Ingenuity Incorporated

Joy-Cho

I have been following Joy Cho since the beginning of my foray into graphic design. This lovely lady is the creator of the blog, Oh Joy, and collaborator and generator of many other projects. I think I have to bullet them there are so many…

Joy does…

  • textile design
  • packaging design
  • branding
  • blogging
  • book-writing (2!)
  • stationery design
  • home-office product design
  • wallpaper design
  • consulting

Whew!

What I am most impressed with lately though is her books. Creative, Inc. and Blog, Inc. Creative, Inc. gives you all the necessary tools for boosting your creative business into a full-time gig. Let me tell you this is not your average business read. It is so simple to read I finished the entire thing among a week of relaxing nightly baths. Who knew business could be fun? That’s Cho’s whole point though, as she equips her readers to do what they love.

Blog, Inc.as the name suggests, gives experienced and inexperienced bloggers tips and strategies for building your blog into something beyond a hobby. Whether it’s monetizing a blog or simply choosing a platform Blog, Inc. has simple instructions.

One of the best features of both books is that they feature testimonials and interviews from real-life bloggers and designers that have experienced success in starting their own business. It is definitely reassuring to know that supporting yourself as a creative is possible!

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When in Asheville…

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Asheville, NC is a quaint little metropolis just under two hours from the Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC areas respectively. Don’t dismiss this little town as too granola, too fast. It has many unique shops that have garnered wide recognition. My favorites include Malaprop’s Bookstore, with its own cafe inside, Chocolate Fetish, a gourmet chocolate shop, and of course the local art supply store, True Blue Art Supply. So grab a cabin on airbnb in nearby Weaverville, Hendersonville or Montreat and enjoy a scenic weekend in the Blue Ridge.

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Authors That Inspire: Rosie Molinary

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I met Rosie Molinary when I registered to take her workshop on memoir at my alma mater, Davidson College. Her author journey began from her own experience dealing with body image and self-confidence. Now, with two books under her belt, Molinary hosts workshops to empower other women to follow their own paths and dreams. If you live in the Charlotte, NC area, check out Molinary’s visionSPARK workshop to be held on January 5th at a local farm. You will leave the workshop with an inspiration board and a new mantra to build your new year upon.

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“Who Gives A F*** About An Oxford Comma?”

When it became commonplace to axe the oxford comma, I was skeptical. This lovely illustration is why.

Original Artwork Credit  – Printmaking Student Anne Ferguson, Pacific Northwest College of Art

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Book Cover Beauty

Oh, Walden. If you have not had the chance to read this classic novel yet, it is a must. I call it the “original beach read.” Although Thoreau heads to a lake, and not the ocean, this meditative work will take you out of the hustle and bustle for just a second. This illustration is the book’s original title page, illustrated by Thoreau’s sister Sophia. The detail of this intricate line drawing is impeccable, capturing the simpleness of Thoreau’s time at Walden Pond.

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Mom, I’m Famous!

Design*Sponge came to town a few weeks ago to promote their new book Design*Sponge at Home and for creator Grace Bonney to give a lecture at SCAD. The talk was awesome as is her book which you can buy here. I just have to say that the most awesome part of the whole experience was having the ultimate geek-out moment of being (inadvertantly) FEATURED on D*S. Yes, that’s right folks, I’m famous. Click here and see below. Hells yeah. (I’m in the hot pink shirt)

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