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MARGOT’S BI-WEEKLY DESIGN DISPATCH, NO.5
+ Ina Luxe kicks things off on a cheery note with her gorgeous patterns & textile designs. Wouldn’t this make for a fun rug?!
+ Reasons for Optimism: is exactly that. An archive of humans doing totally amazing things. Artsy things, science things, all sorts of mind-opening ideas. Take a peek!
+ Dan Cassaro unveils his newest typeface: Highway. Capturing a mid-century hand-lettered vibe, it’s perfect for logos and signage. $39 bones! Not too shabby.
+ Tickets for Cleveland’s WMC fest 2012 went on sale this week! Probably the world’s most approachable & budget-friendly design conference & music festival, it’s a grass-roots alternative to huge gatherings like SxSW. And bonus, Tuesday & I are both speaking! I can’t speak for Tues, but this is HUGE for me. Roll call time, who else is going? Kicking off Friday right this week! Head’s up hustlers, the weekend is nigh. Woohoo!

MARGOT’S BI-WEEKLY DESIGN DISPATCH, NO.5

+ Ina Luxe kicks things off on a cheery note with her gorgeous patterns & textile designs. Wouldn’t this make for a fun rug?!

+ Reasons for Optimism: is exactly that. An archive of humans doing totally amazing things. Artsy things, science things, all sorts of mind-opening ideas. Take a peek!

+ Dan Cassaro unveils his newest typeface: Highway. Capturing a mid-century hand-lettered vibe, it’s perfect for logos and signage. $39 bones! Not too shabby.

+ Tickets for Cleveland’s WMC fest 2012 went on sale this week! Probably the world’s most approachable & budget-friendly design conference & music festival, it’s a grass-roots alternative to huge gatherings like SxSW. And bonus, Tuesday & I are both speaking! I can’t speak for Tues, but this is HUGE for me. Roll call time, who else is going? Kicking off Friday right this week! Head’s up hustlers, the weekend is nigh. Woohoo!

Margot’s Bi-Weekly Design Dispatch, No.4

+ Starting things off with a song, from French band, Yuksek. Using mirror, the video is all reflections of cut paper, hand-dancing, and typography. The song itself is folk-pop blend and is equally as charming. It’s an absolutely inspired mix of visual & sound that is just so happy. Via Its Colossal.

+ Now, time for a hard think: are you as busy as you think you are? This article really made me sit up and take notice. I’ve been obsessing over my time ever since, probably to an unhealthy degree, but there’s no harm in trying to trim out some of the deadweight, no?

+ Austin Kleon’s newest book, How to Steal like an Artist is basically the newest manifesto on creativity, and it’s getting rave reviews from everyone from Seth Godin to Lifehacker. Looks to be a short read, the kind of book that will sit you down for a hearty chat and a cup of tea, and then toss you free all keyed up and ready to work your magic.

+ 40 iPhone tricks & shortcuts! I thought I was a wiz on the iPhone (since I spend so much time multi-tasking on it) but I learned several new tricks. Even better if you have the 4S and have Siri at your disposal. Oh, Siri, I can wait to upgrade and organize my life with the help of your sweet, dulcet tones.

Margot’s Bi-Weekly Design Dispatch, NO. 3
Howdy friends! Margot here again with another installation on all things design!
+ Since my last Dispatch the internet has worked itself into quite the lather over the relative merits of Pinterest. I found myself getting tired of the banter so I supplied my own critique of the site and its accompanying backlash. One of my readers helpfully offered this infographic comparing the users of Pinterest in the UK and the US. Turns out most UK users are wealthy dudes, the opposite of the US (where it’s mostly middle-income ladies using the site). This suggests the potential for a more integrated user base, in all countries, as Pinterest continues to grow.
+ Here are the top 16 TED talks from 2011.
+ Do Good by illustrator and Young Guns winner, Brian Michael Gossett. 
And with that, I can *almost* begin my weekend. See you hip cats on the flipside!

Margot’s Bi-Weekly Design Dispatch, NO. 3

Howdy friends! Margot here again with another installation on all things design!

+ Since my last Dispatch the internet has worked itself into quite the lather over the relative merits of Pinterest. I found myself getting tired of the banter so I supplied my own critique of the site and its accompanying backlash. One of my readers helpfully offered this infographic comparing the users of Pinterest in the UK and the US. Turns out most UK users are wealthy dudes, the opposite of the US (where it’s mostly middle-income ladies using the site). This suggests the potential for a more integrated user base, in all countries, as Pinterest continues to grow.

+ Here are the top 16 TED talks from 2011.

+ Do Good by illustrator and Young Guns winner, Brian Michael Gossett.

And with that, I can *almost* begin my weekend. See you hip cats on the flipside!

