As I drive out of Oklahoma City this morning on my way to the next chapter awaiting me in Pennsylvania, there really seems no more fitting post than a tribute to the city I’ve come to love beyond measure. Seamus Payne of The Coolist visited recently and put together this documentary – City Rising // Oklahoma City – that captures the city I know and have watched grow for the past decade. Our city is everything here and much, much more. So goodbye for now Oklahoma, you’ll always have a piece of my heart.
There was a time, not long ago, when cities like Austin and Portland didn’t exist as we see them today. Before these towns became great American cities, they were communities on the rise just waiting for their stories to be told. There are more like them, and one stands out. For every covered wagon or cowboy hat in Oklahoma City, there’s a tech startup and cultural story waiting to be discovered. I traveled to OKC to witness these stories firsthand. I trained with Olympic athletes, spoke to entrepreneurs and craftspeople about the businesses of tomorrow and even stood on the Chesapeake Arena’s center circle where NBA star Kevin Durant goes to work. I left intrigued and encouraged, having witnessed a city on the rise that is just waiting to be discovered. OKC will surprise you. (It surprised me.) It’s a rising beacon of tech, culture and sport in the center of the Great Plains. Join me as I experience Oklahoma City firsthand.
01/ Three curved collectors coins celebrating the Baseball Hall of Fame coming soon.
02/ The Uncomfortable, a series of purposefully unergonomic everyday objects.
03/ A mysterious abandoned outdoor movie theater in the Egyptian desert.
04/ Flora and fauna escape 1,000+ repurposed books in The Island of Dr. Mastrovito.
05/ This is Your Land exhibits three small water towers filled with light.
06/ Hip-hop dancer Kapstand gives us a tour of Paris while “freezing.”
07/ Love Ever After shares portraits of couples who’ve been together for over 50 years.
08/ Mandalas created from toys, books, and curios in whorls of color.
09/ A supercut of centered shot in Wes Anderson films.
10/ It’s not what it seems, foods expertly painted to look like other foods!
This week on Design Crush:
Can you figure out what the curious wallpapers of Cassandra Jones are made from?
12 March DIYs to keep your creative side fed.
Crushing on these avian-themed paintings by Meghan Howland.
These standing bowls would be excellent for holding fruit or just about anything else.
The softest anatomical paintings ever by Fernanda Uribe.
11 apps worth your while in this crazy technological world.
Let the March Madness begin with these printable handwritten brackets.
I’m looking forward to seeing this movie about the creation of the teenager – Teenage!
Obsessed with my made to order boots from Poppy Barley.
01/ Watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? Make it interesting with Super Bowl bingo!
02/ Didga the cat rides a remote-controlled skateboard named Ollie like a pro.
03/ Project M is a five-story mural on a building in Berlin.
04/ Nekofont uses the flexible talents of Raizo and Mondo to create a typeface!
05/ Andrea Tese pays tribute to her grandfather in Inheritance.
06/ I don’t have trouble separating eggs, but Yolkfish is a lot of fun.
07/ Six designers are breaking up with products they once loved.
08/ Keeping Up Appearances is full of 15-foot crocheted doilies!
09/ NFL helmets get the haute couture treatment.
10/ Lip locking is all in a day’s work for The Makeout Project!
This week on Design Crush:
Jealous of this security envelope art from Zachary Royer Scholz.
Dying to own one of Pamela Barsky’s clutches that are oh so snarky.
See what Matt Jensen has to show for 31 Winter Walks.
Victoria Will captured Hollywood’s finest on tintypes are this year’s Sundance.
Blurry painted perfection from Miaz Brothers.
Beautifully modern and minimal pieces from Melissa Maya Pottery.
My experiences and favorites in the year of Alt 2014.
More cards I wouldn’t mind sending my imaginary significant other in Valentines – Part 2!
How is the month almost over?! See what happened in mine on Insta January.
This week you can also find me chatting about tips to update your modern entry way on Euro Style Lighting!
01/ This large-scale geometric projection in Paris is stunning.
02/ A chandelier that projects tree shadows!
03/ Epcot’s Spaceship Earth turned into an animated Mike Wazowski to promote new film.
