Category Archives: Design

One man’s trash

At first glance, this looks a bit like a stained glass window.

Mandy Barker

Perhaps that was photographer and graphic designer Mandy Barker’s inspiration.

But her creation uses material debris found in the sea, not glass.

It’s part of her art series ‘SOUP’ which seeks to raise awareness of the mass accumulation of plastic in the world’s oceans. Mandy has even been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet Award, which is the world’s leading photographic award in sustainability.

I’ve learned a couple of things I didn’t know, so I’d say her artwork is doing the trick.

 

Fine print

Men usually get dinged for not reading instructions or maps, but I’m just as guilty.

samsung galaxy s5When I recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S5 — from my beloved S3 — I didn’t even crack the manual cover.

Big mistake.

Just today I realized that I could increase the sensitivity of the touch screen so my phone works when I’m wearing winter gloves.

Does your fancy iPhone do that?

It’s a real question.

(I haven’t read those instructions, either.)

 

Deflated

Rory and I took our morning walk at 6am, so it was still quite dark on the streets of the Upper West Side.

Along the way we encountered two holiday visitors who I’m sure were supposed to be cheery and bright…but in the morning shadows were kinda lurking and sinister.

They were both five feet tall, too!

santa blowiesnowman blowie

What do you think?  Do these blowies make your holidays merry and bright?  Or remind you of Chucky’s Christmas kin?

Let’s put a pin in it, shall we?

Let it snow

I could watch this all night…

And to think — it’s selling electronics in my neighborhood.

What they want

While I worked at Hallmark, we designed a line of greeting cards targeted specifically at the male consumer.

When it came time to name the card line, we brandied about many monikers. At one point, I suggested headlining the display “FREE BEER.”

Give them what they want, right?

I just passed this signboard at a new restaurant in my neighborhood:

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Great minds…

I see Christmas

christmas lights dressOh Christmas dress,
Oh Christmas dress!
Your lights are white and shiny.

Oh Christmas dress,
Oh Christmas dress!
I think I see her hiney.

But then, I kinda see her boobs
And legs and torso–navel, too.

Oh Christmas dress,
Oh Christmas dress!
Your finery is tiny.

 

 

 

 

 

Fortunate

wpid-20141117_140437.jpgOver the years, I have collected fortunes from Chinese takeout that spoke to me and placed them in a pocket of my Franklin Planner.

(Yes, I still have a Franklin Planner….and a Google calendar, too.  Just covering my bases.)

I don’t know why these crumbling, yellowed fortunes caught my eye today, but they did. And you can probably see why I kept them around.

It’s a very feel-good collection.

On my trip to Tokyo in July, I received the very aptly named ‘Best Fortune’ in return for a dollar and a prayer at the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa.

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How’s that for positive thinking?

This fortune has earned a place of honor on the bulletin board above my desk, a very cheerful reminder of all the good things I have in my life.

And possibly more to come?