Latest & Greatest #10: Teenage Engineering

Olle Eksell

Teenage Engineering

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came across the site of Swedish inventors and synth-makers Teenage Engineering. The modern yet toy-like styling of their OP-1 Portable Synthesizer and the aesthetic of their overall site was an oddly enticing mix of 80s-infused design and Japanese pop culture.

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Though the company’s inventions feature a toy-like appearance, they are actually quite advanced; beneath the candy colored buttons and bold type on the OP-1 is a professional grade synth.

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You can also add a number of accessories to your synth, from cranks to carrying cases, all available in the store! If your mind isn’t blown yet, check out their other inventions, most notably the Absolut Choir below, which features a 22 piece robotic singing choir!

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The Week In Pictures: 10.12.12

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Welcome to The Week In Pictures! It’s been one of those challenging yet exciting weeks — I wrapped up The Blogcademy magazine last weekend and once Kat, Gala and I were satisfied with the design, I sent it off and we got a proof mid-week. Feeling relieved that overall, everything was good, we ordered copies for all our students and they showed up last night. So exciting to see the articles and activities we planned over the last few weeks finally in print!

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Here are some more details. As of now, these magazines are for students only because they feature a lot of prompts and activities specific to the class but the demand from non-attendees has been overwhelmingly positive as well (thank you to everyone who has left us messages!) so we are talking about a solution — maybe a special quarterly newsletter?

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For my birthday, my dad gave me a Forever 21 gift card (yes, he’s awesome) and I wasted no time running off to the mall the following weekend. I ended up snapping up a pile of faux-fancy new jewels, most notably this stack of studded bangles. I bought these in-store but I was able to track down a few online if you’re interested: the Bold Colorblocked Triangle Bracelet and the Contrast Geo Bracelet.

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Rocky has this little friend Raleigh. Ever since I met Joey, I’d heard about this dog — that he was really sweet and liked to give hugs. That he had rows of snaggle teeth and resembled a little wolf man. Well, this weekend I finally got to meet Raleigh and just look at that little face! I couldn’t get enough of him…I want a little wolf man of my own!

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The one thing you can’t deny about Portland is that it’s full of weird vintage treasures. I wandered into this completely insane vintage store and well, I was pretty amazed by this pierced masterpiece. And this was just the tip of the iceberg. I was transported to another universe where sequins, lamé, cat-printed swimsuits and the like were the norm. I didn’t want to leave.

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To break up my coffee routine, I’ve been reaching for tea more often. I tend to like sweet, fragrant, fruity teas and my current favorite is Passion by Tazo. Any others you’d recommend?

Have a great weekend, everyone! Just a heads-up that things will be quiet around these parts next week as I finish prepping for The Blogcademy.

Link Love: 10.11.12

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Debbie Harry by Richard Avedon


• Simple tips on how to create time.

• I love this inside look of what fashion week is REALLY like. So refreshing and a great reality check!

• I’m intrigued by these camera straps by former Teen Vogue accessories editor, Sarah Frances Kuhn. So unique!

• The 50 best films of the 1990s: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3!

• With the constant push of both online and big box stores, the appeal of brick and mortar shops feels more relevant than ever. I love the shop insights and inspiration over at Rena Tom’s blog.

• A great reminder about our careers.

• I remember when I hit my late 20s, life suddenly felt like a never-ending roller coaster. When I read articles at the time about Saturn Return, it all made perfect sense. Gala’s article on the subject is awesome!

• Pictalicious is a color palette generator. Simply upload an image and get a color palette!

• I just met fellow designer Megan Gilger during Design Retreat 2012 a few weeks back and she is awesome! I’m loving her post about the basics of collaboration.

• Eek! Find out how many fake followers you have on Twitter!

• Such a great story: the designer of a very popular series of Hermés scarves is also a postal employee in Texas!

