Happy New Year Guys! I’m excited to introduce you to our first intern of 2016 – Jordan! What drew me to Jordan (beyond her great portfolio and cheery demeanor) is that she brings a bit of “home” to our team. She’s currently on break from CCA – an amazing design school in San Francisco. We lucked out that she’s originally from Denver. Stay tuned to see what we create together!
My name is Jordan Rae Smith: a native Coloradan (yes; we DO still exist) who is very happy to announce that she’s joining Spitfiregirl as their newest design intern! Yay!! Lucky me.
Born in the High Rockies, I was fortunate to live in such a beautiful place surrounded by trees, mountains, and snow that fell well into July. But as I got older, I felt restricted from the art world; like I was missing a whole part of myself that I never knew, so I packed up my bags to go learn art & design in the most hilly and foggy city: San Francisco.
Now if you ever get the chance to meet me, you’ll quickly learn a few things about me right off the bat. I love to smile, I chew my nails, and you’ll probably think I’m 5 years younger than my real age, which I will quickly reply with a “I just have good skin” comment. (Seriously. Ask anyone.) But after awhile you’ll realize that I’m sassy, I love cake and will love you for bringing me a piece of cake, and that I’m very passionate and curious about the world and the people in it.
I don’t just call myself a designer. I’m also a critical thinker, researcher, art maker and sometimes a huge Netflix-Binge-Watcher. My number one goal is to enhance the way people look at the world around them, be it though an independent publication or an installation or a website that screams “Wake Up Silly Lady!” I’m inspired by geometric shapes (mainly triangles), nature (because duh), bright colors, and simplicity. You’ll find throughout my design, that I love to blend classic and nostalgic trends together to create something updated and new.
Now that you’ve got to know me a bit more, you’re probably like “OMG, I want to be her best friend!” Just kidding. But for real, if you want to know more or view my work, please visit my portfolio, Instagram, or Pinterest page.
But wow. I feel so freaking super duper lucky to be a part of the Spitfiregirl Team and I am looking at the next few months as one big adventure!
And… since you just read all that, you get a gold star!
Pssst….I’ve got a tip to share and I hope it comes in handy! Want to make your holidays a whole lot easier? Skip the post office madness and send a New Years Card instead! While I love a good Christmas or Holiday card…the reality is, I just can’t keep up anymore. And the Huffington Post agrees – giving us 3 reasons to skip the season’s greetings.
Every year, I turn to my favorite source – Minted, to find a card that would help help ring in the new year with style. Minted is the world’s premier marketplace for independent design. I love that I’m helping to support talented artists and designers (and selfishly, removing something off my teeteringly tall plate).
Here’s 3 of my favorite designs to get you that much closer to sending new year’s joy!
3. Playfully Gold Engraved
I really the hand-illustrated text, plus if you didn’t get around to a family photoshoot…this is a great option. It’s also a perfect card to send to your business colleagues and clients. Designer: Phrosne Ras
So remember… if you didn’t send out your holiday cards, there’s still time. Send a New Years card instead with Minted!
PS: They are currently giving 15% off holiday cards with the code WINTER15.
Minted provided a gift code in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. If I didn’t genuinely like their products, you wouldn’t be seeing it on the blog!
As we bid our intern Kate adieu, we are now looking for one smart, creative, and energetic candidate to join our studio for our 2016 Graphic Design Internship Program. Our clients are primarily in the wedding, hospitality, event & fashion industries, so a LOVE of pretty pictures and fun content is a must! These are 4-month, unpaid internships. School credit is preferred but not a requirement. Paid freelance work upon completion of the internship will definitely be considered for qualified candidates. Think this could be you? then please read below for all the details…
GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN
You will work on a variety of design projects (identity, print and mostly web) with an emphasis on marketing to help build a brand. I am looking for strong concepts, good typography, a strong understanding of the web, good use of grids and color, and appropriate styles for respective projects. There should be some thought behind your work. You will get hands-on experience how a design studio works, including various stages of projects from concept to completion along with participating in office duties in our creative shop. This position is a great opportunity for someone to learn the ins and outs of running a professional design business in a casual work environment. If you’d like to hear what other interns have to say – visit here.
