graphics // keep going

This year has been so crazy. We all know this! Sparkle is the New Black has definitely been put on the back burner. The reality is that I have been working on such great projects with amazing clients and I have not had the time to share any of the graphic work. I’ve been playing the heads downa and focus game.

Early March, I was contacted on my instagram account @sadvdesign from a fellow Seattleite. My client had searched the hashtag #seattlegraphicdesigner and she found me. Her brand is Moon Room and she was looking for a designer to design custom t-shirts for her brand. The theme was “KEEP GOING” and the idea was an individual in the “desert” and just has to keep going to reach the “oasis”. She wanted the elements incorporated into the design: +camel +cacti +crystals and the +eye with an 80’s color vibe. I loved the concept and I always embrace these fun and unique projects. I provided two options for her and shared how it would look with a white color t-shirt and a black color t-shirt.. Here is a glimpse….

Option 1

Option 2

Libra Season

Love this Tarot Card Print collection by animalsleep

MIA. Yes MIA for most of 2020. And we know why – because 2020 has been a crazy year! I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!

All of a sudden, the leaves are changing and falling, the weather is shifting, and it’s officially Autumn. Everyone… we have entered Libra Season.

Libras

Intelligent, kind, and always willing to put others before themselves, Libras value harmony in all forms. Ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty, Libra adores a life that looks good. As the master of compromise and diplomacy, Libra is adept at seeing all points of view, and excels at crafting compromises and effecting mediation between others. This sign has a rich inner life yet loves other people, and they’re always happiest with a large group of friends, family, and coworkers on whom they can count. {Source}

Libra – your colors are light pink and light blue…

1. Tyler Mitchell – Vogue 2. Pink architecture By DaZeen 3. Shanelle Nyasiase – WSJ 4. Motel Sign – Source 5. Anna Mila Guyenz – Vogue Taiwan 6. L’Officiel Indonesia – Source

Age of Aquarius

We have officially entered Aquarius Season! What do we know about the 11th sign of the zodiac? Well, we know that originality, bravery and curiosity embody the Aquarius traits.

If you are female Aquarius – you are funny, witty and creative. You need to be able to follow your desires and express your ideas. If you are a male Aquarius – you are impulsive, sociable and independent.

What makes an Aquarius an Aquarius?

Element : Air

Air signs need to exercise their minds and stay active to avoid boredom. Air signs are intellectual, bold and bright.

Gems : Crystal, Amethyst

Metal: Chrome

Colors: Purples and Blues

Graphics + Website // The Jack of the Trades

Hello. I wanted to share what I have been working on for the past 2 weeks. I actually partnered with my own partner / husband. I’m so proud of him because he started his own company. His company is called The Jack of the Trades. He is “Jack” and he is the Master of all – he markets the “handyman” business and helps get their websites to the top of Google Search engines. He is your neighborhood Marketer. If you are in the Seattle area, contact him and he will help “BUILD” your business.

We collaborated and I designed his brand and website. He is “Jack” so we were inspired by a monochromatic card deck we had at our loft and designed a logo to be a modern profile of the one-eyed Jack. We wanted the color scheme to be simple and stayed with black and white and elevated it with touches of gold. To mix it up and stay true and authentic to his brand and his clients we wanted to add the kraft paper look to go back to roots of “handmade + craftsman” as a connection to his own clients and their industry. Loved working on this project. We designed the logo, package folder, stationary, business card and website. Here is a glimpse…

Friday Sparkles

Happy Friday. We made it! Not trying to keep to New Year’s resolutions – just trying to be the best me. Always trying to discover new things, stay creative and be inspired. Lovely things I want to share with you…

Love. Love. Love.

Awkwafina made history at the 2020 Golden Globes. She is the first performer of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe Award in a lead actress film category. YES!!! She’s only the sixth woman of Asian descent to be nominated in the lead actress in a musical or comedy category.

Love Type

I love and adore this font. It’s called LOVE! Love how it’s very delicate, but very strong at the same time. It’s definitely a font that I will be adding to my font library. The font is designed by the VJ Foundry and you can download the font here.

