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major sale at chronicle

Squeal!!! I just got an email from one of my lovely sponsors, Chronicle Books, letting me know that Delphine-Ephemera readers get 40 percent off Chronicle Books through January 31, 2011. Eeeeek! I’ve shown some faves from my bookshelf (Little Book of Letterpress and Creative, Inc.) and ones I have my eye on above. To get the discount, use the code: CAL40 during checkout and click through to the Chronicle website here. Happy shopping and a big MERCI to Chronicle Books!


north county graphic design meetup: design book swap december 21, 2010

I’m excited to announce that our very own North County Graphic Designers group is having a book swap at our next morning coffee meetup! Here’s the scoop:

JOIN US: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 8am at E Street Café in Encinitas, California.

BRING: Up to three used design-related books that you’d like to swap. Books can be about graphic design, design software programming, art, or anything a designerd would like. Design magazines are also great (i.e. Communication Arts, HOW, Print, STEP, etc.).

DETAILS: For each book you bring you will get one ticket in the hat with your name on it. We’ll pick names and when your name is called go up to the table with all the books and pick a new one to take home. After everyone picks their books you can trade with other people if you’d like.

If you’re not already a member please do a “groups” search on LinkedIn for “North County Graphic Designers” and join the group. It’s free. I look forward to seeing everyone!


cool school lunches

Our 6-year-old started first grade yesterday. Nothing makes me feel more like a mom than packing school lunches. Not taking him to the doctor, not shopping for back to school shoes, not reading bedtime stories or running a bath. It's writing a note on a napkin (complete with hearts and drawings of kitties), slicing apples and spreading peanut butter. Sometimes I use cookie cutters to cut out cute shaped sandwiches, but the ideas in Yum Yum Bento Box bring it to a whole new level. I think it's a brilliant idea to get kids to eat their lunches. Today my little guy's lunch box came back with an intact sandwich (cookie and fruit rollup devoured). Maybe if I had decorated it to look like a cute little animal he would have eaten it!

THE SCOOP: Yum Yum Bento Box, from Amazon; Customizable flames lunch box (we have this one-- love that the inside of the lid is a chalkboard, so I can write notes!) from Frecklebox; dinosaur cookie cutter from Williams Sonoma.


in the press: reinventing letterpress

Many thanks to Charlotte Rivers for featuring Delphine in her latest book, Reinventing Letterpress. It's an awesome compendium of letterpress studios, and I'm truly honored to be included.


in the press: the tooth keri logo

Yay! The darling "Tooth Keri" logo I designed for Dr. Nazli Keri, a pediatric dentist, was recently published in Logo Lounge's newest collection: "LogoLounge Master Library: 3,000 Animal and Mythology Logos."

I couldn't resist sharing Dr. Keri's partner in crime's logo, too. If you live in Southern California and need a pediatric dentist or orthodontist, swoop in to visit The Super Dentists! Your kids will thank you.


summer reading list download

Hi everyone! John and I love reading, and I'm happy to report that our little one does, too. I made up some reading list worksheets for him to record his reads. After he reads 10 books we treat him to a family trip for some frozen yogurt : ) You can read the full post and download the free worksheet over at Designing Moms.

He loves to read my old Shel Silverstein books. Kindergarteners are not too young to appreciate poetry.


bookshelf: often wrong, never in doubt, by donny deutsch

For the past few days I've been reading adman (and maybe one day NYC mayor) Donny Deutsch's book, "Often Wrong, Never in Doubt." Not that it's a surprise (you have seen his fantastic CNBC show, The Big Idea, right?), but the book is stellar. Every chapter I find myself learning something, nodding in agreement, annoying John by reading something aloud. So many things in the book are quotable, but a few I just read are really sticking with me

On putting clients first: "'What would I do if this was my business?' How going over to the other side will better your own bottom line."

And on fear: "You can't be crippled by the fear of failure; that truly is in the definition of not succeeding. If you do nothing, your failure is guaranteed."

And one more, because I can't resist: on women and "The doctrine of female superiority": "Women are superior beings. It's that simple. Give me a choice between a woman and a man with the same talents, I'll take the woman every time."

