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.

Happy Friday! We made it! Good job, everyone.

Today, I’m sharing these ridiculously amazing illustrations by Regina Brett and Eddy Mumbles. Regina wrote her favorite 50 life lessons and Eddy illustrated them. See all 50 right here.

(via Decorator in a Box)

I had a really fun weekend with my sister Becca, who was visiting from northern Virginia. We  squeezed in a lot of fun to a short trip: farmer’s markets, brunches, Improv shows, boutique shopping and of course our favorite DRIVING AROUND PUMPING UP ALL THE JAMS. This was one of our mutual favorite songs to sing too loudly. Mary Lambert, who does the solo in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit "Same Love."

Enjoy! And Happy Tuesday!

If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.
- Katharine Hepburn
Yes to this.

Yes to this.

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Love the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live your way into the answer.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
It’s so easy to forget this sometimes…

It’s so easy to forget this sometimes…

And when the day is done, and I look back
And the fact is I had fun, fumbling around
All the advice I shunned, and I ran
Where they told me not to run, but I sure
Had fun, so
I’m gonna f*** it up again
I’m gonna do another detour
Unpave my path
And if you wanna make sense
What you looking at me for
I’m no good at math
- Fiona Apple, A Mistake
Happy Friday, everyone! I’m wrapping up the work day (thank holy awesomeness for half day Summer Fridays) and thought I’d post this little bit of inspiration. It can be hard in stressful and intense situations to “be the buddha,” but it’s something I’ve been focusing on extra hard lately. So spread some good-ass vibes this weekend!

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m wrapping up the work day (thank holy awesomeness for half day Summer Fridays) and thought I’d post this little bit of inspiration. It can be hard in stressful and intense situations to “be the buddha,” but it’s something I’ve been focusing on extra hard lately. So spread some good-ass vibes this weekend!

When my nephews were in town, we did quite a bit of coloring. Mostly Superman in his 8,000 iterations and flying poses, but I forgot how soothing and meditative coloring can be. Well, that’s not really the case for this Coloring Book for Grown-Ups. Hilarious, off-color and pretty much dead-on accurate…this coloring book has some insightful albeit depressing points.

Check out the whole book here.

One of my Favoritest Favorite bloggers of all the Favorite, Bri Emery of Designlovefest, has an absolutely beautiful post today about throwing a “Moon Party.” I love the flowers, the cocktails and the watercolor “moon” seating cards. The whole thing is dreamy, ethereal and absolute magic. Makes me want to throw a party! If only there were time…

(via Designlovefest)

Hi, friends! Sorry for the radio silence on this ol’ thing. After a week-long photo shoot in San Francisco, followed by a week-long family vacation, I’ve been a little out of the loop with the Internet. Well, just like the Backstreet Boys, “Ohmigod we’re back again.” Back to regular life. To regular routine. I’m grateful for the two and a half weeks spent off the beaten path/away from my desk, eating sheep’s milk yogurt and coconut water in San Francisco, then working on my tan and my aunt-abilities up north…but I’m also excited about being back in the swing of things. I missed cuddles from Puck, my morning walk to work, and one-on-one time with Brad.

But now for the highlights of our River House weekend up North with the whole Ash crew:

  • Boating down the St. Croix with everyone, spotting birds, waving to fellow boaters and playing football on the sandbar.
  • Discovering The Scoop, which serves massive amounts of amazing ice cream.
  • Drunkenly playing Cards Against Humanity with all of my in-laws was hilarious (and only slightly awkward).
  • Spending lots of time playing Marco Polo and other fun games with my nephews.
  • Sleeping out in the cabin and drifting off to the sounds of toads, while waking up to the sounds of birds.
  • Finishing my book, The Whip inbetween wet-haired, post-pool naps on the porch.
  • Drinking Minnesota craft beer at noon.
  • Introducing my nephews to Beauty and the Beast, and then after their bedtime, watching Fargo with the adults.

We were lucky to have amazing weather, a basically live-in chef (Brad), and lots of good, calm energy surrounding us. It was a blast and I’m so grateful to have that time together with everyone representing the east coast, west coast and midwest. It was so deeply necessary and refreshing. Summer, you win. Never leave. Please?

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.
-

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)