♥ / Start Your Interior Design Career at Parsons

A big thank you to CPE at The New School for sponsoring my blog this week.

This fall, gain essential skills for a career in designing residential or commercial interior spaces with the Interior Design Certificate at Parsons. This online program offers experience in two- and three-dimensional drawing and sketching, hand drafting, and computer modeling. In a series of eight courses you will gain:

– An understanding of the effects of color, texture, and materials in interiors
– Proficiency in hand-drafting formal drawings including floor plans, elevations, and reflected ceiling plans
– In-depth knowledge of the core design elements of scale, proportion, balance, and ambience
– The ability to use the industry software tools Rhino and AutoCAD
– An understanding of trade information and project sequencing

Fall registration is now open for courses beginning August 30th. Enroll today.


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♥ / West by Fontwerk

A big thank you to Fontwerk for sponsoring my blog this week.

The brand new typeface by Daniel Perraudin is a compelling mix of conciseness and pragmatism. West follows in the geometric sans serif tradition, yet it achieves independence and its own distinct character. West has a simple yet sophisticated formula: visually similar forms do not repeat.

Bold, distinct and original — it’s perfect for branding, wayfinding and editorial projects.

Download free trial fonts on fontwerk.com (includes variable fonts).

♥ / Illustration Journalism

A big thank you to Continuing and Professional Education at Parsons for sponsoring my blog this week.

This Summer, Tell Your Story Your Way.

Learn to merge the power of words and pictures with our new Illustrated Journalism & Memoir Certificate at Parsons. This online program provides you journalistic and documentary tools to get started in the new world of the illustrated narrative.

This certificate program takes an open, inclusive, and creative approach to journalism, encouraging you to find and use your own voice in your stories. You’ll get a chance to explore the growing field of comics and graphic memoir. The best part? You’ll build connections with other writers and artists in our small online classes and get individualized feedback from our faculty practitioner. Registration is open! Check out the certificate classes and enroll today.

♥ / Dropmark

A big thank you to Oak for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

Dropmark is the smart way to organize all your links, files, and notes into visual collections. Perfect for creatives, teams, educators, explorers, and you. All your stuff in one simple, visual, private place.

Try it for free at dropmark.com


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♥ / Caveday

A big thank you to Caveday for sponsoring my blog this week.

Working from home is full of distractions– maybe even more than we had in the office.

Caveday helps you focus by managing distractions (phones aren’t allowed) and teaching you to monotask. They lead the world’s most focused community.

Caveday runs a full week of deep work sessions, each one led by a trained Cave Guide.
Try working “in the Cave” with a free month of unlimited Caveday membership by signing up here.

♥ / Corona Pirates

A big thank you to Corona Pirates for sponsoring my blog this week.

We believe that kids should have tools dedicated to helping them process their emotions about living in the time of Corona. So we wrote the book on it…OK, we wrote the book for it.

Full of funny illustrations – and thought-provoking questions – Corona Pirates: Guided Journal allows children to write down their thoughts about everything that has made “Corona normal” quite odd. Designed for ages 5 – 11, the book was beta-tested by therapists, teachers, social workers, parents, and mental health advocates, prior to publishing.

For those younger pirates – or those who prefer to communicate visually – Corona Pirates: Coloring, & Activity Book is available.

More information can be found at Corona-Pirates.com.


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♥ / Productive Enough

A big thank you to Matthew Manos for sponsoring my blog this week.

If you constantly find yourself with too much on your plate, you need to check out Productive Enough.

Productive Enough is a free toolkit for overwhelmed entrepreneurs, freelancers, and leaders who are looking for a more mindful way to get things done efficiently.

The 8 mindful productivity and time management tricks included in Productive Enough will help you get more done, while also reducing stress.

My name is Matthew Manos. I’m an award-winning designer and entrepreneur. But after chronic stress landed me in the ER, I had to completely change my relationship to work. Everything I learned from that journey is included in Productive Enough. Pay-what-you-want, even $0, and you’ll get the PDF file in your inbox. I hope these methods help you as much as they helped me!

Get your free download, and make 2021 the year you become productive enough.

♥ / Float

A big thank you to Float for sponsoring my blog this week.

Float makes resource planning intuitive and simple — like it should be!

The world’s top agencies, studios, and firms use Float to plan their projects and schedule their team’s time. Schedule time off, set custom work hours, and track your team’s time to get an accurate view of overall capacity. Assign tasks and make changes to your team’s workload on the fly with easy-to-use scheduling tools. Powerful reporting features help you track project budgets and forecast future time and expenses. Connect directly with Asana, Trello, Jira, Slack, and more.

Try out a free 30 day trial here.

♥ / Fashion Sustainability

A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog this week.

Make a positive impact in the fashion industry and the planet with the Fashion Sustainability Certificate at Parsons. This 100% online program provides you with the opportunity to employ sustainable design strategies across the value chain in a project.

