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AUTHOR: Lindsey Austinson

Bright Simple Deco

Bright Simple Deco nail art on Miss Venn

Okay okay you have to get some nail vinyls if you haven’t seen them before. Really! Nail art necessity! I get my vinyls from NailVinyls.com for a few reasons. First of all, the owner Linda is a lovely person who seems to really enjoy what she does. Love it! Also her nail vinyls have always been super high quality. And they come in tons of shapes! If I haven’t convinced you yet I don’t know what will.

This manicure was made with the right angle vinyls which I hadn’t used before. It took a bit of work (and my non-dominant hand looks, uh, iffy) but I think it’s worth it in the end!

Bright Simple Deco nail art on Miss Venn with Butter London Cuppa and Slapper, plus nail vinyls from nailvinyls.com

Voice vs. Tone

Voice vs. Tone

I picked up Nicely Said a few weeks ago and am seriously loving it. It focuses on writing for the web and covers everything from writing for communities to making interface elements easy to understand. Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee make everything super approachable with common sense advice and reusable patterns. Basically, it’s great! The chapter on defining a writing style has been extra helpful since I’m starting to write here more often. This quote about voice vs. tone stood out especially; I’ve never really considered the difference and have probably used them wrong in the past. Now I know!

I’ll be sharing more quotes and things I’ve learned in a few weeks, once I finish reading. In the meantime, you should pick up your own copy and let me know what you think!

Happy Monday

Welcome to a new week! Start your Monday with some good reads:

An experience designer’s desk

I’m officially a member of the R/GA team this week, yay! I’ve spent my days this week reading lots of documentation and trying to get up to speed on complicated projects. I love seeing how other designers solve problems!

Starting a new job made me sit back and thinking about what essentials I’ll need in my new desk. The basics are all here: a notebook, pencils, sticky notes, mug for tea, a cute calendar, and a solid ruler. I’m so sad that this Rifle Paper Co. calendar doesn’t start until 2015 though! It would be perfect to add a little art to my space since I don’t have a wall to hang things on.

An experience designers desk: a solid notebook, pretty pencils, tons of stickies, a motivational mug, a cute calendar, and a stylish ruler.

1. Leuchtturm1917 notebook2. Letter C Design pencils / 3. Super sticky Post-It Notes pack4. Click and Blossom Stuff Done mug / 5. Rifle Paper Co. Monarch Flip Calendar6. Paper Source Mint Ruler

What essentials go in your desk?