May 30, 2008
Posted By: emil

I found this cool salad dressing jar in a small grocery store in Austin. This jar is simple yet smart. It has 4 different dressing recipes printed around the bottle along with the exact measurements of the ingredients indicated by rules. Click “read more” to see close-ups of the recipes.

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May 30, 2008
Posted By: ellen

Taaz Makeover

Claudia and I went to a lecture last night on beauty in the digital age. One of the speakers, Diana Hong (a Creative Director in the beauty industry), spoke at length about new cross marketing opportunities for beauty and fashion companies. Competition in the beauty world is fierce, and companies are constantly angling for new ways to market their product. Brands like Sephora have reinvented the in-store experience, but trying to sell make-up without giving consumers the ability to test it first can be a challenge. In the past, companies would rely on a series of questions about your skintone, hair and eye color to recommend products for you. Digital make-overs have always been a joke… until now.

Taaz is a new online center for virtual makeovers. Using a photograph of yourself, you can test out numerous eye, lip and face products to see how they work with you. Thinking of a new hairstyle? Taaz has several options in that department as well. Even better, once you’ve chosen the perfect look for yourself, you can view product recommendations based on the colors you’ve chosen. While not perfect, it’s surprisingly realistic! Some of the hair styles may not be readily achievable, but the make-up appears to actually take your skintone into account.

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May 29, 2008
Posted By: katie

This past Memorial Day weekend marked the 125th Birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. The City Reliquary (an odd little museum dedicated to NYC artifacts) located in Williamsburg organized their annul Brooklyn Bridge Birthday Bike Ride. My best bike buddies and I were on hand and at the front of the pack for the ride. With three police escorts and about 40 riders, we were an eclectic bunch transversing the streets of Brooklyn. As soon as the group assembled on the bridge promenade there was a brass band on hand to help us sing happy birthday to the bridge. A museum member did a dramatic retelling of the bridge’s history as birthday cake was passed out to the crowd. It was an awesome Brooklyn tribute.

In addition to the festivities, I was able to check out the new signage and fiber optic LED installation that was revealed last week at the pedestrian walkway entrance in DUMBO. My good friend, Adam Tanski in conjunction with Andrew Simons at Emphas!s Design has spent the past year designing the project. Read more about the project here. Nice work guys, it looks great! I have posted some images of their work below.

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May 28, 2008
Posted By: ellen

Arm SockWhile visiting my parents’ farm just south of Syracuse, New York this weekend, I noticed my neighbor sporting a fashionable new trend: arm socks. Harry, who’s lived on the farm since I was born, is the trendsetter among us. Never afraid to mix colors or try new styles, it wasn’t surprising that Harry was once again pushing the envelope. But Harry is never one for frivolously indulging in fashion for fashion’s sake. There is a method to the madness for sure. These arm socks provide essential protection for clearing brush while allowing you to remain cool in that key area just below the shoulder and above the elbow. Forget the hassle of removing a sweater when it gets too hot. With arm socks, you simply slip the socks off each arm. But that’s not all… Read more

May 27, 2008
Posted By: claudia

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) invited designers to participate in a get-out-the-vote campaign for the US national elections in fall 2008. The objective was to create a poster series showcasing the power of design for the public good with a nonpartisan message to encourage voter turnout.We created five posters targeting different audiences with unique messages: from a call to either vote or veto a candidate, to humorous statistics encouraging the 18-25 demographic to vote, or a fictitious personal ad showcasing that voters are in demand. Click below – the posters are available as online PDFs for anyone to download, print and post independently. Read more

May 26, 2008
Posted By: Marc

While at the ICFF, Sheri found herself at home in one particular exhibitor’s area. If it weren’t for the fact that multiple dot create interference patterns, she might have disappeared completely — being that her bag, earrings, shoes, umbrella, and socks were all done-up in polka-dots.

It reminded me of a song my friend Jaqui taught me in college:

When you take a ben-day,
And you turn it this way,
That’s a moiré!

May 26, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

I discovered Donald Judd during a Contemporary Art History Class and immediately feel in love. At the time it might of been because every piece was named “Untitled” which made it easy to reference his work and look intelligent, however, I’ve now come to personally embrace his minimalist style and principals of repetition.

With this in mind you can imagine my joy when I discovered the Wallpod shelving system at last week’s ICFF. Each unit/block can be mounted on the wall and arranged or stacked as you’d like, but the real kicker is that each block slides out, revealing a secret drawer. A functional Donald Judd of sorts.

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May 23, 2008
Posted By: emil

I went to “Sakura Matsuri” the Cherry Blossoms Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical garden a few weeks ago. This weekend- long event also known as the New York City’s “Rite of Spring,” celebrates Japanese culture and the blossoming of their 220 cherry trees. People go there to enjoy Japanese pop (J-pop) concerts, traditional Japanese music and dance, taiko drumming, martial arts, bonsai pruning workshops, Japanese Manga art, tea ceremonies, and workshops for all ages. Read more

May 22, 2008
Posted By: Marc

While seeing the ICFF has an annual tradition, smelling it is something new. That’s me verifying the scent of banana on — that’s right folks — scratch n sniff wallpaper.

As Claudia mentioned, the show was in full-effect last week. Click below to see some of the highlights.

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May 21, 2008
Posted By: ellen

Method Pop-Up NYC

As Katie pointed out this morning, it’s reasons like this that I will never be cool: I like cleaning supplies. I like laundry detergent and hand soap. I like floor cleaner and window spray. That’s not to say I like cleaning, per se, but I do really like clean things. So when I heard Method was opening a pop-up store in Soho, I was pretty excited. Method positions themselves as an environmentally conscious cleaning products company. They use natural ingredients rather than harsh chemicals, and they encourage the re-use of their packaging by selling refill bags. Unfortunately, after three attempts to go to the store, I’ve yet to actually make it inside. Apparently they are only open from 10am – 7pm (working folks never clean, do they?). Nights are for private parties only. I was promptly shown the door when at a few minutes to 7pm, I snuck in. I did snap a few pictures that are shown after the jump with a few more I pulled from their site. Good luck making it in.

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