• Gifts Section

    So, notice anything different on the site today? We've decided to scrap our Travel section in favor of linking to our Gift tags. That might upset some of you, but please know it's for the best. We decided it would be more beneficial to access gift options than attempt to produce more city guides, and we do hope you'll be happy with the results. Just as a note of caution, there's probably many items with purchase links woefully out of date; if you should run across one, please do send us an email so we can fix it.

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  • Friday Links

    Introducing Tea Party Ipsum, the first and only "Lorem Ipsum Generator" (real quotes, if you can believe it): Tea Party Ipsum (I tweeted this last Friday, but it's well worth a Friday Link.) TypoDesignClock for the iPhone Would I sleep in one of these? Hells yeah, if my flight was delayed by many hours. Sleepbox 01 by Arch Group Carousel Horse Race by Improv Everywhere (via designvagabond) today and tomorrow: NOW (#2 mirror) by Doug Aitken Yikes. Record 46.2 million Americans live in poverty, Census Bureau says via Archinect Make any image look like a polaroid: Polaroin Nice gallery of images showing How ...

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  • Friday Links

    Make: DIY $4 Grocery Panniers I've probably linked to this site before, but just in case I haven't... Reference Library This looks promising: Decurate NYTimes: Graphs on the Financial Crisis via @buildllc Dining Etiquette 101 (via DESIGNLUMP) The Huxtables and their sartorial choices: Huxtable Hotness Okay, who's next? Artist Creates Makeshift Tattoo Gun from Household Objects Open Culture has a good list of Free Resources for Lifelong Learners Everywhere. Also on Open Culture, Helen Keller Captured on Video. NYTimes The Reckoning: America and the World a Decade After 9/11 Storycorps > SEPTEMBER 11 For many, this weekend is one of remembrance. Spend it appropriately.

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  • Friday Links

    Nice interior shots by James Greer (via desire to inspire) Check out this a-mazing Bennett (Doll)House by brinca dada over at mocoloco. Pretty cool. I got lost on this for a little while. New York Times: One in 8 million Hey, Neighbor! Network via TBD Dear Art Museums, 'Your Labels Make Me Feel Stupid'. Andrew Kolb created a children's book using David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ lyrics. Now there's legal issues. Phooey. Man, 86, survives shears impaling his eye “Say Something Nice” by Improv Everywhere Have a safe and super happy Labor Day weekend! Posts will resume Tuesday, fyi.

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  • ideacious

    Have you checked out ideacious? It's similar to Kickstarter in that creators post projects that need backing for manufacturing, and buyers order products that are currently available or 'pre-order' a product before it's made. However, if a buyer pre-orders an item, that's an opportunity to invest and possibly make some money once it goes into production. Read their how ideacious works page for a better explanation. Here are three things that caught my eye: Convert by Joshua Brassé Retail price: $590 Status: 197 preorders available "Convert your bike into a workhorse. Strong, stable and secure, it changes from a trailer to an ...

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  • Friday Links

    Lovely geometric-patterned scarves at STRING THEORY. (via Cool Hunting) If your boss/co-worker sees you 'cyberloafing', cite this study that says Web Surfing Helps at Work. Scientists Want Your Help to ID Creatures in Your Home Make a leather door mat out of belts(!). (via Unconsumption) Architizer: Eight-year-long time-lapse of the 9/11 Memorial construction site. No idea how much this is cost-wise, but I love it: Keukenkabinet Ha. A Kickstarter Project to Raise Money for Other Kickstarter Projects "Stop looking for short-term relief... and start understanding your own mental functioning." Inexplicable Calm, Consistent Success via @the99percent: Have a nice weekend!

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  • Friday Links

    Portraits of family members spliced together: PORTRAITS GÉNÉTIQUES via @TheBestPartBlog Super Mid-Century Modern Bench Tutorial Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked 25 Best Hangman Words via @brainpicker Playing Card Lampshade via Unconsumption Wear your Sunday best everyday, and other stuff: Steve Edge at Do Lectures. Infographic: What Can Social Media Tell Us About American Society? at designboom: london photoshoplooters I Met the Walrus: An Animated Short Film with John Lennon Have a lovely getting-close-to-the-end-of-summer weekend!

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  • Friday Links

    Quick sketch on iPad: Chuck Close LinkedIn is sneaky: A Box You Want to Uncheck A Google thing: What do you love? (via The Do Lectures) Hyperrealist drawings by Marissa Textor (via The Fox Is Black) Funny: Hipster lorem ipsum via @designcrush A Collection of Images of Cats on Scanners: ‘The Cat Scan’ Frame Hanging Hack (via Apartment Therapy) This just in: Cephalopods are amazing. And this is a little old but it made my day. Happy Friday everyone!

