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Sweet Holiday Greetings

A choir of 16 praliné-chocolate boxes by Chocolat Frey surprised visitors at a Swiss shopping center with some holiday cheer, serenading shoppers of all ages with festive acapella songs.

The encounters were filmed on hidden cameras and turned into a video for the shops’ website. For a second look, check out the outtakes and “auditions” of the boxes.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Humor, Videos|Comments Off on Sweet Holiday Greetings

Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

Pantone Color of the Year - Greenery

Pantone selected Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343) as the color of the year. According to Pantone the fresh yellow-green shade conjures the beginning of spring and the lushness of nature’s rebirth.

“Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
– Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Pantone’s previous colors choices included Rose Quartz & Serenity, Marsala, Radiant Orchid and Emerald.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Design, Inspiration|Comments Off on Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

Humor Does It – Scandinavian Style

The days are short and the nights are long this time of year, especially in Scandinavian countries. Yet, the people of Helsinki seem to embrace the lack of daylight with a sense of humor…

Nobody in their right mind would come to Helsinki in November. Except you, you badass. Welcome.

Image via reddit / imgur

Lucky for us, there are only 15 days left until the days are getting longer again. Winter solstice is on December 21, the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year.

2017-11-08T09:39:00+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Big Thinking, Humor|Comments Off on Humor Does It – Scandinavian Style

Holiday Interlude

If you need a break from Thanksgiving prep – take a look at Belgian artist Vincent Bal’s Instagram. This is just one example how he turns the shadows of every day objects into great illustrations…

Happy Thanksgiving!

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Big Thinking, Design, Humor|Comments Off on Holiday Interlude

Dia De Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is celebrated every year from November 1-2 by people of Mexican ancestry to honor their loved ones who have passed on. Offerings of flowers, candles, favorite foods and drinks on colorful altars are intended to help support their spiritual journey.

This beautifully animated short film about a girl who visits the land of the dead (where she learns the true meaning of the holiday) was produced by Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, and Lindsey St. Pierre at Ringling College of Art and Design as their senior thesis, and won the 2013 Student Academy Award Gold Medal.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Videos|Comments Off on Dia De Los Muertos

“ABC Design” Reunion

"ABC Design" Reunion

…happened in the Poconos. Nice to spend some quality time with these ladies who once shared the design path with me.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Inspiration|Comments Off on “ABC Design” Reunion

Pumpkin Spice Economy 101

starbucks-pumpkin-spice

With Labor Day behind us and September in full swing, the next thing to look forward to is fall with its crisp air and smell of falling leaves. While the weather outside might feel anything but autumn, retailers are trying to cash in on a ever growing fall tradition as early as possible … pumpkin spice anything.

According to Forbes the “Pumpkin Spice Economy” generates approximately $500 Million sales a season, with pumpkin flavored items having increased by 21% since 2012. Starbucks launched it’s iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte back in 2003 and these days we have seen anything from pumpkin spiced yogurt to cereal, even beer as early as August.

So if pumpkin spice is your cup of joe – savor the flavor during the brief time we get to enjoy this favorite season of the year, soon there will be holiday jingles playing throughout stores beckoning for your purchasing power.

Image by StarbucksNews via Twitter

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Design|Comments Off on Pumpkin Spice Economy 101