Archive for March, 2010

Link Lineup. 3.19.10

Posted in Link Lineup on March 19th, 2010 by Signify – Be the first to comment
by Signify. Location: Florence, Italy

by Signify. Location: Florence, Italy

March is definitely in like a lion…it’s been snowing all day today with no signs up letting up any time soon. This means sledding will be in our near future. In the meantime, enjoy a flurry of links.

  • These lamps are fantastic. Gave me some good ideas.
  • I would love to have these for my house once I get my home decór more cohesive (gotta eventually replace the 1980’s La-Z-Boy couches…)
  • Loving these soap tins sold at Anthropologie. They would be great for storing my crafty items, fun travel souvenirs or jewelry once the soap is all used up.
  • Frank Chimero came up with a great list of inspirational designers and here are some more I’d like to add: David Carson, Marian Bantjes, Louise Fili and Paula Scher.
  • I’m a fan of the updated twist on the classic, decorative look that’s being done lately. These books are no exception.

That’s it. Just a little list for you all today. Now it’s time for me to enjoy the outdoors!

- Laura

Work in progress

Posted in on March 14th, 2010 by Signify – Be the first to comment

Things have been a bit busy around here as far as new work, meetings with prospective clients and developing proposals as well as juggling a few part-time jobs I’ve taken on. And even though I’ve been really bad about updating the blog with recently completed projects (in fact, I have none on here), I’m going to change that right now with this post.

I’m pretty excited about finishing up a new web design project I’d been working on these last few weeks for my old co-worker and friend, Ryan Wynia, through his company, Firebone. Here are some screen shots of the project in progress, and soon it will be live!

McCord Landing page

The Road: McCord Road Christian Church Landing page

Events page

Events page

Messages page

Messages page

I’m also currently working on a publication for another client and friend who followed us in our move to Colorado. I am SO grateful to have this support from people back in the Midwest, especially since it’s a job in and of itself to get plugged into a new community and develop new business relationships here in Golden. So thanks to everyone who stuck with us in this transition! And all this new work will soon be featured on our website,

So hopefully I’ll be better at putting new work up here in the future. But as the title says…that, too, is a work in progress.


Link Lineup. 3.12.10

Posted in Link Lineup on March 12th, 2010 by Signify – Be the first to comment

by Signify. Location: Murren, Switzerland

It’s springtime in the Rockies and I’ve got the sliding door wide open as I sit by the computer today. Ahh. Can’t wait to see the landscape start changing from brown to green with little bursts of color from the soon-to-be flowering foliage. Just waiting for the day when I can take my computer breaks poolside. I’m ready for summer! Now onto some link mania.

  • I’m definitely considering getting this rug for the entryway. Not only is it fun, but it’s a great way for gravel to get knocked off people’s shoes upon entry. Two for the price of one.
  • We love our dog which is why these are the best commercials ever. Entertaining and beautiful.
  • Duke University’s collection of historic American sheet music is fantastic.
  • Loving these necklaces. Great use of found objects that create a modern and unique accessory.
  • I’m one of those people who has a great idea or remembers something I need to do right before falling asleep but don’t feel like getting up to write it down. I think I need to keep this journal by the side of my bed.
  • I have an obsession with scarves. And now these lovelies by Phillipe Roucou for Reborn are on my wishlist.
  • A great daily collection blog, and this ensemble is one of my favorites so far. Ooo, and this one, too.

That’s it for this week’s goodie blog. Happy, sunny weekend!

- Laura

The funny thing about work

Posted in Signifycant Thoughts on March 6th, 2010 by Signify – Be the first to comment

If only work was called “fun.” What a great life we’d have then, right? Well, unfortunately it’s not our reality. Work is called “work” for a reason and complain as we may, it’s what we’re called to do in order to survive in this world. Whether it’s working on a relationship, finances, perspective, skills or working on actual work…it’s just what we do. And this is something I’ve been reminded of often by my husband and business partner whenever I say, “this is hard” or “I don’t want to.”

