Category Archives: Fun Stuff

Blue Monday

COLLAGES BY GUILHERME LEPCA

Vermelho – Red

Amarelo – Yellow

Somente O Verde – Green

Feeling a little low at the start of this week, but these vibrant, monochromatic-themed collages by Guilherme Lepca have brightened my mood — color therapy usually does. I hope they do the same for you.

[via Hard Feelings]

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The Friday Fast Five

1. How To Be Alone |  A wonderful short video by Andrea Dorfman, featuring singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis. Note to self: spend a little time this weekend completely unplugged — sit, contemplate, journal, and reflect.

2. Simplify Your Desktop |  Admire the minimalist lifestyle, but can’t make the full commitment to change your physical space? Why not start with your computer and chose from these 60 minimalist desktop wallpapers.

3. Evolution of the Business Card |  From 1400 AD to modern day, this timeline gives a quick snapshot of how the most ubiquitous personal and professional promotional item has changed through the ages.

4. 16 Years of Paula Scher Posters |  There’s no denying the typographical prowess of the iconic design master and Pentagram partner, Paula Scher.

5. 1973 Ad for Sony Tape Deck |  Proof positive that Madison Avenue cannot predict the future. Vintage ads amuse me to no end — the extensive copy length, odd cropping and oftentimes clunky design make me marvel at how far the medium has progressed.

But the grandiose headline is what grabs me on this one. You have to wonder how strange today’s marketing messages will seem in 40 more years. Something to think about when following up on that note to self.

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Inspired, Naturally

OFFICE Accents BY APPREE

Tired of mundane office supplies? Me, too. It’s a busy day at the studio, but when I stumbled across these, I had to stop for a minute and share. First, the Ginko + Leaf-It stickies.

For notes, bookmarks, scribbling lines of Haiku, or simply adding a of the outdoors to your workspace, these memo pads by Appree come in a range of sizes, two colors and shapes.

Also by Appree, the Waterdrop magnet — light and elegant, they beat my ordinary earth magnets any day!

[via designboom]

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The Friday Fast Five

1. Identity Redesign for Cartoon Network |  Must admit that at the start of the article, I was thinking… hmm, kind of sterile. Then I read a little further down… interesting secondary elements, OK… and the video clip cinched it. WOW! Give yourself a brilliant visual treat and start there.

2. Design Bureau |  Keep the inspiration going with this multidisciplinary, global design digest served up in a clean, straightforward fashion. Diverse, quirky and well-written.

3. Constrainstorming |  When your next brainstorming session gets swamped by possibilities, try these quick tips on exploring potential parameters to focus the group.

4. Establishing the Best Price |  An interesting read on how to employ User Experience to uncover the most compelling price point. Useful for programmers as well as freelance designers (and studios, too!).

5. iTunes U |  One of my core values is to never stop learning, and I’m forever blown away by the amount of quality, Undergrad and Graduate course lectures available online for FREE! My virtual classes have me currently studying up on Sociology, Anthropology and Culture at UC Berkeley, CCA, OTIS and Stanford. Why not join me on “campus” and check out the wide range of subjects at iTunes U?

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The Friday Fast Five

1. Ira Glass on Storytelling | I’m a bit obsessed with the weekly This American Life podcast and look forward to it every Monday. If you’re also are a fan of the show, these videos are a sure treat (though not the best quality). Psst: I encourage you to make a small donation of support to keep the genius of TAL alive! I used the text / phone option that Ira describes at the start of each episode — super easy!

2. The Living Principles: Creative Action for Collective Good | Intrigued by this online community that celebrates design thinking as an agent for positive cultural advancement.

3. Typography: Kalakari Display | This font would look amazing engraved or letterpressed — metallic or light ink on dark stock!

4. 10 TED Talks on Architecture | I’ll be putting some time aside this weekend to catch up on these presentations.

5. Fiber Optic Concrete | Amazing architectural and artistic installation potential.

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Modern Wearables

STEM NECKLACE BY KON ZUK

As a huge fan of KON ZUK pieces, I was thrilled when my man gifted me with the stainless steel Stem Necklace for my recent birthday. Really, anything from the amazing catalog of works that range from concrete settings, to powder coatings, to silver and platinum, will do.

BTW, any of you modern couples looking for unique engagement rings / wedding bands, start with this collection. Hint, hint!

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Ace is the Place

ACE HOTEL MURAL BY TIMOTHY GOODMAN

As a designer of brand experiences, I am crazy-go-nuts about checking out interesting environments. Based on several recommendations from friends and this sensational, hand-drawn wall mural by Timothy Goodman, I’m mandating a stay at the Ace Hotel on my next trip to NYC.

[via designworklife]

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