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End of the Term…Again


AmpersandIt’s hard to believe it but the end of the term has come again. At this point I have finished four of six quarters. And I’m still loving it. This fall I took a branding class. Loved.it. My teacher has a studio of her own and I am so impressed with her work. The course assignments were really valuable and pretty creative: at the beginning of the term she assigned each of us a client from her own customers and we took it from there…renaming, researching, three rounds of branding and a final brand book. She and her co-workers acted as “the client” and gave us feedback on our projects, sometimes particularly insightful, design-based feedback. Ha.


To finish up we took our projects and created two books: a brand book and a process book. In real life the brand book would be for the client. Essentially it says, here’s your brand and here’s how you should use it. This is particularly important for a large corporation, university, or franchise where lots of people will be using the logo since it provides a uniformity to the brand implementation. The process book, on the other hand, would be for future employers to show them the work you did and the process you followed. It allows folks to see what you did with input from the client or direction from a design mentor or whatever. It should tell the story from beginning to end, walking you from start to finish.


I ended up designing for a wedding photographer in Montreal. The beauty of the assignment is that each of us came Ligatureup with totally different solutions depending on the particular project we were assigned. (My classmates created some STUNNING projects!) So, without further ado, here are my books. You’ll see the process as well as the final brand and its directives, along with everything in between. Click below to check them out…

Branding Book

Process Book


December Desktop Calendar & Peace on Earth

December Desktop Calendar & Peace on Earth

Evidently it’s just too much to ask that I get a new calendar on here once a month. Pathetic, I know. But tonight when I just couldn’t stand having the October calendar on my screen any longer I took a few minutes to make a new one for December.

Every December I read (or re-read, now) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I adore it. It’s a super quick read and often, if we are traveling for the holiday, I save it for our Christmas flight. I get a little teary every time. There’s just something hopeful and redemptive about the story.

Maybe because the actual story of Christmas is so redemptive and full of hope.

Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be for all people.
For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

This year I am trying to combine two goals at once: my annual reading of the book and creating more moments for “my family.” Right now, that means Dad and Glenn and me. So starting tomorrow night we’ll be readingĀ A Christmas Carol aloud at dinner. It only takes a few hours or so to read so we won’t read for long. Please ask me how it’s going…I’d love the accountability.

Here’s the desktop calendar, complete with a little inspiration from Ebenezer himself.

P.S. If you’re more of a movie person (gasp!) you may be surprised to discover that The Muppet Christmas Carol is surprisingly close to the actual book! I mean, Rizo the Rat never makes an appearance in the actual Dickens version but otherwise…

december calendar