04/ Vertigo-inducing POV footage of the spire being raised at One World Trade Center.
05/ The prettiest ad for funeral home services ever.
06/ A beautiful shimmering chain-link fence installation.
07/ Photographer Jaime Moore took photos of her daughter dresses as five historical women.
08/ Who knew cross-sections of food could be so interesting??
09/ Here is Today puts time in perspective.
10/ When a real dog is too much, Invisible Dogs in Poland is juuust right.
01/ Lovely, weird, and wonderful Tilda Swinton strikes again with The Maybe.
02/ I want to hop across this giant concrete keyboard!
03/ A mesmerizing video that explains the basics of DNA.
04/ Toy Stories – photos of children around the world posing with their favorite possessions.
05/ Super detailed visual breakdown of the instrumentation of Beatles’ songs.
06/ Beautiful reefs and landscapes made from paper.
07/ A self-generating digital camera.
08/ Love this infographic, The World as 100 People.
09/ Type Fight!
10/ A wooden bicycle – wheels and all.
The week in review:
An Easter Lunch
Taste Tour: Sara Sara Cupcakes
Stone Framed Sunglasses
Our Joss & Main Curated Sale Event is Live!
01/ Not brand new, but this Game of Thrones ad in the New York Times is brilliant.
02/ Toaster & Knife creates V-shaped bread perfect for using two spreads!
03/ The same two people photographed as nine different fashion-following couples.
04/ Luminous wire birds sitting in trees.
05/ Check out Choros, a beautiful experimental film explores movement of the human body.
06/ Photos of paint being flung by centrifugal force, Black Hole is amazing.
07/ A photography exhibition that you have to go underwater to view.
08/ Mamika is back. This time with her friend, Bob the chicken!
09/ So yeah, that’s an invisible bike.
10/ Make modern day mixtapes with Milktape!
In case you missed something this week:
Win It: A Well-Designed Life
Mix #23: This Is Just the Start
Kipik Toothpick Holder
Flight Tag Prints
The Mod Collective
You Should Totally: Washi Tape Your Door Edges
01/ Giant ocean waves made of wood and glass.
02/ I’m not much for the nail art craze, but love these watercolor nails.
03/ Matchstickmen – giant matchsticks with human heads.
04/ Check out Stick-lets then go build a fort!
05/ Overcast – an animated short about a guy followed around by a rain cloud.
06/ Pantone Pairings, a series of typically paired foods as Pantone swatches.
07/ Banknote portraits!
08/ This giant mirrored canopy – the Port Vieux Pavilion – is beautiful.
09/ A series of photos of a photographer’s girlfriend leading him around the world by the hand.
10/ Love these CMYK playing cards!
This week you might’ve missed…
We Hope You Like This Song
Win It: Artifact Uprising
Minimal Acrylic Jewelry
Home State Address Stamps
Animals Loose in NYC
West African Peanut Soup
The Daily Dish
Old English Company
01/ Would you wear these Subway Map Printed Tights??
02/ Have you seen Disney’s animated short Paperman yet? So sweet.
03/ I have the perfect cocktail for all of you on Blizzard Watch – hot chocolate with red wine!
04/ Genius proportional counting blocks for children.
05/ Hot tub boats exist, NBD.
06/ As do dollhouse coffee tables.
07/ Incredible giant pinecones made of shovel blades.
08/ Vaportini, a vaporizer for inhaling alcohol.
09/ Plastic plaids!
10/ Only the best commitment ring ever.
Sidenote: After some confusion in the Reader Survey I just wanted to point out that the images above are linked, as well as the numbered descriptions. No need to scroll up and down. Thanks for the feedback, everyone!
Those kids over at Kinfolk are something. After yesterday’s holiday I’m not quite ready to go back to the grind (even if it IS only two days!). An Ode to Summer is the perfect combination of carefree, yearning, and hipster. Maybe it will help ease you back into the week as well.
It’s been far too long since a new Wes Anderson flick graced my life. Far, far too long. May 25th is going to be amazing because I’ll most likely be one of the nerds waiting in line to see Moonrise Kingdom. If you haven’t yet, check out the trailer here! (character posters via indiewire)