On it's face, this book is about a simple question: "Why not me." But it's really about going beyond believing in yourself, and doing something about it. It's about action. It's also about the crazy ad world (the behind the scenes insight is entertaining and enlightening, to say the least). It's about how to be a great boss. How to deal with clients. How to deal, period. It's about facing fear, not backing down, being bold. Being authentic. Yes, it's inspiring, but beyod that, it's motivating. It's a call to action. Oh yes, and it's about branding, too. I highly recommend this book to anyone in business, not just creative types.

By the way, sorry, Donny, that your face is covered up by a sticker ... silly librarian. What were you thinking?


quoted: marketing + business

I read Tribes, by Seth Godin while I was in New York for NYIGF. It was the perfect book to read while attending a gift show. While on the surface the book is about leadership, it's full of lots of super insights on marketing. The overarching themes I took away from the book are that it's okay to question the status quo ("be a heretic") and that change & innovation are keys to success.

I have to return my copy to the library, but I'm already planning a visit to my local bookshop to pick up my very own copy.


quoted: design + business

QUOTED is a new column that I'll be posting from time to time, with quotes from business and graphic design books I've read.

I'm reading "The Game Changer," by A. G. Lafley and Ram Charan. It's an insider's look at innovation can drive growth (Lafley is the chariman and ceo of Procter & Gamble; Charan is a leading business consultant). I particularly identified with the quote (above) about design. Just a few days ago I updated my portfolio and wrote that a major goal of good design is to create an experience. I was thinking particularly about design as it relates to branding retail stores, and I think that Lafley's statement is exactly what I was trying to describe.

How would you define good design?


graphic design: penguin classics

I was browsing at my local Borders the other day and came across these fabulous updated covers of three of my very favorite books. (My all-time favorite is The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, in case you're wondering. And no, I didn't see a fabulous new cover for it). They're all Penguin Classics imprints. The illustrations in this series are by über-talents (including Ruben Toledo and Jeffrey Brown).

The cover illustrations on the cover make these classics a bit more accessible to teen readers than the dour looking oil portrait that usually stares up from the covers, don't you think? How old were you when you first read these books? I was in ninth grade.

I'll admit that the cover of a book (the packaging of anything, really) matters to me. Although I have read all three of these books, and have perfectly good copies sitting on my shelves, I was extremely tempted to purchase them. I have a coupon, after all, I tried to justify to myself. Instead I walked out with a newish novel by Leif Enger: So Brave, Young, and Handsome. The cover is not particularly interesting ... which totally blows my theory.


business advice: craft, inc.

The just released "Craft Inc. Business Planner: the Ultimate Organizer for Turning Your Crafts into Cash," by Meg Ilasco, is a must have for anyone thinking of starting a creative business. The original book, Craft Inc., offers tips from experts who successfully turned their creative hobbies into careers. This workbook is full of advice and worksheets to help guide creative entrepreneurs as they pursue their creative business dreams.

Here at the Delphine studio, we get dozens of inquiries every month for business advice. My first piece of advice: buy these books!


where the wild things are

I can't wait to see Where The Wild Things Are. Meanwhile, I'm going to read the book to my son (again).


in the kitchen: cupcakes

When I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago a friend gave me Martha Stewart's newest book: Cupcakes. A quick trip to the market and a slight takeover of my cousin's kitchen, and I was making Triple Citrus Cupcakes. Martha has a video on her website here. They were fun to make, really pretty, and quite yummy (though quite heavy ... halfway through the recipe I realized that I was essentially making a pound cake batter).


summer reading: stories from my home town

Just added to my wish list: two new books by Lowcountry authors Pat Conroy and Dorothea Benton Frank. I'm almost afraid to read them because I know they will bring on terrible homesickness.


books: listography

Wanted: Listography, an awesome book/journal for keeping track of your life in lists. I think this is a great Father's Day present. How cool to give one to your grandfather and see what he comes up with? The book is available here, at Chronicle Books. Book by Lisa Nola. Illustrations by Nathaniel Russell