PHOTO: Windswept Ribbons
There’s a 99.9% chance that you’ve heard the news by now, Google Reader is the latest casualty in the company’s attempt to pare down services. (I’m already scared for Gmail.) I’ve used Google Reader for the past five years and was left wondering what to move on to once it says adios come July 1st, if you read sites on GR you’ve probably been left thinking the same. I’ve decided not to wait until doomsday to make the switch and signed up for Feedly and The Old Reader to see which one I like best. If you’d like to keep up with Design Crush and your favorite sites and you’re currently reading via Google Reader, I’d suggest making the switch to a new RSS service. A few options are Feedly, The Old Reader, Bloglovin, and Reeder. And here’s how to export your feeds. Here’s to the future!
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
How do you stay on top of the things going on outside of your bubble? My world revolves around the web so it’s my obvious go-to for news, events, everything really. I’m especially loving the new MSN site which is really well-designed. The overall site is uber minimal – which you know I love – and it’s perfect for the the touchscreen. As an online publisher one of my favorite features is its ability to share real-time trends, I need to stay on top of so much all of the time that I’ll take all the help I can get. MSN is the best way to stay in the know and the new site design is only the latest reminder. Check out all of its features for yourself right here.
Now here’s the fun part! In honor of all things well-designed we’re teaming up with MSN to do a Pinterest sweeps giveaway. You have the chance to win any one item on the entire A Well-Designed Life board, it’s full of 33 beautiful things that are sure to make your life better designed!
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Elizabeth!
1. Follow the A Well-Designed Life board on Pinterest.
2. Comment below on which well-designed item you’d like to make your own.
3. Do it all before Sunday, March 17th at 11:59pm CST.
4. For an extra entry tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #msndesigncrush!
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Welcome to our newest monthly column, Tips&Tricks! Ways to make your life easier, save you time, and generally make your days better. Each month we’ll be sharing a collection of helpful ideas from around the web, most will focus on a specific theme but we’re starting off fast and loose for February. Feel free to chime in with tried and true tips and tricks of your own in the comments!
01/ How to clean up files for a faster Mac.
02/ The easiest way to hang anything with T-slots.
03/ How to remove leftover wax from candle jars.
04/ Make homemade Vicks Vapor show disks.
05/ Revive gross old paintbrushes.
06/ 50 new uses for old things.
07/ How to calculate yardage for window coverings.
08/ Eucalyptus in the shower.
09/ How to ditch water rings on wood.
10/ How to fix wooden floor dents.
11/ Get your paperwork organized for 2013.
12/ The best times to buy certain things.
ROW 1: Ursa Major Constellation Pillow // Original Abstract Constellation Drawing // Constellation Pendent Necklace ROW 2: Best Friends Sky Map // iPhone Constellation Case // Nightwalk Watercolor Print ROW 3: Compass to the Northern Sky // Zodiac Birthday Cards ROW 4: Zodiac Print // Ralph Lauren Wallpaper // Night Sky Map ROW 5: The Southern Sky // Constellation Matches // Constellation Globe
01/ Record + send a digital copy of your heartbeat with Re:Beat.
02/ Typographic lovely little lies – Daily Dishonesty.
03/ Beautiful frozen trees on the shore of Lake Ontario.
04/ Check out the Tea Cup SlingsHOT!
05/ Swooshy, swoopy toilet paper art.
06/ Illustrated Wes Anderson valentines.
07/ Mother + Daughter – a posing/dressing alike series.
08/ Classic food pairings literally bound together.
09/ An adopted 13 year old sits for newborn photos.
10/ The prettiest Prize Ribbon Kit.
Newcomers Greene + Gray recently introduced one of the best lines of women’s tech cases and totes I’ve seen all year (and that’s saying a lot when we’re halfway through November!). The collection – available in Stripe and Tribal designs – includes Macbook wristlets, carryalls and iPhone 5 wallets that can stand alone as accessories or be combined as a set. I know a lot of women have a difficult time finding tech accessories that are both stylish and professional, but now it looks like Greene + Gray has got our backs! You can purchase the entire line on Apple and Apple.com.
Being a freelance consultant living in the walker’s city of Manhattan, it feels like I’m forever on the hunt for the right laptop bag. One that feels professional, artistic and practical for downpours, cafe work sessions and corporate meetings.
For anyone’s who’s looked, the market’s a rough one. Elegance and affordability rarely go hand in hand and for some reason, and it seems like clunky male styles dominate. I recently stumbled across this neutral, geometric beauty by Oroton and am a big fan, particularly of the repeating rope pattern. What do you think?
As the brainchild of New York based designer and brand strategist, Shayna Kulik, Pattern Pulp serves as a forum dedicated to tracking emerging concepts in print and pattern design. Shayna pulls from her experience as a fashion-focused textile and product designer — where she began to “see life in patterns” — to deliver insights in design communication.
Pantone, Apple, and neon. Three of my favorite things all rolled into one! These PANTONE UNIVERSE and Case Scenario iPhone 4S/4 cases came into my life at the exact moment I was starting my annual case replacement search. They’re a little thinner than previous ones I’ve owned, but that hasn’t compromised the safety of my phone and my clumsy ways one bit. In fact, I hardly notice it’s there which is nice. I snagged the neon pink for myself, and you can get your own Apple.com or an Apple retail store. Which is your favorite neon?
01/ The Growth Table.
02/ The Hip Hop Family Tree. For reference.
03/ Little dogs have all the luck – no longer, check out the Big Dog Purse!
04/ Tiger from Hello Wood 2012 Art Camp.
05/ The Hipster Starter Kit, for real or for Halloween.
06/ Scary Beautiful reverse-designed high heels.
07/ The Litter Bug Series, made from found objects.
08/ Movie Floor Plans explore the spatial dynamics in movies.
09/ High speed photos of food exploding.
10/ Check out the Chameleon Clock App!