Logo Love: Bonnie Tsang Photography

Can you fall in love with business cards? Yes, you can! At least I can! I love the new business cards of Los Angeles based photographer Bonnie Tsang so much I actually want to frame them and hang them on my wall!
Please check out this gorgeous brandnew logo for Bonnie Tsang Photography by Anna Bond from RIFLE. Btw. if you are not familiar with Bonnie's and Anna's work please visit Bonnie's blog at bonnietsang.bigfolioblog.com and Anna's blog at riflemade.squarespace.com

I love the Bonnie's photography. She has a wonderful way of capturing things. And the sweetest daughter, little Miss V. But see for yourself:
Bonnie Tsang Photography

© Bonnie Tsang Photography, All images from bonnietsang.bigfolioblog.com

Canada 2008: Pinks at Montréal Botanical Garden

Montréal Botanical Garden
I already posted some impressions fom Montréal Botanical Garden last year. But of course I took tons of images so I thought I'd share some more. More lovely shades fo pink. You can find the entry from last year here. If you ever happen to be in Montréal be sure to visit it and bring plenty of time. It was my most favorite place in Montréal. While it rained most of the three days we've been there this the weather was lovely.
More information can be found on the offical site of the Montréal Botanical Garden / Jardin botanique. (Dear people from the Montréal Botanical Garden, if you think about giving your website a new design drop me a line...it screams 'redesign me'...)

Montréal Botanical Garden

Montréal Botanical Garden

Canada 2008: Montréal Street Art II

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Canada 2008: Montréal Street Art I

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Canada 2008: Rivière-du-Loup - Montréal

May 16th to May 18th: Some impressions from our way from Rivière-du-Loup to Montréal...

We spend one night in the car with our sleeping bag at this lovely parking site (somewhere on Rue Notre Dome, maybe around Champlain) as we couldn't find a nice motel on our way...this was taken the next morning at sunset when we were about to leave...it was a cold but wonderful night...

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Canada 2008:Halifax - Woodstock - Rivière-du-Loup

May 14th: Nuremberg - Halifax
After we arrived...
After we arrived in our Motel in Halifax and after we had to change the room several times, we headed to the supermarket for a take-out dinner and had a low-key evening in our room...

May 15th: Halifax - Woodstock
Old school traveling with a map - no navigation system.

My favorite breakfast
On our first day in Canada we discovered Tim Hortons. This was my favorite breakfast for the next 4 weeks, a plain grilled bagel with cream cheese...we miss our Timmy terribly!

Next stop: Woodstock

May 16th: Woodstock - Rivière-du-Loup

Time for a little break and a nap in the car. People stopped with their car and asked if everything was alright or if we needed help...we were overwhelmed by the Canadian friendliness...

I can't remember where these were taken but I just loved the signs.

We had the most amazing picnic by the Saint Lawrence River. Posted about this already a year ago.

Motel Au Vieux Fanal, Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
And discovered this lovely motel in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, which I had also already posted about last year. The images I took there are some of my favorite images from the whole vacation.

Canada on my mind

As I said, I'd be more than pleased if I could escape from my everyday life and work at least for a long weekend these days. A little break, a few days off would be awesome. And this lovely hotel I had posted two days ago looks more than inviting...but to be true, on my mind and in my heart there is still Canada.

Yesterday, a year ago we were sitting on a plane with the most lovely view to this sea of clouds and ice crystals on the window...only to land a few ours later in Halifax, spend 4 great weeks on the road and discover and fall in love with this country. Oh, I wish to go back.

There are tons of images I've taken but not edited yet (yes, shame on me that I haven't managed to do this within 12 months!) and I plan to share some of the images I've never uploaded to remember the great time we had and the lovely places we've been to within the next 4 weeks. My little homage to this beautiful country.

Canada on my mind

BBQ for Siemensianer / So grillt der Siemensianer...

Spreadsheet grill
Spreadsheet grill by Art Lebedev via Chrunchgear.

Sorry to all my Siemens-Friends ;-)

Bemz & Marimekko

Bemz & Marimekko
Bemz is teaming up with Marimekko and I can't wait for the new Bemz /Marimekko covers that are avaiblabe from May 27th at www.bemz.com. It makes me think about covering up my Kramfors couch with a classic Maija Isola flower-patterned slipcover. Check out the Bemz blog for more images...