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  • Friday Links

    Why your company should have a single email address 10 interesting word phrase facts over at Today I found out Broken Houses by Ofra Lapid Just in case you missed the palm sized US Constitution post, take the Full Civic Literacy Exam to see how well you score compared to average citizen. Durable vinyl ruler sticker that fits any credit card: Cardstick Hoffman/RadioLab production: Moments Photorealistic Pencil Drawings by Paul Lung Tricks for Overcoming Procrastination Jay Nelson hacks various vehicles into crazy faceted homes. (via Inhabitat) Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Ted Talk: Paul ...

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  • Friday Links

    "If the world were a village of 100 people, how would the composition be?" The World of 100 (via Brain Pickings) About freaking time: Opt Out of Yellow Pages (via GOOD) How-To: PVC and Cable Dyeing Careful what you share, it could cost you a job (if you're neurotic): Facebook profiles reveal personality traits to researchers Painterly photographs: Paysages [Processing] Is Drinking Water Overrated? Yes, it is. Drink when you're thirsty and you'll be fine. Ten Principles To Live By In Fiercely Complex Times NYTimes.com: Q. and A. on the Debt Ceiling Designer Rethinks the Rubik’s Cube for the Blind ...

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  • Friday Links

    LookTel Money Reader App (via GOOD) The Danger of Neglecting Time Alone Use a Cart Instead of a Basket for Healthier Choices at the Grocery Store Persona by Jason Travis (via Likecool) Kid dancing to Thriller at Safeco field Turn your iPhone into a Solar Watch: iSolSolet Have a delightful weekend.

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  • Gift List for Elizabeth

    I mentioned a while back that I would be able to compile a gift list for someone in dire need of ideas. Such is the case for reader Elizabeth, who has asked very nicely for help in finding her significant other a birthday gift. Guidelines: he loves design and art, books, fishing, nature, music and exercise, and a has thing for lobsters... Since you've got a pretty good budget, I've included a few high priced items, but you could always choose a few lower priced items and group them together for a gift opening extravaganza. 1. Original Ink Drawing by studiokmo, $160. ...

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  • Friday Links

    Infographic: Cellphone Calls Reveal The United States's Invisible Ties Owl leaves imprint on Kendal woman's window Seriously liking Daniel Kornrumpf‘s embroidered portraits... makes me wish I was interested in embroidery. (via swissmiss) Top 10 Characteristics of GREAT Project Managers Infographic: Suncream Smokescreen (via swissmiss) Looks like this could be interesting: History Pin Atheist Wins Right to Wear "Religious Pasta Strainer" in ID Photo Aeron in Artificial Grass by Makoto Azuma (it looks better, no?) Stop, Assess, Sail: Three Steps to Handling the Unexpected Have a lovely weekend.

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  • Friday Links

    Agenda--well designed new Iphone calendar. Via Swiss-Miss. So you need a typeface? Do you have one of these yet? Wallpaper* launches it's new video series Wallpaper* Visionaries, kicking off the series with the amazing Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Architects can save us all.

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  • Trend: Muted Color & Polyhedrons

    Lately I've been seeing a lot of muted color polyhedra (or polyhedrons). 1. "Rhombic" painting by Magna Paint. Acrylic on canvas panel. 12 × 12 × 3/4. $45.00 2. "Parlour Bold Chair" by CB2. 31.25"Wx32.5"Dx31.25"H (16.25"H seat). $799.00 3. "Icosahedron" Themis Mobile from Artecnica by Clara von Zweigbergk. L 16″ W 16″ H 17″. $27.00 (originally posted here) 4. "Icosahedron" painting by Magna Paint. Acrylic on canvas panel. 12 × 12 × 3/4. $45.00 5. "Pen Pencil Holder DRAWING DAISY " painting by LESS & MORE Vienna. Acrylic on canvas panel. 8.3"H X 2.4"D X 2.5"H (6,5 cm). $59.00 Paintings by Magna Paint. Parlour Chair by CB2. Themis Mobile by Artecnica. There are some great DIY opportunities for these as well.

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  • Friday Links

    Hair Glasses by Studio Swine Artificial Moon by Wang Yuyang (via today and tomorrow) The History of the English Language in Ten Animated Minutes 30 Second MBA: How to Deliver Difficult News to Anyone This might just have to be a future post: The Four Hour Chair (via 2modern blog) The 20 most-watched TEDTalks (so far) This site has a bunch of good gifts organized by recipient or occasion: People Love Presents (mostly UK links, fyi) Work Smarter, Not Harder [an interview w/Evan Roth] by Nick Briz Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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