Sunday, July 19, 2009


Four years later my answer's still the same...

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Exploring SoHo today, and stopped at this shop at a recommendation
from a friend. The picture doesn't do the colors justice, but for
someone who gets kicks out of finding the perfect Pantone color, I
could spend all day in here being inspired.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lunching at Bryant Park

We had a beautiful morning (literally) taking the ferry over to Lady
Liberty and Ellis Island. Extremely interesting...however long! We
decided to enjoy our lunch in one of the lovely parks near our hotel.
However, you can tell by our half-smiles that it was well-past time
for lunch. :) Doesn't Hannah's hair just look great short?? I love it!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

One Last Fling

Let the documenting begin! I was on the wrong side of the plane to get
a true picture of The City, but the last time I flew over these
bridges, I flew out with a shiny new ring. Hoping to make even more
great memories this weekend...can't wait to see my sister's life here
and spend some quality time with her and my mom before Baby comes.

Oh, and I try not to make this a Complainer's Blog, so consider this a
casual factual observation. Plane Ankle is definitely one of the worst
pregnancy symptoms. Blech. (this will NOT be documented.)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My Point of View

Seven months many more to go??

This picture is a blatant copy from my friend Sally. Thought it was kind of fun to give you my perspective on things. :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Flashback and Fireworks

In spite of what many may say about Cleveland, they have a wonderful outdoor amphitheater called Blossom. It's very fun. Sort of like a mini-Ravinia. You bring your dinner and then enjoy a concert. Every Fourth of July, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra plays a concert featuring marches and other patriotic songs, followed by fireworks.

The last time Gary and I were there was exactly five years ago...even before we were engaged!

My how things change...

Muggs will probably kill me for posting this picture, but I just think it's so great! And she would thank me if I posted the picture of her from 5 years ago...she looks 5 years younger, not older! Paul has changed quite a bit in 5 years, as well...

I caught Gary in the act of catching up on Velo News rather than enjoying the music. Ah, sweet, sweet Le Tour de France. How you will dictate my life these next three weeks!

The Air Up There

Gary experienced a whole new level of Bonding with the Baby this weekend, following a killer garage sale find by me and his mom. I wish I had a picture of him smelling the inside of the shoes (what he does with every new pair of shoes) - but I think you can imagine his excitement.

Ironically, he was playing basketball all afternoon with his brother when we found them...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Design Nugget - Fun and Fresh

The irony of my blog title - bethandersonDESIGN - was brought up to me in a recent conversation. So here's another design nugget for you.

One of my favorite blogs to visit for inspiration is The Sartorialist. While the focus of his site is mainly photography and fashion, I always find myself coming away with creative inspiration that I can't find anywhere else. Sometimes it's in the pattern of a floating skirt that I can apply to a design. Sometimes it's the way he writes about his creative process. Sometimes it's the composition of his shots. Sometimes it's just the way he captures a spontaneous moment or expression.

Today's post (I am copying the text, but you really should check it out for the photographs. I can't find how to directly link to a single post - so you're just going to have to look for today's date and the title is, "The Lido with My Workshop Students, Venice.") was particularly insightful to me, as it was something that I recently experienced.

"As I mentioned yesterday I am in Venice conducting a workshop with local Venetian students. A few want to be photographers but most are aspiring fashion designers.

Explaining to the students the hows and whys of the way I work has been a real refresher for me. So many of the things that I do are instinctual, but verbalizing it to someone else really helps to restore my focus on the fun of my job/art.
The first day here we walked around Venice trying to shoot people in a similar way that I would in New York - it was a disaster. No one interesting to shoot, very hot and the students weren't really motivated. After a while we all sat down as a group and I tried to find out what they like to do when they have free time. Most all of them said that they like to go to the beach. So the next day we went to the beach.

I wanted to them to see that you don't have to separate having fun and taking pictures. I take pictures walking around on the street because I find it very relaxing and fun. What each student needed to do was to find what they were passionate about and try to capture that passion with images.

I tried to explain that if they want to become a fashion designer they should try to take photos that will inspire a certain feeling of a season, or a gesture, or a mood. The pictures that I took above are, to me, the essence of Summer. If I was a designer I would look at photos like this at the beginning of the spring design season, just to remember what it is that everyone loves about the sun, warmth, and vacation."

Last week we had a crazy week of new campaign pitches here in our office. It's been awhile since I've worked on concepting, and since things were already stressful, I decided to jump out of the box a bit and do something totally unexpected for our industry. It's very rare that we are able to use a really beautiful image, or a really pretty serif font, but in order to stretch myself out of the norm and take a break from the tense vibe, I did exactly what is suggested above - I went back to what I love and what I have fun with. As a result, I ended up with several lovely concepts that came across as very fresh and new.

I think as a designer, especially in a niche industry, it's easy to get caught up in "what we do." I actually love working with layouts and typefaces that aren't natural to me. I think it makes me a better designer. However, it's refreshing to remember that it's always OK to what is fun to me...long live the serif small caps and italicized lower case serif "f!" *sigh*. I think I need to re-think the Baby's name so that it includes an f...