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  • For the Love of Blogging began many years ago as the space for a young (and slightly naive) design school graduate. Since that time, I've grown a bit wiser and (hopefully) matured in my design perspective. So, my goals for this blog have evolved, and now I look forward to using this space as a way of sharing my experiences with Braizen, motherhood, and as a Jedi Master of design.

  • That's me: mom, greatest wife ever, designer, business owner, and the single largest contributer to Diet Mountain Dew's vast soda fortune. It's hard to believe that my journey into design and branding began nearly a decade ago with this blog and a drive to create dynamic brands for boutique photographers in the Atlanta area. Today, I'm the founder of Braizen, a small business branding design firm, and I dabble in a handful of other design-centered projects. This is my life, thanks for reading. Look for me on DribbbleFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram or head over to Opieh Studios to see all works in progress.

  • You read right – our's son's name is Opie. Well, his really name is Oliver Paul, but everyone calls him Opie. He's a real cool kid who loves to draw, makes messes, get dirty and work on cars with his Dad. He knows no strangers even at 4 years old and we expect he'll never be the shy kid in class. He is known for his many expressions and the conversations he spurs are off-the-wall-hilarious. He has an imaginary friend from California named Jack who is six and can drive. He's not really into social networking yet, but stay tuned. I am sure he'll add a twitter app to his iPad shortly.

  • Aside from being incredibly handsome, my husband Paul is one of the most intelligent people I have ever known. I love him for his nerdiness, mostly because it means he can fix just about anything that goes wrong on the homefront. He's a brilliant engineer, loving father, and always manages to keep me interested, no matter the subject. For all of his awesomeness, I let him maintain a significant workshop in the garage, where he tinkers on his cars, motorcycles, and top secret projects with which I'm certain he will one day rule the world.

Love Bugs

All 2008 Love Bugs will now be receiving a set of these adorable little moo cards along with a special case when you place your order. If you’re interested in becoming a 2008 Love Bug, please email portraits@fortheloveofcreating.com.

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April 24, 2008 - 4:49 pm

Angela Williams - I would love to know where you go the great moo card case. I have moo cards and would love a better way of carrying them. thanks so much!

April 27, 2008 - 10:38 am

Jen - SO CUTE!

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Designer’s Diner

Sit Tight – A New Community For Designers is Coming Soon – Designer’s Diner. Good Food (for thought), Good Design, and Good Fun – all in one place! It will be open to the Novice as well as the Pro and even the Do-It-Yourselfer.

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Please fill out this simple application to Pre-Apply for Membership. There are no memberships fees at this time. Be aware there will be a pre-screening process and you will be placed in the proper Booth according to your experience and portfolio. Note: We reserve the right to refuse membership to anyone for any reason.

ETA: I have been overwhelmed with the responses and enthusiasm about this new venture of mine. I just wanted to let everyone know I am working very hard to get this forum up and running as quickly as possible. There is just SO much that goes into doing things the right way. Plus things have been moving a bit slow lately so I can finish all client work before Baby Opie arrives. Also I want to give a huge thanks to those helping me to make this a successful community! Oh and don’t forget to spread the word!

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Who needs a baby?

When you have a Choo? Choo is my personality-filled cat if you didn’t already know. And her name is actually Cashew, which was shortened to Shoe and then ultimately to Choo or ChooChoo. Hmm… maybe she should become the mascot for Jimmy Choo? Anywho, she is obsessed with all the baby stuff in my house. And why wouldn’t she be? It’s in every single room. If she’s not sleeping in the car seat, she’s lounging in the baby bed. If she’s not chasing her tail in the the pack and play, she bathing in the swing. I wonder if she’ll be jealous when Opie gets here and starts using “her” stuff? We shall see…

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K.I.S.S

It’s not what you think… ha! What I mean is Keep It Simple [Stupid – no offense intended]. It’s a rule we try to follow in our everyday lives, but when it comes to design – a lot people think more is more. This is usually not so. Simple Design breeds Good Design. The most brilliant and memorable ideas are usually so simple. The same goes for logos, layouts and websites. Just look at that Fendi bag you’ve coveted for so long. 

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It’s COVERED in someone else’s SIMPLE logo. People are literally buying a logo when they buy a Fendi bag – and just look what they are paying for it. There is so much eye candy in our world – why complicate it with an overdone logo? Just my 2 cents. 

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