Tennessee: Memphis Dry Rub Ribs

 

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The latest concoction in our Americana Appetites series brings you some good ol’ Memphis Dry Rub Ribs from Tennessee! This recipe came from Paula Deen, the most epic mother of country home cooking.

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Virginia was once again defeated in our social media poll of which state you would like to see next. Here at Tomahawk, we are yet to visit the great state of Tennessee—despite our love of country music—but even though we may not have yet experienced this recipe in it’s hometown, we must admit that these bad boys southern-charmed the pants off us, nonetheless.

The sweet mixture of brown sugar with a hint of a kick in the cayenne pepper leaves your mouth wondering if it’s naughty or nice; and the slow cooking creates a tenderness above that of even the most comforting southern momma. Are you drooling yet? We are. Give it a go and feel free to share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter—we’d love to see your delicious results!

Cheers!
TDco.

Like-Minded Mamas Holiday Giveaway!

 

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This has been a crazy fall for us here at TDco., but we’re happy to share with you one of our most recent projects that has come to completion!

Like-Minded Mamas

Meet Tonya, Heather and Stephanie, a group of three passionate women who make up The Like-Minded Mamas. Anything and everything natural health related, they’re on it! This fall, they have transformed almost every holiday recipe staple into healthy, nourishing alternatives that are satisfying for both the body and the mind. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, you’ll take comfort in knowing you’re staying true to REAL food when following their cookbook this holiday season.

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With its organic letterforms and personal touch, hand-lettering was the perfect gateway to helping the book spring to life. In collaboration of layout with Crimson Design Works, we lettered anything from the cover to section headers to recipe titles with as much care and finesse as is used in each and every one of the Like-Minded Mamas’ recipes.

Take a peek and be sure to enter our holiday giveaway to win a free printed copy—simply visit the TDco Facebook page and comment on our giveaway post!

Happy, healthy holidays to you and yours.

Cheers!
J.

Alaska: Drunken King Crab Legs

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We’re back at it with the newest recipe from our Americana Appetites series! The people have spoken and Alaska has defeated Virginia in our social media survey for the next state delicacy. This week, crab meat, beer and butter triumphantly reign in The Last Frontier’s go-to dish.

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So today we’re venturing through cold waters and beautiful mountains to whip up some drunken king crab legs. I’m happy to say that I’ve had the unforgettable opportunity to visit this great state and feast upon some of these beauties in their freshest environment. As a Marylander, I may be a seasoned crustacean lover, but I can certainly advocate that people should venture outside their comfort zone to try some king crab legs at least once in their life—unless you’re allergic to shellfish, in which case, stick to the land dwellers.

This week’s recipe is fairly straightforward; easy to prepare even for those of us that may struggle in the kitchen. So enjoy our hand-lettering, give it a whirl and feel free to share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter—we’d love to see your delicious results!

Cheers!
J.

Alabama: Fried Green Tomatoes

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Our first recipe for Americana Appetites is complete! Alabama’s Fried Green Tomatoes—people really eat these? Apparently! Their salty sweetness creates a combination unlike any other. If you’re looking for the best ones, make a lunch stop at the Irondale Cafe where they serve ’em up with their homemade remoulade sauce.

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We’ll be leaving the next recipe choice up to the masses. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tomahawkdesignco to participate in the survey!

Cheers,
J.

Introducing “Americana Appetites”

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Design AND food? I’m in heaven and happy to introduce today: Americana Appetites. As I’ve started to do more hand-lettering and launched the official opening of The Calligraphy Kitchen, I’ve found that recipes are an amazing execution of design practices. This new project will be slowly evolving into a series of homegrown and hand-lettered recipes for each of the 50 states’ most beloved cuisine—practicing both my culinary and creative skills, simultaneously!

While this may seem a bit like designing the cover before you write the book, I decided to look at this project as more of a developing brand. And where does a brand begin? With the logo.

This introductory image for the series captures both the culinary and artistic detail of every piece by highlighting the humanistic, hands-on connection between cooking and art—two of life’s most simple pleasures. I hope you’re as excited as I am to begin this delicious journey through the 50 states. Check back later this week for our inaugural recipe—Alabama!

Cheers,
J.

 

Food Type: Maryland Style Crabcakes

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If there’s one thing Marylanders know, it’s crustaceans. Maryland-style crabcakes populate menus across the country, yet never quite live up to their hometown flair anywhere other than the Old Line State. From the Old Bay to the jumbo lump meat, these crabcakes always leave your mouth watering for more—not to mention, a cold Natty Boh.

