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Thousands Under 90Because You Know You Deserve an Award

Are you a creative person that constantly submits to competitions but never gets in? Are you over 30 and bummed that you missed your chance to be a 20 under 30? or a 30 under 40? or some other random number under some other random number? Well here’s an award for you. If you think you deserve an award, fill in your name and your job title and you’ll be given an award. Then you can put “award winning designer” or whatever on your resumé.

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Jess & RussOur Wedding Invitation

I can’t say I was a normal girl, fantasizing about my wedding day from the time I could walk, but when Russ proposed I was ecstatic. A few days later the congratulations started pouring in from friends and stranger-friends along with one enthusiastic and intimidating statement: “Your wedding invites are going to be so awesome!” Russ and I are both designers, so the pressure was enormous to make something crazy. After a lot of scheming we realized one thing: that over the years we’ve met and befriended some truly incredible and talented people, all of whom we had hoped to collaborate with someday. The invite became the perfect opportunity to work together with people we care about, respect, admire, and love. We’re so happy and thankful for everyone involved, many of whom have played integral roles in the story of how we came to be.

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Don’t Fear the InternetTeaching HTML and CSS to Non-Web Designers

Are you a print designer, photographer, fine-artist, or general creative person? Do you have a shitty website that you slapped together yourself in Dreamweaver in that ONE web design class that you took in college? Do you not have a site at all because you’ve been waiting two years for your cousin to put it together for you? Well, we’re here to help. Don’t Fear the Internet is a series of humorous and succinct web tutorials to help even the most code-fearing individuals conquer the internet.

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Title CaseTypographic Artisans

Title Case is the collaborative studio of myself and Erik Marinovich in San Francisco. Together, we host workshops and events, teaching others about lettering and type and doing our part to bring the creative community of San Francisco together. To learn more about events at our space or if you’re interested in taking a workshop, sign up for our mailing list on the Title Case site to receive early updates about availability.

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Should I Work for Free?A handy and humorous flow chart

As a young designer (or any aged designer really), there are a lot of people that try to push you to do free work with the empty promise of exposure. I made this handy chart to help you figure out when working for free is justifiable and when clients should be showering you in cash.

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Mom, This is How Twitter WorksAn simple and relatable explanation of twitter.

So I wasn't trying to make some sort of political statement about women in technology when I made this really fun and really useful website—it actually was originally intended for my mom, the most tech-savvy person I know over 50. While twitter seems a very simple service, it’s actually quite nuanced. I see people misuse @ replies all the time, accidentally airing their dirty laundry to the world. This little explanation does a lot to help explain how to use twitter, using a conversation between myself, my mom, my brother, and my cat, as an example.

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Inker LinkerFind an awesome printer.

As a letterpress loving designer, I’m asked all the time to recommend printers. While it might be easy to find a printer, finding the right printer for your job usually involves a mix of friend recommendations and blind luck. That’s where Inker Linker steps in. Find printers based on what they do best or what’s most important to you—whether you’re looking to save some cash or find someone with as keen an eye as your crazy perfectionist self.

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Quotes & AccentsNo more googling “café” to copy paste the letter e

Quotation marks, accented characters, and dashes—we all need to use them but hardly any of us know how to type them. Here is a brief guide of how to quickly type smart quotes and accented characters (and dashes) on a Mac complete with occasionally humorous examples.

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Daily Drop CapAn illustrative initial cap, every day

In September of 2009, I started a little project that ended up having a dramatic impact on my career. For 12 alphabets, I illustrated a letter per day and posted them online for others’ viewing pleasure. At the peak of the project, the site was receiving more than 100,000 visitors per month. The project has since ended, but I’m left with a wonderful collection of images that are available for licensing. Lovely letterpress prints of the letters are available through my store.

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Jessica’s Sketch BlogA peek into my process

A blog showing the process from starting sketch to finish of some of my client work. I’ll be digging through the back catalog of my work and posting frequently until I make my way through all of my sketchbooks.

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52x52Donate to charity every week for one year

52x52 is not a charity, it’s a group of people committed to helping others. Every week, 52x52.org highlights a different charity and call on you, those willing and happy to help others, to donate directly to that charity. Don’t feel like donating to one of the featured charities for whatever reason? No problem. Donate to a cause you love. The charities featured are suggestions and since there is no money collected through the site, you’re free to donate to whomever you wish. 52x52 is a messenger, not a middle-man. If $52 is too much for you to commit to give, donate $25. If $25 is too much, donate $10. Give whatever you can, each and every week for one year, and together we will make a giant difference.

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Jessica’s Doodle BlogDrawing for fun with my new toy

I have a cintiq and am having fun doodling for the first time in a long time. Most of what I'll post are letters and words because that's kind of my thing. I’m trying to keep the site as low-pressure (for me) as possible by not spending more than a half hour on anything, but I know I’ll get carried away from time to time (already have on a few of these...).

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