Sasha Prood

Botanica Caps poster by Sasha Prood available for purchase at ARTY PEOPLE!

Artist Info

In addition to our Two of a Kind series each Tuesday, we’ll also be showcasing nature-inspired typography in a weekly feature called Type Tuesdays. Why? All because I love me some typography. I took a typography class in college and it was the first class that really made me think about CRAP. Not literal crap. And not feeling like crap. For those of you who might be in a state of confusion, let me educate you: CRAP is a design acronym for contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity; four things I always take into account when I create a mockup for a client. The typography class didn’t really touch upon creating letterforms from scratch, but it is something I’d like to take a stab at with a pen and paper someday.

First up in our Type Tuesday series is an accomplished freelance designer, illustrator, and artist named Sasha Prood, who has quite the roster of clients: Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper Collins, J. Crew, Madewell, Food & Wine Magazine … you might have heard of some of them. Sasha, who grew up just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and studied at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design, displays so much natural (mind the pun) beauty and detail that — with respect to art — she proves that the pen truly is mightier than the sword. Can she slay dragons? Probably. But I bet they’re more interested in admiring her works than they are with turning them into ashes.

typographic works by Sasha Prood 

Currently, Sasha lives in Brooklyn, New York where she freelances full time and is attending Type@Cooper, a program with an in-depth study of typeface design principles. Visit Sasha’s website to learn more about her and spend hours gazing at her brilliant work, many of which are available for purchase.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Decomposition Books

Decomposition book from Omoi Zakka Shop

Any zombie fans out there? C’mon, don’t be shy, raise your machete- or crossbow-wielding hand. I’ll raise my hand, though don’t be alarmed — I don’t own a machete or a crossbow — but I do have a pretty good weapon: Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide, which I’ve read cover to cover a few times. What? It’s easy reading and it contains vital information about surviving any sort of major catastrophe or apocalyptic scenario.

I’m also big into zombie movies and an avid watcher of AMC’s The Walking Dead. I brainstorm and prepare a majority of my blog posts on Sunday evenings while the television is playing in the background. I start the night off with a viewing of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Once 9pm rolls around and I flip the channel to The Walking Dead, I’ll usually take a break from prepping blog posts and curl up under the covers and squeeze a pillow and/or, much to the Mr’s dismay, the Mr’s arm. I felt this season of The Walking Dead was slow-moving and lacking in zombie attacks. I actually found myself bravely working away at blog posts while the show played in the background. Here’s hoping season three moves along at a quicker pace and is packed with more decomposing action, yeah?

Speaking of decomposing, I recently spied these decomposition books over at Omoi Zakka Shop, an online boutique with a physical location as well on 1608 Pine Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m dying over these decomposition books, priced at $6 a pop. They’re oozing with awesome and available in five different patterns and have my eye on the one with the topographical design.

decomposition books from Omoi

As one might infer from the name of the books, they aren’t zombie-related — not in the least — though who’s to say a zombie wouldn’t take a liking and/or biting to these books? The books look like they could belong to a brainy person, someone like my younger sister who’s majoring in chemical engineering and who buys regular composition notebooks in bulk from the dollar store.

The name of these books is quite obviously a play on the ol’ composition notebook, but I have to wonder if the name has anything to do with the fact that they’re eco-friendly to the nth degree. They’re made from 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper, use soy based inks, processed chlorine-free, and made using bio-gas. I suppose in a sense zombies are eco-friendly, too, since 100% post-consumer human and they reduce, reuse, and reanimate.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Two of a Kind

Every Tuesday, you can expect to see us profiling two things in nature or nature-inspired art, design, products, etc. that aren’t directly related but share similar physical features in a series we like to call “Two of a Kind”, which was largely inspired by Oh Joy!’s “this vs. that” by Bekka Palmer.

I’m starting the series off with goose barnacles and a grey heron. The goose barnacles are so aptly named and, personally, I think they resemble beaks. When I first happened upon Mike Baird‘s photos of the goose barnacles I immediately thought of baby birds in a nest, awaiting to be fed. And I couldn’t help but think of a particular scene from Finding Nemo.

What do the goose barnacles remind you of?

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Welcome + A Giveaway {CLOSED}

Pictured: Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco, CA / Photo & design by Donaville Herrick

Giveaway Entry Details

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us what you love about nature.
  • Eligibility: Open to readers worldwide.
  • Open from: March 20th – April 1st
  • See additional entry details below.

Greetings fellow nature lovers. I’m Donaville and some of you might know me from Discover Paper, a site that’s devoted to finding and sharing paper inspiration. Say hello to Dearest Nature, Discover Paper’s fraternal twin if you will, a site and soon-to-be magazine dedicated to sharing something near and dear to my heart: nature.

What can you expect to see on Dearest Nature? I, along with my team of creative cohorts, will be sharing a slew of products, art, photography, design, recipes, DIYs and more, all of which are inspired by nature. Have a look around and get to know myself and our contributors on our About page. Want to see your work grace the pages of our site? Learn how to submit your work.

The idea behind Dearest Nature was conceived about five years ago after I graduated college and was employed by a web design firm whose clients were comprised of niche publications. I had a dream of creating my own niche publication someday and that day is finally seeing fruition today.

Having Liam Neeson usher in Dearest Nature’s arrival in the same manner as Zeus releasing the Kracken in Clash of the Titans was also part of my dream, but alas he was booked today.

Instead of Liam Neeson, how about a giveaway to celebrate our launch? We’re offering not one, but two nature-loving winners oodles of nature-inspired goods from various stores:

giveaway from Dearest Nature

welcome giveaway winners

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.