1. USES FOR A PIERRE CARDIN BELT BUCKLE, PART 1

    I’d sincerely hope
    you wouldn’t use this buckle
    to chop up your meat!

    photo credit: lil bro #1.

     
  2. EXPERIMENT IN MATCHING FIGURE AND GROUND, ROUND 2.

    featuring vintage glass beads. 

     
  3. POST-IT NOTES SKETCHES: BYREDO BOTTLE EDITION

    which scent would I buy?
    the minimal packaging
    is very soothing.

    illustrated by the author of this blog.

     
  4. USES FOR A LEATHER POUCH, PART 11

    store your favorite
    handbag in a leather pouch;
    how very meta.

    pouch: American Apparel. clutch: from grandma’s magical closet.

     
  5. SI-17 x CANAL STREET KNOCKOFF PURCHASED BEFORE I DECIDED TO BECOME A DESIGNER.

    If I could rewind time, I’d tell my 19 year-old self (back in 2009) to save up for the real deal.

    Support your favorite designers, guys! I know I will from now on.

    In any case, I’ve turned this bag into an objet d’art with the help of a bit of acrylic paint. Voilà.

     
  6. IF I WERE TO WEAR MONOCHROMATIC SKIRT SUITS, THEY’D BE IN THIS COLOR.

    almost 17 syllables, guys.

    according to Paintbrush, this color is called “Strawberry”.

     
  7. MARIGOLD, CITRINE AND TURQUOISE.

    too small for my feet.
    I couldn’t care less, though, as
    I love my Nikes.

    shoes: Nike: Air Max.

     
  8. BEAUTIFUL BOTTLE.

    illustration: Oilily fragrance. created by the author of this blog.

     
  9. THROWBACK THURSDAY.

    have you ever seen
    a purple Razr flip phone?
    yep; they’re pretty rare. 

    fun fact: purple has been my favorite color since 1995. though I flirted with orange from 1989-1995, and I sort of dug sugar pink+ hot pink, cobalt blue + electric blue and periwinkle blue from 2011-2013, any shade of deep purple will always have my heart. nice call, Motorola!

     
  10. ONE EXAMPLE OF REALLY GREAT DESIGN: flash drive edition.

    as I attempt to define the multiplicity of roles design plays in my life, I realize that I must figure out both what great design looks like, and what it does for me. lately, I’ve been drawn to improvements upon preexisting products, such as the gorgeous pink and purple chevron-patterned flash drive by EMTEC as pictured above. 

    let’s get down to why I think this flash drive is ingenious: 

    problem: I’ve misplaced flash drive caps in the past, leaving the actual USB portion vulnerable to breakage, thus rendering my precious files inaccessible! (it’s true; I can be a bit absentminded at times…)

    solution: in addition to packaging this thumb drive in an extremely attractive color scheme and print (what can I say? you all should know by now that I have a big heart for bright colors and patterns), EMTEC has made this flash drive’s “cap” undetachable by fashioning it out of part of a larger piece of plastic that revolves about the flash drive. I also appreciate the aesthetic details such as the appearance of the bright pink plastic panel when the “cap” is disengaged (as it gives the object the appearance of being multi-dimensional), and the interplay of the convex edge of the flash drive with the concave edge of the cap. this item, with its ability to undergo as many physical transformations as the number of degrees the “cap” is allowed to revolve, not only functions as an invaluable tech accessory (8G, whoo!), but as a bona fide design object that has earned its place among my other rectilinear trinkets.

    make sure to check out EMTEC’s website;  I’m already gathering files so that I can anticipate acquiring the “Sailor Whale” flash drive under the “Animalitos” category.

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