If jobs were only for those who truly and deeply enjoyed what they did and loved going to work every day, would we have trash collectors, janitors, factory workers or morticians? I’m not so sure. I know there are jobs out there that really do fulfill people’s lives completely and they truly love what they do. But every single day? Highly doubtful. Everyone has bad days and days where they feel like giving up. It’s natural, but it’s a feeling to overcome. And here’s what what Seth Godin has to say about that:

I don’t feel like it

What’s it?

Why do you need to feel like something in order to do the work? They call it work because it’s difficult, not because it’s something you need to feel like.

Very few people wake up in the morning and feel like taking big risks or feel like digging deep for something that has eluded them. People don’t usually feel like pushing themselves harder than they’ve pushed before or having conversations that might be uncomfortable.

Of course, your feelings are irrelevant to whether or not the market expects great work. Do the work. Ignore the feelings part and the work will follow.

Working on the “stuff” in my life isn’t always fun or easy, but if I get to it with the right attitude, perspective and motivation, I can be proud of a job well done. And then take the weekend to congratulate myself.

- Laura

Link Lineup. 3.05.10

Posted in Link Lineup on March 5th, 2010 by Signify – Be the first to comment
by Signify. Location: Lake Como, Italy

by Signify. Location: Lake Como, Italy

This week I got behind in my Google Reader RSS feeds where I find all my great links for these posts. So when I got around to reviewing them today, I was very overwhelmed with the quantity of cool finds. I may have to get rid of some of my subscriptions or I’ll drive myself crazy spending so much time looking at fun things. In saying that, I’d like nothing better than to overwhelm my readers as well – for the sake of camaraderie. So here goes!

  • A handmade CMYK study and Gill Sans poster by Evelin Kasikov.
  • Not a 4-color process – check out these fun Pantone® make up concepts.
  • When I get into glasses again someday (it’s inevitable even with Lasik), I’m totally getting a pair of sexy specs by Warby Parker. Inexpensive yet stylish.
  • Interesting artwork made with corrugated cardboard.
  • This chair is wonderful. As is this clothes hanger.
  • Date night in Paris at this restaurant, please?
  • Stop motion videos are all the rage now. It’s no wonder with videos like this (featuring my talented cousin Lexia’s work) and this out there.
  • Custom lettering each day of the year…a fun and beneficial experiment.
  • Simple, but beautiful. And I know it’s tequila, but the design is oh so lovely…makes me want to head to a beach.
  • Irresistible logo and corresponding packaging. Love it!
  • I love this site for the concept and content. One of my favorites out of the bunch is the typographic playing cards.
  • A funny yet practical way to show the world you love photography while drinking your morning cup of coffee.
  • It’s our new house!
  • And let’s end on a more girly note, shall we? Some shoes (select black) to go with that handbag.

Spring is in the air! Enjoy the weekend.

- Laura

The surmised demise of the Internet

Posted in Signifycant Thoughts on March 1st, 2010 by Signify – Be the first to comment

I’ve recently begun to follow Frank Chimero’s blog so you’ll probably notice his name come up a lot because he’s got some amazing insight to share. And his most recent post didn’t let me down – hilarious:

8 Ways to End the Internet

I found this article that speculates on ways the internet will end. I figure I should make my own list of ways the internet will end. You know, for the sake of punditry. They had 10, but geez, I could only figure out 8 possible ways. Just imagine the other two are some wicked water-to-blood Old Testament type of apocalypse stuff. Anyway, 8 ways the internet could end:

1. Locust swarm at Farmville, ruining crops and causing mass e-starvation.
2. O shortage on Ggle Search Results.
3. Bird season at Twitter.
4. Rick Astley gives up and lets us down.
5. MySpace v3.0 (with 3D glasses)
6. Dancing Baby and Hamster Dance make another go at it in light of the recent success of other come-back tours.
7. All server farms = Transformers.
8. Facebook homepage redesign.
EDIT: Uh oh. I thought of more.
1. Large Hadron Collider operated by this guy.
2. A Tumblr blog about hipsters is started. It does not receive a book deal.
3. Ban imposed on list-based blog entries

I especially like his last one and it makes me laugh. Because not only is my Link Lineup series list-based, I also have another blog about our daily life in Golden that includes many lists as well. I LOVE my list-based blogs. And don’t even get me started with the Facebook redesign…

- Laura