I have two things on the brain lately: summer and the color pink. In my mind the two just go together in a no brainer sort of way. I had the chance to team up the two when HP kindly asked me to try out their latest innovative product, Sprout.
Sprout is a touch-screen Windows PC that has a touch-sensitive mat and projection surface where you’d expect to see a keyboard. The interface is surprisingly simple. The mat and the monitor act like two screens, and you can seamlessly drag objects between the two to create. The hood that extends over the screen is called the Illuminator and includes a scanner, depth sensor, camera, and projector. It’s responsible for projecting that second screen onto the mat, but users can also photograph objects and make 3D scans with its help. Total magic. Don’t feel like using the touchscreen? That’s cool, just unsnap the pad and use the keyboard that comes with Sprout.
I’d recently squirreled away a pack of ombre tissue paper and knew it would be perfect for the creation I had in mind. The first thing I did was lay out a piece on the pad and scan it with a single touch of my finger on the screen. Then I cut out letters to spell out SUMMER and arranged them on the pad beneath the Illuminator. Another touch of that blue camera icon on the screen and we were in business.
After pulling both images that I’d just scanned from the monitor to the projected screen on the pad, and just a little manipulation, I’d created a fun and bright desktop wallpaper design. It took a total of about 15 minutes and I loved getting to use my hands in conjunction with Sprout. Nearly all of my design work take place on a machine these days, and I can’t tell you how good it felt to create something more analog once again.
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01/ Michelle Wibowo created an anamorphic sculpture of London’s skyline with cookies.
02/ HOT TEA transformed a pool on Roosevelt Island with technicolor.
03/ Intense rope masks by BertJan Pot.
04/ The Ecocapsule is solar-powered, allowing you to live off the grid anywhere you please.
05/ Loving this shadow creating You Are Here umbrella by Nadiah Alsagoff.
06/ Check out the world’s first hanging “zome” – Kodama Zome.
07/ Kickstart this! Vinyl Moon would release mixtape on vinyl! (And they’re pretty!)
08/ Update your phone background with these patterns from Cotton & Flax.
09/ SoAwkward pulls together the most awkward moments from Twitter in one app.
10/ The credit card-sized Light Phone does just one thing – make calls!
This week on Design Crush:
Feeling inspired by Michela Picchi‘s saturated work.
A photo story behind the inspiration of Pine & Boon‘s product development.
Three cheers for caftans!
We previewed a new series – PGH Maker Profile: Redraven Studios.
Good sound is key to summer, check out these 8 portable speakers.
Kristin Martsincic’s Pool Series is utterly refreshing to view.
The Food for Though Book Collection is pure brilliance.
I worked some magic to create a welcoming front porch.
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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.
01/ This what the view from a $93 million NYC skyscraper penthouse looks like.
02/ Cubicle farms take on an air of fun when made to look like tiny cabins.
03/ Amazing Frankenstein pumpkins that are grown in one piece inside of a mold.
04/ Feltépve (Ripped Up or Popped Up) bursts from the ground in Széchenyi Square in Budapest.
05/ The Color Thesaurus creates a visualization of a variety of names for various colors.
06/ Cubic rubber bands to liven up the most mundane office tasks.
07/ The Human Gallery exhibits tattooed individuals behind glass.
08/ Pick up a DIY geometric paper mask template for Halloween from Steve Wintercroft.
09/ Lilly McElroy throws herself at men for art’s sake.
10/ Australia has everything good, including a touring pop-up McDonald’s shaped like a lunchbox.
This week on Design Crush:
Nick Frank deconstructs the most colorful building with photography.
Bold and bright geometric scarves combine with tropical birds to show off Blazon.
Beautifully intricate and detailed reclaimed paper insects.
Statement-making textiles for the home from Avril Loreti.
Exposed Seams make this centerpiece collection a showstopper.
If you’re looking for a change, you’ll love zucchini noodles 10 ways.
Nicolo Sertorio documents the rest stops of the U.S. Interstate system.
My office is still in boxes, but Grovemade desk accessories are keeping me in line.
Pretty astrological rings and necklaces in the Supernova collection. (Heeeyyy, fellow Scorpios!)
Design Crush elsewhere:
Cozying up and falling into autumn.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not Christmas – autumn, October, and Halloween. October 31st has long been a big deal in my family, from great aunts and uncles creating haunted houses in their basements to massive trick or treating, it’s given me some of my best memories. This year feels a bit out of whack since I’m still trying to get my house together post move and figuring out where the movers put everything (and yes, where I put everything while unpacking). I have pumpkins and mums decorating my front porch and a few favorite spooky pieces indoors, but the majority is in the basement. I’m hoping to dig a few more decorations out before hundreds of trick or treaters descend on my neighborhood (from the realtor’s lips to my ears) the night of the 31st. But if you’re more together than I am here are twenty-two of Halloween best ideas for you to tackle!
