• A must read: 10 New Year’s resolutions for designers.
• Looking to expand your personal library? The 11 best art and design books of 2011.
• A happy keyboard for happy people is super smile inducing!
• How to make a wall-sized collage out of Instagram photos.
• Brighten up your surroundings with some fluorescent touches.
• Polaboys are Polaroids that are enlarged to a scale of 10:1 and backlit, essentially making them the coolest lamps ever.
• Top writers and thinkers around the world name the most important events of 2011.
• How to write a personal mission statement.
• Fontshop gathers up the best typefaces of 2011.
Remember last week how I shared the sentiment that everybody should like everybody with the accompanying Warhol print? Well, it seems that the über hip design and decor flash sale site Fab.com read my mind and is offering a gazillion affordable brightly colored prints from this same series! *Please note that Fab.com is membership only so you’ll have to join to view the sales.
I wanted to set the tone for 2012 by indulging in a few of my favorite things including fresh flowers and a copy of French Vogue. I’ve been on a kick of picking up a bouquet of vibrantly colored flowers every two weeks to add some energy to my all-white office. And, I find French Vogue to be one of the most visually inspiring fashion publications out there.
Small indulgences, visual inspiration and a regular dose of relaxation: this is the tone that I want to set going forward in 2012.
I’m starting out the new year working on my third editorial design project in as many months so magazines are on my mind big time. I’m constantly on the lookout for inspiring covers and these are some of my favorites as of late. Enjoy!
Change it up! New year, new makeup. New year, new scent. New Year, new nails.
I spent the first day of 2012 freshening up and organizing my surroundings. I stocked up on new cleaning supplies, shredded a stack of junk mail, vacuumed my office, pulled all the receipts out of my wallet, recycled a massive stack of print-outs that were collecting dust in my flat files, cleaned out my closets and flipped through and recycled a stack of old magazines.
I also spent some time changing up my beauty routine. I was on vacation all week in Phoenix and took some time to get my hair trimmed and picked up some new makeup at the MAC counter. I loathe foundation (and hadn’t worn it in about 5 years) but remembered how well my skin photographed last year after a MAC makeover so I picked up Studio Sculpt and Skinfinish powder. Then, I painted my nails nude for the first time ever with Face Stockholm Unclear and applied one of my favorite eyeshadow combos, Double Feature 1 by MAC. Finally, I used a new (to me) scent: Chanel N° 5.
A clean, organized environment, a beauty routine change-up and some time to think. Not a bad way to spend the first day of the new year.