Seattle Love

Thursday (Friday Eve) was date night. My husband and I love to try new places and we have a love for Thai food. We just got back from our Thai honeymoon and we still are not tired of Thai food. I can have it weekly. We decided to try a new place in Fremont call Kin Len Thai Bites. Kin Len translates to Eat – Play. The restaurant emulates the late night Thailand scene with its playful vibrant interior.

Happy Friday!

Black Friday

Sparkle is the new Black

Happy Black Friday the Sparkle is the new Black way. I love a monotonal black look from head-to-toe with a little edge. I love how you can make a timeless and modern statement with an all black ensemble. A few rules I like to follow when rocking the all black look: 1. Texture 2. Fabrics – choose the right fabrics for the season 3. Fit – black is already flattering so go with a more tailored look rather than wide and baggy 4. Details matter – pick accessories that make a statement with your all black look and 5. Top/Bottom – keep it simple with your hair or just a bold lip and the shoe makes all the difference.

The Wedding Graphic Suite

photo by @TiarraSorte

November 16, 2019 – The best day of my life.  I’ve missed you. For the past year, I’ve been planning a wedding – my own. I must say I really enjoyed the planning process and part of that process was doing all the graphics for my wedding – I wouldn’t have it any other way.  For those that know me, I have a love for astrology. The stars were certainly aligned when my Sagittarius self met my person, who happens to be a Leo. We are both fire signs and very compatible.  He also has a love for astrology at an even deeper level.  Astrology played a very important role in the design of our Wedding invitation graphic suite.  I would love to share it with you….

The Wedding Invitation Suite


Three words to describe the theme of our wedding Modern | Vintage | Romantic and with a touch of Beastie Boy. For those that know my husband – it makes sense.  All black and white graphics with gold touches.  Since astrology is something that my husband and I are both into we wanted to incorporate our zodiac signs into the invitation and design a unique tarot card with symbols of our own personal relationship.

The Wedding Graphic Journey

The Save the Date was our teaser and hinted at the theme of our wedding. Myself pictured in a dress and stilettos with my husband in a full on Adidas track suit.  We love the juxtaposition.    The Save the Date tells our story how it all started back in St. Anne’s when he was in 1st grade and I was in Kindergarten.

The Rehearsal dinner invite carried the same theme of Black and White. On the front of the invitation were our zodiac constellations of the Sagittarius archer and the Leo the Lion.

I really loved designing every detail of our Wedding graphic suite.  It was so personal and so us!  For those that live in the Seattle area,  we worked with a local printing press to print our custom invitations – Perfect PressThe quality was amazing and the results were that luxe feel that we desired.  For both the Save the Date and Rehearsal Dinner invitation – we had our custom design printed by Artifact Uprising. All design by SADV | design .

What’s your sign?

Hello. Are you still there? I’m still here and I’ve missed you. It’s been ages since I’ve blogged. Honestly life has been busy. I work at an agency that keeps me busy 9-5, been working on some amazing projects, collaborated with the best clients, and also planning a November wedding.  Life is good, but busy.  For those that know me, I have a love for astrology. I’m enlightened more and more each day with what the planets and stars tell us.

So I collaborated on another project with my fiance. Our first project was The Astrological Wheel. Now we are diving a little deeper and we developed posters that focuses on each sign with a healing aspect for Spirit – Energy – Soul.  

Spirit shares the sign’s healing gems and stones, Energy focuses on healing herbs and spices, and Soul shares thoughts and wisdom that feed the soul.  Here is a little glimpse of each sign…

Pantone color of the year // 2019

Pantone just announced the Pantone Color of Year for 2019 – Live Coral. Live Coral {16-1546} is a peachy shade of orange/pink with a golden undertone.  The color embraces warmth, energy and a desire to connect with nature.

The color was selected based on forecasts from fashion, beauty, art, architecture and other areas of design. What people wear, buy and post on social media also influences the selection of the color. The color exudes optimism and intimacy which is so applicable in our wardrobe and in our lives. Here is a glimpse of the color “Live Coral“…