Finding Your Signature Color: Starting in Your Closet

Coco Chanel said it best. You pick out clothing based on what color looks good on you. You know what color makes your eyes pop and what color washes you out. Why shouldn’t it be the same for picking out paint color for your home?

Join Alt Winter 2016 sponsor Sherwin-Williams on Twitter this Wednesday January 13th at 9AM PT/12PM ET/5PM GMT to chat about color. 

Alt Chat Wednesday: Making Your Original Photography Stand Out from the Crowd

What grabs your attention as you frantically thumb through your feed of favorite blogs and social media? Eye catching visuals. Maybe a splash of color used strategically. A pattern. A luxurious fabric. Whatever it is you can bet the “it” was intentional. 

Here are four ways to make your visual branding stand out from the crowd, along with tips for where to find those crave worthy props and get imagery if you’re not a photographer. 

    Alt Chat Wednesday: Creating a Space That Showcases Your Personality

    Creating a space or special event that showcases your personality can feel overwhelming without a plan or set brand guidelines. Join us Wednesday for a Twitter chat with Hayneedle! We will discuss inspiration, event spaces, and how to create spaces that showcase our personality. It will be a fun, informative chat! 

    Business Cards: Make vs. Buy

    If you have never been to Alt before, you might be surprised to find out that business cards are kind of a big deal! I mean, think about it, this is your one opportunity to meet and mingle with brands, businesses, and other bloggers. What they leave with is a card that will hopefully spark a memory of who you are and what your conversation was like.

    One thing that comes up every conference is whether to make or buy business cards, so we thought it would be fun to help you break it down with a pro/con list:

    Alt Chat Wednesday: 80 Days Until Alt Winter 2016

    Creatives dream big. Making those dreams come true is often the challenge. The culprits? Creative Perfectionism. Perseverance. Or more specifically, the gap between our taste and the work we produce.

    So how do you get past the gap? How do you keep going when your work doesn’t match your expectations?

    Join us Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT/4PM GMT on Twitter to chat about strategies and techniques for overcoming roadblocks and managing creative perfectionism. We’ll be talking about what we’ve found that works and what we’ve tried that didn’t.  

    Finding a Signature Style: Business Cards

    We have been talking a lot about finding your signature style that makes it easy for followers to recognize your work and identify with your consistent style. Just as you should create a style guide for a photo shoot or your web design, you should carry that guide over into your business card as well.

    But first, here are three great articles and a video from Alt that explain the importance and need for business cards, especially if you are attending a conference, event, or business meeting.

    Finding a Signature Style: Color

    Blogs and businesses who have a consistent color palette are not only recognizable, but they hold an authentic confidence that sells their individual personality. Utilizing color in a signature style is also a quick way for readers to gauge if you are a right fit for them and vice versa.

    Nevertheless, deciding on a color palette can be such a difficult and daunting task for many of us. Here are three suggestions of how you can narrow down the options.

    Alt Chat Wednesday: Curating Your Aesthetic for a Remarkable Brand

    When it comes to building a brand there are lots of choices we make consciously and unconsciously. Here are eight steps you can take to curate your aesthetic so that it reflects who you are today.

    Join us this Wednesday September 30 on Twitter at 9AM PDT / 12 PM EDT / 4PM GMT to chat about how to find your aesthetic; how to curate your work and social media to reflect that aesthetic; how to communicate that aesthetic with brands and potential collaboration partners; and more.

    Get Ready and Mark Your Calendars

    Mark your calendars! Alt Winter 2016 registration will open on Friday, August 18th. This is just a heads up because as you might remember, Alt Winter has a history of selling out quickly, and we want to make sure you get a spot! We’re already working on some fun surprises for the conference. We hope you’re as excited as we are. We’re confident it’s going to be the best Alt Summit yet!

    Discovering Your Visual Aesthetic

    Developing a consistent aesthetic across your social media platforms can be tough. Especially when you’re not sure of your visual brand. In her Photoshoot: from Start to Finish design camp at Alt Summer, Candice Borup Stringham of Handmade Mood recommended the Five Minute Flip as a way to discover what grabs you visually (and this changes over time).