five reasons why i left your blog immediately

Five Design Mistakes Bloggers Make

as you know by now, im a designer.

i live + breathe design.. well, no.. i live + breathe good design, exceptional design even.

art school has trained my eyes to look at something + instantly see the good in the design, or more times than most, the bad. my eyes can pick up when something isn’t kerned (kerning: (v.) adjusting the spacing between letters or characters.) properly, or when something is off by a pixel or two. being this nit picky about design would of course cross over into me being ridiculously nit picky about blog design.

usually when i find a new blog, the first five seconds of landing on the page will determine if your blog makes my subscription reader or gets lost amongst the interwebs. i guess in this instance.. we can say i judge a book by it’s cover. *hangs head in shame.. kinda.*

if it’s not aesthetically in pleasing for my taste, i probably will leave if the content isn’t that interesting.. if it’s well designed, it gets added to the reader regardless the content. so here are my top five reasons i’d leave your site in a hurry:

you have music on autoplay.
not to mention, you don’t have the control options above the fold.

no matter what music is playing, i came on your site to read.. not be distracted by what you currently like to listen to. if you really want me to listen, make a music playlist post. you’ve then got my ear.

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monday lunchtime linkage | 01

Monday Lunchtime Linkage

july is here already. forth of july is this week. three-day work week. all i can think is.. man, where has the time gone? next month, im turning 25. can we say excited? using this month to really reflect on the progress i’ve made since turning 24 last year. anyways, i figured i’d kick off the week with some monday lunchtime linkage. link round-ups seem to be the popular thing on fridays. i tend to have tons of new things to read, so i figured i’d share them with you on.. well, mondays. so here we go:

+ as a pet owner + a natural remedies aficionado, i found these tips to reduce vet cost with home remedies for pets really helpful. who knew crazy glue could be used to help heal minor cuts.

“and that’s the only thing we should focus on in life — enjoy the walk, learn about ourselves and drop the comparisons. you’ll love the journey even more.”

+ there comes a few times when i will fall victim to comparing myself to others. zen habits shows us why there’s absolutely no point in comparing yourself to others. if there’s anyone you should be comparing yourself to.. it’s yourself.

“it’s almost like [customers] are becoming a brand ambassador on behalf of the restaurant.”

+ restaurants are finally appreciating the use of social media while dining. some restaurants are even offering special perks to influensters who instagram their food porn.

+ everyone loves a good bargain. seriously. during the summer, you can get your hands on quite a few movie matinee bargains. $7 movie tuesdays — who can beat that?

have a great week, everyone!

NYC type

nyc type |

stumbled across this site after reading nubby twiglet’s link love this week. love the simple layout of images documenting some amazing type around the city. this site has inspired me to stop being so enticed in my phone + look up, look around.. + capture some of the beautiful typography the city has to offer. if you want to get your work featured on the site, just make sure to tag your instagram pictures with the hashtag: #nyctype. for the summer, im challenging myself to be more active on my instagram + document the world around me. think this is a great place to start.

goodbye, google reader.

Google Reader Alternatives

aside from the blatant disrespect of taking google reader completely off the google navigation, i seem to be reminded daily that come july 1st, google reader will no longer be there.

alright, i get it.

these last few months ive been experimenting with other readers looking to find my new replacement. even though ive found several i like at the current moment i find myself still using google reader at the end of the day.

when designing user interfaces is part of your job, you tend to get a little nit picky over small things. I absolutely love the simplicity of the google reader, so when searching for a replacement that’s one thing i look for in my replacement. simple and functional. so ive found two that i will be sticking to:

feedly | for the iphone + ipad

perfect for: someone looking for a more hip reader that gives you different layout options for each of your feeds.

why i use it?

+ although i prefer using the browser to read my subscriptions i love the interface of feedly on the ipad + iphone. love the magazine layout as it generally makes the reader more appealing as you have options what you can read instead of having to keep scrolling.

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swim in style: swimsuits by zimmermann

Zimmermann Swimsuits

as of lately, ive been on such a floral + pattern high. love wearing a pop of either with my rather plain attire. summer has officially started + it’s time to start racking up on bathing suits if you haven’t already. i came across this awesome designer, zimmermann and had to share with you some of their awesome designs. at the moment, the price range is definitely in the splurge range for a bathing suit — but a girl can dream.

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