This week’s Food Type is the beginning of an upcoming collection that will bring to life homespun recipes from each of the 50 states. As we’re working our way from Maine lobster rolls all the way over to California fish tacos, these handlettered pieces will unfold into the Calligraphy Kitchen’s “Americana Appetite” series. Stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to help out with your state’s recipe decision! Cheers, J.

Open for Business

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Happy fall, all! I’ve been crazy busy these past few weeks getting The Calligraphy Kitchen up and running. I’m happy to announce that we are now OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Be sure to check out the shop at www.etsy.com/shop/calligraphykitchen for some great prints and more. Here’s some highlights…

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Be sure to check in, we’ll be adding some exciting new things to the shop in the next few weeks.

Cheers!
J.

The Calligraphy Kitchen

Calligraphy Kitchen

Hello, world! I know, I know, it’s been quite awhile. It’s been a crazy summer here at TDco., with me trying to wear too many hats and accomplish everything I’m hoping for. Now that I own my own business I’m realizing how much creative freedom I really do have; I get so many great ideas and want to execute all of them! But there are only so many hours in the day, unfortunately, and I have too many “visions” to do it all at once…which, I do believe, is quite a good problem to have.

Anywho, all of these recent ideas have basically stemmed from my newfound love of hand lettering. At fist I didn’t think I was very good at it—and believe me, compared to some hand letterers out there I am sufficiently mediocre, if that. However, I think the joy of creating a hand-drawn piece lies in the fact that it isn’t so much about how perfect your letterforms are, but the time and patience and calligraphic love that goes into it; and the touch of humanism that can be seen no matter what.

So I’ve gathered all of these recent brain-children and come up with the umbrella brand of “The Calligraphy Kitchen.” I’m happy to say that I will soon be opening an Etsy shop to house these little guys and more! Stay tuned for the announcement of my shop opening and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of some things I’ve been working on recently…

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Who doesn’t love a good quirky saying? We’ll be visualizing some #overheard rants to turn them into beautiful imagery—no matter the connotation.

Wine, Wine, WinebelieveGuacYou may have seen some of my Food Type on the blog before; it truly was the inspiration for the name “The Calligraphy Kitchen.” I’ll be creating these fantastic hand-lettered editions of family recipes as keepsakes. We all know how important family truly is, and I think these recipes that are oftentimes passed down through many generations, are a wonderful way to artistically remember those that mean the most.

MD shapeMD SilkscreenAhh the joys of being a true Marylander—we are a state that is filled with so much pride. This project started as a going-away gift for a friend that moved to California. After seeing how well-received the piece was, I decided to make another version. The MD in Type project has turned into more than I ever imagined it could be, creating wooden works of art as well as silkscreen prints that will be coming soon! I’m so excited to get started on printing and should have some in-progress photos to share next week.

crab paperStemming from the MD in Type project, I branched out to focus on one of the top things Maryland loves…picking crabs. Using elements from the first project and combining them with crustacean-focused quips, the final result will be fun and quirky newsprint sheets that can be used to cover your table and also create a lighthearted environment for family and friends.

Merry-Land BohmanThe holidays are well on their way…scary, I know. After weeks of mulling over how I can make holiday collateral that is somehow different than everything that has already been done, I again pulled from my slowly forming MD cache and decided to take that route for the holiday season as well. The shop will have a Maryland wrapping paper listing, as well as cards, tags, prints and more! B•More proud of your hometown this Christmas, would ya?

Well, that’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned for the shop opening and Happy Fall!

Cheers,
J.

 

Wagner Honey: Part Two

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The Wagner Honey story continues! We love building brands here at TDco., and this was a prime opportunity to do just that. With an approved logo and plenty of room to build, Beloved Bees was primed for some “buzzworthy” expansion (pun intended, obviously).

There is much to be said about a solid logo; it sets the scene for anything and everything forthcoming in your brand. Marketing collateral? Check. Packaging? Check. Website…working on it. One of my favorite things about being a designer is watching a brand blossom before me. The excitement of the client is nothing compared to the excitement a designer experiences when they see their “baby” unleashed into the wild world of commercialism; feeling as though you’ve created something strong enough to push itself through as the weak are weeded out is an incomparable high in the graphics realm.

This particular couple started Beloved Bees with the simple goal of making a satisfying product for family and friends. Just because your client has milestones that may seem easily reachable, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go above and beyond to exercise your creative potential—I take any and all opportunities to build out a brand.

