The graphic designer side of me knows I’ll be referencing The Designer Says on those uninspired, caught-in-the-headlights days for years to come. There has to be more than one gem in the hundred plus leading graphic design minds included between the covers. Their musings cover everything from failure to collaboration to staffing a studio. My biggest concern remains to be not ripping my own hair out…
It seems like there are a million and one things out there gears towards mother, but fathers sometimes get the short end of the stick. 4FATHERS is a print and digital publication for and about fathers full of interviews and photo essays. Each issue features a selection of dads with great stories who are doing noteworthy things as parents. You can but the bi-annual publication right here, then check out forFATHERS Project where it all started!
Friends are important I think we all agree, they give you support, love, and hangover advice. If you’re lucky enough they become your family, the brothers and sisters held close by a bond other than blood – choice.
I’ve been friends with author Bree Housley for several years (though we’ve only hung out once in person, which is kind of awesome), and to know her is to know of her best friend Shelly Bridgewater. The two met in 4th grade where Shelly was the popular new girl and Bree was the introverted mulleted one. They quickly became best friends – navigating the rough waters of adolescence, rooming together in college, and making the transition of childhood to adult friends with ease. Bree went to portfolio school and started her career in advertising, Shelly got married and had a baby. And then passed away a week later due to complications from Preeclampsia. We Hope You Like This Song: An Overly Honest Story about Friendship, Death, and Mix Tapes tells the story of Shelly and Bree, and just what it takes to start the healing process after losing your best friend in the world.
I haven’t had as much time as normal to read this year, but I finished Bree’s book in less than 24 hours. It read like a young and awesome Judy Blume and I couldn’t put it down between bouts of laughing my ass off and wiping away tears. Do yourself a favor, read it. And then call your best friend.
Me and Bree, New Year’s Eve 2008
One rule I try to abide by in my own home is to make an attempt at repurposing before donating or throwing something away. But Up-Cycle! by Narelle Yabuka takes it all to an entire different level. This book from Gingko Press features over 100 inspired up-cycled solutions for everything from an old sweater to a street sign and everything in between. I guarantee you’ll look at the next thing you toss into the recycling bin a bit differently!
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book. All words and opinions are my own.
I’m kind of a cookbook junky. Okay not kind of, I am. Winter always puts me in homemaker mode which means lots of time spent in the kitchen, and this past year has seen lots of fantastic cookbooks that I’m still dying to get in my hands. Do you own any of these? Do you love them?
The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods, What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and Pieces, Seasons: The Best of Donna Hay Magazine, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi, Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes, Modernist Cuisine at Home, Bouchon Bakery, Vintage Cocktails
01/ The Empire State Building just got better with an LED light show set to music.
02/ Because fall foliage really is THAT FUN.
03/ Beautiful conceptual clouds.
04/ A drawing machine that records pinball play.
05/ The Fixer’s Manifesto.
06/ A 170-foot long trampoline in Russia!
07/ Turning billboards into giant planters.
08/ A Field Guide to Tech Facial Hair (so true).
09/ This bear blanket for kids is SO GOOD.
10/ Whoa, these birds send tweets by eating pork fat off a keyboard!
Sky High, written by Germano Zullo and illustrated by Albertine, is one of the best children’s books I’ve ever seen. The storyline focuses on two competing neighbors – Agenor-Agobar Poirier des Chapelles and Willigis Kittycly Junior – who are both attempting to build the bigger, better house. The home improvements start small and grow incredibly absurd, with Albertine’s illustrations playing the star and Zullo’s sparse words assisting. The best part about Sky High is that the adult reading will enjoy it as much as the child(ren) listening, so good!
01/ Game of Thrones nursery rhymes!
02/ Love this series of AIGA Get Out the Vote posters.
03/ Muertitas, beautiful seasonal masks.
04/ Giant ear trumpet sculptures.
05/ Would you walk across this Balloon Bridge?
06/ I want to play On Space Time Foam!
07/ The Rain Room!
08/ Geometrical food art.
09/ Calling all brides – here’s your Something Blue.
10/ The Phobias of Creatives.
01/ I wish my cats wanted to play dress up with cardboard. They only want to eat it.
02/ Love the Cracked Up Colander!
03/ Amazing water-activated street art.
04/ Buuut… my heads would be way into this book of cat poems.
05/ Beautiful brass button covers.
06/ Ghettoblaster – a giant papercraft boombox with a car inside.
07/ Rothko in RICE.
08/ The New York Times has never looked so good.
09/ National Hero Registration Forms!
10/ Clever temporary tape picture frames.
Macro photography is like a private investigator, revealing everything we take for granted or never knew about an object. Jen Altman’s Gem and Stone: Jewels of Earth, Sea, and Sky does just that with 50 different gems, from diamonds to petrified wood. The stones’ chemical makeups, metaphysical properties, and associated folklore accompanies each and every one. My coffee table just put this book on its’ Christmas list.