I first heard about Scoutmob when they were another one of those coupon deal apps, offering free 50% off coupons at restaurants and shops. But now they are moving away from that and more towards an online version of the Renegade Craft Fair.
[Side note: I've been obsessed with Renegade since I was in high school, just a crafty artsy teen with big ideas, when their shop Renegade Handmade still existed in Chicago and I'd go all the time. Not my first lesson in appreciating local handmade goods, but a very memorable one]
Lately, I've been pretty impressed by Scoutmob's evolving design aesthetic. They continue to move in the direction of the handmade, warm, comforting, and cozy while still minimal and modern. They nicely incorporate a ton of different fonts, even the most strong and bold with a feeling of the handmade.
I am a maker. I am a knitter, a sewer, a printer, an etcher, a glass blower, a book binder, a chef, a baker. I can do woodwork, metalwork, and screen printing. I create. I make things with my hands. But I am also a designer, creating on screen, with buttons and a mouse and my magical pen on drawing tablet. Its different. More sterile, more removed from human error. And I miss that error, a little.
I've made quite a lot of web banners. Hundreds, I'm sure. And while that gets repetitive after a while, a fresh perspective and viewpoint similar to my own personal one are like a breath of fresh air. I'll always enjoy the intersection of handmade and machine made - the more it pops up in my email the better.
Thanks Scoutmob, for filling my email with inspiration instead of with junk.
By the way, if you're in Atlanta, they are looking for a new designer.