Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"The people who become excellent at a given thing aren't necessarily the same ones who seemed to be "gifted" at a young age. This suggests that when it comes to choosing a life path, people should do what they love -- yes, your nana told you this too -- because if you don't love what you're doing, you are unlikely to work hard enough to get very good at it."

Superfreakonomics

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Look at how gorgeous they are. A fun find while image searching for a project. Visual tangents are so great. From GettyImages.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hello Darling

Chicago-based floral and event styling company, Hello Darling. I saw this image in CS Brides and fell in love!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Roma... ancora

Saw this article in T Mag Blog a while back and just never got around to blogging about it til now. It's about the American Academy in Rome and basically, RISD's European Honors Program mimics it in that the main mission of the academy, America’s oldest such institution overseas, is to bring artists and academics together under the same roof in the hope that they will inspire one another in unexpected ways.

Anyways, a telling and encouraging excerpt and a few pics:

For some, the academy’s summer-camp spirit does not prove to be the most conducive for productivity. When the journalist and fiction writer Tom Bissell was a fellow he ended up writing less than he’d planned. Partly this had to do with circumstances outside the academy — a rough breakup followed by the death of a friend — but the environment, for Bissell, proved a challenging one. ‘‘I’ve heard the same thing from other writers,’’ he said. ‘‘Basically, for the first time since dorm life, you’re thrust into this weird social setting that makes it hard to go into your private place and work diligently.’’ Bissell, for his part, ended up installing a flat-screen television and Xbox 360 in his office, and devoted much of his time to playing video games.

‘‘For a while, I regarded Rome as a yearlong lost weekend,’’ Bissell said. ‘‘But in the end it turned out to be a kind of deceptively inspired period.’’ After his stay, Bissell worked on a book about gaming, ‘‘Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter,’’ which was published this year to stellar reviews. ‘‘The reality,’’ he said, ‘‘is that I would have never written a book that I’m now immensely proud of had it not been for my time there. What this means is that the place works, but never in the way you imagine it will.’’





Friday, December 17, 2010

Dannijo

A wonderful NYC-based sister team! Sent to me from my own sister in NYC! Some of my faves and more.









Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Collections: Boxes

I am a huge fan of collections and collecting. There is a meditative quality about gathering, organizing and reorganizing to make relationships between and sense of the collected items.

These particular collections belong to Jen Renninger, as seen on Design Observer. Yellow boxes, clear boxes, blue boxes and pink boxes respectively. Thanks to Natalie for the link.




Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Alex Asher Daniel

Gorgeousness. I love that these are more felt than known and that they are Schiele-esque. Thanks to Shara for the inspiration. More AlexAsherDaniel.






Monday, December 6, 2010

Holidays: madewell

How fun and cool is this?! All those ornaments track your mouse's movement and flows accordingly. I am loving the holiday themed sites and microsites! Pay madewell a visit, now!



Sharing

I will make no more promises as they seem to be empty. I will just say, I will update this thing when I can!

During a meeting last week, I was the only one interested to see what the new Starbucks Share site was about. A fun and clever little campaign. You can make a wish or share a story on a snowflake, read other stories and keep on top of the sharing opportunities. My only regret is that I wasn't in NYC to fly a snowflake kite, but watching the experience is the next best thing. Enjoy!