Yearly Archives

2016

ps_menu_class_0
ps_menu_class_1
ps_menu_class_2
ps_menu_class_3

2017 Printable Calendar Free Download

2017 Printable Calendar Free Download • Little Gold Pixel

Good riddance to 2016.

Don’t get me wrong. There were some good times. Moving to a house with a legit back yard, making the leap to full-time entrepreneur, passing out on the couch after eating too many cookies this Christmas.

Still, I am more than a little sour on this year and ready to move on to 2017.

2017 Printable Calendar Free Download • Little Gold Pixel

For starters, the election + the myriad human rights violations we saw this year.

For enders, all my girlhood touchstones are dropping like flies. I’m still not over David Bowie, let alone Prince and George Michael. Not to mention Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

So, 2017, I welcome you with open arms and eager anticipation. Fingers crossed.

Let’s get to work and turn lemons into lemonade!

2017 Printable Calendar Free Download

This is the third year I’ve shared my minimal calendar with you, changing it up ever so slightly with the treatment of the “months.” In 2015, I used oversized typography. In 2016, the months were hand-drawn in heavy marker. For 2017 I drew the months in bounce lettering.

High-res PDF includes each month in 8.5×11 format. For personal use only. Share with friends. Tag @littlegoldpixel on Instagram so I can see how you’re using your calendar!

Tools used: Adobe InDesign, Procreate app, Montserrat Bold

2017 Printable Calendar Free Download • Little Gold Pixel

Download Calendar

Bookmark for later:

2017 Printable Calendar Free Download • Little Gold Pixel

P.S. More freebies!

Christmas Confections Free Art Printable

Christmas Confections Art Printables • Little Gold Pixel

Today I’m sharing my latest mini collection with you, and just in the nick of time! (Get it, St. Nick? Har har har.)

I call it Christmas Confections. There are three versions, each with typography of holiday-themed treats on them, including eggnog, gingerbread, popcorn balls, cherry cordials and other things I don’t know how to make but love to eat.

Back in the day my dad used to make a wonderful concoction called Cherry Mash, which is similar to the candy if you’ve had one of those. It was my absolute favorite thing about Christmas, but finding cherry chips is rather difficult if you don’t live in the Midwest. At least that’s been my experience.

So for all these years, Dad’s Cherry Mash has been nothing but a fond memory in the corner of my mind.

Christmas Confections Art Printables • Little Gold Pixel

But I’m having an a-ha! moment over here today. One of the commenters on this recipe suggested adding cherry extract to white chips (and food coloring) to mimic the look and flavor of the cherry chips. Genius!

There may be Cherry Mash for me in the near future, friends. It’s a Christmas miracle.

What’s your favorite Christmas candy/cookie? Does it have a family history behind it? I’m always curious about these things.

Christmas Confections Free Art Printable

All three unwatermarked versions of this printable are available in the shop. I’m sharing a watermarked version of the “Sugar” one with you here today.

Art is a high-res 8×10 PDF. For personal use only. Do not repost or pass go. Remember, Santa knows if you’ve been bad or good, and yadda yadda yadda.

Resources: Adobe Illustrator

Fonts: Snowberry, Jimmy Script, Sweet Sorrow, Morva, Ornette, This, Sortdecai

Christmas Confections Art Printables • Little Gold Pixel

Download Watermarked Version Buy Full Versions

P.S. Check out my past Christmas posts.

Bookmark for later:

Christmas Confections Art Printables • Little Gold Pixel

Ultimate Wall Art Gift Guide Vol. 2

Ultimate Wall Art Gift Guide Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

How did it get to be Dec. 20th already? I meant to post this year’s Ultimate Wall Art Gift Guide last week, but here it is, the day when every store is sending out “absolute LAST DAY to shop before Christmas” emails, and here we are, with ideas for wall art gifts, most of which you won’t be able to get before Dec. 25.

