40 Meaningful Minutes

These are my favorite things on the internet. Millions of people have already watched these TED talks by Brené Brown, who studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love.  And you may count yourself among them. I’m posting just on the off chance that you haven’t. (Because – if they’ve eluded you – you’re missing out.) Even if it’s old news, treat yourself to a second listen. Yes, each video is a 20 minute commitment – which I understand is a lot. And no, they’re not my usual design-y fare. But they are spectacularly inspiring, especially the moment when it really clicks for you.

“Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.”

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

A Rai of Sunshine

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I had the pleasure of meeting this sparkling personality last May at the International Contemporary Furnishings Show in NYC. Born in Venezuela, Rai Alexandra is an artist who creates boldly abstract, gleefully colorful “paintings” through a collage process using hand-torn paper. M&M Design International has interpreted her work into truly unique custom rugs. (as always, click to shop!)

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Plethora of Purse Pads

Ever since my days as Creative Director for a stationery company, I’ve faithfully carried a small jotter everywhere I go. Luckily, working for a paper company meant I amassed a huge stockpile of the little jems. However, it’s been almost 10 years since I left, and my collection has begun to wear thin, placing me back in the market for these convenient, tiny journals. Here are a few of my new favorites. (As always, click to shop!)

Inka Books - set of 3 notebooks, $11.96
Inka Books – set of 3 notebooks, $11.96
Two Hand Design - Big Idea Book, $7
Two Hand Design – Big Idea Book, $7
Small Caps Berlin - Mini Notebook, $10
Small Caps Berlin – Mini Notebook, $10
Smock Paper - Spiral Bound Letterpress notebook, $12
Smock Paper – Spiral Bound Letterpress notebook, $12
Present and Correct - Geometry jotter set of 3, $8
Present and Correct – Geometry jotter set of 3, $8
Wit and Whistle - Hive jotter, $5.75
Wit and Whistle – Hive jotter, $5.75
Alfamarama - Screen printed Moleskine notebook, $7
Alfamarama – Screen printed Moleskine notebook, $7
miplused design milan - handbound mini journal, $14
mi + ed design milan – handbound mini journal, $14
Ordinary Artist - set of 6 tiny journals, $5
Ordinary Artist – set of 6 tiny journals, $5
Painted Fish Studio - Triangle jotter, $6
Painted Fish Studio – Triangle jotter, $6
Zeeben Dry - Pocket journal, $4.72
Zeebendry – Pocket journal, $4.72
Pistachio Press - Zorah Patterned Letterpress Notebook, $7
Pistachio Press – Zorah Patterned Letterpress Notebook, $7
Eight Five Press London - Dream journal, $11.80
Eight Five Press London – Dream journal, $11.80
Tuskcraft - jotter, $6
Tuskcraft – jotter, $6
Mint Society - set of 2 letterpress notebooks, $10
Mint Society – set of 2 letterpress notebooks, $10
Honeycomb Print Shop - moleskine journal, $12
Honeycomb Print Shop – moleskine journal, $12

Today’s Track – Summertime, Sarah Vaughan (UFO remix)

Finally had my first official soiree on the “new & improved” patio this week. Ergo, I’m FINALLY feeling like it’s really summer! (July 25th? That’s kinda lame. Note to self; next year summer starts in June, even if there’s still snow on the ground.) Summertime by Sarah Vaughan – UFO remix – from the album Verve Remixed, 2002.

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Simply Splendid

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Just back from Portland, so i thought I’d feature an artisian from those parts. Anna Joyce is is a designer who creates beautifully silkscreened products that are playfully inspired by vintage patterns. Her collections are totally handmade with a craftperson’s attention to detail, and a few are even one of a kind items. (As always, click to shop!)

Double Wedding Ring Tote Bag, $87
Double Wedding Ring Tote Bag, $87
Charcoal Dots Tote Bag, $87
Charcoal Dots Tote Bag, $87
Vine Cotton Tea Towels, $24/set of 2
Vine Cotton Tea Towels, $24/set of 2
Double Wedding Ring Cotton Napkins, $42 / set of 6
Double Wedding Ring Cotton Napkins, $42 / set of 6
Scandinavian Flowers Cotton Canvas Pillow, $ 64
Scandinavian Flowers Cotton Canvas Pillow, $ 68
Watermelon Stars Clutch, $72
Watermelon Stars Clutch, $72

Fall Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trends via Who’s Next

The folks behind the Who’s Next Prêt-à-Porter Paris trade show compiled this trend forecast as a buyer preview of fall fashion for the 2013-2014 seasons.

Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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Brewing Up Some Brilliant Branding

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Here’s a beautifully elegant and thoughtful study in branding by designer Julian Hrankov of Berlin Germany. He transforms the packaging and identity of staid IM NU coffee products from eclectic and forgettable to consistent and compellingly relevant. Nicely done.

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Today’s Track – Royals, Lorde

Stumbled upon this track and was pretty sure I had discovered some sort of underground hipster haven. Catchy, amusing – and most of all, undiscovered. Turns out (as it almost always does), that this single – by a 16-year old New Zealander – got half a million hits on YouTube last year. So, I’m not exactly the early adopter I thought. Still, I can’t help loving this little anthem. Royals by Lorde from the EP The Love Club, 2013.

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Deliciously Dotty

10 Corso Como Logo

Admittedly, brandishing logos isn’t for everyone. But the temptation for me to do so gets molto heavy when shopping at Italy’s più sorprendente negozio, 10 Corso Como. I find their irreverently sophisticated branding and playful circle motifs completely irresistible. (As always, click to shop!)

Want a mini tour of 10 Corso Como? Click HERE!

Thea Folding Bag, €110
Thea Folding Bag, €110
Bat Small Umbrella, €25
Bat Small Umbrella, €25
Bath Pearls, €30
Bath Pearls, €30
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Glasses Case, € 70
Delos Folding Bag Set, € 160
Delos Folding Bag Set, € 160
Canvas Graffiti Tote Bag, € 50
Canvas Graffiti Tote Bag, € 50
Petite Case, € 110
Petite Case, € 110
Superga Sneakers, € 85
Superga Sneakers, € 85
Nina Cappuccino Cup, € 35
Nina Cappuccino Cup, € 35
Zippo Sunrise Lighter, € 55
Zippo Sunrise Lighter, € 55
Dedalo Silk Scarf, € 200
Dedalo Silk Scarf, € 200
Maia Make Up Case, € 45
Maia Make Up Case, € 45
Alcantara iPad 3 Case, € 160
Alcantara iPad 3 Case, € 160

A Single Defeat

While this video is customized to describe the plight of graphic designers, I think it’s appropriate for anyone who has known the frustration of persistent (and perhaps irrational) project critiques and criticism with unrealistic deadlines, and lived to tell the tale.

Fail Again, Fail Better from Sara Shin on Vimeo.

Fall Winter 2013-14 Trends from MM

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A peek just around the corner from MM trends, an international, dynamic and ever evolving collective of creative people possessing different skills: fashion and textile designers, interior architects, art craft persons, illustrators, photographers, trend consultants, and colour experts. Here’s what they’ve compiled as their forecast in textiles for next season.

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