Browsing archives for 'Inspiration'

Ken Robinson’s TED Talk

13 April 2012 | 0 Comments

Did you watch the TED talk I posted on Tuesday?  The one from Sir Ken Robinson, about how schools kill creativity?  If not, here’s the link.

I found it very enjoyable and insightful.  I’m not an educator, and I don’t necessarily have strong feelings about standardized education. But I do know that it fails many people, and as Robinson says in the lecture, “Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not. Because the thing they were good at in school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatized.  And I think we can’t afford to go on that way.”  Don’t we all know someone who struggled with traditional education?

And while you could come away from the lecture thinking that Robinson is advocating for the arts and artistic disciplines, I think that’s a bit short-sighted.  Creativity isn’t limited to the “traditional” arts.  I like Robinson’s description of creativity as “the process of having original ideas that have value”.  There is room for creativity within the more “valued” academic disciplines of math and science.

What did you think of the TED Talk?  What moments stood out for you?

Next up in our list of the 20 Most Watched TED Talks (So Far) is Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight.  I’ve actually seen this one already, but it’s worth revisiting.  Let’s all watch it this weekend, and talk about it next Tuesday.



The 20 Most Watched TED Talks

10 April 2012 | 0 Comments

Do you like watching TED talks?  I do. I came across this list of the 20 Most Watched TED Talks (So Far), from June 2011.  I think I’d like to work my way through this list and watch them all.  Seems like a fairly achievable goal, right?  Feel like joining me?  Let’s watch them and discuss!

First up is “Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity”.  If you’d like, watch it, and then let’s meet back here (on the blog) on Friday with our thoughts.

Typeface to Drool Over: Populaire

17 October 2011 | 1 Comment

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about a font.  Must be all that baby stuff crowding my brain… but when I saw this typeface (called Populaire) in the MyFonts newsletter, I had to share.  Isn’t it fun?  I’d love to use this font in a website project (since it comes in a web font version too).  I’m glad to see the handwritten font trend is still going strong.

Real Artists Ship

12 October 2011 | 0 Comments

I love this desktop (and iPad and iPhone) wallpaper by Andrew Power.  It’s a quote from Steve Jobs, who apparently said it in 1983 to his team of worn-out engineers, trying to finish the first Macintosh computer.  This excerpt from the book Insanely Great by Steven Levy explains it in greater detail:

“Perhaps the most telling epigram of all was a three-word koan that Jobs scrawled on an easel in January 1983, when the project was months overdue. REAL ARTISTS SHIP… One’s creation, quite simply, did not exist as art if it was not out there, available for consumption, doing well… to make a difference in the world and a dent in the universe, you had to ship.”

[via SwissMiss]

My Marc Johns print arrived

4 October 2011 | 0 Comments

Last week I ordered a signed print of the above illustration by Marc Johns, and it arrived today.  I’m collecting a bunch of cool illustrations and prints to hang in my office.  This is definitely going there. If you like it, you can get your own here.

Wild Thyme in Style Me Pretty

24 August 2011 | 1 Comment

One of my web design clients, Wild Thyme, was featured today in Style Me Pretty.  Super big deal – that is the website for all-things-wedding.  Aren’t these photos (and flower arrangements) gorgeous?  See the entire piece (and more photos) here.

Congrats Wild Thyme!

Want: Louise Fili’s Scripts Book

10 May 2011 | 0 Comments

“This book includes over three hundred examples of elegant and eccentric scripts  from pre-Modern to Modern—from France, Italy, Germany, and England as well as the United States. Featuring type specimens, book covers, sheet music, children’s books, handwriting manuals, labels, advertisements and packages, this is a veritable festival of rare and unknown scripts between flexi-covers.”


[wow, am I a type nerd or what?]

Gotta Paint This Room

27 April 2011 | 2 Comments

Readers, I need your help.  Remember back in November when I was so excited to get a DwellStudio duvet cover for our master bed?  (okay, I don’t really expect you to remember that, so here’s a refresher).  I mentioned back then that I hated the blue walls in our bedroom, but that project took to the back burner as we moved forward with the kitchen reno.

Now that I’m home all day with Little C, I’ve been thinking about painting the walls again.  And then I saw this post on sfgirlbybay, where she painted one wall (with Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray) in her otherwise white bedroom.  It looks so sophisticated, which my current room is definitely not.  Do you think I could pull this off in our room?  3 white walls, and one dark grey wall?

Please comment – I really do need help with this one.

Kinnon Draws Her Food

13 April 2011 | 0 Comments

One of my bestest pals, design partner, birthday sharer (this Friday, April 15, holla!) and illustrator extraordinaire Kinnon took a trip to Portugal and Spain a couple months ago (she often travels solo, which is gutsy and cool).  As a way to honor the trip, and remember what she ate, Kinnon has illustrated the most memorable meals from her journey.  What a great idea for a travel diary, no?

You can see all of Kinnon’s travel food illustrations, and read the stories that accompany the drawings, online hereWarning – do not read when you’re hungry.  Or you just might find yourself searching for flights to Spain.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Ikea Blogs

4 April 2011 | 0 Comments

About half the items in my home are from Ikea.  I can’t help myself – their pieces offer such good value.  But as much as I love my desks and dressers and various things, I don’t want it to feel like I live in an Ikea showroom.  I’m always trying to mix it up, and integrate the Ikea pieces in with the other stuff in my home.

Enter Livet Hemma, a Swedish blog by Ikea, that roughly translates to “Life at Home” in English.  Open the site in Google Chrome and it will translate it for you.  The blog is all about showing Ikea products in real homes, and has some inspiring ideas. [via Decor8]

And do you know about Ikea Hacker?  It’s a blog which features Ikea products, used in new and unexpected ways.  I love this post about re-purposing spice racks into children’s bookshelves (pictured above) – I think I’ll do this in Clara’s room.