Friday, August 31, 2007

I'm going to Disney World! Be back next Wednesday. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Design Star

Superstar designer, Paula Scher is part of HP's "What do you have to say?" campaign. The site features ideas and projects from Scher, Gwen Stefani and Jake Burton. Scher contributes five customizable business identity templates, links to design books and resources, and a gallery of notable projects. After that, you can play with Stefani's Harajuku paper dolls and check out the Burton Headquarters in Vermont. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Last night, I went to the US Open. I've been wanting to go, it just so happened that my friend had free tickets. Maria Sharapova (top) defeated Roberta Vinci 6-0 6-1, proving yet again that she's not just a pretty face. And while Justin Gimelstob (middle) may not have been as good as Andy Roddick (bottom), I found him to be exciting, endearing, and just fun to watch. I can't wait to go again.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I am in the elevator with Mr. Spence, one of the security guards in my office building. He calls me, "Ms. Howard." I think he's referring to my mother, and it takes a moment for me to realize that he is speaking to me. In the span of two minutes we have a vast conversation. In brief, he reminds me that as long as we are among the living, everything will be okay. He tells me, do not dwell on the past for this is a form of terminal illness. I not am not sure why he is telling me all of this, but I listen and I am grateful.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Eat, Pray, Love

I just started Elizabeth Gilbert's new book, Eat, Pray, Love. For the first 10 pages or so, I was completely disappointed... here's another chick-lit book with annoying one-liners. Somewhere something in me changed and I began to sympathize with Gilbert in her search for wholeness. And I couldn't help but think about my own experiences in Italy. I lived in Florence for six months. I remember sharing wine with new Italian friends, numerous trips to the gelateria to taste every flavor, and the mysterious bakery next door to my apartment where we'd get free pastries after a night of partying. Of course, this is the only time in my life when I actually gained weight. Maybe it's time for another trip.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Oh Bell!

These Kenneth Cole patent leather pumps are just my style.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Book Ads as Art

I don't notice advertisements for books, usually it's just a photograph of the author in some intellectual setting. But here Edna O'Brien is provocative and slightly mischievous. For more alluring examples go to the NY Times blog, Paper Cuts.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I Heart Mayle

If had to wear clothes from one designer, they would have to be from Jane Mayle. I love dark neutral colors paired with graphic patterns, i.e. stripes, lines, dots, etc. And of course, I totally fall for anything with electric blue. View the entire fall collection at

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What is Design?

Some of my friends still don't know exactly what I do. In an eight minute video David Ngo explains it all. Possibly more installments to follow, will keep you updated.

Think Like a Designer

I'm excited about Debbie Millman's new book, How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, which will be published this fall. Click here to read an excerpt of the interview with James Victore.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Nine One One

Here's the new logo and site illustration for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum designed by Number Seventeen. The winners of the memorial site competition are Michael Arad and Peter Walker with their submission entitled Reflecting Absence. The logo seems to portray the concept perfectly.

En Colour

Every season I look forward to ads from Kate Spade. Bright colors are just what I need for fall. I so want one of those leather-covered Webster Dictionaries! Canary yellow for me. And I'll take the bag in rose gold.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

One of the reasons I wanted to work at a magazine is to create. To actually put concrete ideas together that really matter (or for fun). With the opportunity to put your work out into the world, you can influence and inspire. Every week New York magazine does just that. I love this week's issue especially. Articles stand alone and work together as a whole. Some of my favorites are: This Old Town, The Nuclear Family Exploded (bottom photo), The New Style Merchants, and Street Walker. Okay, I like them all.


I got one of those mail slips for a package. I wasn't expecting anything, so I'm thinking it's something from my mom or an aunt. I go to the post office, it turns out to be W magazine. The thing is gigantic! It weighs almost 3 pounds and the toc doesn't start until page 103. This might be a bit too much, it should fit in my mailbox. At least I'm getting my money's worth.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Smart Company

One of my favorite architecture/design firms is Avroko. They do it all: design, graphics, furniture, etc. They're simply brilliant. Look for their book, Best Ugly in October. I'm sure there's nothing "ugly" about it.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Grace & Go

I love these graphic accessories from Grace and Go.

More for Less

The Sunday Times is now $4.00 (from $3.50)! I always get it for the magazine, but now I can't seem to justify paying that much! And it's in a narrower format. Ugh.

Friday, August 10, 2007

In High Spirits

It was hard to get out of bed this morning (mostly because of the rain). I had already taken off Monday, so calling in sick wasn't an option (plus that's not my style). I dragged myself into the office, I knew the only way to put myself in a good mood was to play some J. Lo. With "Love Don't Cost A Thing" (a throwback to my freshman year of college) on repeat I was energized and ready to take on the day. It also helps when you actually like what you do. Every day I am surprised by this.

