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There’s been a lot of desk activity going on at GF HQ recently: I filmed a Desk tour video and was visited by the lovely Jo Crawford to take part in her Bloggers at their desks series. Living (with my boyf) in a dark small-ish bedroom in a rented London house means that space is quite limited; despite the squeeze, I feel pretty lucky to have just enough space for a desk and somewhere to film/flatlay/be...

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Growing up, there were a few things that just weren’t cool; braces, doing your homework on time and wearing glasses. All of my glasses-wearing friends were so excited to ditch their frames for contact lenses. I’d say that things are pretty different now: wearing glasses is cool. A beard, a pair of glasses and a fedora and its as if you’ve sauntered straight outta Shoreditch! Specs aren’t purely functional anymore. They’re a fashion accessory too – you can’t...

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It’s amazing how far word of mouth can travel – to the other side of the world in fact! Last year my friend (Hi Christie) brought me a present back from her travels to Australia; a white letter N. I noticed it was from a brand called Typo, and after a bit of a google I found out that it was a cool brand selling design lead gifts and stationery. I followed them on social media...

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What do you get when you put paper, German sausages, tankards of free beer & designers in one room? A mess, usually… but when GF Smith launched their new Gmund Applied paper range last week it was perfekt, as the Germans might say. I’ve been to these kinds of launches before – there’s usually a design display, free booze and circles of designers talking typefaces (oh, how stereotypical I know!) which is cool because you...

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A couple of years back at University, I created an info graphic of information that I gathered about my blog and titled it ‘Confessions of a Blog-a-holic‘. Some long time readers might remember, but basically I gained a lot of hits from being Freshly Pressed on WordPress – 12,000 hits in like 24 hours on one post. Despite missing out on a 1st for the project in terms of University grades, the ‘real world’ feedback...

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Commuting in London. 3 words that can turn a smile to a frown in a matter of 0.3 seconds. I’ve had my fair share of tube annoyances, however recently I’ve been using a little yellow ray of sunshine to be blissfully ignorant of ignorant people: Don’t get a job… Make a job by Gem Barton has been my tube read for almost 2 weeks now, and what a difference it has made to my 40...

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I’ve never been one of those people that believe in star signs. Just because I’m born in December, it doesn’t mean that I’m automatically – googles Capricorn traits – responsible, tolerant, ambitious and practical. Although it turns out that I am all of those anyway – hair flick – , what I mean is that I don’t buy into the generalisation of people via ambiguity. We’ve all read horoscopes which are so general it could be talking about anyone...

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Despite the gender split being quite even on creative courses at University level, the design industry is heavily dominated by males. If I asked you to draw me a sketch of a Graphic Designer, what would you draw? I’m 99.9% sure it would be a middle aged male with glasses. Am I right? I have a lot to say on the gender disparities within the design industry (I wrote my dissertation about Women in Design, y’know?),...

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Last year I was really excited to attend a blogger workshop at Paperchase – you might remember my food themed Christmas tree? Yum! Anyway, I was lucky enough to be invited to another blogger evening for a preview of the new organisation ranges, some creativity (of course) and catching up with some of my fave bloggers including Tessa from All Things Stationery and Lauren from Britton Loves. From practical (folders, lamps and pens) to pretty...

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When the Dreamday Pattern Journals from Laurence King arrived at my doorstep, I was a little bit excited. Not just because they are notebooks, and I admitted a long time ago that I have way too many (I just can’t put pen to paper!) but because these are different to your average idea storage. You might remember that 2015 saw the introduction of adult colouring books and they hit in a big way (and if you don’t...

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Whilst London has been grey, windy and bitterly cold for the past month, at Oliver Bonas the team are embracing pattern, colour and even bikinis with the SS16 collection. The first day of Spring is technically 20th March, but I’m so ready for more sunshine and longer light and wanted to get you excited about it too! The other week I popped in to their showroom to see what treats OB has planned for the warmer...

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As I get older, I find myself becoming more and more nostalgic; NOW I understand why the elders love pulling out a ‘back in my day…’ story. Recently I’ve been reminiscing about my University days – the silly things I used to make for projects and pulling all-nighters to meet deadlines. OH THE MEMORIES! At the time it felt like it would be the end of the world if I didn’t have 100+ sheets of design development,...

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Last week I gave you 21 24 amazing Creative Instagrammers that would guarantee endless scrolling & fill your Instafeed with inspiration. This week I’m looking a bit deeper into Instagram: hashtags. #. Hashtag. What is a hashtag? It’s a descriptive word which can be used to group and collect other similar pieces of information. You’ve probably come across Hashtags on Twitter, Facebook and TV – most events/programmes have one. Hashtags are a great way for searching/ directing...

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I love living in a digital age – I can’t imagine what the world would be like without the internet or Photoshop!? But sometimes it’s nice to step away from our keyboards, go back to basics and keep things simple; collage. It’s so therapeutic to spend an afternoon getting creative with some scissors, a magazine and your imagination. Ok, so I don’t think collaging is really considered to be ‘cool’, but that doesn’t stop me! It’s...

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Following on from my creative Blogger and Youtuber recommendations… Hands up if you love Instagram? Me too guys, me too. I spend way too many hours scrolling through inspirational imagery – I don’t know why but there’s something quite addictive about Instagram. Some people post fluffy bunnies, some post cars. Some feeds have a look and feel – a theme, and others are… a selfie-loving, filter-overloaded mess. I’ll admit, it is a bit sad that Instagram isn’t so...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020