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01/ Literal handmade type by Tien-Min Liao exploring the relationship between lower- and uppercase.
02/ Mind-boggling balanced stone sculptures by Michael Grab.
03/ There’s at least one day a week that demands a punching bag keyboard.
04/ The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is also a fire alarm, simple and genius.
05/ Nature is beautiful, case in point these turkey tail mushrooms.
06/ Calorie-free (wooden) cakes from David Baerwalde.
07/ I don’t own one yet, but the Yves Béhar designed Jawbone UP3 has me one step closer.
08/ Lucie Libotte incorporates the beauty of dust into ceramics.
09/ Old Masters explores those 80+ in age who reign instead of retire.
10/ Minimal tatttoos lovingly created in exchange for thoughtful acts.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight prints that caught my eye in November.
Try these four tasty hassle-free cocktails, then make sure and enter our giveaway with Vitafrute – $1,000 and another $500 towards a Kitchensurfing experience this holiday season!
Lovely textured paintings from Brenna Giessen.
Waggo has expanded beyond pet accessories and is now Waggo Home!
Bailey Doesn’t Bark’s 2014 fall collection is killer.
Transition too a cool weather carry-all with one of these eight leather totes.
You’ll never guess what Jeffrey Simmons uses to create his colorful art.
‘Tis the season for 2015 calendars, take a peek at part 1 of many to come.

Oct
10

ROCKI

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I own a few different devices for playing/amplifying my music collection, and what I really love about ROCKI compared to the others is its size. It fits in the palm of my hand and is endlessly portable. In fact I toted it along to the beach with me over the weekend and it worked seamlessly – despite all of the sand. There are several other cool things about ROCKI worth noting. First, it’s easy to use even if you aren’t tech-saavy. Just download the (free) app and you’re off. This little gem-shaped speaker can turn any of your music devices (RE: hi-fi amp, old boom box, iPhone, etc) into a better sound via wifi instead of bluetooth, which limits usage to your proximity to a device. Oh, and it’s seriously affordable.

 

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Oct
03

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01/ A behind-the-scene’s look at the Crayola factory.
02/ Krispy Kreme’s UK division made a box of 2,400 donuts.
03/ Why not park your keychain in a mini garage?
04/ Help the homeless by buying a font made with their handwriting.
05/ A smart necklace that’s like a locket for the 21st century.
06/ Three cheers for net neutrality! Support it with this enamel pin.
07/ Ten modern tea pots and kettles for fall.
08/ Show off your photos with this affordable smartphone projector.
09/ A colorful, modern chess set that can be used in a multitude of ways.
10/ The Planets is a 12-part animated short film about an alien solar system.

This week on Design Crush:
Modern wooden jewelry from BOUND.
One of my favorite breakfast/dessert hybrids – the Spiced Apple + Granola Parfait.
Risque textile art from Sally Hewett.
Checking in on a personal note for September.
House of Cardboard is exactly what it sounds like.
Fun, modern dog collars from K9 Couture Co.
Creepy India ink forests by Pablo S. Herrero.
Beautifully clean home goods from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.
Furthering my fall scarf obsession with Dealtry.

Aug
01

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01/ Would you wear the Garbage Dress?
02/ Dream alarm clock alert! The Barisieur.
03/ Loving this paint wall in Houston!
04/ Halloween is only 3 months away, I’m putting my money on these Raster Masks.
05/ The Hip-Hop Flow Chart ranks rappers by the size of their vocabulary.
06/ This giant Spirograph measures 8-feet across and uses sidewalk chalk!
07/ The Belt of Venus and the Shadow is magical.
08/ It’s a coffee shop built in the shape of a Rolleiflex TLR camera!
09/ Yup, Oral:phabet is definitely the only alphabet I’ve ever been frightened by.
10/ If I owned one I’d buy one of these multifunctional iMac stands in a snap.

This week on Design Crush:
Take a look at five #makegood makers I carry in Design Crush: The Marketplace.
Design Crush was invited to be guest curator on UGallery – check out the collection of art chosen!
Loving these laptop and 3-way bags from DAAME (post… they give 5% back to charities!).
Click over to see the low-contrast, color blocked art of Alan Reid.
Snarky graphic tees – trending since 1999!
I’m pumped to give you a sneak peek of the new Design Crush Headquarters (aka my new house)!
Crushing on the murky watercolor portraits of Sylvia Baldeva.
The newest art addition in my current home – Scarf in Freya No. 1.
The magical Paper Mountains of Brendan Austin are incredible.
Beautiful modern necklaces from Vulantri to spice up any ensemble.
Something new – Checking In: July 2014.
Embroidery that breaks borders by Ana Teresa Barboza.

Jun
13

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01/ A minimalist depiction of mental disorders.
02/ This zen rock garden is actually full of Japanese candy!
03/ Hilariously true animated gifs of basic tips and etiquette for surviving in NYC.
04/ Painstakingly crafting portraits of musicians made from cornflakes.
05/ Ringly lights up and buzzes when your phone needs you!
06/ This retired Boeing 727 was converted into a home in the woods. Would you dare?
07/ Picnic Lounge is an oversized blanket that resembles an antique rug. Clever.
08/ Smart ads for Keloptic turn impressionist art into realism.
09/ Social Planes take you offline – download, write, fold, and fly!
10/ When baristas and bartenders joins forces we are blessed with coffee cocktails.

