Design Process: Moodboard

Branding Moodboard Patti Murphy DesignsThe weekend is almost here! yay! The week flew by as usual! I wanted to share a behind the scenes look at an inspiration moodboard that I put together for one of my current branding projects. She is a photographer who specializes in weddings. The mark will be inspired by nature, earth and the outdoors. The tone we are going for is bohemian, a bit handmade, and natural.

We both are so excited to see where this inspiration will takes us and looking forward to executing these marks I have in my head.

P.S. I am loving the use of my clipboards to help organize each on-going project. I have an old record rack next to my desk with them all lined up. In addition to basecamp I need my hands-on materials note-taking that I translate into to-do lists on basecamp. Do you have any organizational methods that you are using to manage your workflow? Would love to hear about them!

xx,patti

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Discounted & Free Fonts 8th Edition

Discounted & Free Fonts

I have a bunch of new branding projects in the hopper at the moment., all in the research phase. Which means, I am doing a lot of searching for those perfect fonts to work with. So I am thinking it is the perfect time to give a little roundup of my favorite discounted & free fonts of the moment.

Pick them up while they last * these are only discounted for a limited time

Port Vintage- 50 % OFF - Ends October 27th // unique & rich typeface with tons of alternative characters

Port Vintage

Pinto-  30% OFF – Ends November 7th- irregular and hand-lettered with banners & swashes

Pinto typeface - discounted for a limited time

FREE – DOCKER – free for personal or commercial use, thanks Slava Krivonosov

docker free font

Le Havre Rough (72% OFF)- Ends November 7th // rough, printed look with over eleven distressed choices.

Le Havre Rough - 72% off

Local Market – 50% Off - Ends November 7th // multiple weights, extras, labels, and banners, hand-drawn market animals, market food, catchwords, numbers, symbols, kitchen tools, farm icons, leaves, and ornaments.

Local Market 50% off for a limited time

FREE – Kari Typeface - pay with a tweet or donate. Thanks Javier Rivero!

kari font

Lulu Clean 82% OFF - Ends November 30th // friendly, retro, and 3-dimensional 

Lulo Clean - 82% off

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Documentaries to Watch

Netflix Documentaries

In between my bingeing of Sons of Anarchy on Netflix, I fit in a few documentaries that I wanted to see this past weekend. One was Tiny: Story About Living Small. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Got me really thinking about what is that I want for my future and a little more about sustainability and good design. I love our little cottage we are living in right now and it makes me wonder if I really do want something bigger for my future or not?! hmmm…

Tiny: Story About Living Small

The other documentary was Joan Rivers :  A Piece of Work. The film exposes the private dramas of legendary comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to remain the queen of comedy. It really opened my eyes to how hardworking and passionate she was. She really opens up in front of the camera and a whole other side that surprised me. Thanks for all the laughs Joan, you are missed!

Joan Rivers :  A Piece of Work

What documentaries should I watch next? I have a long list and it is really hard to decide which ones are worth the watch. Let me know if you have some good ones in the comments below.

xx,patti

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ShopBop Sale

25% off Shop Bop with code FAMILY25

For the next 3 days ShopBop is having a huge sale 25% off with the code FAMILY25. That would make for some huge savings on the items I am loving above. They have such a wide selection of brands you are sure to find something you need, right?! I am thinking that Madewell Mini Transport Tote would be the perfect addition to my capsule wardrobe I am working on putting together. Let me tell you it is not easy!

1. Cashmere Sweater 2. Madewell Mini Transport Tote 3. Paddington Wool Pea Coat 4. Boat Neck Long Sleeve Tee 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress 6. Wrap Strap Booties

xx,patti

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Naturals & Neutrals

Naturals and Neutrals

I love a good pop of color, but lately I have been attracted more to neutrals accents in my wardrobe and in my home. The neutrals give your eye a place to rest and you can never mix and match too many of them. I gathered some home items I have had my eye on. That Souk Pouf is on super sale too…so tempting!

1. Knit Throw & Pillow 2. Nest Beach Candle, 3. Curtains 4. Grid Planter 5.Animal Doll Candles 6. Moscow Mule Copper Mug 7. Symbol Bowl 8. Fruit Crates 9. Souk Pouf

xx,patti

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$400 Giveaway

Ciera Design Celebrates 5 Years of Blogging with a Giveaway

I have something fun and exciting to share with everyone today. We are celebrating my talented friend, Ciera, of Ciera Design, who is throwing some confetti and giving away some moolah to celebrate her 5 years of blogging this month! I would say that is something to celebrate!

I’m so excited to join in the fun and help Ciera Design celebrate! It’s such an exciting accomplishment and what better way to celebrate than by giving away this special gift to our amazing readers? One lucky person will receive a $400 prepaid MasterCard that can be spent anywhere in the world that accepts Debit MasterCards. Yep, this isn’t a dream! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks to the lovely sponsors who made this possible!

Ciera Design | Kory Woodard | Yellow Heart Art | Rebecca Lately
Patti Murphy Designs | Anna Delores | Cocorrina | Rachel The Hat | Fashiony Fab
Sugar and Type | Squirrelly Minds | High Walls | The Nectar Collective
The Proper Pinwheel | Ex Vitae | Fry Sauce & Grits | A Ruffled Life
Pinegate Road | Buckets & Spades | A Girl Named PJ | Sarah Hearts | Tara Victoria

This giveaway will be running until October 27th, 2014 and is opened to international readers!

xx,patti

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Happy Fall Weekend!

All you need for fall by matejakovacThe long weekend is here and I couldn’t be happier about it. Jumping back into work after designer vaca was a bit rough and has left me a bit exhausted and a little behind on some things. I am hoping to come into the studio uninterrupted to finish up some more work that needs to get done. I also would like to enjoy some relaxation and finish reading Gone Girl (which I am almost done with and can’t wait to see the movie.)

What are your plans for the weekend? Something fun I hope! I know there are a lot of fall festivals and beer fests happening in our area, hoping to hit something up myself.

How cute is the print above? Just discovered her work on Etsy. Loving her illustrations!

xx,patti

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Fall Essentials

new_englandFALL

Here in Connecticut it is the perfect fall day. I couldn’t help myself from taking a little walk around town this morning after I grabbed my coffee. I am a huge fan of fall and I feel like I really have to soak it all in before the winter sneaks in. I also felt like I needed a new part of booties since last year I held out on buying any new boots. I snagged these navy suede booties from piper lime. I figured I had the black and brown boots covered and wanted something a little different but still something I could wear everyday if I wanted.

Fall wardrobe essentials

Alright, jumping back into some design projects and listening to the latest from Lively show that I just received in my inbox. So excited for this one because I have been admiring the Un-Fancy and trying to implement the minimalist fashion philosophy into my life.

Are you a fan of the Lively show and/or the Un-Fancy? check them out if you haven’t already!

xx,patti

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