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Archive for February, 2013

Stop Motion Industrial Design Love

I saw this creative, cute video on linkedin this morning, posted by the CEO at IDEO, Tim Brown. So creative wonderful and personal because it shows how much the designer, Elger Oberwelz, really loved what he designed. And isn’t that all any of us ever really want? A project we love so much that we make a stop-motion movie about it in our free time? :)

A 10-Year Plan

Although I don’t agree with everything said, I really like these two quotes written in Jeff Haden’s Life Inc. column:

“Until I left I was convinced I would spend my entire career at RRD. Why work anywhere else? Big company, good pay, good benefits, good opportunities… only when I had left did I realize there were lots of other great places to work.

If I had it to do over again, I would create a series of 10-year plans. My goal would be to “milk” the RRD experience for everything it was worth while preparing myself for my second 10-year career. Around year five I would decide what I wanted to do next and start getting the education, experience, and skills required to make the transition.

If after 10 years the grass isn’t greener I would still have choices — choices I get to make rather than choices that are basically made for me.

Think of your working life as a four- or five-act play and write your own script — it will always be better than the one other people write for you.”

If I had it to do over again, I would set meaningful personal goals and pursue them as actively as I pursue career and business goals. I regret hours I wasted on TV… or web surfing… or simply being lazy… that I could have spent learning something new or achieving a cool goal.”

Great advice, I think.

Great Entrepreneurs

“If you look at the careers of great entrepreneurs and you look at the moment they took their plunge, the plunge is rarely a great financial or material risk, it’s a social risk. At the moment they started their new businesses, everyone around them said ‘you’re an idiot’.”
— Malcolm Gladwell (via swissmiss)

Rob Ryan’s Beautiful Paper Art

“We’re all the same people we were when we were children.  We’re just bigger and we pretend that we’re not.”

I’ve always been a big fan of this etsy artist, and by now he’s done some fairly high-profile stuff, but he still keeps his sweetness, and honesty and vulnerability in all of his work.


IMAGES: here // here // here // here

This video for the Etsy Handmade Portrait series is just uplifting.

“A big part of my work is about seeing and appreciating the beauty in the everyday, to make people see how beautiful the world is and how beautiful their lives are.”

“My work is about being alive and its about being being human and about being a person.  And then of course this this other thing, and its Love.  Its a funny thing, there’s something about art that Love is almost a taboo subject – its almost to obvious to make work about. And to me its the most natural thing.  The need to love, to be loved, and the connections and the relationships.”

For more info, check out this article on the Etsy blog, or check out Rob’s etsy page.

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.”

Pepsi Interview Gone Right

Although I am a Coke girl all the way, I love this commercial that Pepsi put out (that youtube just forced me to watch….).  So funny and witty, and so well made.  Really, seriously makes me think about how and where this could actually be done.

The Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister (the graphic designer, who I’ve featured on the blog in the past…) brought his show, The Happy Show, to Toronto’s Design Exchange, and I am so freakin glad he did.  Stephan, if you are reading this, thanks dude.

Amazing, fun, fascinating, fresh, clean, branded, beauty. That’s it.  I wanted to bring my camera and take some pictures for the blog but I TOTALLY forgot. :(  BUT, here are some I’ve found around…


I love how he clearly just did it how he wanted to do it.  There were some parts that were totally unrelated to the exhibit, for example the little display he had giving patrons his most favorite candy in the world!, were I felt that a Suit would totally want to shoot down. It was unrelated, but totally added to the whole thing because it brought me into his world just a little bit more, and the giving, friendly spirit of the exhibit definitely aided in the message: What makes us happy? and make sure you leave this exhibit happy / inspired!

thehappyshow1,feb142013IMAGES: here // here

Here are some ‘Life Lessons’ from his book and exhibition:

“Trying to look good limits my life.”

“Having Guts always works out for me.”

“Assumptions are stifling.”

“Seek Discomfort.”

If you are in the Toronto area, I highly recommend you check it out! It will be running until March 3rd! Also, check out this article or the Design Exchange website to hear more. NOTE: They are defs not paying me to write this. I wish.)  I highly recommend you all check out his TED talks( here, here and here), AND his book.

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