You know what, though? I get emails about last year’s guide pretty often, so I realize that the guide comes in handy more than just during December.

My birthday’s in February. Hint, hint.

And maybe you’d like to treat yourself with some cash Santa leaves in your stocking. Hint, hint.

Ultimate Wall Art Gift Guide Vol. 2

Ultimate Wall Art Gift Guide Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

For your cousin who is so minimalist he barely has a chair to sit on: Ink Circles

For your friend who is always heading to the desert for festivals: Cactus Wall Hanging

For your friend who is still mourning the death of David Bowie: Time May Change Me

For your cousin who hunts for sea glass on the weekends: Crescent Moon Tide

For your brother who doesn’t want to scare off dates: Coastline 3

For the friend who is always trying to talk you into watching westerns: Cactus Marquee

For your friend who is working on feats of strength for Festivus: The Connected Characters of Seinfeld

For your friends who just had a wedding devoid of mason jars (thank god): Ampersand Brush

For your friend who lives in a swimsuit all summer long: Duet

For your aunt who has impeccable taste: Solar System Wall Art

For your college friend who still has incriminating photos of you in Cancun: Stay Wild

For your high school friends to commemorate all the times you sang Bohemian Rhapsody in the car: Lightbox

For your sister who has the greenest thumb: Wall Vase Set in Rose Gold

For your friend who dreams of retiring in Hawaii: Sea Art Print

For your friend who just bought a Smeg fridge and thinks it’s 1955: Tiny Scallop Clock

Ultimate Wall Art Gift Guide Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

For your mother who wakes up early on vacation just to watch the sun rise over the ocean: If Lost

For your husband so you can leave each other love notes and silly jokes: Letter Board

For your BFF who has the exact same taste as you: Agate Art Print

For your husband, who likes alien-theory TV shows and ice cream almost equally: You Melt My Heart

For your friend who has the most bangin’ collection of baubles: Camille Hanging Jewelry Bar

For your friend who camps all the time in the mountains, even when there are wildfire reports nearby: Wild & Free Wolf

Ultimate Wall Art Gift Guide Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

For your uncle who taught you how to spot the Big Dipper when you were a kid: The Heavens

For your little sister who just moved into her first apartment: Stacked Triangle Shelf

For your dad, who taught you to never turn down a good pepperoni pie or pale ale: Beer & Pizza Food Triangle

For your cousin who just graduated from college: The World Is Your Oyster

For your significant other, on the eve of moving in together: Anticipation

For your friend who does yoga and thinks there’s nothing better than a spa day: Pink & Blue

Ultimate Wall Art Gift Guide Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

For your brother who would practice gangster rap with you on long road trips: How You Like Me Now

For your bohemian friend who has been planning a trip to India for three years: Macrame Wall Hanging

For your friends who decide to drive to San Diego at 1 a.m. just to do something unexpected: A Certain Kind of Magic

For your L.A.-based pals who are forever complaining about the 405: I Love Los Angeles

For the childhood friend you used to spend lazy summer days by the pool with:  Synchronized Swimmers

Pin it for later:

Ultimate Wall Art Gift Guide Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

An Atomic Christmas Freebie to Make Your Holiday Bright

An Atomic Christmas Freebie to Make Your Holiday Bright • Little Gold Pixel

Guys, something crazy is happening. The Atomic Christmas look that I love and have been thrifting for several years is now in stores this season.

I first spotted it on Black Friday at several stores — that oh-so-midcentury tinsel, aisles of pointy bulbs, the teardrop shapes. Atomic pink, pink, pink.

If you’re drawing a blank trying to picture what I’m talking about, search atomic+Christmas on Pinterest. Oh yeah, see what I mean?

An Atomic Christmas Freebie to Make Your Holiday Bright • Little Gold Pixel

Anyway, seeing all those pretties out in the world made me want to watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, drink a pink squirrel cocktail and design an atomic-inspired freebie for your ho-ho-holiday walls. Enjoy!