Sneak Peek: The Blogcademy Magazine

Blogcademy Magazine

We wanted to give the attendees of the upcoming Blogcademy workshop a memento that contained jump-starts to making their weekend a success: an exclusive print magazine. Kat, Gala and I each wrote articles pertaining to the topics we will be covering and also developed four activities inside. Additionally, we included the class schedule, room for notes, our contact information and a personal letter welcoming attendees to the course. Beyond that, we compiled a list of our favorite books and quotes.

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This first edition is 36 pages of content we believe in and we hope it will serve as a reminder to our Blogcademy class that this is just the beginning of their blogging journeys. The print copies will be arriving this week and we couldn’t be more excited!

What I Wore: The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs can be described as nothing short of a midcentury modern paradise. Revamped in 2004 by Jonathan Adler, this hotel shows off his trademark brand of kitsch, managing to mix oversized, mod patterns with drug references and brightly colored knick-knacks into a truly trippy experience.

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The Parker is very inviting to non-hotel guests. Though Star and I did not stay there (we were rooming down the road at The Ace), the service was exemplary. The must-visit restaurant on your Palm Springs to-do list should be Norma’s (click the link and watch the video!) I have never seen bigger portions of food in my entire life. Our friends ordered the french toast and the slices were so thick it resembled more of a cake! The descriptions were highly entertaining as well. The Parker seems to employ only the best — the copywriting, the decor, landscaping, the service and the food were all immaculate.

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I Wore:
Wrap Dress, Forever 21
Silver Bauble Necklace, H&M
Bracelets, Forever 21
Wedges, Minimarket

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After taking in the hotel lobby, where a large sign simply reading D R U G S takes center stage, we ventured outside into what can only be described as a tropical paradise. Mind you, it’s 100+ degrees but the greenery and palms are perfectly groomed and there’s even a hammock for lounging! The Parker let us take as many photos as we wanted and wander the grounds freely (which often isn’t always the case at many hotels for non-guests).

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Star OWNED that couch in her Bestsey Johnson dress! Within minutes of entering the Parker, we both wanted to move in immediately.

The Parker Palm Springs

This was hands-down the most photogenic hotel I’ve ever set foot in — I probably could have photographed it all day. It’s pretty unbelievable. If you have a trip to Palm Springs planned, make the Parker the must-see on your list. Most of our Design Life group ventured over at some point; it’s perhaps a five minute cab ride from The Ace and an experience you must see for yourself.

The Parker Palm Springs

Insider tip: Even if Mister Parker’s isn’t open, peek your head inside. It’s like a darkly glamorous opium den complete with a white baby grand piano and illicit art featuring retro pinups and a large neon pink painting that simply reads LSD.

A special thank you to the Parker Palm Springs for being so welcoming!

The Week In Pictures: 11.5.12 | Palm Springs

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My first time in Palm Springs was pretty surreal. It’s taken me a few days of being home and readjusting to really grasp the magnitude of it all. Last Thursday, I flew into San Francisco and met up with my friend Star, who would be joining me on a little adventure known as Design Life.

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A design retreat organized by Promise Tangeman and Alyssa Yuhas, Design Life was meant to bring a group of female graphic designers (many of which are also bloggers) together to network, learn from one another and chat about our processes openly. Needless to say, I learned a ton (there were so many lightbulb moments…these girls had some brilliant insights) and wow. I can’t wait for next year.

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I’ve never had the opportunity to come face-to-face with so many of my design peers all at once and truthfully, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Star and I arrived at The Ace Palm Springs on Thursday and though we have an Ace here in Portland, the atmosphere at this location was very, very different.

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A revamped 60s / 70s motel, this Ace had a highly entertaining hipster camping vibe — the narrow corridors, curtains made of tarps, southwestern-style woven rugs, denim headboards, folding chairs and card table (if you’re the gambling type, cards are available in the vending machine!) and blazing orange doors made us feel slightly like we were on the run from the law, hiding out in a retro desert oasis. I loved it! Even better, the Ace staff had left our radio on, tuned to disco funk. Perfect! We spent the next three days dancing off to the BeeGees, Barry White and Michael Jackson (which often made us late to group breakfasts and dinners).


