Creative Envy


BACK TO REALITY, PRODUCTIVITY, AND MISSED CONNECTIONS.
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 8:17 pm
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I’ve been back home from Disney since Thursday night; however, I’ve been taking full advantage of my remaining hours before going back to reality tomorrow morning. I’m not looking forward to that alarm going off at 6am. Disney was great mostly due to the fact that my brother had a kick-ass itinerary that we stuck to. My advice: do it. It makes it so much easier and prevents those grating conversations of, “What do you want to do next?” “I don’t care, what do you want to do?”. Ugh.

I’m bummed about returning to work tomorrow only because I’ve been so productive over the past few days with my personal projects. I sanded the chairs down (they already look 10 times better) and I got a great start on my Etsy shop (masthead designed and stocking the store has begun).

Friday gave me a lot of time to catch up on all my favorite blogs and thanks to Roadside, I came across Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall. Another amazing idea that I wish I had thought of; although I do not have the amazing illustration skills that Miss Blackall posesses. Sophie brings missed connections ads to life through her own illustrative interpretation. Here, she describes it better than I can:

Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.

Here are two great ones:

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In case you can’t make out the second one:
Monday, March 23, 2009
-m4w (Harlem)
Remember? Uptown A train. Sunday at around 9pm. I was the black dude reading Bukowski’s Post Office. You were reading the Arts and Leisure section. You passed wind rather loudly and started chuckling. I’d like to see you again. The flatulence wasn’t a turn-off.

Ha! So unbelievably clever. I love it.

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ELIMINATE UGLY.
Sunday, April 12, 2009, 9:14 pm
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Head over to Treat and Company to experience a darling, well-executed yet simple website for their product design and development company. It’s only 8 pages total delivered via a virtual sketchbook. I love the format as well as Treat’s mantra: Enhance the human experience. Eliminate ugly.

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My favorite part of the sketchbook is the little pocket of paper that appears on the We Are Treat page. I also love their scroll bar in the Treat Shop.



CB2 WISH LIST.
Sunday, March 29, 2009, 7:46 pm
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The latest CB2 catalog arrived in the mail the other day and I am seeing a lot that I like.

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I give you my wish list.

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1. Modular surface décor forms. The possibilities of these curlicues are endless. I think I’m actually going to pull the trigger on this one because you get a set of 30 for $29.95 and I think they’d look pretty great in a formation coming out of my white wall tiles in my living room.

2. I wish this revere pendant lamp came in some other colors (although I suppose I could spray paint it). CB2’s grouping of three together make an awesome impact.

3. While I normally refuse to spend any kind of money on throw pillows because I can make them myself, I may also have to get this sunflower flock pillow. It’s not overly priced and I am already picturing it on one of my recycled chairs (you know, once I finish them).

4. My heart is longing for these track brass wall strips (they patina over time!) but at $129 for a set of three, they are out of my price range. I really think you need at least six of them to make an impact in a room and $260 seems a bit crazy to me. Don’t worry though, I will be stalking these in the off chance they go on super sale.

5. A clever milk carton bud vase for $6.95? SOLD.

6. If this sol console table were slightly deeper, I’d be tempted to snatch it up as my new desk. I would love to ditch my current bulky, dark wood piece in favor of something more streamlined and table-like.

7. Props to CB2 for offering this conserve runner made out of recycled plastic Indian milk pouches.

Conserve provides a source of income to the hundreds of urban “rag pickers” who scavenge and clean recyclable materials from the streets of New Delhi. Each is unique with original dairy logos and type—no added dyes or inks.



GREEN EGGS AND HAM.
Friday, March 20, 2009, 10:41 pm
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Special thanks to How About Orange for posting about free desktop wallpaper available at Pixelgirl Presents. I found this stunning image by John Carey that is currently serving as my desktop background. It’s such a gorgeous shot and to top it off, the book is the classic Green Eggs and Ham.

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Pixelgirl also has wallpapers for your iPhone.



MY VERSION OF RETAIL THERAPY.
Thursday, March 19, 2009, 9:03 pm
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I haven’t had time to compile a five faves list this week. It’s been a long work week and while most girls would buy clothes to cheer themselves up, my version of retail therapy is subscribing to Uppercase’s new quarterly magazine. Oh my god, this looks AMAZING and I cannot wait to get the first issue into my hands. You can watch a video montage here, but here are some inspiring stills I grabbed. This looks right up my alley.

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SURREAL WORLD: GROSGRAIN.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 8:36 pm
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This week is crazy at work but I wanted to take a break to tell you all to go check out Grosgrain’s latest post. Kathleen has taken her photo set-ups to a whole other level by inserting her daughter into a surreal pirate world. These pictures are amazing and so very inspiring.

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THE DAILY (DESIGNER) PLEDGE.
Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:43 pm
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Kim at L2 Design Collective emailed to let me know about this brilliant poster designed by Jeff Matz of Lure Design, Inc.

Does someone in your studio use one of these typefaces? Does it make your typographically sensitive skin crawl? You can help. Order this poster and make your hack designing colleague take this pledge and sign it. Preferably in their own blood. Hell, you might be an offender and need to sign one yourself. Make a difference. Do it today.

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I love the signature lines included at the bottom.

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You can order your own 20″x26″ screenprinted poster on Lure’s website here. Thanks, Kim!