A Portrait : Matt

Last weekend, I snapped some shots of Matt! What do you think? Film shots will be posted once I get them developed.

Rdio or Spotify?

Don’t worry, this won’t be one of those “I-KNOW-EVERYTHING-SO-YOU-SHOULD-LISTEN-TO-ME-POSTS.” I created this post to spark conversation and then hopefully it will help you decide: Rdio or Spotify? For those that don’t know, they are both a streaming music service available on computers and mobile devices.

I’ve broken down my thoughts into a list. I’ve addressed 4 issues that I find important and then listed my “winner” and how the other platform handles it. Like I stated before, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • Price [Rdio]: The obvious choice should be Spotify (since you can listen to anything you want for free if you download their desktop app, WITH annoying commercials). Although- I read that their new TOS said that after 6 months, you’ll be reduced to 10hrs/month of listening before you need to upgrade. I choose Rdio for this one. Rdio offers a few options when it comes to choosing your monthly plan and allows anyone to sign up for free for a 7-day trial. Essentially, the reason I chose Rdio is because it offers an unlimited family plan so instead of interrupting Adam’s streaming anytime I log into his account, I can have my own and we can pay $17.99 instead of $9.99 separately. Obviously, if you aren’t paying for two people…you could also choose from multiple plans on either platform that would be cheaper than $9.99/mo.
  • Music Selection [Spotify]: When it comes to the library of music, Spotify takes this one. Spotify has about 15 millions songs (Rdio has about 10 million) and allows you to sync all your existing music through iTunes. Rdio also does this but streams the music that you already own even if you have a better version on your computer.
  • Mobile App [Rdio]: When it comes to accessing either on my iPhone, Rdio wins hands down. It’s SO easy to navigate and their iPad app is even better. I love using Rdio on my iPad while I’m cooking. I felt that the Spotify iPhone app was less intuitive and I just don’t prefer it.
  • Desktop Listening [Rdio]: When it comes to listening to music on my computer, I choose Rdio. Rdio doesn’t make me download a desktop app and allows me to listen through my browser. At work, I’m not allowed to download apps and so that’s a bummer.
Those are 4 issues that I find most important. Obviously, there are many other factors including:
  • Rdio can connect with a Roku (which we own) while Spotify cannot.
  • Spotify links to your Last.fm account
  • Spotify allows you to create an advanced search (perhaps you want to view all versions of one song)
  • Rdio allows you to sign up with your email address & doesn’t make you sign up through Facebook like Spotify does
  • Creating playlists is easier in Spotify (dragging like iTunes) vs a drop down option next to each song on Rdio
  • You can listen to user-selected songs while offline through both Rdio and Spotify
What are your thoughts? Have you already decided which service you prefer? What are your favorite and least favorite features on either Rdio or Spotify? I hope to create a great resource for those that are still deciding!

Autumn? Is that you?

Yes? Okay good.

Image found here. Not sure the photographer since Tumblr SUCKS at linking to anything original.

Monday Link Love

My triple round up for this week includes:

  1. I am so excited for She & Him’s Christmas album. A Very She & Him Christmas comes out October 24. I will be playing Christmas music, then, for over two months.
  2. Kate shares her recipe for rosemary gin lemonade slushes. May summer live on forever.
  3. The Mixed Race Project is so incredibly interesting to read through. Not to mention, great photography.

Design Local

I eat local. I shop local. I even design local. I love all my clients (whether they live near or far) but working with those that are local feels like you’re just helping a neighbor. I’ve been able to work with Andrea from Food Embrace, Megan from The Bibliophiles & Beverages Society, Mark from The Stansbury Law Firm LLC, Rachel from Hounds in the Kitchen, and Missy from Yellow Duck Cookies. All are passionate, talented and kind people living in Columbus, Ohio. I think it’s so important to support the community in which you want to live and establish your life.

Today! Today!

Yeah, I’m pretty excited. I’ve had my 3GS since November of 2009 so it’s ready to retire.

Daily Occurrences

I’ve been spending a lot more time in the kitchen. And enjoying coffee from the french press. Any recently new favorite recipes?

Current Wishlist

I have many wishlists. I have one on Amazon, one on Pinterest, a wishlist tag in Evernote + various other materialistic ways in which I track all my ‘wants.’ The thing is, I don’t shop very much. Most of the things that I want, I’ll never have. But somehow, making a list or compiling those things allow me to feel like I’m buying them…and then I’m over it. Sometimes I’ll go onto Amazon, fill up my shopping cart and then click out of my browser. It’s my faux shopping method. Most of my additional/extra income goes towards Apple products or eating out. How do you spend your money?

  1. TRETORN RESLIG VINTER BOOTS – $80
  2. ROBERT ABBEY DELTA SMOKEY TAUPE TABLE LAMP – $150
  3. FAMER’S MARKET PRINT SCARF – $17
  4. WE LOVE YOUR WORK iPHONE CASE – $35
  5. MICHAEL KHORS ROSE GOLD-PLATED WATCH – $250

Free Fonts, Please!

Choosing a typeface is a critical step in design. If I’m not creating a custom typeface, I usually spend a lot of time researching which ones I want to use. As a freelance designer, I do invest in typefaces. And when they’re offered for free, I donate a sum of money to the designer. I know how much work goes into the creation of an entire typeface and they deserve recognition and/or payment.

With that being said, I do feel that the general public needs more exposure to fonts other than the ones that come pre-loaded on their PC. I’ve created a list of some of my favorite resources for free fonts. I’m not saying that they’re all amazing but that’s why experimenting is fun! Here are some tutorials on loading new fonts to your Mac or PC.

  1. The League of Moveable Type
  2. My Fonts
  3. Font Fabric
  4. Lost Type Co-Op
  5. Web Design Ledger
  6. Miss Design
  7. Free* Typography
  8. Behance Network
Obviously I’m sure I’ve only skimmed the surface on free font resources so if you have some other favorite sites, please feel free to let us know in a comment!

Monday Link Love

Now that the 30 Day Photo Challenge is over, I’m excited to get back to regular blogging. This is my 50th Monday Link Love and I’m excited to be sharing some fun content from The Internets.

  1. Don’t Fear the Internet. While this isn’t new, I still wanted to share. It’s basic HTML & CSS for non-web designers (a collaboration project from Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer). The videos are amazing, make sense and I would encourage everyone to watch them.
  2. Seven Eras of Willem de Kooning. Willem de Kooning is my favorite artist, ever. The New York Times offers audio to listen to while discovering the many works and styles of the painter.
  3. Helvetica Cookie Cutters. While I’m not the biggest Helvetica fan…I wouldn’t mind making alphabet cookies with these cookie cutters (made by Beverly Hsu). I would definitely make them for the holidays.
I hope your Monday is off to a great start. I’m off today for Columbus Day so I’m working on freelance projects and enjoying the warm weather while it lasts. Check back this week for some great posts on free font resources, some updates on my freelance business, my current wishlist + more.