So here's my goal: I want you to save you as much time this weekend as possible so that you can spend your weekend relaxing! So, I hope I've helped by finding what I think are some of the coolest products with Labor Day sales this weekend. Click on the images to check 'em out!
Wanelo has been taking excerpts from the interview that I did with them a while back, and I thought it would be fun to take one and make a poster out of it.
These words are very real to me right now. My best moments have been ones that beforehand I was nervous about, or maybe even second guessed. This is a small example, but still pretty scary for me: Every time I tried waterskiing as a kid, I was dragged under water and it really made me pretty afraid to try it again. I finally tried it again the other day. I still didn't get up, but it feels great to not be so scared of it anymore... if I can't get up, I'll just let go and fall. It's not so bad. Our minds can make things out to be a lot scarier than they really are sometimes.
In our impermanent space (a sublet that goes through October), it's been difficult for us to keep light and not buy too much to decorate. But, it is still so important to work out of a space that inspires us!
To make the space our own in a simple way, we have a few awesome prints hung around the studio. Above Rich's desk is a print of a photo he took of our last view of the Pacific Ocean before we came out East! We also thought it appropriate to have a signed Milton Glaser print of his iconic I Love NY.
Julia Kostreva has also been keeping us inspired with her Waves and Stay Foolish prints. Both will always remind me of this year - a year of adventure and experimentation. We drove from one ocean to another, are growing our business, and are reminding ourselves to stay foolish in the sense of not overthinking change, and letting possibilities be endless.
I dream of having a studio space that will be ours for more than a few months - that we can really take time to make our own. In the meantime though, it's been so much fun to have the space to experiment. We've played with photography, calligraphy, painting, and of course continued with UI/UX design so far this year. I'm always looking forward to seeing what's next!
Steve Jobs's Stanford speech easter egg—If you haven't seen the video of his Stanford commencement speech, it's well worth 22 minutes of your time. Apparently Apple has hidden a text file of his speech within your Mac!
What bags sell best in your city?—I find it really interesting how fashion/style changes from city to city. This article breaks down the top 3 handbags for 10 US cities.
Got 1 Euro? Buy a Sicilian hilltop home with a great view!—Apparently these houses need a lot of work, but the town of Gangi is hoping to redevelop after many people left in the 1920's. I'll take two please.
Estée Lauder + Momofuku Milk Bar = The Estée Cookie—I'll try anything from Momofuku.
The Stocks—Beautiful royalty-free stock photos. We're planning on using these more for our client projects!
5 Things UX And UI Designers Could Learn From Wes Anderson—My designs are about to become a whole lot more symmetrical. The details in Wes Anderson movies are amazing and remind me of the Charles Eames quote "The details are not the details. They make the product."
Where should I live?—Sara and I are constantly battling this question. There are too many awesome places to live! This author had an interesting way of answering it for himself.
Typographic Grid Tool—A tool to establish a typographic system with modular scale and vertical rhythm.
Game of Thrones Transit Map—There are so many locations in GoT's that it's hard to keep track of. This is so well executed and I like the "closed stations" at the wall.
Foursquare App Design Details—Yes, another Foursquare link... but I really love that they are caring about the details. So many apps forget that it's simple little interactions that make a UI stand out from the rest.
Motorcyclist crashes, flips, lands on car, survives—Is this real life?
We lovingly refer to this popcorn recipe as Crack Corn. We can't help but inhale it when we make it... This becomes our late night savory snack at least a couple times a week.
After reading The Beauty Detox Solution and learning about how terrible cheese is for us, we've been integrating nutritional yeast into more of our recipes to get a similar flavor. It's perfect in salad dressings, and a more recent and addictive discovery is that it's also amazing on popcorn. Since this discovery we just can't stop eating it. Combined with some truffle oil and a little Celtic sea salt we are all totally done for. Luckily, it's actually pretty healthy! We don't want to include a ton of oil in our diets, but this is the perfect treat.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 1/3 cup organic popcorn seeds
- 2 TBS Truffle oil (experiment with more or less depending on your taste)
- 1 1/2 TBS Nutritional yeast (again more or less could work depending on your taste)
- 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
- 2 TBS Coconut Oil
HOW TO MAKE IT
Using a large 6 to 8qt stock pot, heat up the Coconut oil on Medium-High heat. Add the popcorn seeds and cover. Once the popcorn seeds start to pop, start shaking the pot back and forth. As soon as the popping stops, turn the stove off and remove the lid. Stir it again to make sure that the popcorn at the bottom of the pot isn't burning.
