Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Blog

From here on my tutorials, projects, and inspirational odds and ends will be posted on my new TriSERIFtops Tumblr account. Check it out!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Its Button Time

For years I've wanted a button machine. In college my senior project was to design the identity and merchandise for 3 bands. This meant everything: logos, album covers, t-shirts, stickers, press kits, photography, and you guessed it—buttons! I really thought that was my chance to justify buying a button machine, but at the last minute our design department purchased one since so many students wanted button design to be part of their projects.

Years later, as I participate in more craft shows, I figured this was finally my chance to get one! Now I can make promotional buttons for TriSERIFtops, and sneak in a few nerdy typography ones as well.

Before starting to make my own (well, to be honest I already started experimenting :) ), I wanted to see the variety of creative buttons available on Etsy. I curated the "Buttons!" treasury above, and here are a few of my favorites from the group...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Experimenting with Linocut Save the Dates

I've been working on some simple Save the Date samples (using my fictitious couple Leslie and Peter... we've become very close over the last few weeks, ha ha).

Here's my first try at a linocut version, where I wanted the text to be a little rustic-romantic. I'm also loving the paper choices—a version with 90% bamboo/10% cotton, and one with 25% hemp/75% post consumer material. Hemp is featured above, with great flecks in the paper.

So excited to actually be working on a real Save the Date order based on this design, so stay tuned for a final version in the coming weeks!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wedding Invitation Research

I've really been wanting to get into wedding invitation design. I've done baby shower and a couple other things, but weddings just have so many possibilities! So many themes, different color palettes, paper choices, printing techniques... the list goes on and on.

I have been working on my own samples (not yet ready to post those), and started doing a lot of research. Part of that is just looking through the endless possibilities out there, especially from other handmade artisans!

Here's a peak at some of my research... a Woodland Wedding treasury on Etsy. I love the light, natural colors and earthy textures. Hoping to reflect some of these elements in my own designs eventually.

Looking for custom invitations? Contact me for details:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Music Night Poster Design

Check out this poster I designed for Starbucks Music Night.

Every Tuesday
7:00-9:00 pm
Starbucks on Main St, Nyack, NY 10960

If you are in the area, come check it out. Want to play? Email Scott Greenberg at

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Custom TOMS for Sale

I finally listed some custom TOMS in my TriSERIFtops Etsy shop!

My personal favorite, the paisley custom TOMS, are now avaialable...

Also available—TOMS customized to reflect your small business logo/business card.

If you make and/or sell clothing, jewelry, accessories, etc; you know the best way to promote is by wearing your product. But what if you make home decorations, paper goods, or sell vintage furniture? These shoes will make a great conversation starter about your business while you are out and about!

The pair pictured below were for Andrew of Sites and Sound Productions, a small live sound/recording studio in NJ.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Checkbox Greeting cards

I've been working on some new greeting cards and invitations. Among these is a collection of checkbox cards—keep a few of these on hand and you will be ready for any last minute occasion! Purchase here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Scrap Fabric Streamer Tutorial

Make your porch a little more festive for that next summer BBQ!

This is a simple project to use up those small scraps of fabric you might have lying around. Looks great displayed a variety of ways—hanging straight down, wrapped around banisters, or hung the same way you'd hang bunting/banners.

If you try this project out for yourself tell us about it in the comments, or post photos on the Designosaurus Facebook page!

Scrap fabric
Twine/string (about 8" longer than what you want the final size of your streamer to be)
Beads (solid glass beads, or a similar heavy type of bead works best)


Monday, May 2, 2011

Nyack Bee Green Fair 2011

Had a great time at the Nyack Bee Green Fair on Saturday. Memorial Park in Nyack was full of natural food vendors and eco-friendly businesses. At first some visitors questioned why a jewelry designer was part of the Green Fair, but when they learned what my jewelry was made of they got really into it!

I just set up a really small table at this event (especially since I was only selling jewelry, not art prints). Looking forward to a larger setup at stART on the Street Spring Edition in Worcester, MA on May 22! There will be lots of new jewelry (especially earrings), and I'm most excited to debut some fill-in-the-blank invitations, part of a collection Scott and I are collaborating on, a couple will be ready just in time for stART!

Lots of gift card earrings

New colorful key necklaces!

New colorful key necklaces!

Jobin was there to help our for the morning

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Art of ReUse Contest

Green is Universal and Etsy recently teamed up to sponsor The Art of ReUse contest.

Thanks to my friend Jess of Some Fine Folks for bringing the contest to my attention! Once in a while I miss important items in the Etsy newsletter, and this would have been one of them if it wasn't for her.

Many creative & eco-friendly DIYers entered, and last week it was time for the public to vote. Today they announced the top ten, and I'm honored to be one of them! Next week a panel of celebrity judges will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. This judging panel includes Andy Cohen, Angela Matusik, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee, Lauren Bush, Martha Stewart and Tori Spelling. Learn more about the judges here.

I'm not even going to hide it, the idea that Martha Stewart is going to be looking at my earrings makes me so excited I squeal. Not to mention I'm a big fan of Hoda & Kathie Lee on the Today Show, and I love pretty much any programming Andy Cohen creates.

Check out this Etsy treasury showcasing the top ten, as well as some other contestants with entries I absolutely loved.

Thanks to everyone who voted. Now lets wait and see what the judges decide!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Customized TOMS for Your Business

Unique clothing, jewelry, and other accessories can often be conversation starters. How about custom TOMS shoes that start a conversation about your small business?

Here's a pair of black canvas men's classic TOMS that I customized for a friend, based on the logo & business card for his recording/production company, Sites and Sounds Productions. I designed the logo and business card for them a few years ago as well.

Many of us are self employed in an effort to create jobs for ourselves, and do what we really love. So if you're a musician, DJ, artist, writer, or any type of small business owner, these are a fun way to get your friends talking about your business.

If you'd like a pair of shoes customized around your business's logo, send me an email. And if you need a logo for your new business, you can email me about that too!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

One Day Without Shoes Wrap-Up

Nyack's One Day Without Shoes last Tuesday was a great success! We heard live music, customized TOMS shoes, and walked barefoot through Nyack raising awareness for children that are forced to go barefoot every day.

Maria Whittingham (owner of Maria Luisa Boutique and ML Gifts & Accessories) and Nyack's Mayor Richard Kavesh each talked about how fortunate we are to have luxuries like shoes, that usually get taken for granted.

Here's a slideshow ML Gifts & Accessories put together from the event, and a short video at the Nyack-Piermont Patch.

Below are some of my own photos from the event; including the Eric Brown Band, some TOMS I customized, and the barefoot walk.