Happy August, everyone!
Summer sure is flying by… or at least that is what I try to tell myself when I am melting in my Atlanta studio (us Southerners have like three months of summer left, let’s be real.) July was good to me and it introduced me to a few new favorite things that I just can’t keep to myself.
1. Creative, Inc.
This book continues to be an incredible tool as I forge the trail of freelance design. It’s pages walk you through the ins and outs of being a creative entrepreneur, delivering the driest and least fun aspects of freelancing, like taxes and fee negotiation, with finesse and humor. It is written by Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! (the cutest, most colorful blog on the world wide web) and Meg Mateo Ilasco, a super talented creative freelancer. This is not a book that will collect dust on the shelf. With chapters dedicated to Getting Paid and Balancing Your Business and Personal Lives, this book can hold your hand as a freshman entrepreneur and serve as a roadmap to success as your business grows.
I might be a little biased, being a Michigan native, but these days my go-to sketchbooks are from the Detroit-based company, Shinola. Detroit has seen some rough days in the past few decades, but you can’t forget that it once was a gleaming beacon of ingenuity and progress, the heart of American manufacturing. Shinola has reclaimed some of the old factory spaces in the city and their skilled craftsman make watches, leather goods, journals, and even bicycles. They are dedicated to American jobs and now have locations around the US. I get the chills just watching this video about their story.
3. Henry & Co.
I introduced you to my little letterpress in this post a while back. My tabletop Chandler & Price is where it all began for me and until about four months ago, everything that went out the door had been lovingly hand-fed through this trusty antique machine. However, as the business began to grow, I took a step back and decided to spend more of my time on the designing end and began a search for a quality local print shop to take care of production. Shortly thereafter, I found Henry & Co., a studio here in Atlanta. They’ve been perfecting the art of printing since 1975 and they are the best of the best. Their clients range anywhere from boutique design studios like Gatlin Paper Co. all the way to companies like Porsche. As a designer, meeting with them is like being a kid in a candy store-- I have an idea and they make it happen. They are my knights in shining armor for any letterpress, hot foil stamping, embossing project.
What are some of your new favorite small business resources, studio gadgets, or workday playlists?