We started with the mark…

Wagner-05-05Continued with a brochure that not only introduces the Wagners, but also describes both their beekeeping tactics and the farming history…

wagnerborchure…and finished off with a label that accentuates both the custom illustrated bee and the natural aspects of the company through the use of burlap and twine around the lids. Also, might I mention (randomly) that I tested out this honey pot and dipper after shooting for the project and was very impressed with how handy it was for my tea!

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I’m sure there is still plenty to come with this fun and comprehensive brand. But for now, the Wagner’s are set to sell some honey and tend to their hives. We wish them the best of luck in the expansion of their business!

Cheers,
J.

 

Food Type: Birroteca

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Live in Baltimore? Visiting soon? Be sure to check out Birroteca, a modern take on delicious Italian cuisine. Not only is the food fantastic, but the atmosphere is spot-on for a laid-back meal in its quaint Hampden locale. I’ll be heading back soon to dabble in some brussel sprouts and get my fix of the olive oil and sea salt ice cream—sound weird? You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

Cheers!
J.

Food Type: Candied Bacon

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Today’s Food Type is Father’s Day appropriate! Need a last minute gift? You know Dad will love something made by his favorite child—and believe me, you WILL be the favorite after he tastes this. The best part? It’s so simple! Creating the typography for this one took longer than making the actual recipe; in case you can’t tell, that is love…design love with a side of bacon.

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A special shoutout to my friend Allison for documenting each delicious step! We certainly enjoyed the final product.

Cheers!
J.

 

 

Awesome Dads

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Looking for a great card for dad? Who doesn’t love some handmade goodness?! Check out these gems from Etsy and support small business at the same time!

(1. HeidiNicoleStudio; (2. papertieaffair; (3. PapermintStudio; (4. moglea; (5. HennelPaperCo; EmDashPaperCo; (7. Cardtorial

Wishing you and your Pops a splendid Father’s Day!

Cheers,
J.

 

Wine & Design

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To get the ball rolling, a little creative grape juice…

1. Ampersand label design for Hither & Yon
2. Ombre stemless glasses from Uncommon Goods
3. Some simple typography and a pop of color goes a long way on this bottle from Vinkara
4. I’m in love with these quartz crystal stoppers; who says all bars have to be manly?
5. It’s called Helvetica—need I say more?
6. Alphabetical highlights the designer-y love of the letterform plus beautiful vintage illustration, all in one
7. That is one foxy Chardonnay
8. An infographic on a wine bottle? Sold.

I know I’m not the only person whose wine selection is generally driven by the label. While wine and food are meant to pair well, I don’t think we should overlook the fact that—especially for the younger generation, which is up-and-coming in the wide world of vino—the design of a label also needs to pair well with its audience.

Take the average mid-20’s female (ohh, let’s say blonde hair, blue eyes, about 5’3″, enjoys typography and long walks on the beach…) and ask her to describe the tannins, the nose and the mouthfeel of the wine she just tasted; more often than not, you will receive nothing more than a blank stare. This particular audience is not usually perusing the aisles of your local wine shop looking for “a bold red with a smooth finish,” she’s looking for bright colors, quirky names and attractive imagery.

In case you haven’t gotten the hint, I’m far from a wine connoisseur. I drink it, I love it and I do occasionally dabble in the foreign language of Wine Speak, but most evenings I’m picking up a bottle in between “this and that” and don’t really have time to spend exploring the cellar notes on the back, half of which I probably won’t understand anyway. 

Second Glass, creators of the quickly growing event Wine Riot, have accepted the challenge of helping this younger generation become more involved in the science behind the vino we love so very much. I attended Wine Riot in 2012 and was pleased to see that they are successfully helping novices such as myself learn about the world of wine in a fun and non-intimidating way. 

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The bold design and display of information that can normally be rather “dry” (pun intended), combined with humorous things such as temporary tattoos and photo booths has brought it down to our level and created a world where wine is less intimidating and more interesting. Make sure you check out the schedule to see when Wine Riot will be closest to you!

Cheers,
J.

 

 

 

Bold

Bold

When I was younger, I was the little girl that clung to her mother’s leg and spoke only when spoken to. In high school I was the cheerleader that no one believed could yell loudly enough to wake a sleeping baby, let alone cheer on a team of 40 boys. In college my hands shook and my voice trembled when forced to present my work. But after transitioning into a “career woman” (if you will), I like to think that I’ve gained some much-needed self-confidence; because quitting your steady job to start your own business is nothing short of terrifying and I would never have done it otherwise.

