Think in Bright Colors

Think in Bright Colors

Hi! I'm Elyse Ash, a Minneapolis-based advertising copywriter. I love all things design, pop culture and creative. Think in Bright Colors is a compilation of my favorite ad/design/interactive work, inspirations and beyond. To check out my advertising portfolio, visit www.elyseash.com.
Hey guys, sorry for the radio silence on this here blog. I’m actually in San Francisco this week working with the brilliant photographer, Eric Wolfinger on a brand refresh for one of our clients at work. We’re about halfway done with Day 1 and I think we’re currently at #5 of the above list - “This might be ok.” Feeling deep relief and gratitude being here and getting to help create this awesome work. Can’t wait to get to step #6!

Hey guys, sorry for the radio silence on this here blog. I’m actually in San Francisco this week working with the brilliant photographer, Eric Wolfinger on a brand refresh for one of our clients at work. We’re about halfway done with Day 1 and I think we’re currently at #5 of the above list - “This might be ok.” Feeling deep relief and gratitude being here and getting to help create this awesome work. Can’t wait to get to step #6!

I don’t think there’s any thrill in the world like doing work you’re good at.
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Elaine Stritch (RIP, dear lady! We’ll miss you)

Here are some of her other awesome quotes.

I absolutely adore this photo series of children around the world playing. I also love this part of the writeup, “…the children in these photos seem entirely content making their own fun. For us adults, it’s important not to let our world-weary and jaded experience stifle our childish hopefulness and imagination.” Amen, blog. Amen. Let’s have some fun! It’s almost the weekend!

(via Bored Panda)

I’d kind of forgotten Weird Al Yankovich even existed until this week. His parody of Pharrell’s hit song “Happy” (called "Tacky") was released, and it features just about every celebrity on the planet. Therefore, it’s been getting a lot of press.

But I actually prefer this song he also released called “Word Crimes” (a parody of last summer’s hit “Blurred Lines”) - I actually like this version of the song WAY better. Maybe it’s because I’m a writer and Weird Al and I seem to share similar grammar pet peeves. Or maybe because it’s not about consent…either way…I am grooving along to this jam on my headphones today. Happy Wednesday!

UPDATE: Also, just saw the new Lorde parody called “Foil.” Equally amazing, of course.

Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none.
- William Shakespeare (God, this is all hard to do sometimes…)

I’m captivated this morning by KT Smail’s whimsical, feminine illustrations and paintings. She’s done a ton of fashion and commercial work and I just love her sweet style. Check out her portfolio here.

To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.
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Mary Oliver, In Blackwater Woods

(The end of this poem spoke so much to me this week after hearing the news that my aunt and uncle’s beloved golden retriever, Prince, died after 12 years of running, cuddling, and being the sweetest most compassionate dog. It’s so hard to let go of things we love. Even though, that’s the whole point of life, isn’t it?)

Oh, hey. Remember that time Neil Young covered Iggy Azalea’s song “Fancy” on the Jimmy Fallon show and then Crosby, Stiles and Nash magically appeared to sing the best part?

I never want to forget this happened. Ever.

Also, it reminds me of the time Iggy Azalea and Jimmy Kimmel had to translate to America’s olds what the song means.

Hope everyone had a magical, long and lazy fourth of July weekend. We had a blast traveling to the Catskills to visit with my dear friend Tina and her beautiful family. Tina’s dad and step-mom just built the most luxurious, fabulous, everything-ous house and I swear it should be on the cover of Architecture Digest. It seems to be made out of cedar and glass and dreams. Stunning. Over the top. Modern. Homey. All at once. 

Some highlights of the house:

- Retractable walls in the dining room that open up to the porch

- An infinity pool that looks over the Hudson River

- A sunken in hot tub made out of cedar (that smells like a spa)

- Private access to the Hudson river, along with kayaks, a campfire and other water sports 

Anyway, we had the best time relaxing, watching the World Cup, eating (so much eating), taking walks through the town, kayaking, spotting bald eagles, quoting movies around camp fires, getting ice cream, sipping beer and Moscow Mules, reading and playing with Isabel, and sitting out by the pool making fun of Pat’s music. It was a much needed change of pace, where no one knew or cared what time it was. Brad and I both left with a bit of a sunburn and wide smiles.

Conversely, this week has been a challenge (and it’s only Tuesday morning). It’s a busy month for me at work and the starting and stopping vacation time has me all thrown off. I’m gracious for the pockets of time off and the early Fridays, but man. It’s hard going from complete relaxation/beer/suntan mode and then shifting into business/hustle/deadline mode. I never do well with quick adjustments like that. But, again, I hate complaining about this sort of thing. So I’ll shut up now. I guess that’s the balance of life. Work hard. Play hard.

I absolutely love these wine labels designed by BMD Design in Bordeaux France. These folks are the maters of hand lettering.

(via Behance)

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Ryan Duggan

The trailer for Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader’s new movie The Skeleton Twins looks awesome. Not only does it also star Luke Wilson (where’s he been!?!?), but Wiig and Hader lip synch to Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now and then dress Hader up in drag. WHERE DO I SIGN UP!?

(via The Wire)