Archive: November, 2010

iPhone Cases

{ 1. Griffin Chilewich iPhone Case, 2. Griffin Chilewich Turquoise iPhone Case, 3. Kate Spade Telephone Case, 4.Boxwave Rosewood True Wood Case, 5. C. Westbrook Cogs and Gears Case, 6. Uncommon Spring Mosaic Case }

I get tired quickly of both my iPhone case and iPhone background (the proof shown here) and think it’s time for a little present to myself for the holidays: a case upgrade. I found quite a few that I liked and thought I’d share. I already have #1 and love it, so I may get the turquoise one just to change it up. It’s on sale for $25!

The other option which I think I’m going to try is to create your own with Uncommon. For only $39.95 for the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 (and free shipping until December 25), you can add your own art or edit someone else’s and make a unique cover just for you. I think I’m going to give it a try (and maybe buy the turquoise one too! Hey, it’s on sale, right?).

And even though it’s not necessarily a portable iPhone case, I thought I’d add this bad boy to the list because it’s just plain awesome. The iRetrophone Classic lets you plug in your iPhone and works like a regular phone with a handset. Buy one for $250 in all different colors, here.

Any other cases or cool iPhone accessories you’d recommend?

Make Mistakes

Love this quote. Mstakes are greatt. Another great quote from Paul Arden’s books. A must read.

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Only Boring People

Seems like I can’t keep up on things lately! At least that means I’m not boring, right?

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I can’t believe how time flies! I’m so thankful for a break from life and the internet and spend some quality time with my beau, family and friends. I hope to get in lots of good food and football. Have a very happy Thanksgiving and I’ll see you next week!

Amazing Thanksgiving turkey by Jennifer Murphy.

Billy Bride Jewelry

The most gorgeous rings a girl could ask for. Raw and vivid, these gems were made to show off. Visit Billy Bride’s shop here and view more of his stunning pieces.

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The Tragic Mistake

I came across this post by Study Hacks on 99% and thought I’d share.

“Not long into their interview with public radio host Ira Glass, one of the three college-aged interviewers, a young girl, asks, with a desperate smile etched on her face, how to decide “which of her passions” to pursue.

“Like how do you determine, how…”, she begins.

“How do you figure out what you want?”, Glass interrupts.

“How do you not only figure out what you want, but know that you’ll be good at it?”, she finishes.

There’s a pause. In this moment, when Glass prepares his answer, the young girl’s earlier admission that she’s a pre-med, and doubting her decision to attend med school, hangs in the air. Glass can relate: he too had been considering med school when he stumbled into his first radio internship, after his freshman year of college.

He proceeds cautiously, softly: “Honestly, even the stuff you want you’re not necessarily good at right away…I started working at 19 at the network level, and from that point it took me years. The key thing is to force yourself through the work, force the skills to come. That’s the hardest phase.”

One of the other interviewers, a young man in a baseball cap, interjects: “Do you think hard work can make you talented?”

“Yes. I do.”

The students let this sink in.

“In the movies there’s this idea that you should just go for your dream,” Glass continues. “But I don’t believe that.”

By the students’ reactions, this is not what they expected to hear.

“Things happen in stages. I was a terrible reporter, but I was perfectly good at other parts of working in radio: I am a good editor…I feel like your problem is that you’re trying to judge all things in the abstract before you do them.

That’s your tragic mistake.”

Read the full article here. via 99%

The Book Cover Archive

The Book Cover Archive is full of stunning and clever book covers and has me very distracted in the wee hours of the morning. There is something so inspiring about book covers. I love that they have to be a quick read, yet tell a story but appeal on a shelf with hundreds of others, all while staying unique unto themselves. It’s a demanding job! The Book Cover Archive is a great resource if you’re stuck on your own book project or if you just enjoy them like I do. See more of them here.

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Do What You Love: A Mini Series of Happy Women

A great mini series about women who are living their lives on their own terms, and finding success. Filmed by The Panic Room for Gap, I first found these videos through one of my favorite designers Anna at Rifle Paper Co., but the other videos inspired me just as deeply. See more of The Panic Room’s work here.

Wish I Had Known: Community Matters

College was an amazing experience for me. I had grown up in Columbus and was dying to get out. I looked all over for the perfect college just far enough away from my parents, but close enough that I could still do laundry on the weekends or get that home cooked meal I wanted so dearly after the first week on campus. Kent State University became my school of choice and I began my degree with no idea what to expect. There were only four people from my high school who also attended Kent so I was flung into a new city, school, new experiences all at once. It was terrifying, yet liberating.

The Visual Communication Design program was much more difficult than it read in the pretty printed pamphlet I received. We had over 200 students start the first semester as freshman and were whittled down to 25(ish) by graduation. We pulled all-nighters, spent long days and nights at Kinkos and found ourselves calling each other at all hours for either the assignment for our 7:45am Friday studio or a stiff drink. In all of this hard work came the best work. We gathered in groups to give each other critiques, emailed pdfs of sketches for feedback, joined together at Kinkos with Starbucks in hand or just sat at dinner and vented on how our weekend was already over. The community we had built for ourselves was just amazing. If we fell, there was someone there to help. As graduation neared, however, I got more and more scared about where our community would go.

As we all set out to different jobs and cities, a large group of Kent grads still lived and worked in nearby Cleveland where I found myself still able to have a smaller design community. But after enjoying a year and half in Cleveland, I was laid off. It was the best thing to ever happen to me. I was thrown back into new territory: my hometown. I left my friends, apartment and design community to move back home while I figured out what my next move would be. I hadn’t lived in Columbus since I was 18 and while I had internships for a few months during the summer, life in general had very much changed from high school. I immediately missed my Cleveland life. After realizing I couldn’t function without some other form of design in my life or someone to talk about it with, I looked up volunteer opportunities with the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts. It changed everything.

It’s always awkward being the new person, but after I attended a few volunteer meetings and lectures, I started to remember names and faces. It was wasn’t immediate, but I started getting to know more and more people and found that they too were dying for a design community. In almost two years back in Columbus, I have made a whole new design community, have found all of my jobs through the organization, and I’m still in awe at how much my life has changed for the better.

It’s amazing how as designers and artists we desire to talk about our work, continuously learn and ask for more out of our day jobs, even when we don’t have to. I feel that designers are the most likely to stay late, make it perfect, or take the pay cut to do what we love, all because it’s a piece of us on that screen or printed paper. As much as we’d like to say we’re separated from our work, any good designer will tell you a small piece of themselves is in every piece they create. This is why we love and crave community so much. The desire to be better, stronger, even just to reminisce about the all-nighters and Kinkos runs, keeps us going when we’re doing our day-to-day lists and projects we’re less than thrilled about.

My message in all of this is that I wish I had known how important community was sooner. I took school for granted and it took me a long time to realize how impactful a community is on who you are as a designer. Find your community. Just because we’re not in college anymore doesn’t mean there aren’t designers, developers and creators that want to talk “designy.” Joining a group changed my perception of the creative side of Columbus and I’m forever grateful for my experiences so far with the new design community I have built. I’m no longer scared to leave my safe group of design friends because there are designers everywhere looking for the same thing. No matter where you are, someone else desires a community. It’s just a matter of setting it in motion. Be the person to do it.

iPhone Fork & Cream Sauce

Love this iPhone cord wrangler by Lufdesign. Buy one here for only $13 and with each purchase you give a meal to a child through Save The Children. What a truly great idea.

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