This week on Design Crush:
Have you entered our Soundfreaq Sound Rise giveaway?! Wake up with this alarm/bluetooth speaker hybrid, it’s sure to get your day off to a good start.
Eight art prints I wish I had room for on my walls this month.
Melissa Zexter hand-embroiders her own photography in the most beautiful way.
Industrialist meets rugged glam in the design of Maslo Jewelry.
Crazy incredible paintings/sculptures from Conrad Jon Godly.
I’m slowing going minimalist with my style and this modern lamp is my latest addition.
Childhood dreams and sketchbook drawings come to life thanks to Katharine Morling.
If you’re looking for a super easy project this DIY Matchstick Holder is where it’s at!
After seven years of blogging we finally have a Design Crush identity suite like pros.

Jun
09

Soundfreaq Sound Rise + Giveaway

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If you’re like me you prefer to wake up to one of your favorite mellow tunes rather than the jarring blare of an alarm clock. Those first few minutes of the day can determine your mood for hours (especially on a Monday), and Soundfreaq created the alarm clock/bluetooth speaker hybrid Sound Rise with just that in mind.

 

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The stacked design looks right at home on your bedside table in either black or wood tones, and the sound quality is seriously impressive. You can also enjoy solid sound while you get ready or soft music to relax to while falling asleep. Control the tone of your music with neutral, warm, and bright options for a customized experience. One of my favorite Sound Rise functions is the ability to set different alarm times for weekdays and weekends – who hasn’t accidentally set their Saturday wakeup for 6am? The worst. And you can even blackout the digital display, perfect for someone light sensitive like myself. Sound Rise features a USB power port you can use to keep your phone charging while you sleep, without having to fuss with a dock of any kind. Just one last thing: a nap timer. Soundfreaq has seriously thought of everything!

 

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And now the part you’ve been waiting for – a chance to win your own Sound Rise! Get every day off to a better start by entering any number of ways below, but do it before Sunday, June 15th at 11:59 pm.
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May
15

Sons & Daughters

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Minimal, functional, and beautifully designed. That’s a solid description of Portland’s Sons & Daughters and the leatherwork owner Katie MacFaarlane creates. From laptop sleeves to clutches, every piece is created to wear well and last. I can definitely see these being classic hand-me-downs for years to come.

 

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May
09

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01/ I know you’ve been wondering what a drop of sea water looks like magnified 25 times.
02/ Tiffanie Turner’s gigantic paper flowers are something to behold.
03/ Swingling is a portable playground swing you can take with you anywhere!
04/ Gigantic candy sculptures that look exactly like the real thing.
05/ The Drinkable Book has pages that are actually water filters.
06/ Delectably artistic chocolate bars from Unelefante.
07/ Books repurposed as an actual tabletop.
08/ Turns out security cameras are less intimidating with animals on them.
09/ Animal Architecture is an incredible book about the structures creatures create.
10/ Breakdancing Buddhist monks pay tribute to the late Adam Yauch.

This week on Design Crush:
A line of thirty Gingiber cards is being released at NSS.
I had so much fun creating this paint dipped copper necklace.
Karen Kimmel’s Shape Shifter mobiles are so much fun!
We’re celebrating National Burger Month (yup) with veggie burgers 10 ways.
Katharina Trudzinski‘s precarious sculptures are stunning.
JUST Keramik is a retro-meets-modern line of dinnerware I love.
Check out eight prints I can’t stop thinking about in Prints: May Edition.
I’m loving the selection of textiles at Twofold.
Monica Ramos‘ paintings are making me daydream about the beach.

May
02

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01/ My Toy Plane shows just that in fun and imaginative scenarios.
02/ Pretty silk scarves emblazoned with NASA satellite imagery from Slow Factory.
03/ The 10 Commandments of Typography. Follow ‘em.
04/ The post-film lives of sixteen sets.
05/ Subtly geometric wooden iPad and MacBook sleeves from Grove.
06/ Fictitious Dishes depicts meals from famous works of literature.
07/ CATable end the battle for space with your feline companion(s).
08/ Each of BL76‘s price tag artworks is priced according to how many stickers are used!
09/ This hand-cranked sculpture made from popsicle sticks is a study in bird motion.
10/ This glow-in-the-dark energy efficient highway is beyond brilliant.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m teaching a class on creating a killer media kit next week at Alt for Everyone AND giving away 7 tickets! Have you thrown your name into the hat?
Lucite – modern chic or trashy cool?
Check out Wind & Willow Home and then support their Indiegogo to create a new soft goods line!
Crazy awesome collage work by David Woodward.
Don’t forget the card this Mother’s Day. And yes, it’s only a week away!
April was mega crazy, and honestly I’m glad it’s over.
One day I plan on hiring Erin Fitzpatrick to paint my portrait. You know, for posterity.
These kilim clutches prove it’s not just fit for your floors these days.
People You May Meet illustrated me and my animal menagerie!

Mar
19

11 Apps Worth Your While

So many apps, so little time! I have to admit, I generally rely on the advice of others who’ve bought before to lead me in the right direction. For some reason I’m drawn to weather apps more than any other – I love clicking into each one to see if they’re predicting the same thing outdoors. I also really love travel apps that can keep me on schedule. What are your favorites?

 

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ROW 1:Authentic Weather // Clear // Conditions    ROW 2:Flying // Giffer
ROW 3:Just Landed // Notegraphy // Over    ROW 4:Wake // Weather Puppy // Yahoo Weather