Temperley, from London to US

I'm looking forward to Alice Temperley's new Go International collection (below) with Target.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Let Them Eat Meat

I'm a girl who loves her meat. So you can imagine how happy I was to read the NY Times article, "Be Yourselves, Girls, Order the Rib-Eye." Two of my favorite burger places are Shake Shack and the Corner Bistro, I have yet to visit Quality Meats, but I hear it's superb.

The Hills

One of my guilty pleasures is The Hills, with Lauren Conrad from Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. The show is in its third season and premieres Monday, August 13th.

Art Bar

Last night I went to Art Bar (52 Eighth Ave. nr Horatio St.), my new favorite place! Here's what New York magazine has to say about it:

Is it the art or the bargain martinis that pack 'em in? The West Village's version of an East Village watering hole, Art Bar is loud and crowded in front, so pass up the booths and head for the decidedly more relaxed back room, where couches and drapes muffle the din. It's so relaxed, in fact, that you may have to contend with couples sucking face as you suck down your alcohol. There's lots of '80s music, which, depending on your opinion of, say, Joan Jett's "Do You Wanna Touch Me" is a good or bad thing. Either way, this place makes for a solid after-work stop-off. — Angela Voulangas

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Virgin Airlines has created new routes from SFO to JFK and LAX. New York to L.A. starts on August 29; D.C., Vegas, and San Diego roll out this fall. And they're adding 30 cities over the next five years.

What’s so special about another airline? Not much. Just spanking new planes, tons of TV and music options, IM capabilities with other passengers (hell-o, 24D), food you can order any time, mood lighting, and outlets at every seat.

This is a great way for me to start my new relationship with L.A.
This post is from Daily Candy.

An Open Letter

This is from Pidgin, a publication produced by the Princeton School of Architecture. This article is just stellar. I know you can't read it here, but if you could, you would agree. And if you're with agog with curiosity you can purchase the issue online for $8 (or I can just email it to you).

Monday, August 6, 2007

Quiet Sentiment

One day soon I will wake up and realize that E. is not here. That moment will be bittersweet. Then I will realize, for first time, it seems that I am in New York without her. As I have recently come to understand, detachment is not easy for me. Traces will linger and I will graciously carry them along.

The photo is from port2port.

Falling Head Over Heels (Literally)

All the magazines bring out the big guns in September: 800+ pages bound together with top models on glossy covers boasting the season's best designs. First up is Vanity Fair, Gisele is brilliant and the italic type on white is simple and chic. What more could a girl (or guy, for that matter) ask for? Plenty, I know. But I'd settle for a pair of Jimmy Choos or Louboutin pumps.

A Summer Typeface

Some things are made for summer. The summer hit, for example. Recently, I'm thinking of "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, "Hey Ya" by Outkast, or, this summer, Rhianna's "Umbrella" (which you might want to stand under whether it's raining or not). Summer brings us beach reads and popcorn flicks, and, of course, summer food — light, cool, and refreshing. Design-wise, we've definitely got summer clothes and summer places: wear your flip-flops out on the deck or your seersucker and khakis out to your country house.

So: why not summer fonts? I can't think of a good reason why not. Like all things summer, a summer font need only follow a few simple rules. Be catchy. Be simple. Be happy. And be gone soon enough to belong to a single summer only.

Everyone's heard of the Summer of Love. But I predict that this summer — in nerdy font circles at least — will be the Summer of Grouch. ITC Grouch, that is.

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Friday, August 3, 2007


During my study abroad in Florence, Italy one of my favorite places was Cinque Terre. It was absolutely beautiful. Click here to read "36 Hours in Cinque Terre." This makes me want to go back.

I can't believe it's August already. Summer seems to just fly by (I can't even think about winter now). To help me get through the year is my calendar from Keilhauer. I love the colors and the design. Very Dada. Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Nouveau et Amélioré

I just read this story in the Times. Joe Zee, former fashion director at W is now large (not that he wasn't before) and in charge at Elle magazine. I can't wait to check out the new and improved September issue.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Think & Act

Like most people, I have a lot of ideas and never get around to actually doing them. Well, if you don't, someone else will. When I first started working I noticed that my coworkers and I would gather in the restroom to get ready for an event/party after work. We'd spray perfume, brush teeth, and put on a little eye liner. I thought it be great to put together an "After Work" kit. It would have all the necessities: toothbrush, toothpaste, perfume, fingernail clippers and file, a sewing kit, etc. I still think this is a great idea and should get off my ass and make it happen.

I just found out about UrbanAid, a company that creates kits based on real life experiences. For example, the "shame on you kit" is for unexpected sleepovers and all niters. Great minds do think alike. But as I've recently learned, nothing comes into existence without effort.