This certificate program takes an open, inclusive, and empowering approach to sustainability, enabling learners — irrespective of experience — to overcome barriers to change and shape fashion careers in alignment with their personal and professional values. The best part? You’ll actually have the chance to build connections with our small online class sizes and one-on-one interaction with faculty practitioners. Spring registration is open! Check out the certificate classes and enroll today.

♥ / Interior Lighting Design

A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog this week.

Develop your eye for lighting any interior space with Parsons’ Interior Lighting Design Certificate.

This new online certificate is focused on creating a foundation for designing successful lighting by helping you understand light and human vision, lighting technologies and performance, lighting design as a discipline, and the impact of light on an environment. You’ll have the chance to build connections and receive one-on-one interaction with faculty practitioners. The certificate consists of three courses. Spring registration is open! Enroll today.

♥ / Minimal & Giftable

A big thank you to Onsen for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

Onsen married functionality with minimalism to craft a lightweight bath towel that dries like its job depended on it. The key to this obsessively designed towel isn’t what they added, but rather what they eliminated. Most towels go through a chemical bathing process so that they feel soft and fluffy, at least at first. Not Onsen. Instead of short-lived softness that washes away, Onsen relies on premium materials and traditional techniques to deliver a thirsty towel that only gets softer over time.

Exclusive: take 10% off at onsentowel.com with code SWISSMISS.

(Psst… I have replaced all towels with Onsen towels in my house! LOVE them!)


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♥ / See Design Travel Pouches

A big thank you to See Design Shop for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

See Design Travel Pouches are stylish and functional. They come in multiple sizes and are designed to help organize all of your essentials from cosmetics, to keys, wallet, cords, chargers, art supplies…

They are made from 100% high-quality, heavy-weight cotton canvas and lined with nylon for easy care. These pouches are super design-y, fun and make a great gift. Make sure to also check out their beautiful scarves and leather wallets.

For a limited time get a 20% with discount code SWISSMISS. Shop now!

♥ / Loftie: Less Screen, More Dream

A big thank you to Loftie for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

Did you know the alarm clock needed reinventing? Because it did. Why? One word: Smartphones.
When we set our smartphone alarms for the night, they, and all the stress they bring along, practically follow us into bed. Then, they’re there to ‘greet’ us when they go off first thing in the morning. And when we’re trying to drift off to sleep or start the day with a fresh perspective, the last things we need are worrying news alerts, extra emails from the boss, and texts from our exes. Cock-a-doodle don’t.

Loftie is a technology wellness company that’s here to bring much needed peace and calm to your bedside. Their brand-spanking new flagship product, the Loftie clock, is designed to help you break up with your smartphone alarm and get a better night’s sleep. Featuring a unique two-stage alarm, cozy nightlight, bespoke wellness, meditation and even insomnia-friendly storytime content, Loftie is everything you need, and nothing you don’t, for a dreamier (read: less tech-addled) bedroom vibe.

Get $25 off Loftie with an exclusive Swiss Miss discount today through Cyber Monday. Click here or use code SWISSMISS.

♥ / General Assembly’s Free Festival

A big thank you to General Assembly for sponsoring my blog this week.

We get it, 2020 has been the year you want to press the skip button on. Tech Education company General Assembly want to give back to the global community and have some fun whilst doing it.

Join GA for our week long festival where we will deliver some brilliant workshops, introductory classes and keynotes all online and free {We sure do love that word}.

A sample of our faves:
– Photography Today with Creative Mornings London
– Designing a More Human Future with Dropbox
– Land That Dream Gig with Anyways Creative
– Learn about User Experience Design

It’s people like you, people with hustle, wanting to find purpose, passion and make a positive impact for the future.

Check out the week’s lineup and register for free!

♥ / Float

A big thank you to Float for sponsoring my blog this week.

Float is a resource management software built for agencies, studios, and firms. Plan for multiple projects on the go. Manage your team’s availability and time off. Keep track of who’s working on what, when, and from where—all in one place.

Connect your resource schedule directly with your favorite tools including Asana, Jira, Trello, Teamwork, Google Calendar, Outlook, and Slack.

The world’s top creative teams, including BuzzFeed and MetaLab, use Float to plan their projects and schedule their team’s time.

Try a free 30 day trial here.

♥ / Trivial

A big thank you to Trivial for sponsoring my blog this week.

Trivial aims to help non-developers flow data between services easily and build custom web apps, think of it as a souped-up Zapier and Shopify combo.

They are looking to interview designers, product managers or any other interested humans on how they’d use a tool like this. If you know what APIs are but need someone else to use them, they’d love to talk to you. Sign up for updates!

♥ / Hidden Mirrors Game

A big thank you to Hidden Mirrors for sponsoring my blog this week.

Hidden Mirrors is a mobile game for and by people that don’t play mobile games. It’s visual, addictive and just the right amount of an 80s vibe.

