Dept. of Motivation

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Who couldn’t use a little extra motivation in their everyday life? I know I can. I’m a one woman band with an office in my house, such an arrangement can definitely leave verbal encouragement and support lacking. Thanks to Department of Motivation I need look no further than my walls. With black and white graphic words of wisdom such as Get Shit Done and Do Work That Matters all the bases are covered.


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Happy Weekend

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01/ Check out the Alphabet Sandwich – an A to Z of food between two slices of bread!
02/ If my dentist had an office like Horacek Dental I’d be there more than twice a year.
03/ Mutaro the hedgehog models masks made just for him.
04/ A poster that shows off the categorization of The Many Varieties of Whiskey.
05/ The Man Behind the Mountain, a look at the artist behind Salvation Mountain.
06/ Food Textures showcases texture, shape, and form rather than edibility.
07/ Plastic bags as art isn’t a new concept, but plastic bag landscapes are.
08/ An illustrated guide to the bicyclists of New York City.
09/ A world map using every country’s coinage.
10/ Awesome 3D optical illusion classified ads!

This week on Design Crush:
If you missed it on Monday,  have a listen to Mixtape #35: So Young and Full of Sparks.
Have a hoppin’ Easter Sunday with these 17 projects!
Intoxicating work from Bing Wright featuring shattered mirrors and sunsets.
The countdown to Mother’s Day is on – thought about a gift yet?
Beautiful, colorful, geometric textiles from Cotton & Flax.
Show-stopping handblown glass pendant lighting in the Neverending Glory Collection.
Kinetic paper sculptures by Matt Shlian.
Check out innovation that excites with Nissan at the New York International Auto Show.
Stay creative this month with these 12 April DIYs!


Prints: December Edition


Bubbles by Victoria’s Atelier // Calcite (No. 3) Crystal by Hamish Robertson // Deer by Victoria Semykina // Geometric Alphabet by Mademoiselleyo



Happy Holidays, Fruitcake by Read Between the Lines // Mistletoe by Baron Art Co. // Succulent by Leah Duncan // What You Want by Kristi Kohut


Happy Weekend

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01/ Picnic, a vertical loop picnic table.
02/ Would you pick up and move into Round House?
03/ Lick, a photo series that catches dogs what else – mid-lick!
04/ Colorful monster portraits made from candy mosaics.
05/ I bet pizza made in this rotating disco ball pizza oven tastes better!
06/ China has created the world’s largest ball pit with one million balls. Wow.
07/ All Streets, a map of America made up of 270 million roads.
08/ Dark Venice, mysterious photos of Venice under darkness.
09/ In Murmurations swarms of plastic bags resemble flocks of birds and illustrate pollution.
10/ Copenhagen is planning to build a massive incinerator/ski slope in 2017.

This week on Design Crush:
Join me in pledging to Give Books this holiday season and be entered to win 10 of my favorite titles from Chronicle Books! Also receive 30% off all purchases (except personalized) through the end of the year.
Check out the start of our calendar coverage with 2014 Calendars – Part 1.
Lovely photography from Kaitlin Rebesco.
See how Cursive Design’s 2013 FW13 collection was inspired by our NYFW 2012 collaboration.
Creative cross-stitch art from Diane Meyer.
Hatchery – a curated box of artisinal condiments and ingredients – would make a great gift for your favorite foodie!
Even more cross-stitch art (of a completely different variety) from Evelin Kasakov.
Twelve holiday dresses for all of your seasonal fetes.
One of my favorite fall memories and my take on my Grandma’s apple dumplings!


Two Thousand Thirteen Stripes

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Independence Day is coming up fast, and this clever Two Thousand Thirteen Stripes poster would make a great decor piece for your own get together or a fun hostess gift for the cookout you’ll be attending! After all, this brand of clever only has the chance to come around every hundred years…


Hollywood Star Charts

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If you’re in any way a film buff, you’re going to want to read closely. Check out DOROTHY’S Hollywood Star Charts, celebrating some of the most culturally significant films and actors to have graced the silver screen since 1927. There are two different versions – one featuring Golden Age stars at the other Modern Day. Both re-imagine constellations as American films and re-name the stars that make up the clusters after the Hollywood greats that appeared in them. So good.


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Wonderful Forever

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Even though I don’t think I’ve ever visited a national park (sidenote: that needs to change), I’m definitely crushing on these Wonderful Forever maps from best Made Company. Choose from three park maps – Grand Teton, Yosemite, or Yellowstone – that are designed, silk screened, and numbered in St. Paul, MN.


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Art Exhibition: Cats



Clockwise from top left: Fur and Glasses by Audrey Jeanne // Black Kitty Cat Watercolor by Littlecatdraw // Ben Folds Five concert poster by Jason Munn // Black Cat by Leah Reena Goren


Valentine’s Day + Uncommon Goods

Valentine’s Day is for friends, family, kids… and yes, couples. Hands down I think the best part of any holiday is the hunt to find the perfect gift – something that’s equal parts surprise and want, personal and sweet, useful yet slightly extravagant. Not everything has to be clichéd hearts, boxes of chocolates, and red roses you know. So it’s lucky for us that Uncommon Goods has helped everyone out by amassing a fantastic selection of Valentine’s Day gifts for you, your love, and the both of you to enjoy together! See all of their available gifts right here.



FOR HIM: A technically drawn Dog Blueprint of his favorite pooch. // Custom Beach Cufflinks as reminder of that incredible beach vacation you two took together. // A Wood Bow Tie to dress things up for date night.



FOR HER: Love Birch Cuff with a sweet heart cutout that will make her think of you. // A Gold Astrology Necklace of her sign to wear every day. // A Personalized Stump Ring with both of your initials.



HIS + HERS: A Personalized Tree Trunk Glassware Duo for relaxing on the couch together. // A Scratch Map to track your adventures in life. // A framed Mates for Life print as a romantic reminder of your devotion to one another.


You can check out more gifts here!


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Heart ‘Splosion


ROW 1: Bing Bang Oversized Ray Heart Button Earrings // DIY Painted Heart Bag //Valentine’s Heart Attack    ROW 2: Neon Screenprint Valentine Poster // Easy Pixel Heart Cookies // Home Is Where the Heart Is Print (Pennsylvania)    ROW 3: Giant Geometric Wall Heart // Heart Shaped Donuts // DIY Be My Valentine Heart Kite    ROW 4: Heart Straws // DIY Tree Heart Installation    ROW 5: Red Heart Pillow Cover // Heart Pendent Necklace // Modern Welsh Lovespoon    ROW 6: Joyceanne Sunglasses // Valentine Sorbet Sandwiches // DIY Gold Heart Piñata    ROW 7: Heart Serving Bowl with Ladle // Stuck On You Valentine // Heart You Leather Wall Flag