Jessica Hagy’s New Book How to Live at the Intersection of Wonder, Awe, and Curiosity

Jessica Hagy’s new book How to Be Interesting: (In 10 Simple Steps), is less of a guide on how to be interesting and more of a way to push yourself to live at the intersection of wonder, awe, and curiosity. Hagy’s simple life lessons, paired down to a few sentences and a fun hand drawn graph shows us how to lead a richer life. This reads as dose of inspiration and would make a great graduation gift.

How to Describe Type

What’s the difference between a Sans Serif and a Serif typeface? Here’s a basic visual introduction to help you describe different styles of type. Defining a Serif Typeface A serif is the right-angled or oblique foot at the end of a stroke. Sample serifs or feet are circled in the sample of the serif typeface of … Continued

Our Ideation Process: A Tessellation Murmuration

We like to start every project with a brainstorming session. The theme for the 2017 Bridge Conference is Together We Rise. We thought of birds in flight rising to the sky. We thought about how powerful it can be when people (or birds) work together. This led us to the idea of starling murmurations. A … Continued

Seattle City Flag Redesign

In the spirit of two of my favorite podcasts, Hello Internet and 99 Percent Invisible, I decided to redesign the Seattle city flag. Seattle’s current flag was designed by councilman Paul Kraabel for the Goodwill Games. Both Mr. Kraabel and the Goodwill Games are a bit before my time, but I always have time for … Continued

There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. —Milton Glaser

DIY Platform Bed

When we need a new piece of furniture I often try to make a project out of it. This is because I’m cheap and I need to make something outside of a computer occasionally. When we upgraded our bed to a California King I decided I would make the platform for the new foam mattress. The … Continued

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5 Tips for Hiring and Working with a Graphic Designer

You are Ready to do Great Things with your Business You know first impressions matter. You are ready to hire a design professional to visualize your brand. This article is written for you. It is a quick guide to hiring and working with designers. These tips will help your process go smoothly. 1. Make a … Continued

Austin Kleon: Showing Your Work is an Act of Generosity.

  In 2012, artist and writer Austin Kleon gave us Steal Like an Artist. Now he brings us Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, described as “a book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion.” He stopped by Seattle’s Town Hall on his book release tour and charmed us … Continued

Candid Intimate Portraits of Sleeping Parents-to-Be

Russian photographer Jana Romanova’s series called “Waiting” is simply stunning. Each image quickly pulls the viewer into the couples bedroom, into their lives. The series portrays young pregnant Russian couples sleeping in the early morning hours. Jana describes it as “the time when people don’t really care about their appearance, being natural. They are preparing … Continued

Book Review: Manage Your Day

“Only by taking charge of your day-to-day can you truly make an impact in what matters most to you. I urge you to build a better routine by stepping outside of it, find your focus by rising above the constant cacophony, and sharpen your creative prowess by analyzing what really matters most when it comes … Continued

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Capsized boat art, entitled “Love love” A fantastic piece of art from artist Julien Berthier. It is the perfect vessel if you love people speeding towards you and asking “Do you need any help?”. So good I wish I thought of it first.