You’ve heard of Public, yes? The San Francisco-based bike company recently invited 27 designer-types to create a poster that reflected on what the idea of “public” means to them, with a focus on reclaiming urban streets, sidewalks, and other spaces in the Public Works project. The series turned out great (big surprise) and now you can make them your own. Which one is your favorite?
I’m off to Italy for Design Lab a week from today! International travel always feels way different than domestic to me. Of course there’s the extended time in the air and the time change to contend with. But for me it’s always a matter of what to do while in-flight. My usual go-tos are reading, writing, and attempting to catch a few Zs. There’s also the small matter of making sure all of my immediate necessities are within arms reach, I never pack anything I can’t go without for at least 12 hours after arrival (blame that on one too many lost bags). Throw in a tote to carry it all and we’re airborne!
Clockwise from top left: Sally Passport Holder from Lisa Stickley, Smith’s Rosebud Salve, F1 Go Clean Set, Holly GoNightly Sleep Mask, BAGGU Zipper Bag Set, Scratch Travel Journal, Aztec Print Shopper Tote, Berry Tree Notebook from nollison
I owned a set of tarot cards when I was 14, I’d bought them at the bookstore with birthday money. And then that summer I took them to church camp. Turns out “tools of the occult” are frowned upon by the Presbyterians. Who knew?!
Teenage curiosities aside, my cards weren’t half as awesome as this tarot deck from The Wild Unknown. Kim Krans has illustrated all 78 cards and then placed them in a hardcover box with a black ribbon pull.
Laurel Hill‘s metalwork is equal parts modern and relic. I can picture each piece being worn by both quirky old hippy and trendy young hipster. That’s saying a lot and packing quite a bit into a design style. I’m drawn to Laurel’s work and can’t wait to see what’s to come from this talented jeweler.
Belgian graphic design studio beshart brought together 100 artists from 28 countries for the 100 Book Covers to Fight Illiteracy project. The goal of the project? Redesigning covers for the 100 greatest novels of all time to raise awareness of illiteracy. You can buy your own, and for each poster sold 5 euro will be donated directly to the fight against illiteracy. When a good cause meets great design you really can’t go wrong.
It’s time to kickoff the 4th Annual Design Crush/Greedy Girl Calendar Swap! You’re excited, yes? I’ll be sharing 2013 calendars through the end of November to give you some beautiful options, and Caroline will be sharing some in our 2013 Calendar Swap Pinterest board too. We hope you’ll join in on the fun times ahead!
Here’s what you need to know:
By November 5th (that’s a Monday), email email@example.com and tell us the following:
… your name
… your email address
… the name of your blog and the name of your favorite blog
… your street address
… whether you prefer an international or in country swapmate – or does it matter?
… are you interested in sending (and receiving) more than one calendar (from different swappers)? If so, how many?
We’ll pair you up and send your swapmate’s details on or around November 12th.
You MUST have your calendar sent by December 5th.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
VALUE. Keep your calendar between $20 and $30. And, since there are some perfectly lovely and super-affordable calendars out there, you might try throwing in a few small goodies if the calendar’s value doesn’t quite add up. Also, handmade is great — just remember the suggested value.
SHIPPING. If you choose to have an international swapmate, don’t forget it will cost you a little bit more (a few dollars, maybe) to ship your calendar.
CONSIDERATION. Check out your swapmate’s website or blog, or consider getting to know his or her tastes via e-mail, to get an idea of what he or she might like.
TIMELINESS. Please, please, please send your calendar on time.
THE FINE PRINT. This is the part we hate to have to mention, but it has to be said. Though it’s rare and has definitely gotten better over the years, it never fails that at least one super swapmate sent out the most amazing calendar and received nothing in return. And that pisses us off. If you’ve dropped the ball in the past, we know who you are and we’ll be watching for you. You’re on a list. A black list.
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!
Join is a collection of three room dividers by BCXSY. The pieces were crafted in the form of Tategu, a traditional craft of Japanese wood joinery. The two lined frames that merge visually in each divider are created using angles that are not inherit to the form, adding a distinctively interesting visual element. Beautiful work. (via Present&Correct)
A few weeks ago, when fall decided to descend in a timely fashion, I decided that homemade granola needed to be happening in my kitchen. So once again I sent out the call on Twitter to see who had a tried and true recipe. After reading through a few recommendations I decided on this recipe from @jenkatphoto as a starting point, I had all of the ingredients on hand and saw the potential to mix things up a bit. While the granola was in the over my house smelled so good that I wanted to eat it. True story.
Cinnamon Vanilla Maple Granola
with almonds and cranberries
• 3 C rolled oats
• 1 C chopped nuts – I used almonds
• 1 C whole wheat pastry flour (if you only have regular whole wheat flour, grind up it a little in a food processor for a finer mill)
• pinch of sea salt
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp ground cloves
• 1/3 C vegetable oil
• 2/3 C maple syrup (grade B) (you can also use honey)
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 C dried fruit – I used cranberries
Combine all ingredients except cranberries together in a large bowl, then spread on a lightly oiled large cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes, turning halfway through. Cool on cookie sheet to harden, then mix in dried cranberries. It should keep for some time if stored in an airtight container.
I just realized that I don’t own any cloth napkins. Any at all. These Love Letter Napkins seem like a good first set, simple yet unique. The letters were written by literary greats Emily Dickenson, Jack London, Mark Twain, and D.H. Lawrence. (via bltd)