’m creating a line of print-at-home baby shower/gender reveal party invitations! Right now, I’m running a special bonus – you get custom cupcake/favor flags like the ones below (which will come with the “ethan” invitation above) with every order of invitations!

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Entrepreneurs Take New Orleans!

business, design, freelance, non-profit

I’ve been so excited for this week for awhile now – and it’s finally here! I’m attending several sessions of New Orleans Entrepreneurs Week (NOEW) organized by The Idea Village (@IdeaVillage and #NOEW13 or #NOEW on twitter). I was delightfully overwhelmed with the turnout and quality of the speaker I saw today at my first session. I can’t wait to go back tomorrow! Confession time: I love a good conference! I love this conference even more than the ones I have attended in the past because it directly affects my business which I am so passionate about. Today was more like an idea session full of big thinkers than a traditional sit-and-listen conference. Today’s social media session was incredibly interactive and the speaker (@heyitsmegan if you want to look her up) was engaging and real. She laid out of lot social media ideas I’ve known for awhile since I’ve been in marketing for 7+ years, but she did offer up some new tricks and gentle reminders for those of us who have been doing it the same way for awhile. Sometimes it’s good to get back to basics!

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So, here’s a little free advice I’m going to pass on! Make sure you have a clear goal in mind for your business social media. A simple calendar to keep track of your ideas and make sure you aren’t doubling up on topics can make your online social life much simpler. Pick some topics or ways of sharing and find a system that works for engaging your followers. Remember that your conversation twitter is different than your conversation on facebook. Social media should be fun, but it’s also a large component of your brand personality and you should spend enough, but not too much, time engaging your clientele (and potential clientele). I’m going to work on my calendar tonight! I’m feeling like a few more specifics would do me some good!

Having The Idea Village and NOEW here 1.) makes me realize I’m in the right place at the right time, and 2.) makes me think about how much growth there is in our beautiful city. New Orleans is known for it’s history, classic beauty and ability to hang on to traditions when other cities are paving over theirs. But there is something special about New Orleans that has been attracting and creating growth and new ideas for generations. It’s easy to feel like you have time and space to think in this city. Seeing history in action makes you think about creating something that lasts. I can’t wait to update you on many new things coming down the pike for me and Fried Green Design. It’s an exciting time to be in New Orleans and exciting time for a new business!

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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Saturday Morning New Orleans Love

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I accompanied my manfriend on a photoshoot for a band he’s in a few days ago and took along my own camera. I am currently loving my 50mm fixed lens and experimenting with night and low-light shots. Pair the camera love with some city love, and you have the little bits of New Orleans featured below!

Aside from the photos, I wanted to share with you this creepy cool article a couple friends shared with me the other day. Hidden deco subway stop deep beneath Manhattan? Cool!

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More pics on my flickr. Happy weekend!

Goodbye Carnival, Hello Wedding Season!

branding, design, freelance, invitations, letterpress, poster, printing, weddings

Hello and hope you all made it through Mardi Gras with lots of throws to show for it! I had an amazing first Mardi Gras and I even claimed my Zulu coconut and one for my man too, since he had to work on Mardi Gras Day. I can’t wait until next year! I will be far more prepared with costumes next time around!

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I also bumped into this little street art piece somewhere along the parade route:

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This person’s work keeps popping up around town and I’m intrigued. I’d like to know a little more and will keep you posted if I find anything out!

But the real story today is that Carnival Season is officially over and February 15 marked the unofficial, official start to wedding season! I love weddings because I get to help brides and grooms design a little piece of their history and something that their closest friends and family have been waiting to receive in the mail since the couple’s big announcement! Invitations are the first teaser for your big day that will set the tone for the whole party. I love the challenge to create a piece that speaks for and about the happy couple on their happiest of days.

Over the last several years, I have spent a lot of time looking at amazing wedding sites and blogs, and I’m going to give you all a list of my favorites, which are especially nice for the DIY-type of couple in this budget-conscious age. But these are also great for finding resources local to you for your big day. If wedding shows in a big convention center hall aren’t your thing, these are great for finding local vendors from the comfort of your own home. So, without further adieu, here are a few of my favorite blogs:

Stylemepretty.com
Greenweddingshoes.com
100layercake.com/blog
Beau-coup.com/blog
Kissthegroom.com
Oncewed.com
Snippetandink.com
Thebridescafe.com
Weddingchicks.com
Thesweetestoccasion.com

And here’s the best bit of wedding collateral advice I can give you: Do not sign up for The Knot and their “free” wedding website option. They will spam you for the rest of your life and then their sister publication The Nest will do the same. I had a fantastic time using MyWedding.com for my personal wedding website. I highly recommend it and they do not spam your inbox for years and they have a really classy assortment of templates.

Most of the above blogs and sites can be found on Pinterest as well, for easy stocking and storing of wedding goodies. And of course, I would love to chat with you about custom wedding invitations – I can work with all budgets and styles of printing (high end cotton papers with letter press, offset printing on pearls and metallics, digital printing with recycled papers, print-at-home, you name it!) for invitations, wedding posters, table cards, and anything else printed that you can dream up! Check out templates at the Fried Green Etsy site, or email me directly at emily(at)friedgreendesign(dot)com to talk about custom pieces!

Happy wedding season!

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Good Design Karma

design, freelance, typography, websites

Today I want to briefly discuss free fonts. Very few fonts are actually free. I’m not sure how we got to this odd “free” download system we’ve found ourselves in, but there is a fine print 9 times out of 10 and it’s important to be good citizens and respect your designer.

1. Very few of the fonts on the free download sites are officially free for all uses.

2. Free fonts on the free font download sites are often labeled free for “personal use.” I would say I see this about half the time. Awesome! Download and stick it on everything in your house! Put it on your kid’s birthday invitations and make wall graphics for every wall in your home (you know what I mean, Pinners). But if you find yourself turning that home-organization habit into a business and throw a logo together with that font, beware you have crossed the line between business and personal!

3. Free fonts that are not officially “free” and are those not labeled “free for personal use” but are instead labeled either “purchase for commercial use” or “not to be used commercially” at all. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the designer would allow people to download any part of it for free if that’s not the intention! I guess in hopes we’re all good citizens and will pay our designers – which every designer will tell you is not the case.

4. So here’s what you do – if there isn’t a clear “donate now” button by the font on the website, you need to read the “read me” file in the download file. They are not long – usually less than a page, if not less than a paragraph. You can do it. It might say you don’t have to do anything! Surprise, it really is free! But it will probably give you the name of the designer and their email and maybe a link to their site. Contact the designer and they will send you directions for how to pay and probably a suggestion of how much (I haven’t seen one for more than $25). If they don’t suggest an amount, then use your best discretion. It’s a one-time fee guys! That’s a good deal. The other good news is that when the designer is being paid out in this way, they probably don’t have a major surcharge taken out like they might through bigger, expensive font sellers.

There’s my two cents on making sure you’re an upstanding citizen and user of all the design love out there on the internet. Be nice, so that we can continue to have inexpensive options for things like fonts. And while you’re at it, quit stealing photos off of flickr! God/goddess/buddha/karma knows that you didn’t take that picture!

End rant.

Thanks for listening! Here’s a funny for you! Graphic representations of terrible client suggestions, courtesy of Sharpsuits.