Writing the first week in review post of 2016 brought a lot of pressure, probably heightened by the fact that I haven’t even shared a week in review post in a month or so! Whoops. What can I say? Life. Work. Family. Goals. These things get in the way.
- Kanye just dropped a new track, Real Friends, and I have listened to it 18 times already (but ask me again tomorrow and I won’t want to admit the answer). It’s also finished with a preview of another new track that must be dropping soon, No More Parties.
- I was featured in a New Years resolution post on Creative Bloq this week. I gave my answer. Read it and the answers of 14 other designers here.
- Amandah Wood of Ways We Work and I Skyped for an hour or so recently and she asked me some questions about work, life and all that stuff in between. You can read the transcribed chat here.
- In late December, I finally introduced a new Design*Sponge column I had been working on and ideating for a while. It’s called Comfort Zone and it explores real things like fear, questions we wish we had answers to, and exposes a less IG-perfect side of people. A few posts have already been published in the series, but if you haven’t read any, start with the first one with Sara Hart. (Okay, so this one is cheating for week in review as it happened last month, so sue me.)
- I’ve never been to LA, but if I went, I’d also check out Northeast LA because why not. This week’s City Guide I edited sounds pretty great.
- This week I also got to finally publish the first installment of a 3-part series on Erin Benzakein of Floret on Design*Sponge. This week she chatted about being the face of your business. Check in next week for a post about how to grow your team!
- This week’s Comfort Zone featured Ifétayp Abdus-Salam who virtually invited me into her apartment in Harlem which she’s lived in for 3 decades!
- Speaking of comfort zones, I threw myself into some unknown waters over the last few months. I took a position to become a teacher for a semester at Sheridan College, teaching fourth and second year students on all things digital, business, social media etc. For one of my assignments, I had students create a large poster surrounding a theme they were passionate about that had to comprise of 15-20 spot illustrations that could be separated into single pieces for promotion on Instagram and social media. One of my students, Rasa Morrison created this beautiful piece on plants that attract bees. I loved it so much I asked her to sell me a print.
- I have fallen in love with the work of Ink Dwell. That’s all!