Jessica Haas Designs Wins Packaging Award!

Jessica Haas Designs wins packaging award

Look in this month’s issue of GD USA magazine for Jessica Haas Designs. She takes home a packaging award in the Food + Beverage category for her design work for Carolina Lemonade, a lemon cocktail mix.  To see more winners, visit the winners gallery here.

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Taxes, Resolutions and Making Plans for Success

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Doing taxes is a painstaking task but there is one positive thing that does come out of it… well, besides the return. It forces you to look at your career and financial life. You can review yourself again three months after you’ve made those new year resolutions or remind yourself of an area you may have overlooked in January.

As I calculated my paperwork from last year, I was reminded of all the big ambitions I had for myself in 2013. From expenses to profits, I had a full calendar of my highs and lows in productivity and the end result. It reminded me of how I need to push myself and how I wanted to feel at this time next year. It’s kind of convenient, before every April 15th you get to ask yourself, “am I satisfied?” If your answer is no or even if its yes, I bet you want to do something to improve.

For me, it’s not only to honor my initial resolution, it’s also to set a way to accomplish it. Because, 1. I hadn’t started my 2014 resolutions yet, and 2. If I want to, I need a plan of action. So, with some wise advise, I decided to set goals and make a schedule. I was told to break up my goal into steps and break up my year. So I marked my calendar with a schedule for each step. For example, finish one step each month.

My resolution: X
My goal: Make a schedule to complete X in steps
My solution: (amount of days left in the year) divided by (amount of steps) = amount of time for each step
My strategy plan: Make schedule, set deadlines, and start step. Complete, and Repeat.

Last week I completed my first step of 2014. Within, and just under, my time allotment. I have to say, it’s gratifying. There is defiantly something to be said about the strategy and I recommend it to all. Have a big goal? Break it down, make it feel doable. Also, don’t forget to reward yourself after every completed step. A reward will make you feel good, which will help you keep going. Besides, I can’t think of a better way to spend my return, invest it in yourself!

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Music and Film Legends in Honor of Black History Month

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Happy February! All illustrations were drawn by the talented Vince Low of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Valentine’s Day By The Numbers

Valentine's Day By The Numbers

Are you among the 62% of adults who celebrate Valentine’s Day each year? Above is an info graphic of the history of the most romantic day of the year. Find out just how much sparkling wine, flowers, and candy Americans purchase for the special day.
From History.com

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Bergdorf Goodman 2014 Holidays On Ice Christmas Windows

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Christmas is over and already everything seems to be going back to normal. Twinkling lights come down, merry songs stopped playing on the radio and you suddenly have a bit more time on your hands. One happy thought is, if you want to continue the Christmas spirit, especially if you missed the New York City holiday windows, I have Bergdorf Goodman‘s 5th Avenue “2014 Holidays on Ice” window display right here! Bergdorf’s is without question the most glamous and high end New York display there is and in my opinion always breathtaking. Because fashion is always in season, this year Bergdorf’s them was each holiday in the calendar year on ice. You’ll notice a special effort too, one window designed upside down. Groundhog Day, July 4th, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and even Labor Day literally all iced and snowy with sparkles, furs, whites and icicles all dripping with jewels and texture. Just beautiful as always.

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Bath & Body Works 2013 Holiday Packaging

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Beardwood & Co. designed the Bath & Body Works Holiday Traditions line for the past five years. This year’s design takes a modern approach to Christmas nostalgia in a variety of holiday scenes. Through custom illustration, it’s collectable storytelling characters, a winter bundled girl bearing gifts compliment to the scent and smaller products featuring furry woodland creatures adds happiness to shelves. Sweater textures and glitter with bold colors and metallic finishes really shines making these best-selling products fresh and memorable. The 2013 line makes a wonderful addition to the Bath & Body Works holiday in-store experience.

Images from The Dieline.

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Give thanks to your Thanksgiving Host or Hostess

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You know not to show up empty-handed, but what do you bring to your Thanksgiving day party?

A bottle of wine is (in my book) always great to receive but if you want to go a step further, make an impression and be more thoughtful, give a gift that keeps on giving. Something unique that your chef will use and keep in his or her kitchen year round.

So how much do you spend? It depends on three things: your budget, the particular occasion, and your relationship with the recipient. The average Thanksgiving day gift costs somewhere between $15 to $25. My advice is to spend or give what you feel comfortable with but remember this will ultimately determine if you get an invitation back next year.

I recommend Jessica Haas Designs Etsy shop items which makes a perfect gift for the holidays and cooks alike. Right now there is an free shipping offer on $15 or more orders (when you enter the promo code GIVETHANKS2013 at checkout.) The promotion ends November 27, 2013. It is just under 2 weeks until turkey day so get orders as soon as possible so they arrive to you in time.

My favorite gift suggestion is the New York State Seasonal Grocery List & Menu Planner Magnetic Notepads: https://www.etsy.com/listing/124166661/new-york-seasonal-grocery-menu-magnetic?ref=shop_home_feat. The price is right, the gift is thoughtful and will be very useful to your host/hostess.

There will be more deals to come in the 2013 holiday season. To be the first to know about future items, offers and coupons, join the Jessica Haas Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/IQOrD

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Pinterest is addicting!

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I spend a lot of my free time pinning and repinning on Pinterest. The main reason I started using it was to keep track of things that inspire me professionally and it turned out to be incredibly useful tool for many areas in my life. If you haven’t tried it I recommend it whether you need a place to store your online recipes, places you’d like to visit or items you’d like to purchase. Pins link to their original websites and I find it more convenient to few pictures at a later time then reading through my bookmarked links.

The best part is that you never know what you will find when viewing other people’s pins or boards. Pinterest is a never ending chain of other people’s collections and ideas. I find that to be one of the best parts about it. It really gets me thinking in many different directions. I sometimes even stumble across my own design work making me think of how big the world is and powerful the internet truly is when it comes to promotion.

I encourage you all to follow my boards and please share yours. I have over 30 boards and 1500 pins and counting. Since this is a design blog, see my boards for packaging, typography, my Jessica Haas Designs studio work, and much, much more from illustration or web design to infographics. My other interests include pins on travel, crafts, home decor and fashion.

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Nature Makes You Creative

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I’ve heard that spending time in nature makes you more creative. I never disagreed but today I’ve been confirmed with this little bit of evidence. I randomly doodled this during in an office meeting today. I rarely draw; to be precise I haven’t drawn for pleasure (outside of sketching for work) since 2011. I do not particularly enjoy it so I would expect myself to be pretty out of touch with my skills. Low and behold, I’ve still got it! I can only conclude that my trip into the country to see fall foliage is to blame. My mind often wonders as a creative and if its going anywhere this week its back to nature.

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