ROW 1: Pop-Up Table Runner // Black and White Anatomical Printables // DIY Ghostly Mirror Images
ROW 2: Printable Trick or Treat Color Block Labels + Box Template // Straw Spider Web Wreath
ROW 3: DIY Halloween Invitations // DIY Halloween Silhouette Pitcher // Black Cocktail Rimming Sugar
ROW 4: Paper Star Lantern with Spider Web Cutouts // Set of 5 Halloween Cards // DIY Printable Trick-or-Treat Bag Labels
ROW 1: Skeleton Hand Card // DIY Monster Candy Box // Gooey Monster Eye Cookies ROW 2: Printable Halloween Party Invitations // Haunted Doll House ROW 3: Vanilla Bean Skull Cake // Poison Toffee Apples // Printable Vintage Halloween Banner ROW 4: Skull-Shaped Japanese Sugar // // DIY Skull Planter
01/ A minimalist depiction of mental disorders.
02/ This zen rock garden is actually full of Japanese candy!
03/ Hilariously true animated gifs of basic tips and etiquette for surviving in NYC.
04/ Painstakingly crafting portraits of musicians made from cornflakes.
05/ Ringly lights up and buzzes when your phone needs you!
06/ This retired Boeing 727 was converted into a home in the woods. Would you dare?
07/ Picnic Lounge is an oversized blanket that resembles an antique rug. Clever.
08/ Smart ads for Keloptic turn impressionist art into realism.
09/ Social Planes take you offline – download, write, fold, and fly!
10/ When baristas and bartenders joins forces we are blessed with coffee cocktails.
This week on Design Crush:
Have you entered our Soundfreaq Sound Rise giveaway?! Wake up with this alarm/bluetooth speaker hybrid, it’s sure to get your day off to a good start.
Eight art prints I wish I had room for on my walls this month.
Melissa Zexter hand-embroiders her own photography in the most beautiful way.
Industrialist meets rugged glam in the design of Maslo Jewelry.
Crazy incredible paintings/sculptures from Conrad Jon Godly.
I’m slowing going minimalist with my style and this modern lamp is my latest addition.
Childhood dreams and sketchbook drawings come to life thanks to Katharine Morling.
If you’re looking for a super easy project this DIY Matchstick Holder is where it’s at!
After seven years of blogging we finally have a Design Crush identity suite like pros.
01/ Death Wooed Us shows the beautiful places people have gone to die.
02/ It says a lot that I love this table, dubbed OCD, that organizes your daily objects.
03/ Invisible Barn uses mirrored panels to become just that.
04/ The NY Train Project shows off the signage of 118 subway stops in Manhattan.
05/ Fabric jellyfish and felted anemones make up the huge installation Underwater Flight.
06/ Bugaboo and Andy Warhol’s estate team up to create these design savvy carriages.
07/ Check out the crazy cargo of Vietnam’s motorbikes in Bikes of Burden.
08/ A studio in Scranton, PA challenged residents to get creative with the city’s potholes.
09/ Peter Gentenaar creates billowing, surreal paper installations.
10/ Download the Game of Thrones version of Guess Who?!
This week on Design Crush:
If you haven’t listened to Mixtape #36: We Belong to Where We’re Going, now’s the time.
Seriously loving the color and pattern play present in Quercus & Co.‘s shop.
Margaux Roy‘s photography is pure summer.
Quirky clay pieces from LaMalconttenta.
Dreamy monotone washes of color make up Macarena Ruis-Tagle‘s Atmosphere.
Travel tips and tricks to help get you (happily) to your summer vacation destination.
LandStyle celebrates the landscapes we love through abstract art.
Beautiful minimal and functional leather goods from Sons & Daughters.
Porcelain ladies and sailor tattoos meet in the art of Jessica Harrison.
Last year Katy Jamison of K is for Calligraphy shared her killer March Madness tournament bracket design with me over Twitter. I live for March basketball, so once the month started inching closer I wanted to know right away whether she was going to be creating another. Sure enough she was, and she’s sharing them with you! They’re gads better than anything else out there. You can download the white bracket or the chalkboard bracket by clicking on the images below, printing direction follow. Hurry, hurry before today’s action begins! Best of luck – even though I totally chose the winning bracket already!
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