Commercials for Nicer Living

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NPR’s All Things Considered asked listeners to write and send in scripts for commercials that celebrate the small things in life, then turned five submissions into radio spots.

The idea originated back in 1972 when NPR’s Susan Stamberg encouraged listeners to write commercials for the things that matter – live’s simple pleasures. Back then listeners promoted things such as taking a walk, love letters and cumulus clouds.

Forty-five years later the more than 2,000 submissions included pitches for bonfires, breezes, silence and simple kindness.

The spots that were produced were non-commercial commercials for Puns, Trees, Nothing, Ear Scratches and Yummy Words. Below is just one of them – Trees – Submitted by Adam Drake of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

My favorite part is hands-down the disclaimer: Trees may not be right for everybody. Side effects include tree houses, tire swings, fruit, shade, and woodworking. Please consult your biome before selecting a tree. Not every tree is right for every biome, enjoy trees responsibly.

Of course the radio ad for doing nothing rings especially true these days… Click here to listen to them all.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Humor, Inspiration|Comments Off on Commercials for Nicer Living

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

“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

Tiny Objects – A (Pantone) Book

Inka Mathew’s just released a book that features miniature objects photographed with their matching PANTONE color chips. The project was originally showcased on her Tumblr and via Instagram, which juxtapositions small objects with their coordinating PANTONE color, and described as “A personal project of tiny proportion—matching small everyday objects to their Pantone® Matching System colors…”

Below are some favorites:

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tiny-pms-blue-flower
tiny-pms-cadbury
tiny-pms-goldfish
tiny-pms-lego
tiny-pms-pomegranate
tiny-pms-dinosaur
tiny-pms-green-seed

Images via Inka Mathew / Green Ink Studios

2017-05-22T13:16:58+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Design, Inspiration|Comments Off on Tiny Objects – A (Pantone) Book

Humor Does It

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A sense of humor can go a long way and businesses can profit by engaging with customers and making an impression by stepping outside the realm of the expected.

“Laughter relieves stress and boredom, boosts engagement and well-being, and” – according to Harvard Business Review – “spurs not only creativity and collaboration but also analytic precision and productivity.”

2017-05-22T13:16:58+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Big Thinking, Humor, Inspiration, Local|Comments Off on Humor Does It

Unexpected Art Encounters

There is no shortage for outdoor art experiences this year. Earlier this year we mentioned how “The Outings Project” was putting paintings on the street, this summer Longwood Gardens brought us “Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience” and the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sharing some of it’s masterpieces in a series called “Inside Out” in the borough of West Chester (among other places).

Inside Out - Art in West Chester

“Manne-Porte, Étretat” – Claude Monet  |  “Pichincha” – Frederic Edwin Church  |  Sketch for “A Boat Passing a Lock” – John Constable  |  “Two Dragons

[in Clouds]” – Kano Hōgai  |  “Groundhog Day” – Andrew Newell Wyeth  |  “Little Painting with Yellow (Improvisation)” – Vasily Kandinsky

The open air exhibit is part of a series throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, which lets you encounter art in unexpected places and includes works by Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Thomas Eakins.

Video via Philadelphia Museum of Art

In addition to providing free art in the borough, the Museum is offering West Chester residents free general admission to the Museum from Friday, October 16, through Sunday, October 18, 2015.

2017-05-22T13:16:58+00:00 September 28th, 2015|Design, Inspiration, Local, Videos|Comments Off on Unexpected Art Encounters

Getting The Point Across – The Power of Presentations

While plenty of PowerPoints presentations have a reputation to bore people to tears, they are still widely used to distribute information. And a great presentation can get the point across, while holding the audience’s attention. To help out, Udemy, the place to learn real world skills online, put together this infographic:

PPT Udemy Infographic

2017-05-22T13:16:59+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Design, Humor, Inspiration|Comments Off on Getting The Point Across – The Power of Presentations

In Pieces

I recently had a chance to see IN PIECES – a multimedia collaboration between LEGO® sculptor Nathan Sawaya and photographer Dean West – that is showing at the Franklin Institute, as part of “The Art of the Brick.”

At first look nothing seems out of the ordinary, until you notice some detail about the picture that is not like the rest, but made out of LEGO®.




The images have been constructed by combining West’s modern photography techniques and Sawaya’s unique sculptures made out of LEGO®. Key to the series narrative and aesthetic Sawaya’s sculptures are much like the construction of a digital photograph. Thousands of bricks are glued together to form recognizable objects much like the assembly of pixels in a digital image. The similarities in technology not only help shape the aesthetic of IN PIECES, they are key to deconstructing each tableau composition.

For more images visit their website In Pieces

Images from inpiecescollection.com

2017-05-22T13:16:59+00:00 March 24th, 2015|Inspiration, Local|Comments Off on In Pieces

25 Years Photoshop

Last week Photoshop, Adobe’s photo editing software, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of it’s first version. The program is a standard in the design industry and “Photoshop” has come to be synonymous with image manipulation. (Photoshop, the verb, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary back in 2006.)

To celebrate the tool that has helped shape creativity, artists from all over the world contributed their most amazing dreams—and their working files with layers for the following video Adobe put together:

2017-05-22T13:16:59+00:00 February 24th, 2015|Design, Inspiration, Videos|Comments Off on 25 Years Photoshop

Creativity & Boredom

We all had that moment in the shower, when something we had pondered finally clicks. It’s the wandering of the mind that let’s our brain take a different look at a problem. But as many have noticed lately, in the age of connectivity, we hardly have time any more to be bored.

The Atlantic’s Dr. James Hamblin explores the link between creativity and boredom in another installment of his off-beat perspectives on health topics in the IF OUR BODIES COULD TALK series.

2017-05-22T13:16:59+00:00 February 12th, 2015|Big Thinking, Inspiration, Videos|Comments Off on Creativity & Boredom