The Ace: The Highlights

• The Vintage Metal Sign. It was the perfect photo-op and oozed major charm. I think we all posed in front of it at least once.

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• The Typography. This was a design retreat, after all. The extra special touches throughout the Ace didn’t go unnoticed. Dense hand-styled type covered signs, room cards and more.

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• The Photo Booth. Any photo booth that accepts debit cards is a serious threat to my well-being (and checking account). I got a wee bit carried away and swiped my card an upwards of 15 times during our stay. Snaps before breakfast? Snaps before the pool? Snaps at 2 a.m. after a few drinks? Every moment seemed worthy of commemorating.

• The Swim Club. The pool area is totally off the hook. Sadly, I barely squeezed in pool time (which sucked considering it was pushing 100 degrees every day). Between heading to town to check out sights, our daily scheduled chats and nightly dinners, I got in 15 minutes here, a half hour there. On Sunday, Emma gathered us all poolside for Instax snaps which turned out rad.

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• The Food and Drinks. I LOVED The King’s Highway, which is actually a renovated Denny’s! They also served my hometown favorite, Stumptown Coffee.

• The Snack Selection. It’s definitely high on entertainment value. I was kind of amazed: tons of booze, jerky, caramel corn, fruit stripe gum, coconut water…you get the idea. Quite eclectic!

• The Toiletries. They don’t skimp here: all your basics are jumbo-sized.

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Around The Ace

I loved the rock walls and random knick-knacks strewn about The Ace. It was nice to be in a hotel that didn’t feel too polished. Around every corner was a photo-op waiting to happen.

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Isn’t the waiting area of The King’s Highway cute? Star strikes a pose.

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Never. Enough. That poor, poor photo booth!


Attire

If you’ve never been to Palm Springs, it’s a full-on desert climate similar to Phoenix — each of the four days I was there, the temperature was near 100 degrees. Most of the time, I wore loose, sleeveless dresses during the day and packed along a light sweater for the night. The heat makes it nearly unbearable to walk long distances so make sure you have plenty of cab fare tucked away.

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The Group

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I snapped this photo of our little group between sessions. You see that dude in the back row in the suit? He was getting married that day. I’m the only one not pictured because someone had to take the photo!

As designers, we all have our own styles and our own processes when it comes to working with clients. And we all have something to share. The talks were super enlightening and I learned so much from just being in the same room as my peers. Beyond that, I made a lot of new friends. I’d been following some of these girls for months and in a few cases, YEARS so coming face-to-face with them in a lot of cases was pretty surreal. Sitting next to them at dinner: surreal. Cramming into the photo booth with them: surreal. But in the best possible way.


Beyond The Ace

We didn’t have a ton of free time to explore Palm Springs but two additional highlights of the trip were visiting The Saguaro and The Parker (I went a little camera crazy at The Parker and have a full recap coming Monday). These two hotels have completely opposite vibes — while the Saguaro is a sleek, rainbow-infused masterpiece, The Parker is like a mid-century modern dreamscape on steroids. Patterned furniture, colored vases, art featuring drug references and beautiful women, oversized meals you could only dream of, perfectly manicured gardens complete with massive palms and hammocks…it all sounds too good to be true! If you’re new to Palm Springs, make The Parker your number one stop.


The Goodbyes

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This photo was taken with Bri, Emma, Star, Chelsea and Kate right before we all parted ways. I loved the whole Design Life group. Such smart, amazing, inspiring women. Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming and teaching me so much in such a short amount of time. I’m humbled. Design Life 2013 can’t get here soon enough.


The Design Life 2012 Attendees

• Alyssa Yuhas
• Amanda Genther
• Breanna Rose
• Bri Emery
• Cassie Pyle
• Chelsea Fullerton
• Emma Robertson
• Erin Jane
• Eva Black
• Joanna Waterfall
• Kate Arends
• Kathleen Shannon
• Kelli Murray
• Lindsay Stetson
• Liz Grant
• Megan Gilger
• Promise Tangeman
• Vanessa Gonzales

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