May
7

New! Gallery of Logos

Check out the new Logo Gallery here! I’ll be adding more logos from over the last decade soon, but here’s a start to get inspired. Logo Gallery Screenshot

Jan
28

The SteelSunSage Project: First Images of Steel Portfolio Revealed

Sarah Nelsen Designs’ new exhibition, The SteelSunSage Project, is made up of three portfolios inspired by the history and beauty of three diverse environments that have been key influences in Nelsen’s life and work.

Steel | Western Pennsylvania | Endurance, Faith, History
Sun | Southern California | Fortitude, Diversity, Modernism
Sage | Northwest Wyoming | Love, Cultivation, Adventure

The first portfolio, Steel, is featured 
here in part.  The Sun and Sage portfolios will be revealed throughout the upcoming year.

The mission of The SteelSunSage Project is to inspire people to find beauty in every environment and appreciate the essence of what makes it unique.

“Discovering the essence of the steel industry in Pittsburgh has allowed me to explore a source of strength and fuel for the character of my roots. Both positive and negative emotions surface through its past as the steel industry destroyed the local air and water, while making the rest of the nation great, yet
empowered wealth, labor rules, and philanthropy for years to come. It was the Homestead Steel Works, more than any other, that marked western Pennsylvania as the Steel-Making Capital of the World.” – Sarah Nelsen

All photographs were taken in the heart of steel industry history at the Homestead Works historic site, Homestead, Pennsylvania. I aimed to focus on the simple beauty and captivating past that is engraved amid every dent and weathered texture adorning these authentic industrial remains.

ABOUT HOMESTEAD WORKS
The Homestead Works dominated an industry and defined a community for more than 100 years. Before Pittsburgh was the metropolitan City of Bridges, it was the Smokey City. Immigrant workers took over steel jobs that paid well despite dangerous conditions and resulting in sacrificed skies.

Pittsburgh’s steel built the Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Chrysler Building, and the Empire State Building, not to mention miles upon miles of steel rail leading people to the West. This steel made the world-famous “Ferris Wheel” come alive at the 1893 Chicago World Fair as well as form the Panama Canal’s lock gates.

After a century, the steel industry came to a close in the 1980s and many workers were left unemployed or working for a foreign company. The loss for Pittsburgh after the steel industry boom faded was devastating, but allowed the championship character of Pittsburgh to shine as the future grew brighter and new industries emerged with clean, bright skies.  – S.N.

Resources: 

http://www.riversofsteel.com/routestoroots/
http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/essentials/history/
http://www.battleofhomesteadfoundation.org/
http://www.popularpittsburgh.com/pittsburgh-trivia/

Apr
3

Eco-Graphic: The Plastic Nightmare

FEATURED ECO-GRAPHIC: IT PAYS TO RECYCLE!

This is a special highlight on plastic’s rold in today’s consumer world. Being armed with some sustainable design background, this is incredibly important to pay attention to. Plastic is everywhere and where does it all go? Check out this amazing infographic from OnlineEducation.Net 


Plastic Infographic

http://www.onlineeducation.net/2012/12/17/fantastic-plastic.

Feb
3

9 Easy Ways to Green Your Office

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A FEW TIPS TO GREEN YOUR OFFICE

  1. Recycle. You can recycle paper, envelopes, junk mail, aluminum cans, cardboard, and even your old cell phone or PDA.
  2. Lights. Use CFL light bulbs (compact fluorescents) in every light. If you have a window, turn off the lights and let the natural light in!
  3. Office Equipment. Turn machines off when you leave at the end of the day or use the sleep mode. When buying new equipment, look for the Energy Star.
  4. Printing. Print two-sided, decrease the margins – especially in Word docs – or print in a smaller font to use less paper.
  5. Paper. Use recycled paper in printers, copiers, and fax machines. You can also purchase recycled tablets and Post-Its.
  6. Office Supplies. There are recycled products for almost every area of the office. Visitwww.greenlinepaper.com for a great selection.
  7. Food and Drink. Use a mug, your own dishes, silverware, and a cloth napkin instead of paper. You can also use Fair Trade and organic coffee and tea.
  8. Cleaning Supplies. Use non-toxic cleaning products and live plants, if permitted, to absorb indoor air pollution. I make my own cleaning products now! Just google Women for the Environment to learn more.
  9. Green Leader. Designate someone in the office as the green leader. They can help to monitor energy usage and office waste, purchase green products, and place recycling bins throughout the office.

Adapted from SierraClub.org, Earth911.com, and LowImpactLiving.com

Sep
3

6 Fabulous Online Resources for Social Media Marketing

Tips, Trends, and Simple Advice: A Compilation of Online Resources on Social Media Marketing. Compiled by Sarah Nelsen Designs, LLC.1. Social Media Examiner
www.SocialMediaExaminer.com

ESPECIALLY INTERESTING ARTICLES:
“13 Hot Facebook Marketing Tips From the Top Pros”
Find it here: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/13-hot-facebook-marketing-tips-from-the-top-pros/ “How Content Can Help You Build a Loyal Following”
Find it here: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-content-marketing-to-build-a-loyal-following/

ESPECIALLY INTERESTING ARTICLES:
“54 Pearls of Marketing Wisdom”
Find it here: (FREE E-BOOK DOWNLOAD!) http://www.hubspot.com/marketing-wisdom/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus“55 Brands Rocking Social Media with Visual Content”
Find it here: (FREE E-BOOK DOWNLOAD!) http://www.hubspot.com/55-brands-rocking-social-media-with-visual-content

3. Luna Metrics Blog
ESPECIALLY INTERESTING ARTICLES:
“40 Facebook Marketing Tips From 2011”
Find it here: http://www.lunametrics.com/blog/2011/12/13/40-facebook-marketing-tips-2011/“6 Places to Find Inspiration for New Content”
Find it here: http://www.lunametrics.com/blog/2012/05/15/places-inspiration-new-content/

4. The Social Media Marketing Blog
www.ScottMonty.com
ESPECIALLY INTERESTING ARTICLES:
“Why Talking Will Always Beat Shouting in Social Media”
Find it here: http://www.scottmonty.com/2012/07/why-talking-will-always-beat-shouting.html“Twitter Business Guide”
Find it here: http://www.scottmonty.com/2011/10/twitter-business-guide.html
CHECK IT OUT!  More Social Media “All-Stars” with blogs here:
http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/1710487/social-media-all-stars
5. Social Media Today
www.SocialMediaToday.com
ESPECIALLY INTERESTING ARTICLES: 
“What My Googleplus “About” Page Does for Me”
Find it here: http://socialmediatoday.com/osakasaul/756551/what-my-googleplus-about-page-does-me“How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Company Page for Social Media Success”
Find it here: http://socialmediatoday.com/johnatrapidan/640816/how-optimize-your-linkedin-company-page-social-media-success

6. Fabulous, Free Infographics
Noob’s GUIDE TO ONLINE MARKETING
Find it here: http://unbounce.com/noob-guide-to-online-marketing-infographic/
Luna Metrics’ SOCIAL MEDIA SIZING CHEAT SHEET
Find it here: http://www.lunametrics.com/blog/2012/06/18/social-media-sizing-cheat-sheet/
Global Web Index’s 2011 GLOBAL STATE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING
Find it here: http://globalwebindex.net/thinking/new-globalwebindex-infographic/
55 Interesting Social Media Infographics
Yanuar Prisantoso’s Collection of Simple, Informative, Fun, and Reliable Infographics
Find it here: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/55-interesting-social-media-infographics/