Lean, mean and super keen

Image credit: SUPER KEEN

Last week I mentioned I’d be chatting with Lauren Wong about something new and exciting that we’ve been working on—and the cat is officially out of the bag. We’ve founded a branding studio together!

Introducing, SUPER KEEN.

To be keen is to be eager and enthusiastic. To be super keen is to amplify that by 1000. Our name comes from an intense enthusiasm to help launch ideas that create equitable, ecological futures for us all.

Starting a studio is something that I think a lot of people assumed I would eventually do, but it wasn’t until Lauren came along that I really considered it. We hear so much about falling in love, but falling in partnership is just as intoxicating.*

We’re a lean and mean team of two at the moment but we’ll always be looking for partners, freelancers, collaborators, and specialists—so please don’t be shy if you or someone you know would like to be added to our creative network.⁣

We have so many ideas and so much to learn, so we’ll be sharing a lot of that along the way. My hope is that this leap will also be a source of inspiration to inject into this newsletter and figure out ways to make it more sustainable long-term.

So, we digress. Some very unthematic links worth clicking this week:

An open-source serif typeface commissioned by Google Fonts, designed for on-screen, longer-form reading. 42 styles! Dayum.

Flowchart Fun
I have a soft spot for microsites that do one thing really simple. Here, you can make a flowchart really quick and easy just by typing.

WTF are NFTs?
You’ve probably seen this acronym floating around a lot lately, and I’m hardly an expert when it comes to Cryptoart or currency. I can appreciate that the conversation around NFTs specifically has been sensationalised, however, this is the best article I’ve read on the topic that hasn’t come from a source directly linked to the Crypto world.

Have a great week and stay safe my friends.

*Lauren 100% wrote that line.

Resource of the Week

I’ve been playing around with Spark AR the past few days, experimenting with building face filters and meshing. Even though I have no idea what I’m doing, it’s so much fun! I’d love to see more funny, weird, and wonderful filters in the library, and less that make you look like a Kardashian. It’s free software (well, it’s from Facebook so it’s always costing you something) and there are loads of tutorials to get you started.

Arr me Sparky

Studio Sounds


Listen while
Zoning out. In fact, the whole album is pretty good for that.

Got a great tune, track, or podcast worth sharing? Let me know!

Lucky Dip Links

My illustration crush on Sebastian Curi only deepens with time. His colourfully animated worlds are such a joy, and you’ve likely seen his work for various large brands.

Sebastian Curi

Every month a group of selected designers and artists sell limited artworks for a good purpose. The current march edition is contributed to 365 female* MCs—a platform encouraging and showcasing women in the music industry.

Heart Directors Club

Candid Classifieds

  • Timia Lewis an independent multidisciplinary designer. She specializes in branding, identity, packaging, print, and web; and she has a special place in her heart for e-commerce, retail, restaurants, and hospitality.

You can submit a classifieds link here—it’s free! Conditions apply.

More from The Gabby Lord Jobby Board™ because so many great places are hiring:

  • Porto Rocha is hiring for multiple roles including Senior Designer, Associate Designer, Motion Designer, and Producer.

  • Some Days is looking for a Senior Designer.

  • Co — Star is hiring for too many roles to list here. Click the link to see them all.

  • Base New York is hiring a Senior Designer, Design Director, Senior Digital Designer, and Digital Design Director.

All resources and links are shared purely because I think they are cool, interesting, or helpful. No content is sponsored unless explicitly stated. I am open to submissions but cannot promise they will be featured.

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