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Introducing the New Logo, New Website, and New Merch!

 
(old logo image)

(old logo image)

 
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This is What Happens When Designers Get Bored

So, last week, in one of my lulls, I decided to revamp my logo. My old logo is a reduction print based on a self portrait I did for a design contest (years ago). It showed my iconic curly hair atop my head, with the image stopping just below my glasses.

It’s an image I’ve always loved, but it’s 10 years old and needed a little updating. So, I pulled out the camera, did a mini photo-shoot a la Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye. Then followed that up with a little Photoshop & Illustrator magic. As I was playing around with the image, I started to realize that I was getting those little butterflies in my stomach—the ones I tend to get when I really like a design.

Accidental Merch

It’s at this point that I did what anyone (or no one) else would do. I added a tag line and made it into a coffee mug. Just for me. Because who wouldn’t want to drink their morning Joe from a mug that had their own face on it? I mean seriously? I jokingly shared the image with friends, some of whom said that they wanted one.

After a brief Sally Field “You like me, you really like me” moment, I thought okay, why not?

That snowballed into a whole day of me trying to figure out who could do print-on-demand and drop shipping for something less than the ridiculous prices that Red Bubble, Zazzle, and Cafe Press ask. (Am I dating myself with the whole Cafe Press reference? I mean, it’s not like I’m saying I still have a Live Journal page, because I totally don’t….)

Anyway, I found a company that I liked, and most of their products were reasonably priced (shout out to Printful). Added bonus, they’re here in North Carolina.

When OCD Tendencies Lead to Website 2.0

Thus began the website upgrade to incorporate a shop into my site—just so my friends could order t-shirts and coffee mugs with my face on them & not pay some outrageous price for it. Once the shop was up and ready to go, I decided to tweak some of my other pages—which eventually lead to me redesigning all of my pages.

So here we are, NicoleDeyton.com v2.0.

Eventually, I’ll incorporate some videos into the site, and the blog will start featuring more of my side projects, not just graphic design, but some of my furniture and project builds, as well as my landscaping & permaculture projects. Mostly because that stuff is interesting to me & I find that I’m more likely to post about stuff as it interests & energizes me. Hopefully, it’ll be interesting to you as well.

So, take a look around the new site, visit the shop, and let me know if there are projects or products you’d like to see (or see more of).

As always, thanks for being here.

-N

 
 
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