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A designer's recipe for a summer 😎 cool down ❗️
Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli sweat it out at work all summer long, tooling away on new jewelry designs for their line Lady Grey in their Brooklyn studio. But the duo also takes time out to make themselves a nice lunch when they can—and their go-to recipe for steamy days is a chilled g...
According to practitioners of Ayurveda, which originated in India thousands of years ago, nothing perks up the salivary glands like a 👅 scraper. It also revitalizes the throat. If you don't have a tongue scraping tool you can use a toothbrush. Just stick out your 👅 and start brushing it (don't forget the back by your tonsils!) After you brush it, don't forget to rinse. #ayurveda #cleanyourtongue #myhappyplace
I've seen some great foreign films at this theatre!
Museum Films' July schedule features French Film Week, "Van Gogh on the Big Screen," a lush Vietnamese-language romance, a striking British autobiographical drama and an engaging documentary portrait of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.
For you tea drinkers, have you tried white tea or Camellia sinensis? I learned about it from a coworker who claimed she drank it when a cold was coming on and felt better. Right now, it's my "go-to" tea. It's the least processed of all of the teas and supposedly improves brain and oral health! #yummytea #camelliasinensis
Canned saline. What can I say? I like it. This little can jet propels mist in your nose for those wintery days. #mistynostrils #winterweather
we're delighted that "no more chicken" has been sold!! 16" x 16" acrylic on birch.
"waifs" from laurel's recent exhibit in january of 2019.
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We've been working on an exhibit which will be featured at Vintage Coffee in OKC. Be sure to add us to your calendar!
We love this look for a tiny design office!
These are making all of our tiny Scandinavian dreams come true.
Super delicious recipe. "A Chef's Life" does a remarkable job branding. We love how focused they are, dedicating a whole show to mustard greens or a grain, like rice!
This is really a technique that is ideal for transforming leftover rice into something new and special. You can go wild using anything you have in your refrigerator to jazz it up, but I love to serve this under an over-easy egg with lots of soft herbs, like basil, cilantro, and chervil strewn around...
What a delightful desert installation by artist Ugo Rondinone.
Hey Laurel here. What are some methods you use to make space for business? There is a certain creative duo, whose website/philosophy we love. I signed up for their newsletter, which held an article they'd penned about a chalkboard wall they'd come up with. They drew 10 chalk lines to "make space" for new clients on the wall. This would be nice for DL25 because we want to make room for new clients, however, am wondering, has the chalkboard wall become outdated? What do you think? We're thinking of putting one in our studio, maybe a wall by the door so it isn't a focal point.
Another random photo shoot from DL25. Whirrrrr .. click, click, click. Maybe the shoot was not completely random, since we took a day trip to Norman in hopes to find a cool bike as subject matter. We were surprised and delighted to find a rusted vintage bike chained to a fence with fresh flowers in the basket. Before that, our interest was sparked by this 50's Sears number, complete with horn and headlights, parked in front of Antique Avenue on Western.
Laurel's first 10 speed was a Nishiki American Eagle that she rode across town to meet her cycling buddy at Sgt. Pepper's Parlor on Oliver in Wichita, Kansas.
If you have a love of vintage bikes, please share your thought/photos/stories here.
Drop by Vintage Coffee on March 26th between 1 and 4p to view recent works by Laurel. Vintage Coffee
We found this article on Design Sponge about Cur8able to be amazing! We especially embrace Stephanie Thomas' reply, when asked to define professional and creative success: "I am already successful because I had the courage to follow my passion. Yes, they are the same: being courageous, having integrity, being true to who you are. I am going to make mistakes, but that does not define my character as a human being."
by Kayla Whaley FACEBOOK TWITTER PINTEREST As a stylist who focuses on fashion for people with disabilities, Stephanie Thomas has had to carve her own path. When she first began exploring the topic in the early 1990s, she found not only a lack of clothing options, but also a lack of awareness about…
To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.