Skills you’ll utilize and learn:
• research and concepting
• creation of mood boards and photoshop templates
• file organization
• print collateral design
• website wireframes & design
• designing email & promotional materials
• web & print production
** Bonus points if you’ve got video skills!
• Portfolio of design work that includes web, print, and identity projects
• DEMONSTRATED PROFICIENCY in PHOTOSHOP (masking, brushes, layers) is a must! Illustrator, and InDesign also requires proficiency
• Understanding of HTML is a plus
• Proactive, good at multi-tasking and crazy about the details
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Available to work 10-20 hours per week
• On-site intern given top priority but the right candidate will be considered if remote
• Ideally a design student but also not a steadfast requirement
Interested? Please send your resume and portfolio (please link to your website and/or client work) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list “DESIGN INTERN” in your subject line and mention why you’d like to work at Spitfiregirl.
** LOOKING TO FILL BY MID DECEMBER. START DATE – JAN 4, 2016 **
Due to the overwhelming response, we regret we cannot respond to every applicant. We will reply back in more detail to those we are interested in interviewing.
Thanks and good luck!
I don’t know about you but once fall season rolls around I’m all about leaving the pastels back at home taking a rest and gearing up for a good mall-stroll. Ya’ know, or at least a good window shopping session, to gather some wardrobe inspiration. And you know what? Even the blacks and the maroons don’t seem nearly as interesting anymore. There’s something so fresh about emerald green. It’s almost like we’re bringing a little bit of summer with us throughout the fall and the winter; boycotting not seeing this beautiful hue in nature anymore. I saw these boots and went bonkers! Happy shopping!
We’ve all been there. By the time lunch hour hits we’ve already replied to 20 emails, been to two meetings, scheduled ourselves crazy for the rest of the week, and are left wondering where on earth the time went when we have absolutely no time to catch New Girl on Netflix at night. (Because, let’s be real, those are the small things we’re looking forward to…) The time went where it usually does, you just snoozed by on a caffeine-laden, to-do-smothered frenzy that leaves you feeling dissatisfied and a little anxious at not being able to enjoy small things on a daily-basis!
We’ll never be able to enjoy the small things if we constantly treat our day-to-day like a marathon we just can’t finish. Because let’s be real, you can’t do it all, so why do we even try? The best thing to do is to really organize, prioritize and declutter our lives to make room for the small things that make the day-to-day much better. At the end of the day, whenever it’s truly time to tackle that to-do list we’ll be much more energized. Here are some tips!
1. Wake up earlier and drink your coffee in peace
Before you sit down with your agenda, or your crazy schedule, just take a break. You haven’t done anything yet, but take a break. Set the tone for a relaxed, yet productive, day by taking things one at a time, and not sending your brain into overdrive as soon as you get out of bed.
2. Go for a walk during lunch time
Usually by lunch time we’ve done the bulk of our work day. We’ve have had however-many calls and emails answered to, we’ve scheduled meetings, and hauled through some big projects. So by the time lunch time rolls around, slow down by taking a walk and listening to your favorite podcast, or catching up on that latest novel on your kindle that you can never seem to get around to.
3. Make it a point to listen to music
I don’t know about you, but listening to my favorite jams throughout the day makes me feel more upbeat and puts me in a ready-to-work mood. Make it a point to listen to your Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist on your commute or put your headphones on as you’re making dinner.
4. For every focused hour of work, check your Instagram feed.
Or whatever else you use to distract yourself from your workload. ;) Usually for me it is Instagram, but feel free to check out that blog you’ve been dying to read, or looking up movie information on IMDB, etc. The point is that we can’t just grind and grind all day without giving our brains a break here and there!
5. Set up a time to disconnect from your inbox
A common mistake we all make is checking our inbox all throughout the day and night. That’s to say that as we are trying to focus on the latest episode of House of Cards, we’re still wired to our duties, which makes it so much harder to concentrate on a moment of recess. In order to slow down your day, just set a time in the evening when you stop checking that inbox, and just leave things to be worked out tomorrow.
