The Unicorn of Design

You might not be able to tell from the masterpiece below (OMG), but I am not a graphic designer. I just wanted to send out a little love to Anna Dorfman–the spectacular graphic designing, web developing, interior overhauling, blogging wonder. I feel so lucky to have been able to collaborate with Anna on the completely custom blog redesign for Honey Kennedy. I can’t tell you the difference it has made in how I feel about where I spend such a large part of my week. I take a lot of pride in the content I provide on this blog and now I feel like the artwork has an equally beautiful frame so to speak.

Anna is a fantastic person. If you follow her blog (which you should), Door Sixteen, I can tell you that working with her felt like she was giving me a makeover–the same satisfying way that she breathes new life into her home design. I bombarded her with SO. MUCH. INFORMATION. (I’ve been daydreaming of this for a LONG time) that I thought she would change her mind about working with me by the second email exchange… I’m so glad she didn’t! Each day I look at my blog and feel like it really represents my personal aesthetic and the nautical theme is a big nod to my great-grandfather, James Kennedy.

Working with Anna was incredibly gratifying. We worked so well together that from initial consult to completion it was only about a week! Two-thirds of the way through I realized that, shortly, I would go back to not working with Anna and I ran to my bedroom and flopped down to wail into my pillow. That isn’t actually true, but I did whine a bit and, to this day, feel sudden sharp, unpredictable pangs of loss. Fortunately, she accepted my proposal of marriage at some point that week and even my husband was completely understanding about it.

I tried to prolong the redesign by asking her if she could do impossible things in hopes that she would just keep hanging out with me–FOREVER. At one point–out of sleep deprivation and general delirium–she started to try to figure out a way to accommodate my request to “make my blog smell faintly of saltwater”. Sadly, she realized far too soon that even she has her design limitations. I do believe that she would be the only person who could figure it out.

Thank you, Anna. You’ve truly made my life better with good design. XOXO


★ Photo desecration by me. Sorry to EVERYONE who has ever lived.


14 Responses to “The Unicorn of Design”
  1. Caitlin Rose says:

    Oh that’s nice. wow, can you imagine if everything on the internet had a scent!

    Your blog does look beautiful though!

  2. m.fay says:

    looks fantastic!

  3. jena says:

    oh man, I can’t wait for smell-o-internet, you know it’s comin!

    I’m so glad you’re digging your new space here- it makes a big difference, huh? And Anna really did such a great job!

  4. Anna @ D16 says:

    Jen, this is just so nice of you to say. So much of the work I do gets filtered through so many channels before it reaches the client that I never actually get a chance to work directly with them…or to find out afterward how they feel about the design. It’s pretty amazing to read this and know that I was able to make an impact and that you’re so happy with your site.

    For what it’s worth (and it’s worth a LOT), you were pretty much the ideal client. You’re organized, focused, and able to convey your requests/revisions in a way that’s humorous but serious. You’d be amazed how many people aren’t able to do that! I loved working with you, and I hope I have the opportunity to do it again sometime.

    Above all, I really believe in your blog and all of the hard work you put into creating these amazing posts every day. It’s an honor to be a part of how your content is created.

    xoxo Love Anna, your magical design unicorn

  5. Ellen says:

    I have to say, I felt a bit of a sea breeze looking at your site. It’s really beautiful and just relaxing to look at. There are certain blogs with good content but horrible design and it just stresses me out visually trying to read them. Door Sixteen has always been easy on the eyes. Congrats!

    • Jen McCabe says:

      Thank you, Ellen! I’m glad you can feel the breeze. I get stressed out by visuals too–I’m finally so content looking at my site. It really does feel like you stop holding your breath and exhale when you can have a transformation like this!

  6. Bria says:

    What a sweet love letter! You two really created something special. I think the theme of the new Honey Kennedy is Saltwater Taffy. Ahoy!

    P.S. And thanks for no catpchas.

  7. dudley. says:

    Excellent!! Finding chemistry with fellow bloggers is a beautiful thing. I’ve been following Door Sixteen (and Anna on Twitter) since I started blogging about a year ago and I love her aesthetic. The site looks great! I’m totes diggin Honey Kennedy…

    x dudley.