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01/ See how women’s ideal body types have changed over 3,000 years.
02/ Artists + designers have added happiness to the walls of the Royal London Children’s Hospital.
03/ Keith Anderson has been having his son’s drawings tattooed on himself for 7 years.
04/ Andrew Fladeboe captures the hardest working dogs in the world on film in The Shephard’s Realm.
05/ Mini Cities pare down famous locales to their most iconic settings.
06/ Could the Popcorn Monsoon make even me like popcorn?
07/ Wish I’d thought of this one – famous artworks recreated with Pantone swatches by Nick Smith.
08/ Love these coffee stain motorcycle drawings by Carter Asmann.
09/ Can a drone ambulance save lives faster?
10/ I’ve finally found where I’ll be retiring – Zao Fox Village!

This week on Design Crush:
Every desk could use the presence of The Tipsy Writer.
I’m taking part in Texas Style Council 2015 next month in Austin – join me?
Patrik Svensson associates the famous with a telling visual element in their name.
Have you downloaded our Much Love to You printable by Colore’ Grace?
Richard Johnson‘s ice hut photographs manage to make the cold look good!
Check out Design Crush’s 2015 Survey results, if you’re a stats nerd like me.
I’m reminded of how much I love the moon thanks to Jim Nickelson.
Anxious to try these pretty products from Vice & Velvet.
If you’ve waited until the last possible minute, here are 16 last minute printable valentines to download.


Vice and Velvet

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The first thing that caught my eye from Vice and Velvet was their beautifully marbled soaps, the second was the great color palette, and the third was the catchy name. Shop owner Mei Ong’s bath and body products are all handmade and vegan and I’m ready to try them all immediately.


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Jim Nickelson

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Jim Nickelson‘s Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series is full of shots that looks the way I imagine my iPhone photos looking when I think to snap a sunrise or sunset. Sadly, and obviously, that’s not the case. Nickelson’s project is based on his quest to capture each full moon of the year, at moonrise or moonset, from somewhere in the Maine landscape.

In my aerospace engineering program, the workload was relentless with homework in each class every night. Notwithstanding that, Dr. Szebehely had a long-running joke where he refused to give us any homework on the night of a full moon as he would instead tell us with his thick Hungarian accent: “No homework tonight. It is full moon. You have more important things to do.” I’m not sure I did then, but I certainly do now – every full moon now finds me out there with tripod and camera, seeking out the rising or setting moon.


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2015 Survey Results

About a month ago I asked you all to take a few minutes to take the 2015 Reader Survey, and today I wanted to share the results. Thanks to each of you who did! I read every last entry and comment and really put thought into how I can give you all more of what you want – to see more of my own design work, a few more personal posts, some fashion, how my move back to Pittsburgh has gone and about the city itself. As we roll out a redesign in the next few months I’ll be addressing these things further. Until then, thanks so much for reading!

(If you’re not to type to enjoy a little statistical nerding out feel free to skip the rest, I promise not to be offended.)











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Richard Johnson

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Richard Johnson has spent the past six  years traveling across Canada photographing more than 650 ice huts. Along the way he’s documented the similarities and differences in ice hut architecture between provinces. All have the same purpose of being weather-resistant and portable, but beyond that the real personality of each shelter begins.


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Much Love To You Printable



I’ve spent the last year watching my friend Colore’s calligraphy talent go from beginner to her own beautiful style. While she’s usually busy creating over on her site – Colore’ Grace – today she’s sharing a Valentine’s Day card printable with us. The sentiment of ‘much love to you’ is just about the perfect thought for everyone on February 14th. It’s not terribly sentimental or cliche so print them out for your friends, your family – anyone who has a special place in your heart that you wish to know you’re thinking of them come Valentine’s Day.

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Photos: Colore’ Grace and Bruce Layman


Patrik Svensson

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Fictional characters and real life persons, dead or alive, all are fair game in Patrik Svensson‘s latest project. A visual element associated with each name is integrated into their name, some more subtle than others. (To purchase prints, email the the artist at patrik@psillustration.se)


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Texas Style Council 2015



One of my favorite things is when you click with someone the instant you meet. That’s basically what happened while waiting for a delayed flight to Salt Lake City last month when I met Indiana Adams. She’s a fellow blogger and the brainchild behind the Texas Style Council conference.

I’d heard about TxSC in the past, but sort of assumed – due to the name – that it was for the fashion crowd. Turns out it’s actually for female lifestyle bloggers, as well as business owners and independent designers in women-centric industries who use new media to connect with readers and customers. If that’s not right up my alley I’m not exactly sure what is.


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Long story short, I’m now on board to be a part of 2015‘s TxSC next month! This year’s conference is going back to basics and being held at Camp Texlake, a Girl Scout camp about 45 minutes outside of Austin in one of my favorite places on earth – Texas hill country. We’ll be staying in dormitories and doing awesome things like sitting around bonfires and watching midnight movies in between all of the creating, connecting, and conquering that will fill our days.

If all of this sounds like something you want to be a part of you can check out the speakers and staff, peek at the schedule, then register here! Hope to see you in Spicewood next month!


The Tipsy Writer

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The Tipsy Writer is basically a Weeble for the adult set… you remember what a Weeble is, yes?. The penholder’s spherical weight is made up of a half brass, half wooden ball and the entire set up is half sculpture, half plaything. What a great addition to any desk!


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