best of the blogs: June 2012
Oh wow. End of financial year. I don’t want to go poking around in my folders just yet.
I discovered on the weekend that I have tinkered with my invoice template so many times that it’s begun to look not-quite-right. I have changed my mind (in subtle ways) about the typeface about four times, and all those incremental changes (character width and spacing, for example) that result from a font swap have gradually thrown the thing out. Argh. It’s probably time I invested in proper accounting software, but I don’t know what to get. Nothing as big or as complex as Quickbooks or MYOB, naturally (I used the latter in my last full-time job — I didn’t hate it, but it’s massive), but something slick and dynamic enough to do the basics like ingoing and outgoing, quotes, invoices in ease and style…
I seem not to have collected many posts from around the web this month. I’m not sure why that is, unless it has something to do with being preoccupied with launching my own sites, working on an attention-eating contract, or reading more stuff on paper. I have no idea why that would affect what I save from my reading, but… um… here are a few great posts from some of my favourite blogs in June.
Fashion + Beauty
▸ Peachy beauty: I likely have the wrong colouring for it, but peachy, apricot-y, corally colours are my favourite.
▸ Individual false lashes: maybe this tutorial would solve my old false-eyelash-IN-the-eye dilemma.
Health + mind + body
Art + design
▸ Motherbird Branding: I also adored this identity design from a Melbourne-based creative firm.
▸ Paper People: I have to confess to having been one of those kids who wrote and drew characters that felt like friends to me! I love these paper people. They take me right back to my nerdy childhood, but are simultaneously modern and cheeky.
▸ Typo-graphic: I appreciate all the posts around at the moment about typography. I can’t claim to know anything about it myself, but I enjoy learning about it nonetheless. I am an admirer of words, and that includes how they’re rendered in print.
▸ Blending Modes in Photoshop: Hmm. Sometimes all the lesser-known ‘stuff’ available to use in Adobe programs just blows my head off with possibility combined with my personal inexperience and lack of skills. Look and learn, Amber. Look an learn.
And just for fun? A recent post from the dictionary of obscure sorrows:
adj. finding a person so attractive it actually kinda pisses you off.