Atomic Christmas Freebie

Art is high-res 8×10 PDF. For personal use only.

Tools used: Wolder, Nations, MiaBella, Illustrator

An Atomic Christmas Freebie to Make Your Holiday Bright • Little Gold Pixel

Download Freebie

Pin it for later:

An Atomic Christmas Freebie to Make Your Holiday Bright • Little Gold Pixel

Ultimate Tech Gifts for Designers

Tracking Pixel

Ultimate Tech Gifts for Designers • Little Gold Pixel

This gift guide for designers is sponsored by Brydge.

I don’t know about you, but in this house we have a lot of form vs. function debates. This tends to happen when one person is a designer and another person is … normal.

Yes, I will admit it. Designers can be a finicky bunch. We want pretty and we want it to work. Sometimes these things are not mutually exclusive. Take for example the conversation I had with the Geek Squad about how we should route wires because I did not want to see them. Not even a little.

Wires = hell to a designer.

Oh, and there’s the conversation I had with H about a massage chair, which happens to be at the top of his wish list. He is very specific about what he wants (read: mall massage chair, ugly leg grips included), and he will not be swayed by my sleek, beautiful alternatives (read: but these do not have ugly leg grips, which are super important to the experience!). We are at an impasse.

Anyway, now that we’re in the middle of gift-giving season, I have been hoarding away links to tech items that I find aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. These are gifts that fall in the category of “I want them myself” and “Please buy these for me.” Maybe you’ll feel the same way about them! Or maybe you know and love a designer who would want these things (they will).

Ultimate Tech Gifts for Designers

Ultimate Tech Gifts for Designers • Little Gold Pixel

Brydge keyboard: I love that this sleek keyboard looks like it is part of the iPad, turning it into a laptop so you can work on the go. Colors include gold (my fave!). This keyboard has been hailed by design and tech experts, so you know it’s the ultimate in form + function. Plus it has a patented hinge for 180 degree viewing angles, backlit keys, and three-month rechargeable battery.

Apple Pencil: Can’t you just see me sitting in the airport with my Brydge keyboard and Apple pencil? What am I up to? TCB, man. TCB.

Sensu brush & stylus: A for-real painting experience on your device!

Boogie Board: LCD writing/sketching tablet you can fit in your handbag. Sign me up.

Wacom tablet: I can’t live without mine. It’s how I draw digitally, and this latest installment has a fresh, clean design.

USB hub: If you’ve ever wanted more ports on your Macbook (hello!), this looks ideal.

iPhone key: Never be without a charger again. It’s a keychain! It’s a charger! It’s a must-have.

Lifta desk organizer: What could be more satisfying than hiding your keyboard and mouse at the end of the day, leaving a beautiful, empty desk? Nothing, I say.

Pantone color matcher: Now, this is a pie-in-the-sky wish list item, for sure, but isn’t it cool?

Wireless stick: Because designers HATE wires. HATE, with a fiery hot passion.

Wireless mouse: A cool design + no wires? The best stocking stuffer a designer could ask for.

Aether Cone: This music player learns your music tastes and plays what you like. The future is now. Plus, it looks sweet in black/copper.

Excuse me while I stop drooling over these gifts for designers. Santa, baby, you know what to do.

Ultimate Tech Gifts for Designers • Little Gold Pixel

I partnered with Brydge on this gift guide, and I have some good news: For a limited time for the holidays, Brydge is offering significant discounts on all models of keyboards as well as bundle deals with accessories. I have my eye on a gold keyboard, and the savings are pretty significant, so go check it out.

Pin this gift guide for later:

Ultimate Tech Gifts for Designers • Little Gold Pixel

14 Free Brush Script Fonts

14 Free Brush Script Fonts • Little Gold Pixel

We stayed in a hotel in San Francisco that had typed passages from On the Road for wallpaper. When we arrived home, I felt inspired to round up my favorite free brush scripts and share them with you, beatnik style.

