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super sad news ( + a silver lining! )

FRIENDS!

It’s finally time for me to break the silence and tell you why I’ve been MIA lately. ( No mom, not pregnant. )

I have something super sad, but also super exciting to share with you: Create Like Crazy will be coming to an end next week. And yes, there is an exciting side, I promise!

To explain why I have to end CLC, I have start at the beginning

clc brunch

When I started Create Like Crazy just over a year ago, it was with the plan for it to simply be a blog where I and a few other “creatives” in different areas of art shared knowledge and inspiration. ( The image above is from our first event together ) Then I made the decision to roll my design business in with the blog and do both under the name Create Like Crazy. Since the domain name was available it never occurred to me to make sure the business name was available, especially since I wasn’t using it as my business name at first. ( I want to go back in time and slap myself! Haha! Please learn from my huge mistake. ) Through some simple research I found out a few months ago that “Create Like Crazy” is in fact trademarked. ( *insert bleeped out words here* )

Of course, I was completed bummed at first. This space means so much to me! It’s not just a space on the web, it has allowed me to connect with so many wonderful people ( you! ) and helped grow so many wonderful friendships. It has also been an amazing source of inspiration, creative outlet and catalyst in figuring out my “style” and place in the design world.

With that said, here’s game plan moving forward: to start a new business – solely focused on design now, but built for growth and change. I will still have a blog but, like I’ve done on CLC recently, it will be more streamlined and focused in an effort to give you the best content possible. This will allow me to spend more time on my design clients and the other ideas I have up my sleeve. ( heheeeeeeee! )

So yeah, it totally sucks that this wonderful space has to come to an end. But I am ecstatic about this new adventure. There are so many positive things about this seemingly terrible situation. I’ll share that with you next week when I plan to launch the new site! I hope you’ll join me for this crazy fun ride. Thanks for riding it with me so far!

design work: erin nicole photography

Remember this moodboard I shared with you a while back? I’m excited to reveal the finished product today!

Erin’s old site did a good job of showing off her fun personality, but needed an update in order to really show an accurate balance of fun and professional.

erin nicole photography / branding and website designNew shiny new site is clean and classic with punches of color and pattern mixed in. A huge goal of mine was to make sure the design enhanced Erin’s beautiful photography instead of becoming a distraction.
erin nicole photography / branding and website design

erin nicole photography / branding and website designCheck out the live site at byerinnicole.com! ( And her blog here! )

You can also follow Erin on facebook and instagram.

 

design process: inspiration moodboards

Hey friends! I’m busy with design projects, emailing and client meetings today but I wanted to give you a look at one of my current projects – I just love it!

I’ve spent a lot of time refining my process recently and one of the things that needed a small change was the inspiration moodboard portion. As creatives, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when jumping on Pinterest for inspiration. If you’re like me, it’s hard to edit down a specific look because I just love so much! So, I decided to make searching for images part of the Branding Workbook that I send to my clients to get their project started. In the Workbook, there are specific categories that they need to find images for. A few categories being typography, color and texture. I ask them to go out with their camera or flip through a magazine to find these images. This way, they are looking for something specific as they search for visual representations of their brand and not becoming completely overwhelmed by all of the options.

This client  decided to stick to magazine clippings to collect images. After she gave them to me and we discussed them along with her completed Branding Workbook, I was able to narrow them down to the images you see on her inspiration moodboard.

design process: inspiration moodboardI just love the rich, bold color and typography she chose. We’ll be revealing more of her updated brand very soon! :)

Side note: I still love creating moodboards via Pinterest and I don’t think that is a bad way to go about finding inspiration. This is just what works best for my clients at this point!

I’d love to know what works best for you! Where to you go to collect visual inspiration?

 

new from the studio: oh, i design

How’s everyone doing out there? I feel slightly disconnected from the internet world since I’ve cut back on blogging – but it has been a good thing, for sure.

This weekend we got our house ready to be put back up for rent and started looking at houses! ( EEEEEEE!! ) I’m not sure I was ready for the emotional side of finding a house, whew! But, I’m super excited to see what God has planned for our future.

Now that you’re all caught up on my crazy little life, it’s time for a big reveal from the design studio! Last week, Jessica Packard revealed her newly renovated blog, Oh, I Design! It was such a blessing to work with this sweet girl and have the opportunity to get to know her.

Oh, I Design blog design by jordan brantley

Here’s a short interview with Jessica, the interior design guru behind Oh, I Design:

Tell us a bit about Oh, I Design! What can new readers expect?
Oh, I Design is my little piece of the internet focused around all things interiors along with posts about San Diego, other creatives, events + just inspiration. It originated when my now fiance and I made a big move from Oklahoma to San Diego, I found it was the perfect place to keep up with my friends and family from home. It has transitioned into more than I ever thought and I have met so many fantastic people through it.

Has your blog had a big effect on your career in interior design?
Absolutely! I am a big believer in “it’s all about who you know” and again, I have met a lot of great people through my blog/social media that have connected me to new clients and job opportunities. It (eh…she? my blog is a she…I feel bad calling her “it”) helped me find most of the closest friends I have in San Diego and I couldn’t be more thankful for that alone. But, “she” has also given me more knowledge about interior design through a lot of research and exploration for various posts.

How important was having a strong visual identity to you?
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the strongest), I would have to say 11. Ha! Yes, I would say the content is the most important but how will people remember YOUR blog/website? What makes it special? What makes it…you? Before I had the opportunity of working with Jordan, I attempted to create most of the design elements on my old blog (poor old blog) and it was just….blah. Nothing reflected my personality and I eventually found I lacked the motivation to create more unique posts because of it. Jordan helped me gain the confidence and motivation I needed!

Thank you Jordan for having me on your blog and creating such a rad blog for me!! I am a big fan of yours!

16_ohidesign02Can you see why I love her!? Haha :)

With this design, we wanted to make it super clear who Jessica is and what she does as soon as readers come to her blog. ( here’s the inspiration moodboard we started with! ) We used hand drawn elements ( the furniture renderings are her own sketches! ) and graph paper texture to give readers the feeling that they’re getting a peek into Jessica’s sketch book.

Head on over to Jessica’s new snazzy blog and say hello!

Does your brand need a little spring cleaning as well?  

I’m currently taking new design clients for the coming weeks, so shoot me an email if you’d like more information about working with me on your project!

 

what are your favorite digital publications?

I’m on the hunt for a little e-inspiration for a current design project. There are plenty of great magazines around my house but I’m looking for a few killer digital publications. Of course, I’ll be soaking up inspiration from tangible sources but I want to make sure I do my research to find out what makes an e-mag really pop of the… screen.

the best digital publications, online magazines

Here are a few I’ve rounded up so far:

Okay, GO! Throw your suggestions at me.