Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Unlevel Level

I have an antique level on a wall in my home. It is unlevel.

People have pointed it out. Like the inside out shirts of my youth they wonder if I am just being eccentric or clever. Sadly there is no intentional statement.

There is a statement though. It comes from the unlevel level itself. It reminds me daily not to try to build a house or any other meaningful structure anyone might have to rely on. I'm not a carpenter or a mason. Its not in my skill set.

And knowing what I'm not capable of is in it's own way liberating.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Will Ship by Christmas

Last Night I couldn't shake thinking about Christmas presents.

And it's not the wonderful gifts that I received this year that are bouncing around in my head. These are ideas for things to give others next year. Some of them are just the product of overhearing conversations and can be easily added to an Amazon wishlist today and some are major projects that will take hours upon hours to complete. Either way, here in the vacuum of the Christmas rush I am filled with inspiration and thought maybe you might be too. So, in the spirit of encouragement, take advantage of your inability to relax and get started.

Make notes, add things to a wish list, do some preliminary sketches, buy things in the post holiday sales or just go ahead and get your hands dirty.

And don't pay for expedited shipping the next go around.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Design studio Upwell hacks IKEA...

What better way to see what people think of your product than to put it in a store. Design studio Upwell installed their Wallhub in an Ikea for a day and wah-lah, consumer research. Plus its just fun to dress up and pretend you belong somewhere you don't.



(Psst... I think I want one now.)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Interview with Radio Lab



Radiolab is my go-to recommendation for people getting into listening to podcasts. These guys are amazing.

(psst... I found this at swiss-miss.com)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Press Pause Play



Press Pause Play is a film about the tension of art and technology. Or as they put it "a film about hope, fear and digital culture". It follows a few strings of thought on how the recent explosion of technology has influenced art and how it has impacted the culture industry. It asks whether this new world is a good thing for art or not. The artist has more power, but will a globe of empowered creators drown culture in mediocre "gray goo" and send us into a cultural dark age? Or will the democratization of art reveal hidden talent and break down barriers that will result in a flood of excellent work?

Download the film on their website or watch it on vimeo.

(Psst.. if your interested in reading the book that Seth is talking about in the trailer, its available for free here)