That was more than two months ago. This post has been sitting here for a long time. It’s one of those posts that started taking shape in one place, got a little steam in another and is finally coming to fruition in yet another.

Deciphering: Yes, we moved.

But that’s not all: I’ve officially gone entrepreneur.

I’m following my own arrow! This is probably the ONLY thing I have in common with Kerouac (whose name I absolutely butchered loudly and proudly in Philosophy 101 back in the day).

After all, I’m not a restless soul who flits back and forth across the map, at least not often. But I am committed to my craft. Jack had spontaneous prose; I have Little Gold Pixel and you.

As always, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line with any suggestions on blog content, any projects you’d like to collaborate on, any favorite passages featuring Dean Moriarty.

Here’s my favorite quote of all time, also a printable in the shop:

What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.

14 Free Brush Script Fonts

There are so many great premium brush scripts, but great free ones can be a tall order. I looked high and low, and these are the best of the best.

Make sure you click on the links below the graphic to go to the original download pages. Also make sure to check rights usage. Many of these fonts are free for personal use only.

14 Free Brush Script Fonts • Little Gold Pixel

Democracy Is the Worst Free Art Printable

Democracy Is the Worst Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

I just filled out my mail-in ballot.

This election cycle has been the absolute worst. The most anxiety-inducing, infuriating, let’s-move-to-Canada presidential election I’ve had the horror of witnessing. And I thought it couldn’t get any worse than 2000.

It pains me that is has been so terrible because I usually love politics. Fun fact: I minored in political science in college.

I can only assume that most of the American public feels as exhausted by the whole thing as I do. Take solace, then, in this political sentiment:

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government … except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Winston Churchill said this in speech, but obviously he wasn’t the first person to make the observation (evidenced by the “it has been said”).

Anyway, it’s free for the taking. Put it on your screens for Election Day, print it out and cry. Just fill your glasses to the brim on Tuesday night and try not to have a panic attack.

And VOTE. Yes. Vote.

Democracy Is the Worst Free Art Printable

Art is high-res 8.5×11 PDF. For personal use only.

Tools used: Wolder Typeface, Jimmy Script, Illustrator

Democracy Is the Worst Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

Download

Bookmark for later:

Democracy Is the Worst Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

P.S. Check out my freebies archive, full of roundups and fun.

Free Halloween Printables Roundup Vol. 2

Free Halloween Printables Roundup Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

So the other day I was searching around for my annual viewing of The Worst Witch (super important), when I discovered that Netflix is working on a series version set for release in 2017. I’m way more excited about this than I probably should be.

No way will the new series ever reach the level of mastery of the original. It’s impossible, what with the visual effects displayed throughout, especially during Tim Curry’s best performance ever: “Anything Can Happen on Halloween.”

tim-curry-worst-witch

halloween_hasanybodyseenmytambourine_small
(Download this printable here.)

Do I write about this movie every single year without fail? Obviously. Do I apologize? NEVER!

Speaking of traditions, I also gather my favorite fresh Halloween printables from around the web and share them here, in one place. Here’s is this year’s roundup:

Free Halloween Printables Roundup Vol. 2

Click on the corresponding links below to find the original download page for each printable. Most if not all are for personal use only.

Free Halloween Printables Roundup Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

Free Halloween Printables Roundup Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

Free Halloween Printables Roundup Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

Bookmark this post for later:

Free Halloween Printables Roundup Vol. 2 • Little Gold Pixel

P.S. Check out last year’s roundup.
P.P.S. Check out my Halloween page for even more Halloween ideas.

Halloween Minimal Free Art Printable

Halloween Minimal Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

Today I did something I haven’t done in a while. I created a free printable for you — a Halloween printable. It’s super minimal and subtle. Something that makes me smile a little when I look at it.

I have to say, it feels crazy that it’s halfway through October and I haven’t even opened my Halloween box. I have no clue what I’m going to “go as.” And I haven’t even thought about going to the pumpkin patch yet.

