Thursday, February 26, 2009

CubeeCraft Paper Toys

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Fancy your own paper president? Or how about a Mario Bros super mushroom to keep you company at your desk? The things you can do with an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper...

Download your free Cubeecraft templates here. Happy folding!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sheep Stool

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How about a little sheep stool for the office for a mere $4,800? Not just any sheep, mind you. These were created by François-Xavier Lalanne, a French artist renowned for his surrealistic animal sculptures.

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé once kept a flock of these stools in their Paris apartment. You can start your own herd

Friday, February 20, 2009

Le Ballon Rouge

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Who doesn't love a giant red balloon? Sweet film by Albert Lamorisse
: Le Ballon Rouge

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Latest Work: Stacy McCain Website

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Check out event planner Stacy McCain's brand-new spankin' website designed by yours truly. Stacy was a dream to work with, not to mention that that her portfolio is just gorgeous.
We had so much fun throughout the process I'm almost sorry the project is over.

Congrats Stacy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Carolien Adriaansche

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Carolien Adriaansche makes these little critters from recycled materials. So ingenious!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Who's your cheese soulmate?

A different kind of Valentine... the cheese cupid. Beautifully designed site. Elegant typography coupled with smart copy. Nothing cheesy about it. Sorry, bad pun.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Today I received the best Valentine from my dear friend, Kathryn.

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Here's mine to all of you...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Sprint" by Seth Godin

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Posting is light this week as we have our noses to the grindstone. I leave you with this insight from one of my favourite business writers, Seth Godin:

"The best way to overcome your fear of creativity, brainstorming, intelligent risk taking or navigating a tricky situation might be to sprint.
When we sprint, all the internal dialogue falls away and we just go as fast as we possibly can.

When you're sprinting you don't feel that sore knee and you don't worry that the ground isn't perfectly level. You just run.
You can't sprint forever. That's what makes it sprinting.

The brevity of the event is a key part of why it works.
"Quick, you have thirty minutes to come up with ten business ideas." "Hurry, we need to write a new script for our commercial... we have fifteen minutes."

My first huge project was launching a major brand of science-fiction computer adventure games (Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, etc.). I stopped going to business school classes in order to do the launch.

One day, right after a red eye flight, the president of the company told me that the company had canceled the project. They didn't have enough resources to launch all the products we had, our progress was too slow and the packaging wasn't ready yet.
I went to my office spent the next 20 hours rewriting every word of text, redesigning every package, rebuilding every schedule and inventing a new promotional strategy. It was probably 6 weeks of work for a motivated committee, and I did it in one swoop. Like lifting a car off an infant, it was impossible, and I have no recollection at all of the project now.

The board reconsidered and the project was back on again. I didn't get scared until after the sprint. You can't sprint every day but it's probably a good idea to sprint regularly."

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Drunk on Design

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design by stranger and stranger

I'll be the first to admit I'm a lightweight when it comes to alcohol but these are so good, I would buy them just for the packaging.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Polly Wreford

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Loving these yummy colors from lifestyle photographer Polly Wreford...

Monday, February 02, 2009

The Wedding University

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A sneak preview of what's cooking over at the Wedding University.

For all to-be brides and grooms in the San Francisco bay area, don't miss this event at the Four Seasons Palo Alto on Feb 8.

This is NOT your usual wedding fair. In fact, it is not a wedding fair at all! It is an all-day workshop of practical, useful, HONEST information for how to stretch your wedding dollars, regardless of budget. Various topics from design to bridal makeup to learning your first dance will be taught by the best professionals in the Bay Area.

In addition, get up and personal with top wedding professionals, view trends in wedding attire, and be entered into a drawing for a honeymoon stay at one of 3 luxurious Four Seasons Resort, including Lanai and Bora Bora!

Space is limited. Please RSVP to enroll early:
Jubilee Lau 408.235.8889 |

Date and Time: Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 11 AM - 5 PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Avenue East Palo Alto, CA
Price: $25 for 1 person | $40 for 2 people