Pumpkin Spice Economy 101


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 an 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

2018-03-09T23:43:50+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Design|Comments Off on Pumpkin Spice Economy 101

Street Art: Mini Cityscapes

It’s been a while since we came across any interesting pieces of public or street art, so it was a nice surprise when we were introduced to Evol.

Using a layered stencil technique, the Berlin based street artist creates small cityscapes using everyday objects and transforms them into the outside of dull apartment buildings or Plattenbauten, reminiscent of the old East German housing projects, complete with balconies and satellite dishes, beckoning you to take another look.


Lüneburg Interventions – 2009 – Lüneburg, Germany | © EVOL


Hilversum Interventions – 2011 – Hilversum, The Netherlands | © EVOL


Blocked Delivery – 2014 – Mixed Media – “Language of the Wall” exhibition – Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey | © EVOL


Blast from the Past – 2015 – Cardboard | © EVOL

More at evoltaste.com

Images via evoltaste.com

2017-05-22T13:16:58+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Design|Comments Off on Street Art: Mini Cityscapes

Fly By Night


This weekends we went to New York City to see artist Duke Riley’s largest public art project to date – Fly By Night. Presented by the nonprofit arts organization Creative Time at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a massive flock of 2,000 pigeons (fitted with tiny LED lights) illuminated the night sky above the East River, as Riley paid tribute to the largely forgotten culture of pigeon keeping.

 Duke Riley’s Fly By Night

Images via Byron Smith for The New York Times (Night Sky) & Creative Time (Birds)

2018-03-21T15:18:57+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Design|Comments Off on Fly By Night

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:


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

Even Shakespeare Get’s Judged By It’s Cover


Image via New York Times / Mount Stuart

Earlier this month it was announced that a rare First Folio of Shakespeare’s works was discovered at Mount Stuart on the Scottish Isle of Bute.

Initially historian Emma Smith, a professor of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford University, was skeptical of the discovery, especially in the year that marks the 400th anniversary of the great bard’s death.

Having had a chance to examine and authenticate the Bute Folio, which is bound in three separate volumes, Emma Smith told the BBC that “It’s a book we most likely now see … in a glass case, and one of the things that this copy … shows us is a time when people just really used this book, they enjoyed it, they scribbled on it, they spilt their wine on it, their pet cats jumped on it.”

The First Folio, which contains thirty six of Shakespeare’s plays, was published in 1623 and included several plays previously unpublished works, among them Macbeth, The Tempest and As You Like It.

Only 234 copies are known to exist and, while it is not for sale at the time, this copy is estimated to be worth $3.7 to $4.6 million.

2017-05-22T13:16:58+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Design|Comments Off on Even Shakespeare Get’s Judged By It’s Cover

The Dirty Sad Truth –
Kids Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Inmates

A recent survey of 12,000 parents in 10 countries, conducted by detergent brands OMO and Persil, found that one-third of kids between the ages of five and 12, spend less than 30 minutes outside each day.

To make a point, the detergent brand Persil shot a documentary style film inside Indiana’s Wabash Maximum Security Prison as part of its “Dirt Is Good” themed campaign, presenting the concerning fact that US prisoners get more time outside than the average child in a rather abstract way.

The ‘Free the Kids’ campaign is brought to you by Dirt is Good, an initiative to get kids spending more time outside. Find out about the benefits of outdoor play for kids here: dirtisgood.com.

2017-05-22T13:16:58+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Design|Comments Off on The Dirty Sad Truth –
Kids Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Inmates

Humor Does It – Health Insurance Style

As the first month of the new year is coming to an end, so is the open enrollment period for health insurance. And health insurance companies want to make sure you know it – with mailings, phone calls and advertisements…

One company is taking to the approach with humor: OSCAR – the healthier health insurance. While the campaign launched last year, it is still going strong… too bad they only provide coverage in New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas.


2017-11-08T09:38:15+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Design, Humor|Comments Off on Humor Does It – Health Insurance Style