DKim is an artist working and playing in New York because she couldn’t make it as a ninja. She said so, I didn’t! I’m really glad that the ninja gig didn’t work out for her because her illustrations are beautiful and she has fantastic names for each one like ‘le sigh’ and ‘the stranger.’ Her work is available on Etsy and most pieces are around $30 with one exceptional $275 piece. Here are a few that I’d love to own.


Bike Gear Windchime.

A pretty sweet idea from Make magazine for a bike gear windchime. I know quite a few ex-BMXers who would love one of these! Click here for a complete set of instructions.


Starshaped Press.

Starshaped Press is a design and letterpress studio located in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. The inherent charm of this method lies in the imperfections and hand-printed nature of each piece. At Starshaped Press, stationery, concert posters, invitations and business cards are custom-designed for each client and all projects are printed on antique presses using metal & wood typefaces, most of which are 50 to 100 years old. Here are some sweet examples.


Shameless Plug: Proactiv.

When I was a teenager I never had acne. The occassional zit, yes, but they were few and far between. Apparently nature is getting back at me right about now. For the past few months my skin has been in a ridiculous, never-ending mood swing.

Seeing as I’ve never had an issue with my skin before the obvious thing to do was turn to info-mercials. Duh. And in the process of I’ve learned never ot laugh at Before and After screen shots because one time out of ten they might actually be true (even if they are Jessica Simpson and Kelly Clarkson). I broke down about three weeks ago and shelled out the cash for some Proactiv. At first I thought maybe people have success with it because they aren’t used to a face washing regiment and this forces them to buckle down and do it twice a day, which I’d already been doing since the age of 16.

I didn’t notice results immediately, in fact I got a few more zits, but after about two weeks (just like they say, unfortunately) I did notice my face clearing up. I kind of wish I’d done my own Before and After to show the difference. Okay, no I don’t. But the Proactiv really did work so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it.



Catbird is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Both of their locations that is. Exactly four minutes apart on foot and totally different: one carries clothing while the ther specializes in jewelry, accessories and gifts. A novel idea as far as I’m concerned.

I’m into these two necklaces. The Keyhold Necklace ($145) is constructed out of a keyhole picked up at an estate sale, while the Bobby pin Necklace can actually be used in a hair emergency ($240).


Tank Goodness.

It seems like not a day goes by that my co-workers and I don’t talk about cookies. The conversation always seem to occur at the same time – mid-afternoon. Now if we lived in Minneapolis this wouldn’t be a problem, thanks to Tank Goodness. And no, that’s not a typo.

Tank Good is owned and operated by – tahdah – the Tank Family. Their mission is simple: We must being warm, fresh cookies to a world that sorely needs them. The “world” is only Minneapolis at the moment, but I’m definitely wishing that it were Oklahoma City as well. They try their hardest to get the gooey oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to your door in their MINI Cooper within an hour of the order being placed. It’s not too difficult considering the cookies are made right in their own kitchen.



Bakery Bar.

A beautiful cake or dessert makes a bold statement. Whatever the occasion, a special dessert makes it better and that’s just what Bakery Bar does (If you live in Portland, Oregon that is!). Each cake is meticulously designed and created, with every detail being given the utmost attention. Bakery Bar takes pride in decorating their desserts with garnishes that make them unique, enhance their flavors and make them works of art. In addition to cakes, small cakes, pastries, pies and tarts, and petits fours are offered.



Here are some cute things from Seraph stationary in Utah. Their site is being updated, so there’s not tons of information but enough. I especially love the Word card and Drink Me glass. Enjoy!


Forget the Film, Watch the Titles.

Remco Vlaanderen is the Amsterdam-based editor of Submarine Channel – a website devoted to the art of title sequence design. He’s collected a series of well-designed title sequences and hosts them on the site with the idea of honoring artistic first impressions. Each clip contains detailed info and a short interview with the title sequence designer. This is one of those sites you could literally spend hours exploring.



If you’re a design addict and color-holic like me, Kuler will rock your socks off. A co-worker showed me the site yesterday and I’ve barely been able to get any work done since then. I’m addicted.

Kuler is a Adobe-run site that allows users to log on (with your free Adobe registration) to explore, create and share color themes. You can use it online or download color themes to use with Creative Suite 2 and 3. When I just checked there were over 16,000 color themes to drool over. It’s super easy to use and when you find something you like there’s an icon that gives you the color builds. Love it!

We’re each designing our own business cards today at work and I used this color scheme below on mine.