Layout Design & Information Heirarchy


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I love getting a chance to redesign resumes. I think it’s a really exciting time in people’s lives and generally, a boost to the resume is a boost to their self esteem, which can only be positive for the job search ahead. This week I helped two friends with their cv’s and I had fun creating a look that represented their industry and personality, while also making it easy to read for the interviewer.

For Alex, I designed several options - one simplified high level (title and company) version with room for a into and a list of skills. I like to let my resume read easily and then have my website or LinkedIn profile fill in. But that doesn’t work for everyone so it was fun to think about ways to organize and simplify a lot of copy.

Art & Activisim @ The Living Gallery

I recently helped my partner organize a night of art and activism at the Living Gallery in Brooklyn. As a painter, my partner has always been interested in visual expression and with recent understanding about cat calling and street harrassment amongst our close friends, he wanted to highlight this issue through art making and community. We designed flyers for print and social, wrote a manifest, sourced materials and designed the gallery space to fit our needs. We offered wine and paint supplies to our guests and made art for several hours. Each person pinned their work to a blank wall and we chatted about our experiences. At the end of the night, we took it all down and burned it! The goal was to express ourselves, share and remain present. The production was a lot of fun and the outcome even more so. Here are some photos I took of the event - enjoy!

Me In Studio!

A very talented photographer and friend, Alex Contell, shot me in studio with my latest collection of hand-built clay vessels. Here’s a preview of some of the things we shot that day - enjoy!

Hey Moon | A lullaby to an inanimate object

You know how some songs can just cut right into you? I was recently introduced to this song and artist and I'm finding myself haunted and enveloped in its sweet lyrics and sparkly yet dark synth-pop melody. Hope you enjoy it, too - sarah

I know it's been so long
Since we saw each other last

I'm sure we'll find some way
To make the time pass

[Chorus]
Hey moon
It's just you and me tonight
Everyone else is asleep
Hey moon
If I was to fall
I would fall so deep

Though I doubt I'm gonna
You can wake me up if you wanna

And your pale, round face
Makes me feel at home in any place
I would happen to be
At a quarter past three

The moon chased the sun out of the sky
Goodbye sun
The night's begun

The moon chased the sun out of the sky
Goodbye sunshine
The night is mine

[Chorus]
Hey moon
It's just you and me tonight
Everyone else is asleep
Hey moon
If I was to fall
I would fall so deep

Though I doubt I'm gonna
You can wake me up if you wanna

I would hate for you to hang there alone
The whole night through

Hey moon
My old friend
Hey moon
The night is coming to and end
Hey moon
Come back soon

Cool in Ceramics | Angel Oloshove

I recently discovered the work of Angel Oloshove, a Texas based ceramics artist working with beautiful glazing techniques and sculpture. My personal ceramics journey began traditionally with throwing pots, plates and cups but as I started learning how the medium behaved and could be manipulated (and I let go of predefined outcomes), I started experimenting with form more and more, resulting in several series of somewhat functional sculptures. I'm inspired to experiment more with glazing techniques now that I've been introduced to Angel's fun work - check her out and read this great interview by Uprise Art!

MoMA & Me

I'm excited to announce that I've accepted a digital design role at MoMA for the next few months. I'm honored and grateful to be part of such a renowned art institute and can't wait to launch the new MoMA Design Store website in the next few months. In the meantime, stalk me on Instagram to see what I'm up to :-)

Cheers!

Studio Update!

Number one, I now have my ceramics work on view and for sale! Shop Studio Art :-)

Two, I've been really busy in studio - not only making art (some commissioned!) but running open clay, leading potion parties and assistant teaching a bunch of rad Brooklyn kids at Artshack!

Three, I've sold some of my ceramics, to strangers even!

Four, I'm excited about the newest collection I started working on in studio today. My groovy Series No.2 but inverted! If you're curious about my process and progress, follow Bijouxxx on Instagram - I post stories regularly!

These puppies have sold! Glad they're in new homes with people who appreciate them <3

And here are a few shots of what I've been up and currently working on - enjoy!

This new collection of work which is a combination of Series No.2 and its inverse, should be out of the kiln by midweek. Party on.  - sarah

This new collection of work which is a combination of Series No.2 and its inverse, should be out of the kiln by midweek. Party on.

- sarah

Monday Update | Groovy new series

Super groovy. I've been using a metal comb to make tight lines on a series of cups, bowls and vases. I really enjoy the texture in hand and the color contrasting. There's an element of Wabi Sabi, too, which I've been inspired by since I began in ceramics last September. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese view that appreciates the beauty of transience and imperfections in all objects. This is a great read for anyone interested in learning more about the basic understandings of Wabi Sabi.

Custom Orders | The client vision vs The artist vision

I was recently commissioned to create a Mario mug for a good friend and as a good friend, obliged, though I knew it would be a departure from my current aesthetic. I decided it could also be a learning experience in applying my voice while still keep the customer happy. There's always something to learn and I'm all about progressing, so here are some progress photos. Stay tuned for the glazing, which I'm planning to apply in a nonconventional way.

- sarah

Monday Update | Vessels, Utensils and Snakes, Oh my!

This past week I've worked out a few ideas in clay that I'm really excited about. I've been thinking about vessels - for food, for plants, etc. that have a non-traditional or modern spin so I used the Extruder to create thick coils which I wrapped around rectangular and oval containers. Also this week, working with hand built utensils, coffee mugs and filters, bowls, and a new pet snake which I painted with colored slip. I wanted the snake to look as though it were hiding beneath a flowering plant :) So happy with the results!

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GF & DF Rosemary Foccacia Bread

I've made this bread for several potlucks lately, pairing it with an olive and balsamic tapenade, and it's been a hit. Definitely satisfies the craving for bread. Make sure to use a good olive oil and coarse sea salt - enjoy :)

Gluten and Dairy Free Focaccia Bread

 

Dry Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups gf flour

1/4 cup buckwheat flour

1 tsp xanthum gum

1/4 cup dry milk powder, dairy or non-dairy OR almond meal

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

 

Wet Ingredients:

2 large eggs

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp honey

1 3/4 cup room temperature club soda

1 tbsp rapid rise or bread machine yeast

 

Toppings:

1-2 tbsp chopped, fresh rosemary

1 tbsp coarse sea salt

 

Method:

1.     Preheat oven to 200 – turn off once temp is reached.

2.     Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3.     In a large mixing bowl, mix wet ingredients (except yeast)

4.     Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet using a mixer. Once incorporated, add the yeast granules and beat well for 2 more minutes.

5.     Line a baking pan with a sheet of oiled parchment paper.

6.     Spread dough onto prepared pan. Smooth to edges evenly with a rubber spatula, sprinkle with toppings, then cover with another sheet of oiled parchment.

7.     Place the pan into the preheated oven and allow to rise for 30 min.

8.     Remove the parchment from the raised dough and press into the focaccia every 2 inches or so with your knuckle, to make dimples.

9.     Preheat oven to 350.

10.  Brush the top of the dough generously with olive oil.

11.  Bake for 23 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the focaccia should come out clean and it should be starting to lightly brown.

12.  Remove to a cooling rack for 15 min then slice as desired.