Omoshiro Block

 

The Omoshiro Block – or fun block – uses laser-cutting technology to create what is a hidden object in disguise. At first glance it’s just a square cube of notepaper, but as the paper is used an object begins to appear! Make your way through all of the paper to excavate it.

 

 

 

 

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5 Things: In the Office

Glass Ruler Bundle
The Glass Ruler Bundle includes two rulers, one inch and one centimeter. Draw and measure with accuracy, the grid overlay allows for precise alignment when placed above an existing drawing. Also available individually.

 

Strip Tape Dispenser
This reinvented tool is as sculptural as it is functional. Referencing a packing tape dispenser, the handle allows it to sit in a pencil cup or on a desktop.

 

THE BOX
THE BOX is a perforated sheet metal box that allows people to define its usage, its airy appearance brings consistency of organization to the objects stored in its compartments. With two sizes, THE BOX can be variously arranged to fit your living or working spaces.

 

One Piece Organizer
With several available colors and three configurations to choose from, the One Piece Organizer is a win-win. Everyday office supplies will fit ‘The Classic‘, ‘The Architect‘ has room for bulky markers, pens, and drawing materials, and ‘The Geek‘ holds a phone, a tablet, and batteries.

 

BLOCK
Not cheap, but oh so beautiful. BLOCK comes 12, 13, and 15″ sizes to fit the latest design of MacBooks. The body is made from Statuario Marble from Carrara, Italy while the feet are polyethylene.

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Accounting Confessions of a Businesswoman, Part 4

 

I’ve barely started this post and I already feel naked. Last year was difficult for a multitude of reasons, and the hard and fast truth of it is that my business was one of the bigger ones. I won’t sugarcoat it or try to distract you with pretty words – although maybe some nice photos might help? At times this journey with FreshBooks has felt like picking up the rug only to discover the dirt underneath, or putting on makeup to hide the flaws. It’s made me take a very real, very deep look into my future and the future of this site.

 

 

Blogging is a funny business. It’s not even one that existed in a professional capacity when I started Design Crush almost eleven years ago, and it’s definitely not a career path I planned for myself. But I fell in love and absolutely adore what I do here, and at times probably border on being a bit of a workaholic because of it. But what was once one person sitting behind a desk or on a couch or at a dining room table putting something out into the void of the internet is now a career that includes teams, financial backers, and the dreaded pivot to video. Algorithms seem to change with every week, decimating audiences that have been hard-fought for. Then there’s the game of comparison, and reminding oneself that someone else’s endgame isn’t going to look the same as your middle. So is this my middle or am I nearing my end? Who knows.

 

 

What I do know is that even ten years later I’m still figuring it out as I go.

Last year I was able to get the financial side of Design Crush on lockdown with the help of FreshBooks, and I can honestly say that thanks to them I don’t hate dealing with money nearly as much as I once did. Having all of my invoices present and accounted for on a platform that’s well designed and intuitive with a slew of other features that I actually use has made it loads less painful. It’s so gratifying to see the charting of my earnings throughout the year, and time previously spent on my finances can be dedicated towards making those numbers go up! (Because no, product offers unfortunately do not pay the bills.)

 

 

Like I said, I’m far from having it all figured out. I don’t want to hire a team or have financial backers or pivot to video, and I never did. But one of the most important qualities any small business owner can have is adaptability and I’m certain some changes will be inevitable. And when they show up I’ll learn to roll with the punches just like I have over the last decade. (DECADE!)

Thanks for coming along with me on this four part journey! It’s been eye-opening  and mildly nauseating to say the least, but I wanted to give you an honest look at what goes on behind the scenes and through my mind – usually at all hours of the night. If you missed the first three parts of the series with FreshBooks you can catch up here, here, and here.

 

This post sponsored by FreshBooks. All words and opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content!

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12 Task Lamps

Oyler Two Head Task Lamp // Crosby Schoolhouse Desk Lamp
Kennedy Table Task Lamp // Iroh Metal Adjustable 23″ Desk Lamp

I’ve found lighting has everything to do with how productive I can be in a day. If I don’t turn on a lamp in the room I’m working in before mid-afternoon, I definitely go slower as the sun drops in the sky. Most days this means switching on the task lamp that’s on my desk. Task lamps have a classy, literary look about them that’s especially welcoming during the winter months – here’s a hot dozen.

 

Dylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp // Renton Task 33″ Desk Lamp
Ina Task Lamp // Wooden Task Lamp

 

Gold-Dipped Task Lamp // Anna Desk Lamp
Scoop Table Lamp // Edris Metal Globe Desk Lamp

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