We agree with Reba and wonder if she knows that bones, antlers, and taxidermied things are still trending among decorators right now? We especially like the mounted minis that Decades Revisited, A Vintage Mall, has for sale. Some of the mounted small animal heads we’ve seen around are made from goat, raccoon and squirrel skulls. We also found some great antlers among interesting arrangements at Decades Revisited.
Photo taken at Decades Revisited, A Vintage Mall, 3639 NW 39th St, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They are on the web at decadesrevisited.com
This taxidermied deer head at Nuthin New was hunted by a relative of the shop’s owner. We were wowed by the festive window display that included the deer head peeking out from behind a toll painted set of black shutters.
Photo taken at Nuthin New, 6638 NW 36th in Bethany, OK 73008. A few doors down from Nuthin New, at 6632 NW 36th, is the New E Nuff Shop. This shop also has great vintage finds, so check it out when you visit Nuthin New.
If you are thinking about getting creative and searching for bones to do some crafting on your own you can find information on how to clean found bones at http://offbeathome.com/2012/03/bones-at-home.
Photography by Laurel Reynolds, ©2015 Design Limits 25.
Great suggestions for holiday promos!
Design ideas for your holiday cards and promotions When you’re a marketer, it’s never too soon to plan ahead. With the holidays coming up, now is a great time to begin planning something special for your audience. We’ve curated some of our holiday designs to help you get inspired by 3D cards, gift h…
Laurel, our art director, is in lurv with her vintage orange couch. The cushion tag reads "Sears, Roebuck and Company,"
A designer with a point to prove!
Justin Gignac, while attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, found himself conversing with a group about the importance of packaging. One member of the discussion felt packaging was of very little importance. Gignac disagreed and decided to package something that noone in their right mind would buy - garbage! Now he has a website (and a page), where he sells his packages of "the garbage of New York City!" He also does commemorative packaging of garbage for large events, like football games and parades.
Justin's website is nycgarbage.com.
I'm amazed at the creative lighting that's around and about Oklahoma City! Like this kitchen colander (or utensil holder) that was converted into a hanging lamp!
Photo taken at Rink Antique Mall, Okla. City, Okla.
Or what about this Seth Thomas clock face steam punk lamp? What a great standing piece! Any guesses as to what the base might be? Apparently, Seth Thomas was a clockmaker who was born in Connecticut in 1785. He acquired several clock making businesses and passed the company down to his family.
Photo Credit: Photography by Laurel Reynolds at Verdigris in downtown Okla. City, Okla. Verdigris offers a curated mix of vintage, antique and natural pieces. Visit their website at www.verdigrisokc.net.
This antique tripod theatre stage light blows me away. It's too wonderful for words. Another great lamp that's for sale at Verdigris in downtown Oklahoma City.
Photo Credit: Photography by Laurel Reynolds.
If you want to add a pop of color to a monochromatic background, what better way than with this orange and white Mid Century Modern lamp? This lamp lives at Verdigris, as well.
Design Tip of the Week:
Avoid a design conversation when being given feedback (I wish I had known this). The critique isn't the place to be creative. Why? Because you can't design on your feet and shouldn't have to. Go back to your desk with the feedback and consider solutions and don't forget to define the problem!!
These are preliminary thumbnail sketches we did for a children's CD that was primarily about science and had games and experiments. We designed "dream sequence" illustrations for the Hidden Pictures part of the CD. Kind of like finding a hidden item in a larger illustration, similar to the illustrations in Highlights.
This is a quizzical industrial piece and I have no idea what its use was. How about taking a guess? Or better yet tell us what its purpose is!
Some of our projects fall by the wayside, like this hand painted folding screen project. We did, however, like the doodle.
Tell us if you remember this curiosity. If so, what was it's purpose?
What's your favorite font?
Design Limits 25 likes Hollie Script Pro, which you can purchase on myfonts.com. Hollie Script Pro has swooshes and nice letterforms. It's a decorative font.
Did you know when developing logos, a professional designer will do research about your company's industry? For instance, if an industry is dominated by men, a designer may choose a no fuss logo that would appeal to men, but use colors that would be of interest to women, to bring them in.
