Adobe recently asked a bunch of creative types “to express what Adobe means to them through their work. We asked them to play, experiment, hack, make, socialize, datafy, dimensionalize, illustrate, and mashup our logo any way they see fit as part of the Adobe logo remix.”
They called it the AdobeRemix Project, and posted the results on Behance (which is an Adobe product, of course).
That’s all fine and good, but the interesting part is how design agency Sagmeister & Walsh participated. Instead of submitting artwork, they decided to turn the challenge into a game – literally. Sagmeister and Walsh face off against each other on a gameshow, complete with cheesy host, judges, and ridiculous contraints. You can watch it all online.
I love these two and how they bring elements of play and fun to their work. Don’t they seem like they’re having the best time?
PS – Did you follow along with Jessica Walsh’s 40 Days of Dating project (with Timothy Goodman)? I was totally engrossed. It’s being made into a book. And a movie.
Check out these designy alarm clocks by Lexon USA. Their simplicity is refreshing. Flip it over to turn the alarm on, flip it over to turn the alarm off. Tap it for the snooze function. No confusion – I love it. Which colour would you choose? I think I’d get warm red.
[via Fast Company Design]
My regular readers know that I’m always mixing things up in my home office. Remember the new chalkboard wall I painted in September? And last week I reconfigured my desk so I could have my second screen (aka my laptop) running with the Olympics feed from CBC’s website (pictured above).
If you’re looking for home office inspiration, or you just like checking out other people’s setups, have a look at this post on Design*Sponge. Posted yesterday, it features 13 Creative and Clever Home Offices. I love the variety of spaces, from a small desk in the corner of a room to a huge double-workspace table with a butcher paper roll.
Here’s a bit of cute to break up today’s greyness (it’s super cloudy and wet out today in Toronto): Kids Reenact 2014 Oscar Nominees. Adorable.
Next weekend there’s a Grilled Cheese Festival at Roy Thomson Hall. A $40 ticket gets you all-you-can-eat grilled cheese, gourmet soup and 3 beer samples. Check out the menu of different grilled cheese sandwiches… I would love the Tatooed Chicked (with oka-style cheese, chicken, bacon, herbed tomato and garlic mayo) or the Bacon Avocado (cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese, bacon, avocado, spinach, red onion, tomato and garlic mayo).
Of course tickets for the festival are sold out… I didn’t hear about it early enough (boo). But if you want to put your name on a waiting list, you can do so on the Grilled Cheese Fest website. Or, be like me and have your own mini-grilled cheese festival at home. Best idea I’ve had all day.
These images are from a new photography book called Storms by storm-chaser Mitch Dobrower. Aren’t they stunning?
via Fast Company Design
Psst – my birthday is coming up in April, and if anyone’s looking for something totally random and awesome to get me, this has got to be it: The Portlandia Activity Book. It will be released at the end of February by publishing-house-of-all-cool-things, McSweeney’s. The book promises “enough activities to get you through a year’s worth of rainy days, including: How to Crowdfund Your Baby, Punk Paint By Numbers, Terrarium Foraging, and so much more.”
There’s a short preview available on the website.
This winter has been cruel, cruel, cruel. Ian and I had a brief respite earlier this month, when we went to Mazatlan, Mexico for a holiday. I’m sorry to rub it in for you Canadian readers, but it was really lovely to get away from the snow and ice for a while. We went to this gorgeous resort, where everything was top-notch. Days were spent reading and napping by the pool, swimming, and sipping margaritas. In the evenings we’d go to the lobby bar and play Scrabble against each other on my iPad. So much fun… exactly what we needed.
PS – I made it halfway through this amazing book. Have you read it?
I know, Valentine’s Day is a month away. But all the junk is in the stores now, and I snatched up a pack of Thomas the Tank Engine paper valentine cards for Clara to give to her little friends, because they all go ape shit for Thomas the Tank Engine.
While that’s fine for the 3-year old set, I’d far prefer giving out these “Little Love Notes” from Tattly. Each one comes with a notecard, a sticker and a temporary tattoo. Sweet AND stylish. Love it.
Little Love Notes at Tattly, $20 for 8. They’ll ship to Canada for just $2!
I haven’t blogged for a couple weeks, which to be honest, has been kinda nice. But now I’m back, and I have lots of fun, random stuff to share!
First up… a list of 5 Amazing Transit Hotels (hotels that are in train stations or airports). I would love to go to Hotel La Ferme, in the Charlevoix region Quebec. I would eat cheese and Ian would drink beer all day.
Next up… I can’t wait to check out a new coffeehouse in my neighbourhood, Brickyard Grounds. They’ve had great writeups in blogTO and Toronto Life, and those Belgian waffles are totally calling my name.
And finally… Clara (who is almost 3!) has started little ballet lessons at our amazing new local play centre, Sprouts. She has proper ballet slippers and everything. It’s so cute I can hardly stand it. Little girls really are the best.
[picture of Clara in her ballet class, above]