Spring Summer 2014 Color Trends from The UltraBright

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I adore the trend, fashion and color inspiration that The Ultra Bright generates. It’s super cool that they’re a global collective that focuses on local lives and local habits and how they affect our perception of color. Additionally, I think it’s awesome that they offer free content to the general public too! Their word for the Spring Summer 2014 season? HARMONY. Wanna to read all the details? Check out their website HERE!

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Darling Starlings

This may seem like some sort of wild CGI-meets-Alfred-Hitchcock kind of thing. But it’s not; I double checked and it’s totally legit (Thank you, Philippe Lavaux, for creating this mini film!). Yes, these are real birds, doing some sort of improbable sky dance over the Provence landscape. Apparently, this is a December-March ritual for the little birds, so I’ll miss it this trip… but it gives me a great excuse to come back. Oh, you may notice that there’s just a link below, rather than the embedded video; sucks, but it’s just as well; click and you’ll be taken to vimeo where you can watch it in HD, as it was meant to be viewed. I know that’s a drag, but just do it anyway. (Just in case you’re overwhelmed by the urge to geek out about this after watching, click HERE to learn more about the birds from the folks at the BBC) 

Today’s Track – Travelogue, Sophie Hunger

Since I’m in Geneva, I thought we’d celebrate a Swiss artist today. Then I realized there wasn’t a single track in my music library that fit that bill. As I started exploring the possibilities, I made a magnificent discovery; Switzerland’s Sophie Hunter. Egad – how have I not heard her before? She’s brilliant! Brilliant as in I bought entire albums instead of just a few favorite tracks. Give it a go and let me know what you think! Travelogue by Sophie Hunter from the album 1983, 2010.

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Cross My Heart

Have you noticed that the Swiss cross has been showing up everywhere lately? (As always, click to shop!)

Ecolution - Swiss Army Toiletry Bag, $65
Ecolution – Swiss Army Toiletry Bag, $65
Ecolution - Wool Felt Business Card Holder, $19
Ecolution – Wool Felt Business Card Holder, $19
HAUS - Reversible Wool Blanket by Pia Wallen, £159
HAUS – Reversible Wool Blanket by Pia Wallen, £159
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Eva Moon Press - Set of 3 Letterpress cards, $7
Eva Moon Press – Set of 3 Letterpress cards, $7
Zana Products - Black and white 18" Swiss cross pillow, $29
Zana Products – Black and white 18″ Swiss cross pillow, $29
Imogene & Willie - Plus Sign T, $75
Imogene & Willie – Plus Sign T, $75
Urban Wall Decals - Plus Sign Decals, $39
Urban Wall Decals – Plus Sign Decals, $39
Brin and Nohl - Coffee Sack Basket, $39.99
Brin and Nohl – Coffee Sack Basket, $39.99
In The Clear - Swiss Cross Washi Tape, $3.30
In The Clear – Swiss Cross Washi Tape, $3.30
Earth Cadets - Swiss Cross Flour Sack Tea Towel, $16
Earth Cadets – Swiss Cross Flour Sack Tea Towel, $16
Zana Products - Swiss Cross 16" Pillow, $29
Zana Products – Swiss Cross 16″ Pillow, $29
Pure Style Crafts - Plus Sign Gift Wrap (2 sheets & 3 tags), $5.58
Pure Style Crafts – Plus Sign Gift Wrap (2 sheets & 3 tags), $5.58
Old New Again - Swiss Cross Side Table, $275
Old New Again – Swiss Cross Side Table, $275

Helvetica to the Max

I’m heading to Geneva, Switzerland in a few hours. It’s exciting to be off on an adventure to someplace i’ve never been! So I thought I’d kick off by celebrating Swiss graphic designer Max Miedinger, who created the typeface Helvetica in 1957. (As always, click to shop!)

Max Miedinger - Designer of the typeface Helvetica
Max Miedinger – Designer of the typeface Helvetica
Plastique - Helvertica Necklace, $22
Plastique – Helvertica Necklace, $22
Helveticards, $10
Helveticards, $10

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The Social Department - Midwest Helvetica T-Shirt, $25
The Social Department – Midwest Helvetica T-Shirt, $25
Medium Control - Helvetica Back Pack, $47
Medium Control – Helvetica Back Pack, $47
A Favorite Design - Helvetica Letterpress Note Card, $4.50
A Favorite Design – Helvetica Letterpress Note Card, $4.50
Printmeneer - Helvetica Cookie Cutter Set, $51
Printmeneer – Helvetica Cookie Cutter Set, $51
Sea Lemon - Helvetica Note Book, $12
Sea Lemon – Helvetica Note Book, $12
Crawlspace Studios - Set of 2 Helvetica Beer Glasses, $20
Crawlspace Studios – Set of 2 Helvetica Beer Glasses, $20
Helvetica - A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit, $22.88
Helvetica – A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit, $22.88
Mixed Mangos - Helvetica Lowercase in Poplar, $42
Mixed Mangos – Helvetica Lowercase in Poplar, $42

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