Laurel Reynolds, creative director at Design Limits 25, wrote to Paula Scher asking her her thoughts on moving away to pursue a design career. Here is the design great's response:
"If you are a serious and dedicated designer, I would advise you to go to a city where there is more opportunity to accomplish interesting design. However, I don't really know you or anything about your life and decisions like this are personal.
I moved to New York when I was 21 and had nothing to lose. If you have nothing to lose, give it a try."
Below is a poster Scher designed in 1995, a part of the 'Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk' series.
I love Stefan Sagmeister's work. Stefan is principle designer at Sagmeister and Walsh of NYC, and they design books, films, apps, identities and stuff for the music business.
When someone asked how to defeat the fluff, Sagmeister replied, "Some of it is fine and probably necessary in the same way listening to cheap pop music every so often can be fun. Just constantly it's annoying."
Design Limits 25 is now offering student portfolio consults and professional consults (for business owners, non-profits and corporate clients). We've decided to do these consults on Mondays. Our rate is $25.00 per half an hour for student portfolio consultations and $100.00 an hour for business consultations. Call (405)525-2520 and pencil in your consult with us now!
“The 10 Best Design Books Of 2013″FAST COMPANY “The project went on and on for a year, until Beard had designed 25 posters, all conveying the same message–Wash Your Hands–in magnificently varied ways.”FAST COMPANY
The Seven Deadly Sins ... [of Designing Your Own Website]
Here is a list of 7 of the most common mistakes we see being made when a business owner goes it alone when creating their website.
Awesome share on Laura Bifano's design process for Print Magazine's June 2014 cover illustration.
Illustrator Laura Bifano explains the cover of the June issue of Print, her process, what inspired her and shares some images from another illustration piece.
This article is for those of you who are currently free-lancing or considering free-lancing!
Whether driven by choice or market forces, more and more people in occupations as varied as academia, accounting, and acupuncture, are striking out on their own. It’s a constant hustle that can offer increased work-life flexibility but, as often, includes employers with take-it-or-leave-it attitudes…
Dread Networking? Here are some useful tips!
Scott Kirkwood explores 8 networking tips for in-house graphic designers, especially for those that hate it.
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
I sometimes think this is where I'm heading when making room in my day for cold calling...
This is going to be great:
Co-sponsored by Art Directors Club of Tulsa
Break up your hump day during Food Truck Wednesday with Art Recess at Philbrook Downtown. Bring your lunch inside, participate in a Skype conversation with celebrities from the world of art and culture, and engage in creative challenges.
Winston O. Peraza of Cubic leads a fascinating talk with artist/design icon Paula Scher of Pentagram.
Free and open to all. Chat begins at 12:30pm.
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I'm a big believer in the cold call (great tool for those with small businesses) . Here are a few good tips. Before you make your calls, make sure your website is viewer ready. I like to jot down small elevator speech and have it in front of me!
Things you have to think about when starting a new business. Dont forget about vacation.
Good tips on where to place important content on your website!!!
Have you ever gone to a website but get so frustrated and distracted by the design that you immediately hit the escape button?
Oklahoma City, OK
Design Limits 25 was founded by Laurel Reynolds in June of 1997, whose background is in marketing, public relations and graphic design for the web. DL25 creates and maintains websites for companies who are either too busy or would prefer someone else do the updates. Other offerings include content management systems with easy to use administration tools for companies who do want to do their own updates. We have just recently added an ecommerce solution to our services. In February of 2002, Design Limits 25 was awarded a Silver Merit Addy award for its work the for Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, a nonprofit organization who supports artists' entrepreneurship. Design Limits 25 has continued to do work for nonprofits and is currently working with Toastmasters International. "What I love about being a designer is the diversity of this profession: designers are involved in the creation of cool projects like CD cover design, web design, or projects involving interior design for restaurants and retail. And it does not all have to be on a computer. In fact, the computer is really the last part of the design process," says Reynolds. It starts with vision, like the architect taking a raw warehouse and imagining a whole integrated living space. That is how I approach my projects. I often start with pen, ink, paint, and one time even scotch tape and cutouts, to develop a visual concept that conveys the core messages of my clients' brands.
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