MARGOT’S BI-WEEKLY DESIGN DISPATCH, NO. 2
Hullo friendly folks! Margot here with another dispatch of all things design. This week’s offering is heavy on the business, for a change. I’m nothing if not practical I suppose! + I like a good manifesto every now and again, don’t you? Mike Dempsey’s design & business tips (above) are spot on. And I didn’t know what "coalface" meant so it even taught me a new word. Alright, VOCABULARY! Via Daniel Gray. + Did you know that people can be both introverted AND extroverted? It’s true, and according to this article, creative types are especially prone to this unusual trait. As soon as I read this I was like, wait, it’s like they already know me! My extro/introvertive sides bash heads regularly, so I for one am pleased it’s A Thing now.  + This A List Apart essay on Pricing Strategies has me re-thinking my entire approach to making money. I read it twice three times in fact. It’s unmissable, mandatory reading for any designer or creative person who charges hourly.  Go and be learned! See you in two weeks!

MARGOT’S BI-WEEKLY DESIGN DISPATCH, NO. 2

Hullo friendly folks! Margot here with another dispatch of all things design. This week’s offering is heavy on the business, for a change. I’m nothing if not practical I suppose!

+ I like a good manifesto every now and again, don’t you? Mike Dempsey’s design & business tips (above) are spot on. And I didn’t know what "coalface" meant so it even taught me a new word. Alright, VOCABULARY! Via Daniel Gray.

+ Did you know that people can be both introverted AND extroverted? It’s true, and according to this article, creative types are especially prone to this unusual trait. As soon as I read this I was like, wait, it’s like they already know me! My extro/introvertive sides bash heads regularly, so I for one am pleased it’s A Thing now.

+ This A List Apart essay on Pricing Strategies has me re-thinking my entire approach to making money. I read it twice three times in fact. It’s unmissable, mandatory reading for any designer or creative person who charges hourly.

Go and be learned! See you in two weeks!

Margot’s bi-weekly Design Dispatch, No. 1

Next up is our latest programme, Margot’s Design Dispatch lead by our pal Margot Harrington of Pitch Design Union! She’s bringing to you a slew of kickass news and awesome links related to all things design.  

+ Best, easiest website maker I’ve seen yet. Onepager is exactly that, no frills no fuss with a decent amount of flexibility. Can’t wait to find the right project to try it out!! Via Swiss Miss.
+ A long-time writer friend of mine is crowd-sourcing a cookbook of family recipes. Wacky, deeply nostalgic, or time-honored, send any and all Ellen’s way. Why? Because’s she’s awesome writer (exhibit A: Ellen’s blog makes me snort my tea on a regular basis) and I love the idea of putting the best of everyone’s family food experiences into one book. Maybe I will send her my grandmother’s hilariously nostalgic recipe for the mustard salve she used used to soothe chest colds back in the ’50s when my Mom was a kid. More info here.
+ It was a banner year for our friends at Kickstarter! They’ve put together this awesome site documenting trends, best videos, and all manner of firsts. Go & be inspired to act!
+ Books made into other things!! Gah, gah, guaranteed to make me look twice. Artist Guy Laramee provides today’s snippet of literary culture.
[Image Credit: illustrated animated gifs are so charming! Made me chuckle and there’s a whole, highly amusing tumblr dedicated to these characters. Via What Made Me Look.]

Margot’s bi-weekly Design Dispatch, No. 1

Next up is our latest programme, Margot’s Design Dispatch lead by our pal Margot Harrington of Pitch Design Union! She’s bringing to you a slew of kickass news and awesome links related to all things design.  

+ Best, easiest website maker I’ve seen yet. Onepager is exactly that, no frills no fuss with a decent amount of flexibility. Can’t wait to find the right project to try it out!! Via Swiss Miss.

+ A long-time writer friend of mine is crowd-sourcing a cookbook of family recipes. Wacky, deeply nostalgic, or time-honored, send any and all Ellen’s way. Why? Because’s she’s awesome writer (exhibit A: Ellen’s blog makes me snort my tea on a regular basis) and I love the idea of putting the best of everyone’s family food experiences into one book. Maybe I will send her my grandmother’s hilariously nostalgic recipe for the mustard salve she used used to soothe chest colds back in the ’50s when my Mom was a kid. More info here.

+ It was a banner year for our friends at Kickstarter! They’ve put together this awesome site documenting trends, best videos, and all manner of firsts. Go & be inspired to act!

+ Books made into other things!! Gah, gah, guaranteed to make me look twice. Artist Guy Laramee provides today’s snippet of literary culture.

[Image Credit: illustrated animated gifs are so charming! Made me chuckle and there’s a whole, highly amusing tumblr dedicated to these characters. Via What Made Me Look.]