This Week's Loves

This Week's Loves

image via  exPress-o

image via exPress-o

The idea of heading off on a spontaneous adventure in a cozy blanket scarf and a super-cool fedora, like the ones in this image, is sounding very appealing right now.

I’m drawn to this photo from the series entitled Post Script by photographer Rachel Boillot which explores the decline of the American postal service and, sometimes, other businesses, specifically, in the rural south. One of the few images from the series not related to the postal service, it shows the juxtaposition between an evidently defunct men’s haberdashery and a McDonald’s sign reflected in its window. With its whimsical, hand-painted exterior, the haberdashery is the embodiment of the old, slow way of life where things were hand-tailored and custom-made. Conversely, the McDonald’s is the epitome of modern culture where things are fast and cheap and impersonal. The association of these two different worlds seems to symbolize the often overlooked negative effects of modernization and streamlining within our culture.

Startup Playbook

Speaking of telling people your idea — while it’s important the idea really excites some people the first time they hear it, almost everyone is going to tell you that your idea sucks. Maybe they are right. Maybe they are not good at evaluating startups, or maybe they are just jealous. Whatever the reason is, it will happen a lot, it will hurt, and even if you think you’re not going to be affected by it, you still will be. The faster you can develop self-belief and not get dragged down too much by haters, the better off you’ll be. No matter how successful you are, the haters will never go away.

As its title suggests, the Startup Playbook by Y Combinator is chock-full of excellent advice for creating a startup and some tidbits, like the one above, that can be useful to remember in all aspects of life.

If I’d gone through life and not tried, what would be the point?

This video from AARP filmed by David Friedman tells the inspirational story of Chris Donovan, a former telephone repairman that set out to realize his dream of becoming a women’s shoe designer after receiving a reminder that life is short and we only get one chance to shape it into our own version of perfection.

I love this story about a young girl who gives crows water and food and receives small trinkets of gratitude in return.

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A couple years ago, I bookmarked the portfolio site of creative agency Drexler as website design inspiration. I checked back with them recently only to discover that their site had been updated to become even more awesome. With a split-screen layout, unconventional menu placement, the inclusion of a monospaced typeface, and information panels that interactively slide in on project pages, the design of the site is unapologetically modern. It showcases Drexler’s range of elegantly designed projects quite beautifully.

Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

This cozy faux fur infinity scarf would make such a luxurious and thoughtful holiday gift for your fashionista mom or stylish best friend.

Taste: The Infographic Book of Food

In Taste: The Infographic Book of Food, infographics with beautifully modern styling, charming texture, and lovely color palettes illuminate the origins, consumption patterns, traditions, trends, and facts associated with the food that we eat every day. The book was written by Laura Rowe, illustrated by Vicki Turner, and art directed by Melissa Smith. It would make a wonderful holiday gift for the designer/foodie on your list.

You can view more images from the book on Turner's Behance portfolio or purchase a copy on Amazon

— via Brave the Woods

You See More When You Draw

When I was somewhere around the age of 10, I sat positioned on my grandparents' living room couch, meticulously drawing their adjoining dining room — the china cabinet filled with dishes and trinkets, the family pictures on the wall, the table and chair set, and everything in between. Since then, the details of this room have always been particularly vibrant in my mind. Because of this, I can say that I completely agree with the sentiment behind a new program at Amsterdam's Rijks Museum: "You see more when you draw." 

The program bans photography within the museum, but encourages visitors to more fully immerse themselves in the artwork by drawing it. The Rijks Museum says of the program:

In today’s world of mobile phones and media a visit to a museum is often a passive and superficial experience. Visitors are easily distracted and do not truly experience beauty, magic and wonder. This is why the Rijksmuseum wants to help visitors discover and appreciate the beauty of art and history through drawing.

...perhaps we should start employing this tactic in our daily lives too.

— via exPress-o

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Introvert Coffee Mug

This coffee mug, spotted over at A Cup of Jo, is me every day.

A Real Date

Plan a date for somebody. A real date. A 'I made reservations here’s the dress code I will pick you up at 7 everything else is a surprise date.' A 'plan for two weeks and get your haircut and bring flowers and wine date.' Everybody deserves to have that, and everybody should know how much time and effort and care it takes to execute.

— via A Cup of Jo

Because sometimes life needs a good, old-fashioned, elaborately planned date to look forward to.

Cast Iron Design

The refreshingly simple, stacked layout of their portfolio site, the respectable set of morals summed up by their trademarked phrase, "design for good not evil," worn proudly on their (digital) sleeve, the sophistication and attention to detail in their type, color, and paper choices. ...yes, it's fair to say that I've fallen hard for Boulder-based design studio Cast Iron Design.

All of their portfolio pieces are awesome, but I especially love their work for Finkel & Garf craft brewery.

A Sunset Kiss

A drive to a secluded spot, a thermos full of cocoa, and a vow to watch the sun go down.

— via Reading My Tea Leaves

During the holiday season, we’re constantly pressured to spend money on our loved ones and shower them with material things in order to express our affection for them. Amidst all this chaos, it’s easy to forget that the most meaningful gift — time spent completely absorbed in each other — can cost nothing at all.

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Present & Correct

This banner advertising Present & Correct’s holiday collection is making me so incredibly happy. Abstract snowflakes composed of paper chads and brass thumbtacks and paperclips? I think, yes.

If you’re not familiar with the company, Present & Correct offers a collection of impeccably designed stationery and office accessories that are mostly either vintage-stock or vintage-inspired. My current favorites, pictured below, include these handmade party crayons, this 6-pack variety box of cream-and-white pencils, these “chalkboard” pencils, and this giant wooden compass.

Vintage Brass Workwear Buttons

I’ve been lusting over this collection of vintage brass workwear buttons that recently sold on eBay. The heart-shaped Carhartt variation is just adorable perfection!

— via Quipsologies

Why Are We Letting People Tell Us How to Live Our Lives?

I think I’ve cut myself off from my soul in many ways. I’ve become my to-do list, the things that have to get done and the things other people want from me. I’ve forgotten that I can stop and listen intently to the whisper inside of me, that there is a little magic in there that is waiting for me to stop being so fucking erratic, so dictated by Things That Must Get Done.

— Why Are We Letting People Tell Us How to Live Our Lives? by Jamie Varon

In Why Are We Letting People Tell Us How to Live Our Lives?, Jamie Varon reminds us to resist the urge to become obsessed with crafting and adhering to detailed to-do lists choreographed by the tips of time-management “experts.” She explains that a preoccupation of this kind often leads to a life “dictated by Things That Must Get Done,” rather than an “electric” life, one that inspires us to “wake up [each morning] with a buzz of creativity crackling through [our] veins.” And, doesn’t the latter sound so much more awesome!? ...She suggests, instead, that we treat to-do lists and expert advice only as the imperfect tools that they are, that we take time to look within ourselves to discover our innermost passions, and that we allow these desires — not a list on a page — to guide our lives.