The goal of the game is to fill the highlighted tiles, either one at a time, or by swiping to mirror everything you’ve filled already. The way the symmetries unfold appear deceptively simple, and it becomes a pleasant visualization exercise to predict how the inner shapes will interact.

Hidden Mirrors is free for a limited time. You can download it for Apple and Android. And, you can even win a free t-shirt if you beat the Pacifica levels!(They have given out 160 T-Shirts so far!)

♥ / Hidden Mirrors Game

A big thank you to Hidden Mirrors for sponsoring my blog for another week.

Hidden Mirrors is a mobile game for and by people that don’t play mobile games. It’s visual, addictive and just the right amount of an 80s vibe.

The goal of the game is to fill the highlighted tiles, either one at a time, or by swiping to mirror everything you’ve filled already. The way the symmetries unfold appear deceptively simple, and it becomes a pleasant visualization exercise to predict how the inner shapes will interact.

Hidden Mirrors is free for a limited time. You can download it for Apple and Android. And, you can even win a free t-shirt if you beat the Pacifica levels!(They have given out 160 T-Shirts so far!)

♥ / Hidden Mirrors Game

A big thank you to Hidden Mirrors for sponsoring my blog this week.

Hidden Mirrors is a mobile game for and by people that don’t play mobile games. It’s visual, addictive and just the right amount of an 80s vibe.

The goal of the game is to fill the highlighted tiles, either one at a time, or by swiping to mirror everything you’ve filled already. The way the symmetries unfold appear deceptively simple, and it becomes a pleasant visualization exercise to predict how the inner shapes will interact.

Hidden Mirrors is free for a limited time. You can download it for Apple and Android. And, you can even win a free t-shirt if you beat the Pacifica levels!(They have given out 160 T-Shirts so far!)

♥ / Tea with Tekuno

A big thank you to Tekuno for sponsoring my blog this week.

Tekuno is a San Francisco tea company that works directly with producers to showcase the world of Japanese green teas (and matcha!). Their small team travels to Japan each year—COVID notwithstanding—to source teas based upon a simple philosophy: find teas that are expressive in aroma, flavor, and texture; choose teas that reshape how we think teas should taste; and seek small scale producers with whom they can have a close relationship. And if you need a tea recommendation, they’re always happy to help via email or Instagram DMs.

They also offer subscriptions and collaborate with local ceramicists if you’re looking for a thoughtful gift idea.

♥ / Choose Your Own Adventure in Graphic Design

A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog this week.

This Graphic and Digital Design certificate from Parsons gives you the flexibility of online classes plus the option of choosing your own electives.

First, the core classes build your confidence with software that employers are looking for, including Illustrator and Photoshop. Then choose from the recommended electives, such as Typography, or build your own elective track with classes in Graphic Design History, Print Production and Process, and more.

Online classes at Parsons have the same small class sizes and interaction with faculty that made the art-and-design school so popular. Several faculty members have worked in the industry and offer their insider tips in everything from the basic elements of graphic design — point, line, plane, texture, modularity, rhythm and balance — to the more abstract ideas such as aligning visuals with a client’s identity. Fall registration is now open. Enroll today!


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♥ / Start Your Fashion Studies Online

A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog this week.

The fashion instruction that made Parsons world famous is now available online. The Parsons’ Fashion Design certificate covers design fundamentals — from color theory to flat sketching. Our online fashion classes offer small class sizes for closer faculty interaction, so you can actually get to know your professors and build your network. Whether you’re doodling dresses or looking to get your brand off the ground, this certificate is a great place to start.

The certificate consists of eight courses. Only certain classes are available online and they are filling up fast. Register today!


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♥ / Create Apps and Websites Users Will Love

A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog this week.

Design websites that will keep people coming back for more with Parsons’ User Centered Design (UX/UI) certificate. This online curriculum is focused on how web users think and make decisions. Classes on research methods and usability testing cover how to keep the end-user in mind during every process of a website launch. Instructors and faculty practitioners keep up with the industry to bring you the latest tools and techniques so that you can build the kind of user satisfaction that drives consistent web traffic.

The certificate consists of five courses. Join us and get an edge on this growing industry! Registration for fall is now open.


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♥ / Got an Eye for Interior Design?

A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog this week.

Have you been rearranging your furniture while stuck at home? Put that creative eye to good use with the Interior Design certificate at Parsons. Now online for the fall, this program offers experience in two- and three-dimensional drawing and sketching, hand drafting, and computer modeling.

Industry experts will walk you through everything from lighting, furniture arrangement, floor and wall treatments, to client psychology, so that you can plan your own creative solutions for interior spaces. The best part? You’ll actually have the chance to build connections with our small online class sizes and one-on-one interaction with faculty practitioners. Fall registration is open! Check out the certificate classes and enroll today.


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