Sunday, December 14, 2008

This Christmas, Play Reindeer Games

I just got Christmas cards today. I love this one from Kate Spade.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Full Moon

The moon to me is like the ocean. Vast, mysterious, and completely alluring. It's one of the things I miss most about being in New York. It is rare for one to look up and see that giant pie in the sky. It's always a nice surprise to see the moon on a late night walk home. Tonight is the biggest full moon of the year. My brother and I stepped out of my apartment just to catch a glimpse. I felt like a little kid witnessing a small, simple moment, but knowing that the smallest of moments are the ones to be treasured.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

One Thing

I ordered these sticky pads online. Today I will: Start working on a business card idea for my Dad.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christoph Niemann: Coffee

Love this. Check out Christoph Niemann's latest ode to coffee.

The Visitor

I saw this movie last night and was completely moved. The characters are all equally present. I love the quiet moments. It is a movie in which the subtleties of emotion build over time and a completely irrational situation comes to be completely natural. The main character, Tarek, played by Haaz Sleiman is beautiful, almost transcendent. Personally, I've never thought about immigration until recently reading an article in New York magazine and then watching this movie. Our system is flawed. There is a lack of communication, understanding, and basic human kindness (I believe there is such a thing). I don't know much about this topic, but isn't the foundation of this country based on immigration? The idea of searching for a better world, better life is an American ideal at best.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Let Go

I was reading this month's issue of Vogue – I hate the cover line, but I am a fan Jennifer – and one particular quote resonated with me. "Everything you want in the world is just outside your comfort zone." This is very true for me. I am so controlled, I'm always worried about what other people think. I know my New Year's resolution should be to let go.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Rat Race

I can't remember where I got this from, but it seems relevant considering our current economic state: The rat race isn't very much fun right now — so why do you choose to participate? Free yourself from The Joneses' expectations and step out of the mainstream. You have the discipline you need to go off on your own and try to build up your ideas without input from anyone else. You don't need instructions from people to know how to run your own life! Being a part of a community is important, but today you should realize that your first priority is yourself. This bit is more for me than anyone else.

I am...

This has been a very introspective week for me, which has lead me to various difficult conversations. I've taken the first steps to rebuilding an old friendship and lost the possibilities of another. Right now I am taking deep breaths and listening to Beyonce. I am who I am and I'm proud of what I've been able to come to terms with. A friend recently asked me if I have any regrets. I do. But this passage from The Unbearable Lightness of Being makes me think again.

We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.
There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch. No, "sketch" is not quite the word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch for nothing, an outline with no picture.
Einmal ist keinmal.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Navaglow Tape

I am lucky to work with talented people everyday, especially my design director Stella Bugbee. Above is her latest creation. I really hope to be just as good as her one day. This is the perfect gift for the holiday season, to give or to wrap.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Best Book Covers of 2008

This is a post from the Society of Publication Designers:
Joseph Sullivan over at the Book Design Review has a great post up featuring some of the best book cover design of 2008. Friends of the Society factor prominently in said list, including jackets by Paul Sahre, Barbara de Wilde, and The Heads of State. Vote for your favorites at the bottom of the post.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Par La Mer

Currently, I'm fascinated with the ocean. There is something so magical and mystical about the sea. I love this particular black and white photograph taken by Hiroshi Sugimoto. I think I would love to take a cruise, a voyage, to be in the middle of nothingness and everything all at once. Where there is only the presence of wind and light.

As they neared the shore each bar rose, heaped itself, broke and swept a thin veil of white water across the sand. The wave paused, and then drew out again, sighing like a sleeper whose breath comes and goes unconsciously. –Virginia Woolf, The Waves