Artwork. For my money, it's the number one way to add personality to a room. Sure, a $25 can of paint can make a big impact, but I'll take a white room with loads of art over boldly painted walls any day.
But, of course, you can't just go to the artwork store and scan the aisles until you find just the right piece of scale and color that matches your decor. Real art takes time to create, and fetches appropriately not-cheap prices, and isn't widely available at the local shopping center. Sure, family photos are nice, and an artfully framed poster will do, but don't you dare head to that kitchen and bath supply shop and paw through the faux-Tuscan paintings.
Instead, make your own. Quickly, easily, inexpensively, and no artistic ability required.
There's certainly a canon of beloved [Western] children's stories: those fairy tales, fables, and books that our parents knew, we loved, and are still ripe to pass along to the next generation. My niece and nephew know all about the Wizards of Waverly Place, but they still know what the Tin Man and the Scarecrow each wanted, or what Jack traded in for those crazy beans.
Chicago-based artist and designer Christian Jackson pays homage to that great history by creating, "hyper-minimalistic posters of the children's stories we grew up knowing and loving."
I'll admit it. I'm a grammar nerd. Well, at least a syntax geek. I'll often go quite far out of the way to avoid ending a sentence in a preposition, am pretty careful with my whoms, and am often misunderstood due to fact that I keep my lays and lies straight.
Sure, when thinking of the word "geek," it's easy to conjure up images of less-than-attractive guys, obsessed with technology or role playing games or fantasy novels. But, I believe that anyone who's passionate about stuff is gonna be a geek about something, whether sports, celebrity gossip, music, or even design.
The newest offering from the clever artists at Pop Chart Labs is worthy of a toast, indeed.
Includes not only 89 varieties of beer, but more than 200 recommended and representative brews so you actually know what and how to taste them. Add in a dozen glassware suggestions, and you've got six square feet of beer-soaked goodness.
Screensavers are a tough bit. On the one hand, they're good for your computer, they save energy, and they provided security. On the other, well, it's tough to find an attractive one. One that's simple, not distracting, and doesn't look like, well, the screen saver that came with your operating system.
But don't set it to black just yet. May I suggest installing one of these awesome, mod clock screen savers?
Musical choices are a peculiar thing, with all your combined tastes making perfect sense to you, and hardly anyone else. (What? I can trace the lineage of David Bowie to the Spice Girls...can't you?)
But, chances are, your musical tastes are at least a little influenced by the stuff your parents listened to. So, in honor of Father's Day, Sonos made a chart to help you source your influences. "There’s no end to the reasons why you listen to the music you do today, but we’re willing to bet that more than a few of you were subjected to your father’s music at some point in the past (or present). So that leads to the question: what do dear old dad’s listening habits say about the artists in your repertoire? In honor of Father’s Day, we tried our hand at finding out."
Regarding passions, hobbies, preferences, etc, I've come to believe one thing: everybody's a geek about something. It's just that some areas, like sports, fashion, cars, celebrities, are more socially acceptable. But, knowing a lot about the things you're passionate about is awesome, and I'm glad folks get excited.
So, while I think it's only fair that most informed people own the geek title, I still think Julianna's concept map is tops.
Click here to see it in all its high-resolution glory:
I was in the home of a hoarder once. In college, I went on a spring break service trip to the Rio Grande valley, and we were working on building a school playground. A woman came out and asked if a few of us would lend a hand moving some heavy objects. My buddy Justin and I agreed, and followed her to her home.
When we entered, it was stacked floor to ceiling with file crates, storage bins, and more than anything, plastic grocery bags filled with never opened items, and labeled with masking tape. The "heavy objects" she needed us to move were Rubbermaid bins, stacked six or seven high, because the item she thought she wanted was in the bottom bin. It turned out it wasn't.
She was a very sweet and gracious woman, and even offered to make us lunch. It was a pretty eye-opening experience, one that I'm actually thankful to have experienced first hand.
Here at ManMade, we're big proponents of not sitting all day during work hours. Especially as bloggers and editors, where we're more naturally inclined to...sit all day during work hours.
But in case you're not quite convinced, take a look at this infographic:
Letterpress is certainly one of printmaking's most beautiful techniques: the textures of the embossed letters, the way the ink interacts with the fibers of the paper.
But, it's also one of the least easy printmaking processes to get into. Whereas stencils, stamps, and even screenprinting can be approached with supplies from the art store, letterpress requires, well, a giant, heavy press, cases of type, and fancy metal plates concocted for each specific project.
In short: one does not dabble in letterpress.
So, what's left to do, especially if you design intends to end up online? Recreate the effect in Photoshop.
Lost Type Co-Op is a "Pay-What-You-Want Type foundry, the first of its kind. Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, originally in a whirlwind 24 hour adventure to distribute a single typeface, Lost Type has blossomed into a full fledged foundry, distributing fonts from designers all over the world, with its unique model."
So, upon downloading, you're invited to pass along what you can, directly to the designer. If for you that's nothing, you can enter $0 and download for free.