infographic

http://mashable.com/2013/01/07/car-of-the-future-infographic/

Benefits of self driving cars. Potentially making roads safer? More efficient commutes?

Hmm looks like we are headed to a tech driven world- pun intended- and it certainly has its ups and downs.

 

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Websites that are #winning

Le Labo

Amazing website design | so excited to discover this!

It’s a creative piece in itself to just play around with the site. There are so many layers of information but it’s organized and cohesive. I love the look and the quirky voice of the copy. Well done.

Now, I would just love to try these scents and candles.

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camping boutique hotel

I love this boutique hotel idea so much. It just looks so fun- I wish I could have been on this design team. Camping indoors? I think it would quite feel like the real thing with this replica camper and birch trees (my absolute favorite). It is even low-budget friendly as there are many “campers” in a big hall, really like being on a campsite. Apparently only 30 Euro a night/person. I assume that it has become a popular choice to stay here as I’ve seen this trending on many sites. So I’m pretty much debating packing my sleeping bag for Berlin right now.

Having the hostel-like experience with campsite neighbors (probably mostly young travelers), yet being in a unique boutique hotel- sounds fabulous. I think this is a great way to experience the culture of Berlin- the entire city is constantly up and coming with reconstruction going on since much of the city was destroyed during WWII. I was there in 2008 and the history and restoration were both so powerful and important to see as you always hear about Berlin, but you don’t fully absorb the information until you are face to face with the wall, the graffiti, the modern restorations of war ridden buildings.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/berlin-hotel-offers-camping-concrete/story?id=14342655

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This will be a great book for the library. Designers coming together to reinterpret the first few pages of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. From classic type setting to pushing extremes… each designer thought about the reading experience, the meaning of the text, the dimensions of the page, the typeface used, etc. Can’t wait to get it!

http://www.graphicdesignand.com/outputs/bliss/page-1

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Type Studies

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Finally!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPJa_eZBPGI%5D

 

We’ve all been frustrated with this scenario. I just want the ketchup at the end of the bottle and I don’t want to awkwardly store it in my fridge door upside down so every time I open the fridge it threatens to fall out and become a bigger pest. Food condiment lovers, get ready, finally some smarty pants at MIT thought about a solution to this everyday problem we are faced with- I mean its a rapid world and I just cannot hit my bottle to get the stuff out for a minute. Thank you- though I cannot help but question if it is in fact non-toxic or something that we will find later really should not be coated in our glass bottles. Hmm… read article linked below!

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679878/mits-freaky-non-stick-coating-keeps-ketchup-flowing

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letterpress app

 

http://imprint.printmag.com/daily-heller/digital-letterpress-whats-next/

Experiencing true letterpress printing is not something you can just replicate via digital means. You must first understand what it is like to get your hands full of ink and see the truly amazing mechanics of the rollers and the ease of placing a paper and rolling it down the press, to voila(!) have this beautifully printed piece. Letterpress has become very popular today for the embossing you can create with it as well. Actually, this popular embossing, which gives a 3D quality to the paper where the type has been printed (you can run your finger along it and feel the outlines), used to be frowned upon by printers as a mistake. They wanted to achieve seamless, flat images.

However, I just love the look of wood and lead letters, so I still feel that this application is beautiful and a worthy “experience” into letterpress. Although, it is not completely accurate, since it allows you to set the words from left to right. Technically when printed on paper, this letterpress image would read backwards, so type needs to be set backwards.

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Toast

Toast

A Kickstarter company I just came across because of their stunning wood iphone cases. Anything crafted from wood usually does it for me, but these are especially great! I love the juxtaposition between the technology and the use of natural materials. It really is nicer to hold a piece of technology covered in wood than a bright neon plastic cover. That is just my inner lumberjack mentality.

http://www.toastmade.com/Shop.html

 

 

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hugging already is my favorite

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-A-7H4aOhq0%5D

This is happy, thoughtful, and brilliant. I hope it’s real.

 

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Adventures in the woods

Every summer my friends and I have a cabin weekend. And well, this poem is too good not to share- thank you talented Stephanie.

 

Friday Night of Cabin Weekend
(Inspired by The Night Before Christmas)

‘Twas Friday night of Cabin Weekend, when all through the house
drunken creatures were stirring, even some mouse.
The solo cups strewn across tables without care,
in hopes that tomorrow’s hangover would never be there.

Drunk children were nestled in overcrowded beds,
while tranquil visions of tubing floated through their heads.
And Sasso in her fire proof pants, and I in my umbrella beer helmet cap,
had just settled in for our 4-7am nap.

When out near the fire arose such a clatter,
I shuffled out of bed to see what was the matter.
Out to the porch, I attempted to dash,
swung open the door, and tripped over some trash.

The moon hung in the sweet summer air so aglow
gave the luster of midday to the mess that lay below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a majestic pirate ship, filled with kegs of beer.

With a smug, handsome skipper, groaned my liver organ,
I knew in a moment it must be Captain Morgan.
Quicker than reindeer, his winded sails came,
And he whistled and shouted and called us by name:

“Now Christiano! Now Pedro!
Now, Katelin and Laura!
On, Amy! On, Adam!
On, Melinda and Barbara!
Vodka parties on the porch!
Buzzer shots ‘til you crawl!
Now drink away! Drink away!
Drink away all!”

I thought “that weed must be laced,” to see a pirate ship fly,
but sure enough I tell you, this boat sailed through the sky.
So up to the roof-top the great vessel flew,
with its kegs full of beer, and Captain Morgan too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
the clunk of his boots and knew this was no spoof.
As I took a deep breath and was turning around,
down to the deck, the Captain slid with a bound.

He was dressed in red and gold from his head to his feet,
his clothes slightly tarnished, but his appearance kept neat.
A full keg of beer he had slung on his back,
and a case full of bottles he began to unpack.

His eyes – dark but inviting, his smile crooked, yet merry.
The sword strapped to his hip, enough to make anyone wary.
At his wrists and his neck, shot out ruffles of white,
and the beard on his chin was as black as the night.
The gold of his earrings matched one of his teeth,
old but well polished, like his boot buckles beneath.
From his tri-corned hat to his hair long and wavy,
you could tell in an instant, he wasn’t part of no navy.

He stood very tall, built big and strong.
His face young but worn, he could do no wrong.
Our eyes quickly met and with a nod of his head,
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
leaving the keg and some bottles, then turned with a jerk.
To declare his achievement he lifted his leg,
his boot rested satisfied atop of the keg.

A rope fell from above and up it he climbed,
and as the ship pulled away, down dropped some limes.
But I heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight,

“Happy Cabin Weekend to all, and too all a good night!”