Drizzle half of the truffle oil over the popcorn and then stir. Add the rest, and stir again! Do the same with the sea salt, and nutritional yeast. Finally, fill up a giant bowl of crack corn and park yourself in front of a good movie. Enjoy!
Yet another awesome design couple... Today it's Jean Lee & Dylan Davis of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio. They create a variety of small objects, home goods, jewelry, lighting, and furniture with a playful and minimal aesthetic. I love each and every one of their designs.
But if I had to pick favorites... This new look book Shape Up is definitely catching my eye.
I also think this would make the perfect vanity mirror. Once I settle down in one place for a while I think I'll have to indulge in one.
Oh, and one of these too :).
What are your favorite designs of theirs? Had you seen their work before?
The photo above is from last weekend in the Hamptons near Lazy Point. If you're ever in the area, be sure to check it out.
Rebranding Adidas—I was just having a conversation recently about how adidas has way too many logos and is confusing people. I really like how this simplifies the brand and where the designer landed.
Paul Rand's Thought on Design—His book is being reprinted! I've just preordered ours.
Where using X to close came from—As a designer, I think it's important to know the history behind UI elements. I wonder when they'll start teaching stuff like this in school?
These cat gifs are amazing—Enjoy!
What is product design?—Everyone has their own idea of what product design is since it's still a relatively new field. It's always interesting to see how people describe what we do.
How Foursquare onboards new users—Nice breakdown of the onboarding flow.
Chihuahua doing yoga—This is pretty amazing.
Being married to another designer, I always find myself especially inspired by other design couples. Particularly Charles and Ray Eames... They devoted their lives to creating, and they did it TOGETHER. How cool is that?
I recently came across another couple that reminds me very much of the Eames'. Their names are Brian and Jill Faherty, and they own and design for Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., a lighting and home goods store based in Portland, Oregon.
Not only are their products awesome, their home is also dreamy. But that was expected.
I pretty much want to sit in this corner all day long. (Especially after a crazy busy week - sitting still for a few sounds really nice right about now.) I also really love the chandelier below...
Cool stuff, huh? Had you seen Schoolhouse Electric before?
This past weekend we went to the Hamptons for the first time. With a lot of dreams for what this Summer could be, our goal was to treat the east coast as we have been treating the west coast for the past five years: that is, as a giant adventure land. We'd certainly heard a lot about the Hamptons having grown up on the east coast, but really had to start from scratch when deciding where to stay, what to eat, what beaches to go to, etc... We learned a lot, and are planning on putting a little weekend guide of our favorite spots for anyone else who is looking to visit! We also got some great tips from our Airbnb host, and happened upon some awesome spots like this winery that reminded us so much of wine country in California.
Wolffer Estate Vineyard was pretty magical - we sat out on the grass and had cheese and wine with a view of the vineyards. No complaining there! It was the perfect way to spend our four-year wedding anniversary.
Pollock-Krasner House—I had no idea that this was in the Hamptons and is only a few minutes from our Airbnb. It was really inspiring to see and now we can't wait to re-watch the movie about their life.
Blue Bottle and the Future of Iced Coffee—Our favorite coffee is Blue Bottle and there is nothing like their New Orleans Style Iced Coffee. I also think James Freeman is awesome and always curious to hear what he has to say.
Taking selfies can be dangerous—As a general rule: no selfies with guns, running with bulls, and snuggling with tigers...
Designing the new Foursquare—I've been using the new Foursquare a lot. It's been great the last couple of days exploring a new place like the Hamptons.
The 25 Most Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands—I almost only wear Everlane these days and there are some really interesting brands on this list.
Airbnb Office—Wow, this really exists?
Kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are all the same species of plant—It's really interesting how everything evolves with natural selection.
Coffee Science: How to Make the Best Pourover Coffee at Home—We don't drink a ton of coffee at home, but I love the art behind perfecting a skill.
Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it'—As monkeys continue to evolve and take more photos, this discussion will happen a more often.