Sunday, February 21, 2010

book THUMB WAR BY JOHN HERSEY


If only all wars could be solved so easily, and colorfully. Designed and illustrated by John Hersey, this book is available online through the Center For The Book store.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

design of the week SPRINKLES NECKLACE

It's delicious, not nutritious....but who cares? The Super Sprinkles Heart Necklace by Sapphire Squares is as cute as a button and makes the pop-perfect valentine piece.

It makes me happy just looking at it!

Check it out at the Shana Logic store

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Monday, February 08, 2010

soapbox A (LOVE) LETTER TO APPLE


Maybe it's this nasty head cold, but today I sent an email to Apple asking for computers for my kids schools' embarrassingly outdated computer lab - the computers are over 10 years old and we live in Silicon Valley.

Yes, there are worse things in the world....but today I want to do something about a need on my own doorstep.

Here's the letter...

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SUBJECT: Apple takes a bite out of the digital divide

Yes, I know the headline is a bit cheesy, but I am hoping it could be true.

I am a parent of 2 students who currently go to Ellis Elementary in Sunnyvale. Budget cuts have impacted every school and Ellis is no exception. Ellis Elementary is right in the heart of Silicon Valley and this year just made it out of the Title 1 (see below) which means we lost additional funding. This is a mixed blessing - it also means that the overall student population is no longer considered "high-poverty" or "economically disadvantaged".

The students at Ellis are truly amazing and come from a variety of backgrounds - from those who are hard working, but "economically disadvantaged" to those who have the benefits of working in hi-tech, including good salaries and high parental education. I volunteer in the classroom a couple of hours a week and see first hand the range of abilities of these students.

Apple Computers has continued to raise the bar for real "personal computing" since the beginning. With the new iPad, I believe we are entering an new era - and one that could revolutionize education and in providing economic computing for disadvantaged students. Embarrassingly, while our school sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, our computer lab is 10 years old. Some computers are so old that they cannot run software that is integral to our ELD (English Language Development) curriculum. We do not have enough working computers for one per student, and working computers sometimes take up more troubleshooting resources than teaching time.

Bottom line: We need a new lab, and I think we deserve a state of the art computer lab. I hope Apple computers will help Ellis Elementary achieve this goal. A loftier goal would be to make sure that every student at Ellis Elementary has access to a computer at home.

Although I am not contacting you as school official, I know that any help would be greatly welcomed and I will personally commit to helping make this happen in any way I can, from coordinating with the school to working with your PR and marketing departments.

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or comments about this.

Best regards,
Lesley Taylor


About Title 1
Title I funds are targeted to high-poverty schools and districts and used to provide educational services to students who are educationally disadvantaged or at risk of failing to meet state standards.

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

slideshow FEBRUARY PICKS










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February is that most romantic of months - hacking coughs, runny noses and cold damp weather. Oh - and something about cupid and candy and stuff.

Enjoy these picks - there might even be something for that special someone - you!

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Monday, February 01, 2010

haiti relief ART AUCTION FOR HAITI

I sometimes get carried away with the big gesture that I don't have the time or resources to do. That was the case with the Help for Haiti design guide that I was working on last week. I can't say that the time for the big gesture is over, but the urgency of the Haiti situation spurred artists, designers and others to immediate action.

That was the case for Art Auction for Haiti - which ended it's second auction last night. I hope it does another and this time, I will share it with you before it's over. The donated work is superb and all donations go directly to the Red Cross. I bid on a couple of items, including the amazing photo of Patricia Arquette by photographer, Jerry Avenaim. I didn't have the winning bid, which came in 5 minutes before the end of the auction.

Luckily, I did have the winning bid on "The Track of a Dream" by Louise Ernandez (top right) another amazing photographer who is planning on launching her website soon - I will let you know when it launches.

To check out more of the work, and to encourage a 3rd auction check out the Art Auction for Haiti facebook page.

Featuring (clockwise):
+ Patricia Arquette by Jerry Avenaim
+ The Track of a Dream by Louise Ernandez
+ Misty by Sandy Ostroff

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Monday, January 25, 2010

fundraising HELP FOR HAITI


The Help for Haiti guide will feature designers who are donating profits to Haiti relief, feature photography and artwork showing Haiti life. At the back of the guide we will have a list of people or companies who have donated money through WHATdesigners for the relief effort.

All money raised by WHATdesigners will go directly to Haiti relief. I will even cover all Paypal fees for donations - although I will be contacting Paypal in hope to waive these fees.

If you are interested in helping or donating, please email me.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

competition BLOG OFF WINNERS

Drum roll please......yes, we finally have the winners for the DESIGN BLOG OFF.

1st Place: Analog Chic
Chosen by Trish of Smashing Darling will receive a Smashing Darling gift certificate of $250

2nd Place: Ink + Wit
Chosen by Lesley of WHATdesigners will receive a Smashing Darling gift certificate of $100

Your votes, and there were a lot of them, chose the 3 runners up. Out of over 93, 000 votes here were the most popular. Each runner up will receive a Smashing Darling gift certificate of $50.

Reader's favorites:
3rd with 40,913 votes: Belle Style
4th with 33,205 votes: Tilda in the Burbs
5th with 15,738 votes: Freshly Blended

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Monday, January 11, 2010

slideshow JANUARY 2010











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January has started, in fact we are almost half way through so here are some of my favorite pieces from independent designers this month so far. Check back again, I will be adding more soon.

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vote FAVORITE BLOG POST

It's time to announce the winners of the 2009 BLOG OFF, but first we'd like to get your help.

Trish (Smashing Darling) and Lesley (WHATdesigners) are choosing their favorites, now it's up to you! The 3 runners up will be chosen by your votes, so check out the list below and vote for your favorite.

Voting ends January 17th, 2010.

The contenders:

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Monday, December 14, 2009

designer ANTHONY BURRILL


There are some universal truths, there are also some universal words of advice "Keep Calm and Carry On" being on of them. But if you are tired of "Keep Calm...and fill in the blank" there's a new slogan in town. "I like it. What is it?".

It's simple, and for me it's how I see a lot of design. I can't help it, I am just shallow and a bit of a design spectator. I love fashion that I don't have the guts - or place - to wear. I love jewelry that's either too lethal or too delicate to wear around children who will (a) eat it (b) bury it or (c) add it to their spaceship/fort/strange creature.

Most of all - and I don't know why - I love a good old trip to the hardware store. There are bins upon bins of strange looking things that are metal, the weight of a small car and only cost 32c - to that I can only think "I like it. What is it?"

The "I like it. What is it?" poster by British designer, Anthony Burrill is a printed on 100% recycled paper using the traditional woodblock printing method. Each open edition print is hand signed in pencil by the artist.

"I like it. What is it?" and other work is available online through the Anthony Burrill website.

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