6. Make dinner
Making dinner is a nice divide between a work day and down time at home. And even better, looking through recipes and deciding what tonight’s dinner will be usually a nice pick-me-up!
7. Read before you turn off the lights
Nothing says “bedtime” more than reading a nice book you can’t get around to throughout the day right before you hit the sack. Make it a point to not be bringing in your phone/ipad/laptop and just slow down with a nice read!
8. Do your nails, straighten your bangs, put on some face mask!
Whenever I feel like I’m stressed out with school work or my job, I like to come home and forget all about it for a little while. Nothing is better than pampering yourself a little with a nice pedicure/manicure or just slathering on some face mask and unwinding for a bit with a box of cookies (Maybe the cookies are just me…). You’re doing double duty of taking it easy and getting ready to rock & roll tomorrow.
9. Reach out to friends and family
When that latest assignment is making you want to pull your hair, just stop and Facetime your mom/best friend/spouse/whatever for 15 minutes. Make it a point to not only catch up with your loved ones, but also make time for you. It’ll do you good, and when you sit back down you’ll feel a bit more reenergized.
10. Take a deep breath. Take a nap.
Nothing screams “slowing down” like taking a sitting down with a good coffee and taking a deep breath, or heck, taking a nap if you can afford it! It can be difficult to tune things out throughout the day, but at least taking a deep breath will give you a minute to find your center and rethink your approach.
How are you planning on slowing down your day today?
Guys, I’ve been keeping a secret from you. While I’ve been working away at Spitfiregirl and SpitfireMom I’ve also been working on another passion project (yes, another!). Sparked in part by my speaking engagements at Altitude Summit this past year, and in part just from seeing a need. You see, I’ve been in this game for a LONG time. I’m not saying that to brag, but it’s really just fact. Over 20 years in the design world, and you learn a few things about what works and what doesn’t, with a company’s brand.
Enter my dear friend and collaborator Myrna Plaisir Daramy of Mezzohead Media. You may not recognize her name, but trust me – some of the top wedding, luxury and lifestyle brands sure do. Myrna is the Chief Technology Officer of Mark Ingram Atelier, and provides digital and SEO strategy to clients like Say Yes To The Dress star Randy Fenoli, and fashion designer Anne Barge to name just a few. I call her my “not so secret” SEO weapon. After years of working together on client projects, we have joined forces to provide affordable Brand and SEO Audits to businesses looking for guidance and clarity on their digital brand. I’m so excited to introduce:
As we’ve seen often, many business owners are unsure how to strengthen the look, feel, and function of their website. They may be unsure if their site is optimized properly for search engines, or if their website is attracting their ideal customer. We audit and provide branding and SEO direction with tailored expertise. We are honest and clear about what’s working for your brand…and what’s not. Together, we find out what you can do better – from design to development and every pixel in-between.
Our full site is launching soon. In the meantime, join our mailing list for updates, specials and tips on how to empower and improve YOUR brand!
Heidi & Myrna
I’ve been back at home for about two weeks now following my short break between summer classes and fall classes at Syracuse University! No matter how many times I’ve been back home, Puerto Rico never ceases to induce butterflies in my stomach and make me feel like a little girl at a candy shop. There can never be too much beach, or sun, or shopping, or dancing!
I typically visit every holiday season and sometime during the summer. Traveling to Puerto Rico is pretty inexpensive (we are not considered international, after all!) so I always make it my excuse that I just need to spend time with family, which is true! But let’s be real, I certainly enjoy the warm weather, the food, the coffee, and salsa music, too!
I don’t get to see all my favorite spots every time I come (some are farther away from the metropolitan area, where I live, than others!), but I certainly always come with the intention. Regardless, here are my favorite spots to hang out in when I come! I definitely encourage you to make us the host of your next family vacation, honeymoon, or whatever! ;)
Where can you picture yourself at?!