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One of the best feelings in all the land is marking something off your to-do list that’s been there for waaay too long. For months I’ve been wanting to update my twitter + instagram handle to something simpler… that matches… and that doesn’t include an underscore (ew!).

The most obvious solutions – my name or artsocial – were already taken, so I had to get creative. The other day I FINALLY DECIDED what to change it to. It came to me during meditation – high five, quiet time!

You can now reach me at @heyartsocial on twitter and instagram. Wahoo! The simplicity makes me oh so happy. Funny how little things like that can make you feel so much more legit, eh?

What’s something that’s been on your to-do list for way too long? Let’s tackle that beast! Next on my list? Changing my url to match (what up, heyartsocial.com!).

Image by artsocial.



If you haven’t already heard me say this, here it is: Sandra of Raincoast Creative Salon has the best newsletter ever. I’m intrigued and inspired by it every time, how does she do it?! It’s called the Creativity Newsletter and you need it in your life.

Anyhoo, in April’s newsletter Sandra wrote about Social Media Hangovers and how it’s all just tooooo much sometimes. It’s impossible to take everything in. AMEN SISTA!

Can you relate? I know I can. Over the past few months I’ve noticed myself pulling back from social media. A part of me even feels bad for doing so! I mean, as a blogger and designer shouldn’t I love sharing and commenting and soaking in all the inspirational goodness out there?! All day every day?!

Well yes. But no. In moderation.

In my business, I’ve definitely seen the benefits of social media and I’m tremendously grateful. But as with everything in life – you have to figure out what works best for you and your creative mojo. And sometimes it’s not good for my creativity and I need to take a media-cation.

So I’m joining Sandra and vowing to use social media with purpose; to think of it as a tool NOT a requirement; and – most importantly – I vow to release this pressure to post that has been bugging me lately.

Do you ever feel that way? Overwhelmed by social media, yet pressured to do so for your business? Social media is such a bully ;)

Image: Roksanda Ilincic via Harper’s Bazaar




Oh guys, Jenny Odell had me at 125 Swimming Pools.

Jenny’s series of satellite prints show a collection of things – swimming pools, trains, ponds – cut out from Google Satellite View. While they’re all pretty uh-mazing (see the whole series here!), these two jumped out at me.

I think it’s because I’m already dreaming of summer and would like very much to swim in 125 swimming pools and ride down 10 different water slide configurations… et tu?

125 Swimming Pools | 10 Waterslide Configurations

See more of Jenny’s work on 20×200 and her website!



Oh, I’m loving these fonts right now. Especially bombshell pro. Seems like calligraphy is all the rage right now! As it should be, it’s beeeyoootiful. So for someone who lacks calligraphy training (me), this font is a dream.

ALSO, I just found a recipe for Rosemary Sloe Gin Fizz and I can’t wait to try it. Apparently sloe gin is not gin at all. It comes from little fruits called sloes, a relative of the plum. Did I just blow your mind or what? Let’s try it for brunch this weekend, k?

This post is dedicated to everyone who gets as excited as I do to try new drinks and new fonts :)

Enjoy, friends!

ROSEMARY // Bombshell Pro via MyFonts

GIN FIZZ // Didot via MyFonts

Check out the first Tasty Type post here!

Graphic by artsocial.