friendsgiving

We all know Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family, reflect on the past year and stuff yourself with more food than your body can legitimately handle. Check. Friendsgiving, however, is a chance to do all that PLUS drink to your heart’s content AND – if you are a designer whose best friend is the chicest photographer in the greater Boston area – style the entire thing any way you please.

It All Starts with GOLD

We are in super hot fantasy LOVE with gold this year. From our new champagne iPhones to West Elm’s amazing brass flatware, we are having it all. Of course the decor then had to start with gold – and ended with black + lucite + porcelain. All. Of. It.

Friendsgiving decor

Friendsgiving decor

Friendsgiving = Friends

Without a doubt, we have the best group of friends on the planet. Not only did 90% show up to dinner, but they brought homemade food and drink, vinyl records for entertainment and all the witty banter you would expect from a creative group of twenty- and thirty-somethings in the city.

Friendsgiving friends

Friendsgiving friends

Friendsgiving friends

Friendsgiving friends

Friendsgiving friends

Finish with Food

Oddly enough, once the food came out, the camera was put away. Perhaps this was the time of the day when the gorging began. While we do have a few choice snaps of deliciousness, the menu is really going to blow your mind.

Friendsgiving cranberries

Friendsgiving drinks

Friendsgiving appetizers

Friendsgiving food

Friendsgiving menu

 

Worth. It.

2014. Same time, same place.

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate 2013

Do you know what’s better than designing for an innovative, inspiring, local non-profit? Designing for one that’s food related. Lovin Spoonfuls “facilitates the recovery and distribution of healthy, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded,…deliver[ing] this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the greatest impact.” And it was our great pleasure to design the marketing materials for their Ultimate Tailgate party for a second year running.

Graphic Design for Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party

Last year we created a fun original design for the party that went onto posters, ads, tee shirts, programs, etc. Because it was so successful, this year Lovin Spoonfuls asked us to reuse the same design with just a few tweaks. Hey, if it ain’t broke, amIright?

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate 2013

 

We came, We saw, We ate. And ate and ate.

Do you know what’s better than designing for a food-related event for a local, innovative non-profit? Actually attending said event and stuffing your face for a good cause!

The Who’s Who of Boston’s favorite restaurants and chefs gave of their time and creativity to provide some awesome bites of their versions of tailgate food under a tent at Sam’s on the waterfront.

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate 2013

 

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate 2013

And the taste winner for the night: pulled pork and fried oyster buns from L’Espalier!

 

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate 2013

Lamb from La Brasa and Cassoulet from Coppa

 

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate 2013

Hot dogs from Tavern Road – spicy!

 

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate 2013

Lara destroys the best falafel ever from from Menton/No. 9 Park

 

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate 2013

Old friends always find each other at the Tailgate

 

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate 2013

What better way to end a gluttonous evening than a rich chocolate pudding from Flour Bakery. Roll. Me. Outta Here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Nouveau Thumbdrive Packaging

At Someone Creative, we get our fair share of clients saying “Do whatever you want!” with their creative projects, only to get nervous when our ideas or design are, let’s say, TOO amazing. That’s why we love working with Studio Nouveau. When they say “Go crazy!” they really mean it. And because we know their brand so well, we understand just how far we can take it, particularly when it came to working on their new client photography thumbdrive packaging design.

Needed: A Cost-Effective Design Solution.

Oh, and It Should be Awesome.

Done. It took a bit of brainstorming and iterations to get exactly what Studio Nouveau needed: a cost-effective but attractive way to send final photos of their Big Day to wedding clients. They had been designing custom DVDs and cases for each client – which, while gorgeous, where neither cheap to produce nor mail. What else could we do?

Thumbdrives! And put them in some kind of box! With great packaging details and a sweet note! Mailed in a standard size bubble envelope!

The feedback from clients, other photographers and studio visitors has been overwhelmingly Over The Moon.

Studio Nouveau Thumbdrive Packaging

Studio Nouveau Thumbdrive Packaging design

Studio Nouveau Thumbdrive Packaging design

Interested in a look behind the scenes? Here’s a little pencil sketch of how the vision would be executed and the pieces produced with loving care.

Studio Nouveau Thumbdrive Packaging design

HalloweenHeader

As a child, I put very little forethought into Halloween costume ideas, until a few days before when suddenly the idea of impending free candy struck me as a Very Good Thing. Then, suddenly, a costume was of critical importance. Luckily, my mom had a pretty foolproof plan.

