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The four cool cats you see above make-up Braizen, the kick-ass design and marketing team that I worked with this Spring to redo my brand and website. My friend Jill Smith had hired them to re-work her brand, and I literally drooled over what they created for her. They tout themselves as ‘creatives for creatives’ and I couldn’t agree more. We speak the same crazy arty language, we pine over the same new typefaces, and most of all, we just live and breath design. Braizen was on-time, on-budget, and churned out amazing results. Not to mention how sweet they all are as people. I’m a huge fan and can’t wait to work with them again. They blogged about our match-up here. Be sure to check out my testimonial to their awesomeness below all the great photos and screenshots of the creative process. Thank you Braizen!!!

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It’s October 1st and in my mind, the unofficial first day of Fall. I just couldn’t bring myself to think summer was over yet, especially this past weekend in Boston when temps hit 80 degrees (it was soooo nice!). But alas, the leaves are indeed those beautiful golden colors again and the local Spirit Halloween store has set up shop down the street. I found my favorite boots from the back of my closet, and gifted myself a sweet new leather motorcycle jacket to stir up some excitement about the incoming cool air. It’s not that I dislike Fall, I just really, really, really love summer, so it’s with a tiny bit of disdain that I welcome the season. Once I get over the fact that my addiction to sandals has to be put on hold, the awesome activities of Autumn start to bring back that lovin’ feeling for apple pie. Here are a few things I’m falling for this Fall:

This 101 activity list is really fun, and I especially like #7: “Make cards for special friends and mail them *snail-mail*” Last year I sent our Bird Word Thanksgiving card as seen above, to our close family and friends. (If you want a little chuckle, check out this video of the actual song.)

How awesome is this Pumpkin Maternity Shirt from Mamagama!?!?!

Design Mom’s philosophy on candy.

Our Halloween Pinterest board as well as a Fall-inspired board for Thanksgiving.

Nordstrom’s’ Instagram and all their Fall looks

New England’s best Fall foliage activities from Boston.com

Pop Sugar’s Fall Bucket List

But the very best thing about Fall — my very favorite thing for any season, but especially in the Fall, is cuddling with my boys on a chilly night — just watching a movie or reading them a book (they are really into this series at the moment). If the end of my beloved summer means even more snuggles with my babes, then I’m definitely cool with that. Happy Fall friends!

Photo by the amazing and very Autumn-y Maureen Ford

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Whether you or someone you know is planning a wedding, we have the perfect invitation to fit your dark romance theme. With a perfect combination of purples, golds, and greens, this invitation is sure to be a hit. Check out the link below for an invitation that is dark, mysterious, and distinctly elegant.

Featured Invitation: Floral Brilliance Wedding Invitation

Photo Credit: 1.  floral arraignment | 2. groomsmen | 3. guest book | 4. forest photo setting | 5. centerpiece arrangement | 6. table setting | 7. feather boutonnieres

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For this week’s pin of the week, design studio, Turnstyle, has developed a luxurious two-deck set of playing cards inspired by Alice’s magical and surreal adventures in Wonderland. This limited edition set of playing cards would make your average card games into something so much more magical. But really, what I love about these cards is the designer took the essence of an everyday item and made it more interesting.

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The cards and tuck boxes will be printed on premium stock with sophisticated black, white, and metallic gold color inks, together with embossing, foil stamping and varnishing for a luxurious look and feel. I want!

Not to mention that the designer, Steve Watson, is a fellow Bostonian (even cooler)! Photography and a full interview can be found on The Dieline.

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Design research both inspires imagination and informs intuition through a variety of methods with related intents: to expose patterns underlying the rich reality of people’s behaviors and experiences, to explore reactions to probes and prototypes, and to shed light on the unknown through iterative hypothesis and experiment.  – Jane Fulton Suri, creative director, IDEO

Currently, the largest Ebola outbreak in history is gripping West Africa. Officially, it has claimed the lives of over 1,350 people with many more feared dead or infected. The epidemic is quickly spreading to nearby countries and has arrived in Europe and North America and other countries.

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At times, it’s hard to have empathy for others especially when there is a lack of transparency and flow of information. The Ebola in Liberia project commissioned by Liberia’s Ministry of Information and Communication seeks provide a central location for the latest data about the Ebola epidemic with the use of design. Data is collected by various sources on the ground in Liberia.

The collaboration, between the Liberian government and American designers, uses design to communicate information and a powerful message which in hope will result in action needed to stop the epidemic. Through data visualizations, infographics and news, the site is meant to provide relevant information to all its users.

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The site is not super sophisticated and in proper crisis design format, it does not need to be. The simple responsive site with embedded visualization technology suffices giving you exactly what you need to know quickly. To learn more about this project, visit www.ebolainliberia.org.

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