Posts Tagged 'inspiration'

lifecycle | the holstee manifesto redux

Last March I posted the Holstee Manifesto. Today Holstee released a fantastic video, celebrating the manifesto through bicycling.

Here’s what the fine Holstee folks say about it on their blog:

“The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community. We are amazed to see how rapidly these words have spread across the globe, and are honored by the countless people who have experienced these words to be a source of realization and inspiration in their own lives. We want the Manifesto to hold us accountable to living each day as fully as we can and are so encouraged by the amazing community of people joining us in that journey…. The wonderful team at Demonstrous Productions has done a brilliant job of bringing this to life on the screen by capturing the beautiful bikers who came out for the shoot, and we are so proud of this film.”
My favorite line is this: Life is about the people we meet, and the things we create with them.
Take a moment to check out the video, and then take another moment to check out the Holstee site for lifestyle goods, designed with a conscience. And then park the car and pull out your bike.

my coffee, myself

For some reason I am lacking a design-inspiration vibe today.  I can’t claim that our industry isn’t providing plenty of inspiration, but somehow it’s not feeling bloggable to me at the moment. Perhaps (shameless self-promotion plug coming) it’s because all of my energy has been going towards my new project, Coffee|Served Daily.

Last year, because doing this blog and a personal blog (Tour of No Regrets) wasn’t enough (I know, I know),  I embarked on Project 365, taking a photo a day for a year. It made me crazy and there was plenty of complaining. But with a little cheating, I finished it. And I realized that my favorite part was connecting with other people, being inspired and motivated by them, and seeing what was happening around the country, and the world.

I started to imagine an interactive blog, focused on coffee. Afterall, coffee is social and personal, it’s homey and it’s international, it’s beautiful and it’s ordinary. It’s the perfect connector.

Of course, I don’t go small on this kind of stuff, so I committed to 1000 cups, one photo at a time. And it’s working, on several levels. I have a lively blog, I’m paying closer attention to my coffee, I’m drinking better coffee, and I am taking photos almost every day.  My friends are sending me coffee photos, and even people I don’t know are contributing. I have new coffee friends and renewed caffeinated inspiration.  Coffee photos surprise me in my in box several times a day. They are of varying quality, but they all come with a story.

Some of my favorites, so far:

From Lana V., aka Lanamaniac.

From my friend (and talented designer) Kevin Cahill.

From Reina.

And finally, Coffee Gods, from my good friend, Leslie Flores.

I’m learning more, about coffee, the product and the process,  and connecting the dots of social media. And as a bonus, it’s great fun. I love the internet, and I love a good project. And of course, I really, really love coffee.

Come over and visit (see, it’s easy….right here). Better yet, bring a photo of your coffee with you. Would love to have you.

more posters from anthony burrill

I became a fan of Anthony Burrill’s work with his Work Hard and Be Nice to People poster. More new, nice stuff. (Thanks to Design Crush for the find.)

love letter for you, street style

Before you start your week, take a moment to wander around this site, and I promise your week will have a little more bounce to it’s step.  A Love Letter For You is a mural project in Philadelphia, painted on the walls facing the Market elevated train. The project encompasses 50 painted walls, done by 40 artists.  Here’s a sampling…but really, pour another cup of coffee and go to the site and enjoy all of it. (See, I gave you three chances, one for each cup of coffee.)

making type out of…anything

The Type Diaries of Vladimir Koncar (via Quipsologies). Tea bags, condoms, cigarettes, pills, hair, rotten apples…I am at a loss for words.  Stunning….fun….weird…cool…inspiring.

ampersands for haiti

My blog buddy Steve Mehallo is a contributor to SOTA’s Font Aid IV new project, Ampersands for Haiti. As a lover of ampersands (and the mother of a daughter who takes ampersands seriously enough to tattoo one on her shoulder…in Bodoni), I think this is brilliant. The perfect connection of concept, usability and philanthropy.  The set, called Coming Together,  is available for about $20 from Veer and Ascender, with all proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.

Brilliant, inspired and well-designed. There is hope.

lettercult | best custom lettering of 2009

Prepare to swoon. Via Quipsologies, with all credit to (check out their site for more…it’s pretty inspirational). Some of my favorites:

Jessica Hische. As I was putting this  post together, Lettercult named Jessica 2009 Person of the Year. Well deserved. Read more about Jessica and her work here.

Michael Doret.

Carolyn Sewell.

Richard Perez.

Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols.

B.T. Livermore.