For Mother’s Day, my son agreed to come with me the Unique LA show. It helped a little that we brought and met up with a few teen friends. For the first time, he spent most of the afternoon wandering off with his friends, or on his own. Even so, after […]
If you do a lot of online research and bookmarking, consider adding Pinterest to your arsenal. This is the visual bookmarking tool we have been waiting for. I think the folks at Pinterest are underestimating its wonderful potential by calling it “a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create […]
I’ve started a new personal project on Posterous, compiling my photos of (mostly) commercial art that flies in the face of multinational polish, and speaks with poise in the language of its own place. I’ve got a nagging feeling I started this elsewhere some time ago, but […]
The patterns repeat seamlessly from poster to poster, and there is plenty of room for improvisation. For my favorite design, called Tiles, Hanna […]
There is a growing movement of outdoor nature schools that are inspiring urban/suburban dwellers to rebuild relationships with their natural environment. Southern California’s Coast Live Oak School is one of them.
Rather than meeting at a single place, Coast Live Oak holds classes at locations all over northern Orange County, from […]
Today’s post features surface design insights from an interview with Isabelle Kunz, perhaps better known as Trois Miettes. Her clean, upbeat work can be purchased on Spoonflower, Etsy and through her site, as well as at specialty shops in Zürich and Bienne, Switzerland. Her responses exceeded my […]
Can you believe these crazy flowers? I have never seen morning glories so huge or perfect.
As I approached them from the parking lot, I thought the folks at the Laguna Beach Koffee Klatch (yelp link) had put up a wild, cut-out sculpture!
It was a great… well, yes—glorious—start to a […]
I’m continuing to explore surface design on the Spoonflower site, and just received new fabric samples for an oak motif I’ve been developing over this past summer.
The quilting weight 100% cotton fabric in these photos is $18/yard. Some other fabrics they carry are sateen, knit, twill and canvas. Click here […]
Spoonflower is a “fabric printing on demand” service, allowing users to purchase and sell designs that they upload to the site. I’ve always wanted to learn more about surface design, and this turns out to be a fantastic way to do it. The process is slow, since swatches take about 21 days to be […]
The other night, we got a last-minute chance to see our friends perform in a neighborhood production of Les Miserables.
I had a blast shooting to the rhythm of stage lights and beautiful kids.
See the rest of the Flickr set here.
I found Alex Beard’s Face to Face a few weeks ago, and it turns out I like it a whole bunch more than my 11-year-old does. It’s a highly visual game, and he is a highly auditory-kinesthetic processor. Fortunately for me, we’ve got friends who are more in the visual spectrum, […]
Overheard this while working in a cafe today:
On her way back from the ladies’ room with Mommy, a 3-year-old cutie asks, “Mommy, can we text Natalie?”
Mommy: “I don’t have my cell phone.”
Cutie: “I do.”
For selection of quality images and the power to organize lightboxes, iStockphoto is still my top choice. I’ve been wondering about the value of my beloved lightboxes, and how iStock might partner with users to further benefit from them.
In the meantime, though, I suspect a lot of iStockphoto users have at least […]
The best part is the silent moments as interviewees search for words—vulnerable, human faces. I showed this to my son, and would like you to see it, too.
After I posted this note, I happened to rediscover Only Human (site now defunct), “a community where people share stories publicly or anonymously about mistakes they’ve […]
Viva la Revolution!
Granted, Twitter is noisy, overwhelming, confusing, and difficult to step into. It’s also incredibly vital, and potentially bottomless. I’m still experiencing regular epiphanies about business, collaboration, art and humanness. Half the fun is that I’m doing it together with others. It’s the biggest team effort I’ve ever seen.
Without further ado, here […]
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