scenes from the studio

June 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

I love our new(ish) studio. Lots of light, good coffee (thank you, Steve), friendly and interesting suite mates, and a few carefully curated distractions. It is missing a margarita machine, but that could cut down on productivity, so perhaps that’s best left for after work. Here’s a look at some of the scenes that keep me in my happy place. IMG_6843 IMG_6800 IMG_6773 IMG_6769 IMG_6766 IMG_6761 IMG_6752 IMG_6738 IMG_6736


a cabin in the woods

May 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

We all need a place to go when we are stressed and need to reignite our creative engines. For some, it’s a retreat, like a cabin in the woods. For some of us, it’s a Pinterest board titled A Cabin in the Woods. Yup, I know, not quite the same thing, but I believe I get extra points for being resourceful and thrifty. By the way, if you are a fellow cabin-in-the-woods-dreamer, check out this tumblr, Cabin Porn. It’s not real porn (because I do have a little class), but they are lust-worthy. Here’s a starter set.


1. 2. 3. scandinaviandeko.com4. 5. source:out came the sun 6. source: owls and birdcages 7. source: remain simple 8. source: little french bulldog 9. source: cabin porn 10. source: see more pictures

the bicycle headbadge

May 10, 2013 § 1 Comment

Yup, that’s what it’s called, the headbadge. You know, that cool shield that is on the front of cool bikes? Last week I was pondering these as a concept for a client logo (non-bicycle related) and did some research. I wish I weren’t collected-out (still haven’t hung the girl super hero dolls in the new studio), or else I’d start searching for these. Until then, the photos. And, if you’d like to learn more, here’s a nice overview on the history of headbadges from Bicycling. By the way, May is still National Bicycling Month.

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I found most of these on Pinterest, and don’t have their sources. If one of these photos belongs to you, let me know so I can credit you.

may is bike month

May 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Which means if you have time to read this, you probably have time to take a bike ride. And if I have time to post it, I suspect I have time for an even longer ride. I tell you what, I won’t judge how you spend your time, if you don’t judge me. But that bike thing…it’s really a great multi-tasker: exercise, inspiration, cheap transportation, fun (!), good for the planet, good for the body, and essential for the brain. And a great, enduring design!


Sources: 1, 2, 5.  mad about bikes 3. bicycle art 4. barefoot marley 5. a bicycle odyssey 6. petite not small

the return of : pairings

April 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Chicago Botanic Gardens and Coffee at Elly’s Pancake House, Chicago April 2013.


Chicago corner and coffee at Metropolis, Chicago April 2013.

chicago | a city dressed in layers

April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

We just returned from a 10-day trip to Chicago to visit Kate, see art and architecture and eat delicious food (and oh boy, did we). One thought kept coming to me as we wandered around public sculptures, through the Art Institute, around downtown, on the fabulous architectural boat tour, through Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, studio and neighborhood, and the Botanic Garden…this is a city dressed in layers. Kate reminded me that the proper term is thickening (which was happening to us after every meal). In April Chicago was missing the bright spring colors we have in northern California, but it made up for it in a festival of layers and texture (and food, did I mention the food yet?).

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the reconstructionists

April 17, 2013 § 1 Comment

Oh wow. Loving this project, a collaboration of writer Maria Popova, curator of BrainPickings, and artist Lisa Congdon, titled The Reconstructionists — a yearlong celebration of remarkable women across art, science, and literature, both famous and esoteric, who have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture and live our lives as individuals of any gender. Each Monday we are (re)introduced to a new portrait and narrative, and a little bit of inspiration. I so thrilled to witness  a great idea,  a perfect collaboration, and a commitment to carry it out. Wow and thank you.

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