Typo Berlin SketchNotes

Oliver Reichenstein – We are the medium (sketched by Eva-Lotta Lamm)

What a great idea! Typo Berlin is asking attendees to upload their Sketchnotes of last week’s conference. And I can see why they invited Eva-Lotta Lamm to be their official sketchnotes taker. Check out the one above of Oliver Reichenstein’s talk. See all the sketchnotes from TypoBerlin here.

Watch TypoBerlin Video Podcasts here.

Words we don’t say

Words and phrases that Kurt Andersen found annoying and didn’t want used in New York Magazine during his tenure as editor.

(via Chris Glass)

Rainy Days And Mondays

(Thank you Rob for doing an excellent job dj’ing on this rainy monday at Studiomates)

Retro Rooster Print

I have never really figured out why I am so obsessed with chickens and roosters, but until then, I’ll just keep admiring posters like this Retro Rooster Print by Mengsel. Lovely, no? (I have a feeling Brainpicker might approve of the color scheme)

Wood Peg

Wood Peg, by Studio Gorms, is quite a refreshing furniture concept. It’s a flexible furniture system made up of simple components, which can be assembled in a variety of ways to accommodate a multitude of scenarios. It can be just as easily disassembled, using no tools or fasteners. All components can be hung from a peg rail on the wall creating pleasing abstract compositions. Made me look.

(via Stilsucht)

♥ / Listgeeks

A big thank you to Listgeeks for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed.

Listgeeks is a social network for creating, sharing and comparing lists of things. The minimal design of the site, combined with an interface that allows for playful, collaborative engagement with other list makers, facilitates a totally new approach to the classic Best Of/”High Fidelity” school of list making.

Featuring weekly interviews and lists from prominent members (including Erik Spiekermann, Christoph Niemann and Khoi Vinh), Listgeeks is a source for inspired recommendations (see “Best Bookstores in NYC“, by Kupfers) as well as for unique and unexpected perspectives on modern life (see “Things That Are Usually Better in Theory Than Practice,” by Melissa).

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Japanese designers Torafu Architects have designed a set of supercool paper hooks that look like curled pieces of adhesive tape. #wishlisted

(thank you Keren)

Perforation Gauge

There are tools I obviously don’t need, but I would love to own, just because they are fascinating and beautiful. Take this perforation gauge used in stamp collecting, for example. It’s a thin metal plate measuring just under 2″ by 4.375″. Mrs. Easton said it right: Such a weird specialized item. But handy if you’re looking to decipher your collection. Available here.

Not Failure, but Low Aim is Sin

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture.

It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no starts to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin.

– Benjamin Elijah Mays

(via workisnotajob)

Unique New York: The (AIGA) Auction

AIGA/NY is currently organizing an amazing auction called Unique New York. They want you to bid early, and bid often, so you can take home a piece of Unique New York! The auction features a small collection of covetable artwork, collage and constructions from twelve unique talents from their New York creative pool. Some of the works are quite large, some are quite small, but they are all huge in stature, enormously good-looking, and giant in their contribution to AIGA New York. (so it says on their site. hilarious)

The auction will close on the evening of May 26th. Your secure bids, in increments of $50, can be phoned in to the Unique New York Auction Hotline, 212 255-1856 where volunteers will record and anonymously post your bid. Phone bidding will be available the evening of the auction, bidders not at the auction can pre-register to stay in the bidding action either by phone, or stating a “not-to-exceed” bid left at headquarters until the gavel falls.

I wish I could buy the above piece by Stephen Doyle, called the Hypertext Book Sculpture. Can’t remember when I last fell in love with a piece of art like this one. #heartbreak

See the entire AIGA auction here. And here’s an interview with Stephen Doyle about his Paper Sculptures.

Drawn In

I just received an amazing book in the mail! It’s called Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists by Julia Rothman! It’s a true gem! It makes me want to dust off my sketchbooks and re-activate them asap. Thank you Julia!

Training Dresser

Peter Bristol is the designer behind this lovely children’s dresser called Training Dresser. Yes, you are seeing right, the drawers are shaped as their predetermined contents.


The i-Log made me look and smile. It’s a wooden charging station that accomodates an iPad both vertically or horizontally. Hand picked, hand carved and handsome. #wishlisted

SLR Holster

Capture is a camera clip system for cameras of all sizes – including DSLRs. Wowwweee!

Quick Release Button Strength Test from Peter Dering on Vimeo.

(via unplggd)

Best Moments

I have a brain and some hands and every once in a while it feels like they’re working together. Those are the best moments.
– Frank Chimero

(via TheSetup)

Frank Chimero’s Setup

I had Instapapered this Interview with Frank Chimero a while back and finally found time to read it. Here are some of my favorite lines:

I try to keep a mobile studio. I like moving around. It keeps me curious and “on.”

I just bought a Panasonic Lumix GF1 a few months ago and I love it. It makes me feel skilled rather than like an idiot. That’s what good technology does.

I like Muji notebooks and Muji pens because they work well, yet don’t feel precious. In my case, the more I treasure a tool, the less likely I am to use it. I always scribble all over the first page because there’s no way I can make anything worse than that. So, we’re off to the races.

I have a brain and some hands and every once in a while it feels like they’re working together. Those are the best moments.

Read the full interview here.

Log with Headband

This Log with Headband and Wrist Band illustration by Marc Johns just made me laugh out loud. My studiomates Jason and Rob can attest that. I heart Marc John’s sense of humor. What would the world be without a little bit of absurdity sprinkled ontop?

Breakfast Interrupted

Who knew flying food can be so mesmerizing?

BSS | Breakfast Interrupted from Bruton Stroube Studios on Vimeo.

(via vimeo)

Dear Manhattan,

Considering I am calling myself the inofficial ambassador of Brooklyn, it’s no surprise, this poster by Matt Pisane made me smile.

Blue Marble Goes To Africa

My lovely studiomate Jessi just pointed me to an intriguing AIGA/NY event this coming Tuesday: It will be a talk with the two ladies who founded Blue Marble Ice Cream. They were bold enough to start an ice cream business without prior experience! The evening will include a short preview of the documentary about the work Blue Marble is doing in Rwanda.

Can you imagine a place in the world where people have never heard of ice cream? Then can you imagine going there to help people start their own ice cream shop? In Jessi’s word: Crazy and inspiring.

Get your ticket for this AIGA event here.

More about the Documentary
More about Blue Marble Ice Cream.

Sweet Dreams – trailer from Thunderfull Films on Vimeo.


Each year, over 500 metric tons of toxic PVC ends up in landfills as the result of vinyl binders that people use. That’s where Rebinder comes in. They believe that products should be made in our country, with our workers, out of responsible materials with the intention that no landfill be required. ReBinder meets that demand.

According to their site, ReBinder is the only true zero waste office supply manufacturer and the brand of choice for customers looking for sustainable, quality office supplies. Assembled by a local, AbilityOne certified disabled workforce, all ReBinder product materials are sourced from responsibly managed forests and verified FSC and SFI certified sources.

I am using some of their products and can honestly give them a two-swissmiss-thumbs-up! Hat tip to creators behind Rebinder.

Alarm Dock

Jonas Damon’s Alarm Dock turns your iPhone into an old-school looking alarm clock. All you need is a flip clock app and you’re set. Made me smile.

(via BBlinks)

Hugo the Wild Boar

Hugo the Wild Boar won my heart.


Jigsaw is a modular coffee table designed by Belgian designer Linde Hermans for Mooz. Four independent angular pieces that can be arranged into different configurations or placed separately around your home. Fun!

(via shoeboxdwelling)