new glasses!

Nerd glasses for the WINNNN.

Firmoo contacted me awhile ago to do a review on their glasses. (thank you!)

Here's the catch: I get to be 100% honest with you about the whole experience. (and who doesn't need new glasses?)

They actually have a really great selection. They also have new glasses that they add to the site every day, and if you follow them on Twitter they post the new ones there, too, so you can be lazy and informed at the same time.

I picked these ones in tortoise shell because I actually don't own any tortoise shell things. That's so unblogger-ish of me.

Anyways. So I ordered them and it was super easy. The only thing I had trouble with was figuring out the size of my PD, or the distance between my pupils. (they use this measurement to make sure the prescription is right in the glass.) I just used a measuring tape thingy and measured the best I could. Other than that, it was a breeze.

(p.s. their customer service is good too. They're super nice and will help you with whatever you need!)

Shipping was relatively quick too, considering it was coming all the way from China.

I got the glasses and they came in a cute case that included a little screwdriver and cloth to clean the lenses with. (I set them aside for 2 seconds and they've disappeared.)

They're nice glasses for being so inexpensive. These ones are made of a light plastic. I have a small head (let's be real here) so the glasses are a bit big on my face. But that's okay! I use them around the house or after I've been on the computer for too long. They get dirty really quick (babies, man) but that's what the cloth is for. If I can find it.

So that's that! If you're in the business of needing new glasses, check them out. You can even get 15% off your first order. And if you catch it, they're always having great sales.


How to Create Food Typography

For week 2 of the Flog challenge, I'm sharing my video on how to create food typography. My medium is licorice, but yours could be pineapples, doughnuts, sprinkles, peanut butter, honey, you get it.

It's not as intimidating at it seems. And obviously you should take a lot longer to sketch and create the work, not work haphazardly like I did for the video.

Some of my favorite designers who do food lettering/typography:

Marmalade Bleue (Danielle)
Becca Clason
Hello Tosha

You can check out my other food typography projects over on my website.

Isn't this stuff cool? I should probably definitely do some more (+ you should probably try it!) 


fry sauce lettering with the salt lake lettering club

I had the awesome experience of lettering in a big giant circle with some of the most creative people in Salt Lake with the Salt Lake Lettering Club. We each took a circle at Sugarmont Plaza and lettered a word/phrase that had to do with Utah. Well, I picked "fry sauce" because I love food.

Of course my posse came along. It was a BLAST, as much as it was equal parts terrifying and exhilarating. I've never lettered anything so big before! But I think it was a success. First I started with a chalk outline and then went at it with white paint. (people have asked how I got my lines so crisp, and it's because I traced the letters multiple times and wiggled my paint brush into all the cracks and crevices. Sometimes being a perfectionist has its perks!)

It's still there if you want to go take a look! One of my favorite snow cone shacks Hokulia is on the plaza all the time, with a food truck roundup there on Monday nights and the Sugarhouse Farmer's Market on Friday evenings. Go check it out and tag me (@imstephhammer) if you take a picture of it! I love seeing my work in the wild!