The Best Book I’ve Read in Years

Good Reads 15 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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Seriously. The best book I’ve read in years is The Goldfinch. Obviously I’m not alone in my opinion – author Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer yesterday for it.  At almost 800 pages, it’s taken me a while to get through the book (I started it on vacation in February, and I’m just at the end now), but it’s worth it.

I’m not going to tell you anything about the book, because I didn’t know anything about it myself before reading it. I had just heard that it was good, so I dove right in. I recommend you do the same. Enjoy!

Get Things Done Like a Boss

Totally Random 18 March 2014 | 1 Comment

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This isn’t the kind of thing I usually share on my blog (I don’t tend to talk about work stuff here all that much), but I wanted to tell you all about this online course I took on SkillShare, called Get Stuff Done Like a Boss.  It’s a class built around the Getting Things Done methodology.

For the past year or so, I’ve been trying to figure out better tools to help me stay on top of my workload and manage my email inbox (the amount of emails I receive every day is totally overwhelming).  I tried a number of great email tricks, but I never really got to the root of the problem – things were sitting in my email inbox, instead of being filtered out into actions or saved as resources.

Also, I was often thinking about things that needed to be done, but wasn’t consistently writing them down, so my to-do list plagued my brain.  I got quite stressy at times, and thought I had finally found my limit and needed to dial back the amount of work I was doing.

NOT TRUE!  I can totally handle all my stuff, I just needed more reliable systems in place to collect, process, and do it all. It’s been about 3 weeks since I started the Get Stuff Done Like a Boss class (which consists of short video lessons and some PDF resources) and I’m a total convert to the Getting Things Done method.

I’m now much more productive than before, and I’m honestly less stressed.  I get more done in less time.  Of course, it took a while to learn and adopt the methodology, but it really did make a difference.

If you want to try it out, I have a $10 off link for new SkillShare learners. The Getting Things Done class is normally $29, but if you click this link and then sign up, you’ll get it for $19.

(This is not a sponsored post – I honestly just love this class and wanted to share it with you)

Take a 5-Minute Holiday with Me

Wanderlust 12 March 2014 | 1 Comment

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Yes, it’s totally disgusting outside today in Toronto.  Don’t you wish you were here instead? It’s a gorgeous villa rental in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Take a 5-minute (imaginary) holiday and picture yourself lounging by that pool.  Drool.

Design As A Gameshow?

Designers I Admire 6 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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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.

Designy Alarm Clocks

Hide The Credit Cards 27 February 2014 | 0 Comments

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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]

What Does Your Home Office Look Like?

Cool Dwellings 21 February 2014 | 2 Comments

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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.

Cute Overload: Kids Reenact 2014 Oscar Nominees

Too Cute 20 February 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

via Grantland

Best Idea Ever: Toronto Grilled Cheese Festival

City Love,Eat Your Face Off 18 February 2014 | 0 Comments

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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.

Gorgeous Photos of Bad Weather

Get Your Art On 16 February 2014 | 0 Comments

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These images are from a new photography book called Storms by storm-chaser Mitch Dobrower. Aren’t they stunning?

via Fast Company Design

Wishlisted: The Portlandia Activity Book

Totally Random 14 February 2014 | 0 Comments

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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 BabyPunk Paint By NumbersTerrarium Foraging, and so much more.”

There’s a short preview available on the website.

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