Step 1: Put On Your Pants

When I inevitably came to her in a panic about my costumeless state, she reminded me that I just had to answer one question: bunny or cat? I was a bunny or a cat for Halloween more times than I care to admit. Suffice to say, it was a lot.

The standby costume consisted of store bought ears and a tail, paired with either a white turtleneck & white pants, or black turtleneck and black pants – depending on which animal I chose. My mom would then wield her expertise in face paint and voilà, I was out the door with my Strawberry Shortcake pillowcase to fill with free candy!

homemade halloween

That’s me, on the right, looking like a bunny caught in the headlights. On the left is my childhood friend Melissa, who must’ve borrowed the costume I chose not to wear that year. Pants and turtlenecks for everyone!

A Family Tradition

Now that I have a child of my own, I’m really looking forward to making family holiday memories with her. At 15 months, she’s too young to really understand Halloween and costumes (and free candy!), but I didn’t want that to stop us from having fun. So while she’s still young enough to be unable to protest too much, I figured I could pick what I wanted her costume to be. I could’ve bought any myriad of store-bought costumes (this peacock costume is friggin’ ADORABLE!), but I decided to continue the grand tradition of a semi-homemade costume.

Choosing my daughter’s costume was a no-brainer. Among her first words were “dog” and “woof”, and she absolutely loves our dog, Lulu. The question was – where do I start? Here’s our inspiration:

halloween costume

D’awwwww. Cute, right?

A key piece of the puzzle was to make the costume something that my active, rambunctious toddler would actually deign to wear for any length of time. That means nothing too uncomfortable or restricting. Oh, AND it had to be warm, because it’s been pretty darn cold lately.

Challenge Accepted!

First, I sketched out my general idea, trying to keep Lulu’s key characteristics in mind: one ear up, grey fuzziness, and a long waggy tail. Obviously, I won’t be auditioning for Project Runway anytime soon, but it gave me something to go on.

homemade halloween dog costume

After a few quick shopping trips to Target, Michael’s, and a totally crazy, packed and awesome craft store in Arlington Center called Play Time, I set to work.

The base of the costume is a grey hoodie. I approximated a shape for the ears, and hand sewed two pieces of black fur together, then turned them right-side-out. I sewed wire inside the left ear to make it stand up like Lulu’s. I put fur trim around the inside front of the hood, and the arm cuffs. I used a double-length of extra large pipe cleaner to make the tail stick out, and covered it in cream-colored fur (Lulu is tricolored: black, grey, and cream).

Then, following family tradition, I paired it with some sweat pants and some black face paint. Altogether, I’m pretty pleased with the result. Is it an extra replica of Lulu? No, not even close. But the spirit is there, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to have such an adorable subject.

homemade halloween dog costume

homemade halloween dog costume

homemade halloween dog costume

Next year, she may have some ideas of her own about what her Halloween costume should be. But we all know that it’ll involve pants, facepaint, and if she’s lucky – a turtleneck.

austin texas

Another Week, Another Trip: Austin

I couldn’t be happier that one of my best friends and college roommate found his dream job in Austin, one of the best cities in the country – not just so I would have an awesome place to stay and visit. Of course not. With our busy schedules but our new commitment to seeing each other at least once a year, we made it happen a few weeks ago.

As always, we had a blast. From drinking in the bungalows-cum-bars on Rainey Street to happily waiting in line for barbecue at John Mueller Meat Co. to drinking at night through Sixth Street, we made nary a dent in the awesomeness of Austin.

Though one place certainly stood out from the pack. Perhaps the kind of place that harkens back to the saying “Keep Austin Weird.” That would be Uncommon Objects.

Uncommon Objects

Part curiosity shop, part flea market, mostly antiques, not at all boring, Uncommon Objects is like Brimfield Antique Market hopped up on the good – but expensive – stuff. One could easily get lost here among the bric-a-brac, knickknack and tchotchke if there weren’t so many people forming a human wave to push you to the next stall. I certainly would have purchased a third of the shop if things weren’t so overpriced (as Shane pointed out: “This envelope from 1981 is $12. I don’t get it.”) and if I had a place to put the vintage carnie bear suit and gilded jackalope skulls. Here’s just a taste of some of my favorites.

Uncommon Objects, Austin, Texas

Uncommon Objects, Austin, Texas

Uncommon Objects, Austin, Texas

All the horns are for sale

Uncommon Objects, Austin, Texas

Armadillo and horn floor lamp, $2,100

Uncommon Objects, Austin, Texas

An interesting juxtaposition

Uncommon Objects, Austin, Texas

Crazy-naughty cow creamer

Uncommon Objects, Austin, Texas

Best set of decanters in the world, $150