Jen Mussari

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Pencil vs. Mussari

Jen Mussari

Last week I had a great conversation with Cesar Contreras for his podcast series, Pencil vs. Pixel. I've loved watching these interviews in the past and was instantly excited when he asked me to chat. I was super nervous as this is only my second podcast that I've been on. But Cesar was such an awesome, relaxing host and we really got to talking about some interesting issues freelancers face.

Watch me get overly excited and overgesticulate, see if you can spot my best derp faces, listen to me talk about hand-lettering as a passion vs. a trend, and there are multiple cat spottings!

As a special treat for you Winston-lovers out there, here is a picture of him sitting like a human:

Fresh Pot

Jen Mussari

My friends at the Cotton Bureau are brewing up a fresh batch of my Death Before Decaf tee shirt! Get it while it's hot, because there is less than a week to put your order in. 

Place your order while you can, or else you might end up as angry as Dave Grohl when there isn't a fresh pot of coffee on. 

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Look, Ma, I'm on TV!

Jen Mussari

So, you know how Squarespace has been owning that web tableau style lately? A series of anonymous hands hold a device and show off the capabilities of example websites built with Squarespace. They've made TV ads, subway ads, and web pages in this style all with gorgeous results.

Well, my Squarespace buddies contacted me earlier in the year and told me that they wanted to bring some reality into the equation. With their newest campaign they seek to show off the actual websites of real designers, artists, bloggers, musicians, startups, and other small businesses. They wanted me to be a part of it, and have my shiny new website be a part of the campaign.

Oh, hey, would you look at that?! The new Squarespace.com homepage sure looks pretty fresh! 

Oh, hey, would you look at that?! The new Squarespace.com homepage sure looks pretty fresh! 

This is a huge honor for me and I couldn't be more excited (and humbled) to know that a big-and-successful company like SQSP would want to shine a little bit of their massive spotlight on me. Knowing that I, somehow, represent a bit of the spirit that they're trying to convey is major!

I had a blast being a part of this campaign and cannot wait to see it in the wild. If you happen to visit the Squarespace homepage, you'll see me front and center. Check out the 30 second TV spot above, and keep your eyes out for it on cable! If you are in NYC, you may also see it in the backs of cabs. If you do, send me a mental high five! 

Draft and Draw x3!

Jen Mussari
photo by Chris Rushing

photo by Chris Rushing

Here's a photo of me in my happy place, the quarterly event known as Draft and Draw! I stumbled upon this event serendipitously and I'm so glad I did. Now I am a D&D devotee and you can bet you'll find me at every single one from here on out. 

Founders and friends Chris Rushing and Shane Zucker kick off the third ever Draft and Draw at Huge

Founders and friends Chris Rushing and Shane Zucker kick off the third ever Draft and Draw at Huge

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As if I needed yet another reason to love Squarespace...

Jen Mussari

Introducing...my brand new site! I'm jumping out of my skin with excitement to show off this bad boy. Just like I believe everything should be, it's custom! But don't worry, it's still built with Squarespace. And now, for the story:

Back in March I collaborated with Squarespace on a one-off project for their sponsorship of the Heartbreaker Banquet, a music festival in Texas. I got the chance to travel with a handful of Squarespace employees and other selected artists to the festival. What I thought would be a pretty standard business trip turned out to be an incredibly inspiring experience. I'm not one for mushy feelings, but I really felt a kinship with these people and got the sense that the company they worked for was more than just a corporation. I understood, because of the respect that they showed me and the kindness they offered: they really believe in empowering artists.

A bandana I designed for the Heartbreaker Banquet. Photo credit: Ann Street Studios

A bandana I designed for the Heartbreaker Banquet. Photo credit: Ann Street Studios

Over the past few months I have been so lucky to turn my collaborators at Squarespace into dear friends. David Lee reached out to me for a very special new collaboration which will stay a bit mysterious for now. He sent the impossibly charming trio Billy Sweeney, Luis Mark Gonzales, and Richard Minkoff to my studio for this project and we became instant friends. While we were working (totally not just hanging out), Billy got scheming. He and Luis decided that the vintage template I was using (read: two years old) just wasn't cutting it and that, since my work is all custom, I should have something custom. I don't remember how I reacted, but I might have punched them and then profusely apologized and then asked if they were serious. I think.

Look at these super chill dudes hanging out in my studio. Getting business done. Being cool. 

Look at these super chill dudes hanging out in my studio. Getting business done. Being cool. 

Cut to now: past assumed hours of hard work that these super nice dudes and their teams casually make look so easy; past a few hang-outs, hugs, and high-fives; and I'm sitting here with an effortlessly cool site trying to think of ways to thank them. Along the way, they showed me so many things that I, as a user of two years, still had no idea that this product could do. I feel super empowered. I also feel like telling everyone I know how awesome (and functional) my new site is. I couldn't be more grateful for their extended support and kindness. All of the credit in the design and functionality of this site goes to them. Thanks Billy, Luis, David, Dan, Kevin, everyone on their teams, and everyone at Squarespace for being super cool and for backing me up. 

You're the best hype-people a gal could ask for.