Every day should be filled with a little thrill. Switch up the ol’ routine, maybe part your hair on the opposite side (woah!) or practice your finest karaoke number with the windows down (apologies, fellow commuters). I’m convinced that these small, bold moves are what keep us on track to a fulfilling life that forces you to destroy the limits every once in a while.

Bold design contributes to this as well. Pushing your clients outside of their comfort zone is necessary if you want to continue to challenge yourself artistically. I always try to provide clients with one option that goes beyond what they’re expecting; maybe they choose it, or maybe they ask what the hell you were thinking but at least you’ve allowed yourself an opportunity to fully flex those creative muscles with each and every project—and no, 20 reps of picking up and putting down your pencil does not count.

Click here for some bold design inspiration and go get your creative workout on.

Cheers!
J.

Food Type: Spicy Chicken Pizza

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Today’s Food Type ventures in a slightly different direction. Rather than a typographic restaurant review, I’ve started to dabble in typographic recipe creations! Meet Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack Pizza.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s nothing better than a nice, hot, homemade pie. I did in fact make this delicious creation, feeling the need to test out the concoction before whipping out a work of art based solely on something that was not-so-tasty. It turned out phenomenally!

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Check out that crust, golden brown and baked to perfection. Sigh, give it a whirl! It’s worth it, I promise—would I lie to you??

Cheers,
J.

Firefly 2014 – Vote!

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Firefly Music Festival, a four-day event full of great music in the great outdoors, is rapidly growing in popularity along the East Coast crowd. But the festival isn’t solely about the jams, attendees are engulfed by an atmosphere that I like to refer to as all-out “woodland merriment.”

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A Firefly ticket comes with so much promise for a weekend full of frivolity. There’s something mischievous about being among the trees, allowing just enough sunlight to seep through to let you know it’s still daylight. But even after the sun goes down the vibe doesn’t falter; The Pathway is an under-the-stars light and video installation that keeps the energy going all night long, creating the ultimate nighttime retreat.

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An outdoor arcade? A hammock hangout? A forest cinema? These are just a few of the things you’ll find throughout the weekend if you need a break from the crowded main stage music scene. The festival has plenty of opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation, including yoga and an on-site wine bar.

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The anticipation is rising as June approaches and the list of performers solidifies my gut feeling that this year’s festival is sure to be just as fantastic as last. For 2014, Tomahawk Design Co. submitted an entry into the poster contest (see top). We used a few of our fave Festival highlights to create a kaleidoscope-type image full of wonder. The bright colors capture the bubbling atmosphere, against a backdrop of the dark blue night sky and forest silhouettes. It would be greatly appreciated if you could take a quick second and vote for our design! 

Hope to see you there in a few short months, sporting your hand-painted TOMS with a smile on your face and a beer in your hand.

Cheers!
J.

 

Food Type: Little Havana

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Today’s Food Type comes from what I like to think is a well-kept Baltimore secret. Pop in for some tacos, a mojito (their specialty) or simply to enjoy the warm breezes on the patio. I also happen to love the restored warehouse in which the cabana resides, representing the urban Baltimore vibe alongside the beachy Latin flair. Enjoy!

Cheers,
J.

Food Type: Ryleigh’s Oyster

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This whole “starting your own design business” deal is, as I expected, tough work. You begin to realize that the business side is just as important as the design side and finding that balance between corporate and creative can be taxing. So lately I’ve been scrubbing my brain for ways to keep my skills sharp in the spare moments that I do happen to find.


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Behold, my first attempt at a typographic restaurant review. I love food, I love type, so why the heck not? This particular infographic reflects some of my all-time fave things about one of Fed Hill’s finest, Ryleigh’s Oyster. But don’t just take my word(s) for it, stop by and check them out next time you find yourself around Charm City! You’ll be sure to see me there in the upcoming months when their open-air atmosphere blows back into style in the arms of those warm summer breezes.

Cheers,
J.

Design Folly

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The word “folly” has always intrigued me; it’s one of those words that rolls off the tongue well, like doppelgänger or befuddle. In the midst of all of this professional development I’ve been doing recently, I’ve assigned myself the personal goal of practicing more hand-drawn typography and simply using the Tomahawk blog as an enjoyable creative outlet, rather than a business chore.

That being said, keep your eyes peeled in upcoming weeks for some good ol’ Design Folly!

Cheers!
J.