Die Träumerei - Designhotel & Café

There is nothing more that I wish I could do than escape my daily routine for a few days. Some time ago I discovered die träumerei in Michelstadt - a little boutique hotel (die träumerei is German for "the dreamery") - in a magazine but their website was't up and running until recently. So inbetween i completely forgot about it...but yesterday while I was going through some old bookmarks I found this gem again. Isn't it just divine?

die träumerei
die träumerei
© www.die-träumerei.de, Images from Roman Kuhn

The half-timbered and landmarked house from the year 1623 was completely restored and renovated considering historic and the latest ecological and constructional aspects. It opened its doors last August. The 4 rooms are - each of them is designed in a different theme - are called Malvensuite, Elfenbeinzimmer, Jademansarde and Goldspeicher (Mauve Suite, Ivory Room, Jade Mansarde and Gold Attic). Referring to the oak wood framework the furniture of the reception is made of whitened oak and the furniture in the rooms is made of smoked oak. Lovely details and personal touches can be found throughout the hotel - key pendants from Africa, old train tickets as bookmarks, lamps from Illums Bolighus, old movie chais, tiles from Belgium, wallpaper from Osborne & Little...

die träumerei
die träumerei
© www.die-träumerei.de, Images from Roman Kuhn

They also run little café with cakes from a local country bakery and offer breakfast till 3 (!!!) PM.

All this sounds almost to good to be true. This is the perfect hideout to spend a few days in heaven!

Shifting Careers: When to Work for Nothing

Michelle Goodman, the author of a new book on managing a freelance career, wrote a awesome guest post on when it makes sense to work for free, over at The New York Times blog.

She writes:
Despite the fact that I’ve gone from greenhorn to grizzled veteran in my 16 years as a freelancer, I receive calls and e-mails like the following at least once a month: “We really love your work. And we have a great opportunity for you at our exciting new media venture.”
“We’re launching a new Web site/magazine/start-up and we’d love to have you do some consulting work for us. For free.”
Sometimes the PIE (paid in exposure) — with all its promise of fame and fortune at some vague date on the horizon — will sound pretty delicious, especially if the economy’s in the gutter like it is now. Sometimes you’ll convince yourself that a little sliver of PIE couldn’t possibly hurt your bottom line. But usually these gigs are as empty as the calories at your favorite bakery counter.
I’ve been working for myself long enough that I’m now able to negotiate pay for those high-profile gigs that come my way. But for those of you who’ve recently begun freelancing or consulting in the wake of a layoff (or in anticipation of needing some extra holiday cash), here are my rules for helping yourself to a piece of the self-employment PIE.

First, let’s consider when giving it up for nothing can work in your favor:
  • You have no clients or portfolio...Pick short-term projects (several days, tops) so you’re not stuck working pro bono until the next decade.

  • Your dream client has shallow pockets...Be sure to build such unpaid work into your annual promotional plan (which can be all of two paragraphs) so you don’t give away too much time each year.

  • You’re donating time to a worthy cause. When donating your services to your favorite nonprofit or charity, my motto is, “Give big.” Think high-profile auctions, galas and fund-raising marathons; the more PIE potential, the better. Although you’re doing the job gratis, send the client a short, informal contract clearly stating what you will and won’t do, and when.
On the other hand, if you come across any of the following payment schemes, I suggest you run for the nearest exit:
  • Credit for your work (and nothing more)...

  • Job bidding sites...Project budgets lean toward the ridiculously low, as do the bids made by competing freelancers. Better to invest your time cultivating relationships the old-fashioned way: by getting to know other business owners and independent professionals.

  • Being paid on spec. Completing a work in the hopes that you’ll be able to sell it has its place in some creative sectors....The graphic arts community, in particular, is rife with design contests and design contest sites that perpetuate spec work. In many instances, the compensation awarded contest “winners” is often well below fair market rates.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a dog walker, a Web designer or a tax preparer. When you agree to work free, you reinforce people’s misguided ideas that the self-employed are independently wealthy hobbyists. Don’t degrade your profession by letting a cheap client take advantage of you.

Check out the full article at http://shiftingcareers.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/when-to-work-for-free/