*sigh* It's that time of year again. Fair Week. And I'm down here in Nashville, no Fair for me. I don't know if it's the unGodly 90+ degree weather or just not seeing my family for months, or missing the times when I had a whole week off for Fair, but I'm definitely feeling down. I think a bit on the homesick side.

Come on Fall. Seriously.


Weekend of Phenomenal-ness

Our Think Tank event went down on Saturday and it was AWESOME!!!!
I got to schmooze and be inspired by:

Shaun Inman - Development and Web Design
Be A Design Group - Design Podcasters and kick-ass designers in general
Von Glitschka - Illustrative Designer
Marian Bantjes - Type Designer
Debbie Millman - Brand Manager (on the cover of HOW, redesigned BK logo, etc.)

AMAZING event. I scored a limited edition poster from Be A Design Group which was screen-printed and incorporated letterpress and metallic ink.. very nice. The whole event was so inspiring and all of the speakers (wives of speakers too) were just so wonderful, easy to talk to and FUN! Once AIGA photos are posted, I'll be adding more!

Friday was great too. Took the speakers to Monell's, a popular Nashville Meat n' Three. Great food, good time.

And yesterday was the icing on the cake. Beautiful weather and 10 miles of hiking.

Couldn't have asked for a better weekend! More picture and details to come, but I just had to get a post in now.



I woke up to a 58ยบ morning!!! Less than 60 degrees!! You cannot even fathom how excited I am! The high to day is only 80/81 and it's breezy and not humid.. I'm in love with this. This is what extra recesses were made for. I walked to work and you can bet your ass I'll be making a trip out to Radnor Lake after work.

Ten shades of ecstatic. That would be me.


Rainy Days and Tuesdays

It's a nice, dark, gloomy, rainy day. The design room is quiet and dark. I have free coffee. A rather large free coffee. And so far, for a Tuesday, work's not that hectic.

Good deal.


GOOD Magazine, GOOD design, GOOD products!

I LOVE this magazine. I've only seen it at Barnes & Noble twice, but it's awesome. EVERYTHING in the magazine is either an article about someone or something doing good or about how to make your life, other's lives, the earth, everything.. better. This month's issue has a great section on Design and designing things better and how to improve on design in our lives.

The design itself is fantastic. The layout is great, the stock it's printed on is wonderful! It's a matte finish, and it's got a good weight to it. Not too flimsy or too thick. Not too much advertising, and all the ads are for good things (like KEEN shoes). Not to mention the smell of the ink is just lovely.

Overall though, the BEST part about it is that 100% of your subscription money goes to the organization of your choosing.. which means... if you're my friend, you'll be getting a subscription for Christmas!

In other really-awesome-design-worthy news, Chef'n Good, one of emma's clients whose e-mail stationery I worked up, asked if I'd like a care package (which the obvious answer is YES!). It came in Friday and was on my chair.. I was SO surprised to find what was inside. A ton of awesome kitchen goodies! I kept the vegetable steamer (that big round thingy with the looped handles) and Jenn kept the avacado thingy but the rest I donated to our new emma building.

The Chef'n Good design though, is amazing! I love the color scheme and it's incorporated throughout (right down to the bright purple bubble wrap to go with the purple in the logo). Not your typical, Williams and Sonoma/Crate & Barrel look. Their products all have a certain feel to them. Very sleek, ergonomic, and purposeful (and FUN!). The strainer in the image there is so cool! The green part expands when you dump your food in then closes back up to save space. And everything is made with heat and stain-resistant silicone. Very fancy stuff. You can tell a lot of thought goes into all of their products.

Needless to say, I was MOST impressed! And we'll definitely be sending out some emma swag to them as well. But seriously, check out their site. They've got some really nifty products, a very stylish website and snazzy product design overall.