The World Needs You to Stop Being Boring

It’s Friday, and I could use a jolt of inspiration. So I’m turning to this spectacular kid (again… how many times have I watched this? Lost count…), for his charming delivery of this fine sentiment (and many, many others): “The world needs you to stop being boring. Yeah, you. Boring is easy. Everybody can be boring. But you’re gooder than that.” Hope you have a very UNboring weekend!

New Year’s Musings

It’s the first of the year; the time when many folks are feverishly preparing a list of resolutions – near as I can figure – so they can feel really bad about not having done any of them come April. I, for one, am taking a stand against resolutions and, in their place, substituting gentle reminders to myself. A brief sampling of my 2013 list:

  • Reminder #1: When you find a gorgeous, comfortable pair of shoes in Paris (or anywhere, really) that comes in two colors: buy them both. Even if it seems extremely foolhardy. That way you won’t spend the better part of the next four months scouring the interwebs daily, hopelessly searching for a pair in your size.
  • Reminder #2: You are not your job title. Whether it makes you feel big and tall, or rather more like a speck of dirt. You are the person as seen through the eyes of those who love you most. Genuine, flawed, lovely and uniquely you.
  • Reminder #3: Try your best to get to Barre class at Centerspace on Monday nights. Driving around with your workout clothes in the trunk of the car does not constitute “trying your best”; though, arguably, it’s better than nothing.
  • Reminders #4, #5, #6, #7, #8: Take some chances. Do what you can. Be in the moment whenever possible. Play. Regret nothing.

Of course, reminders are really only necessary because we tend to forget stuff. Out of sight, out of mind and all that. So, I intend to pick out a lovely new journal in which to jot things down.

Paperthinks Recycled Leather Notebooks, $17.95
Paperthinks Recycled Leather Notebooks, $17.95
Anthropologie Poet Journal, $14.95
Anthropologie Poet Journal, $14.95
Ferdinand Home Stuff I Love to Do Letterpress Journal, $8
Ferdinand Home Stuff I Love to Do Letterpress Journal, $8
Ecojot Nature Journal, $10
Ecojot Nature Journal, $10
Christian Lacroix Arles Flocked Velvet Journal, $23
Christian Lacroix Arles Flocked Velvet Journal, $23
Christian Lacroix Feria Notebook, $12
Christian Lacroix Feria Notebook, $12
Smash Folio Journal + Scrapbook, $15.95
Smash Folio Journal + Scrapbook, $15.95
Cavallini Set of 2 Bird Journals, $13.95
Cavallini Set of 2 Bird Journals, $13.95
Anrol Designs Dear Noah Journal, $8.50
Anrol Designs Dear Noah Journal, $8.50
Badger and Chirp Handbound Leather Journal, $26.50
Badger and Chirp Handbound Leather Journal, $26.50
Smock Paper Letterpress Spiral Bound Journal, $11
Smock Paper Letterpress Spiral Bound Journal, $11
Mag Print Suck It Up Letterpress Journal, $15
Mag Print Suck It Up Letterpress Journal, $15
Rifle Paper Set of 3 Journals, $12.95
Rifle Paper Set of 3 Journals, $12.95

It’s a Beautiful Day

Yes, I realize that this video is actually an ad for activekidsclub.com. I usually try not to share a lot of commercials – unless of course they’ve won a British Arrow Award – and then I just can’t help myself. In this case, I’m breaking my self-imposed rule of thumb. This charming ditty is so brilliant in its simplicity and powerful in its message – which is especially critical to us grown ups, who tend to neglect the rejuvenating power of a good outdoor frolic. On a glorious summer day like this one, go ahead and make the time to get out there and play.

My Dad, My Hero!

For most of us, our dads were the first legit superheros we ever knew. So, I thought a great father’s day idea would be to remind him of his status by helping round out his tool kit… in a non-Home Depot kinda way. Enter Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, a real-live shop in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, dedicated to upholding the heroic concept. (For those of us non-New Yorkers, they have a highly amusing web site for your superhero shopping needs as well.)

Finding Some Direction

I’m totally in the mood for some comic relief today. Something light, silly and deliciously cheesy – yet smart… with a tad bit of naughty. So I’ve turned to the masters of that genre: British commercials. Today’s theme? Directing. 

Creative Credits
The Light is your Friend / Young Director Award: BETC Paris & Pop-Up Films, London
David Shane on how to make a commercial / Doritos: AMV BBDO London

Waltz of the iPhones

Ever feel like you have an idea that may be impossible to execute? Not worth the trouble? Ever feel like giving up? I have to assume the creative forces behind today’s featured video walked that road more than a few times. Yet, as they say, “the 238th time’s a charm”. Yes, after 238 takes – and I can’t even imagine how many hours of pre-production – this shining example of stick-to-itiveness finally came to fruition. Produced by Mystery Guitar Man and his posse, this act of determination may seem incredibly random and quite unecessary to most; but for a guy with 180 videos on YouTube, it’s all in a week’s work.

Making it Count

This may not have been what Nike expected when they asked Casey Neistat and Max Joseph to make a short film about what it means to “Make It Count”, but it’s pretty effective, nonetheless. Peppered with awesome quotes, this viral little video follows the pair’s adventures through 13 countries over the course of 10 days. A dose of pure moxie.

Hippily Bunny

Because it’s Easter weekend – and because I just couldn’t resist – I am sharing a charming little rabbit-themed piece, illustrated and narrated by an imaginative 4 year old girl named Enya. No, it has nothing to do with design, or trends, or amazing products. But it has everything to do with creativity, youthful exuberance and storytelling. More than anything, I just hope it makes you smile. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

12 Months of Doomsday Scenarios

Okay… this post may seem a tad bit dark considering the fact that I pledged to maintain an upbeat disposition. I did, after all, spin my bout with the flu as a “healthy cleanse” and my unexpected purchase of a new furnace as a delightful “spending spree”. So I prefer to see today’s topic as irreverent – fearlessly staring impending doom in the face and having a bit of a giggle. Designed by Hip Street’s Joe Anderson, the Apocalypse Ephemeris 2012 Calendar is a devilish look at what could go wrong in the coming months, as we countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar.

The Worst Hotel in the World

I’m in Amsterdam today, so I thought it fitting to mention the irreverent branding of what has come to be known as The Worst Hotel in the World, the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel“Proudly disappointing travelers for over 40 years”.  It would be a gross understatement to say that this Dutch institution has embraced the concept of truth in advertising (though as I considered more accurate metaphors I thought better of actually publishing them here). Developed by Amsterdam-based agency Kessels Kramer, these raunchy, rediculous, hilarious campaigns have been making people want to take a shower since 1996. Slow work day? I strongly suggest whittling it away by exploring the Hans Brinker web site. (Need more? Get the book.)

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