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TOCA ME 2019 Pt. 2 - Anna Ginsburg

As with all of the other designer speakers at TOCA ME, I had no idea who Anna Ginsburg was. The designer pal I went with told me she did something around talking vaginas. 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, talking vaginas', I thought, probably some real gimmicky stuff. Wrong. Anna Ginsburg is a young, supremely talented animator. Her big break came when she was commissioned by Channel 4 INT in the UK to create an animated short about sexuality. Of course the deadline was impossible and she was offered almost no money.  She was young, relatively inexperienced, but resourceful and intrepid! She contacted the illustrators she most admired, asked them if they could contribute to the short, explained how small the budget was but offered each...

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TOCA ME 2019 Pt. 1 - Anthony Burrill

It's always, always a good idea to go to conferences. I was reminded of this earlier this month when I attended the TOCA ME design conference that takes place every year in Munich. I hadn't gone for several years, and thought it might be good to get some worldly inspiration now that I'm emerging from the cocoon of early motherhood. I was right! I didn't even pay attention to who the speakers were, and just figured at least a couple would be worth catching. Right again. The first speaker was Anthony Burrill. I hadn't heard of him, but the pal I attended the conference with reminded me that he was the guy that did the 'Work Hard & Be Nice to People'...

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The Mohawk Paper Blog (Formerly Known As Felt & Wire)

One of the internet watering holes I visit to find some inspiration is (or was) Felt & Wire. Felt & Wire was a clever title referring to the paper making process; the blog is all about print design. Now Felt & Wire is called the Mohawk Blog (it's part of the Mohawk Paper Company), but it's still got the same great content. Thoughtful posts on everything from people who have quit their day jobs to pursue creative endeavors, sample projects and celebrations of physical mail and the art of correspondence.In addition to the blog they have a quarterly field guide. A beautiful printed journal produced by top notch designers/agencies. Alas, they only ship to the US and Canada so I don't get it....

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It's About The Work

One of the things I wanted to do last year (besides nothing but hang out with my new baby) was think about the direction I wanted to take e.m.papers and take a step back to assess what I've accomplished so far. Part of that process ended up involving taking Aeolidias (very good) course on finding your target customer and booking Lela Barker for 1:1 consulting session. These efforts lead to the conclusion was that I needed to really focus on the work, and refine my personal design style. One of the challenges of running your own online creative online business is that there is a constant tension between creating and marketing. We are blessed and cursed by all the tools at our fingertips to...

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Fonty Freitag - Twentieth Century

Even though this typeface was designed in 1937, it has a distinctly mid-century feeling. It was designed as a competitor to Futura (another favorite) and I've been using it since I was a wee lass in design school. You'll find it on many e.m.papers wedding invitations designs, but Twentieth Century is also the main star on the Zen printable calendar : The simple lines and straightforward angles based on the purity of Geometry based on the German modernist aesthetic appeal to my inner minimalist. You can download Twentieth Century free here.

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