Vince: What is it about the month of October?
Barney: I dunno. The pressure of Halloween? You never know what to go as!
My Blue Heaven

Some seasons are busier than others. This is one of those seasons. But still, it’s annoying because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. October is one of my favorite months! (See my archives for confirmation.)

If it wasn’t for the Rainbow Dash costume that I’ve been tracking cross-country for the past two weeks with a child asking about its whereabouts every single day, I wouldn’t even know Halloween were coming.

This weekend, I plan to pull an all-nighter watching scary movies. If that doesn’t put me in the spirit, nothing will!

How do you get in the mood for Halloween? And what are you going as?

Halloween Minimal Free Art Printable

Art is high-res 8.5×11 PDFs. For personal use only.

Tools used: Nexa Rust Sans Black, Illustrator

Halloween Minimal Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

Download Black

Halloween Minimal Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

Download Orange

Bookmark for later:

Halloween Minimal Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

P.S. Check out my Halloween tips/tricks page, full of roundups and fun.

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

Note: This post is second in a two-part series about brand design. Click here to read the first post: Why I Hired a Brand Designer (And Why You Should, Too)

When I first set out to rebrand at the end of last year, here’s what my logo looked like:

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

Oh, who am I kidding? It looked like this since 2014, just with a different tagline:

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

Not much of a logo, huh? I had these grandiose visions of creating a real logo, one that didn’t need words. Like Prince’s Love Symbol. Or the Golden Arches. Or the Nike swoosh. I wanted to invoke a little bit of beach, a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. My entire brand identity wrapped into a symbol.

Just thinking about it made me tired. Hence the two-year period where I let Montserrat all-caps do the talking for me. I was about as original as every other blogger on the planet.

The Brand Design Process

When I set out to work with Corina Nika, however, I finally felt unblocked. Finally, I could articulate all the things I wanted for my brand. I gave her all my keywords, a Pinterest mood board and a whole lot of chatter about my hopes and dreams (she’s a class act for reading through all that drivel).

And she GOT me.

We started out with a concise mood board that took into consideration my goals, hopes and aesthetics.

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

The next step was hashing out the color palette, which we kept simple: seafoam, black, gold and blood orange for the accent.

And from there she sent me three quality brand concepts. It took me roughly a week to spend time with them all and decide which ones spoke to me.

Here are a few that didn’t quite make the cut:

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

I still love them all, especially the open diamond. But I desired a symbol that could stand on its own, with or without the words “Little Gold Pixel” to back it up. So this concept clearly won out over the others:

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

After another round of revisions, we ended up here:

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

Next, we moved on to the patterns, which wow. How fun.

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

The perfectionist in me loved all the ordered, linear patterns. But I craved one more option: a breakdown. I had a crazy idea in mind that I ran past Corina, and she came back at me with the perfectly surreal pattern:

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

I couldn’t be more excited about where we ended up. From literally the most generic Montserrat logo to my self-contained Little Gold Pixel Kaleidoscope Logo.

The past few months I’ve been massaging my new brand identity into every aspect of my business. It’s more than just a logo or color palette; it’s a completely different way of thinking about your business goals. I highly recommend that every entrepreneur or want-repreneur invest in their own brand design.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to find the right designer for your brand. Corina was perfect for me because of our similar aesthetics, the fact that she lives a beach lifestyle in Greece (so jealous!) and her unique perspective and knack for minimal design that feels substantial. These are all things I wanted to emphasize in my brand: easy yet sophisticated; beach yet rock ‘n’ roll; modern yet classic.

The Results

Here are a few examples of the new Little Gold Pixel branding.

Logo type font: Nexa Bold

Color palette: Seafoam, Black, Gold, Blood Orange

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel

Save for later:

Brand Design: From Bland to Bling • Brand Identity Behind the Scenes • Little Gold Pixel