Books, Books, Books!

Welcome to another week and another great opportunity to create something great! We got so much done this week and we’re excited to tell you all about it…

A few weeks ago, we launched Materials. This space is completely dedicated to the supplies and inspirational content you need to create your finest masterpieces. It’s a source where you can find exactly what you need right in the moment so you’ll never run out. We’ve added Architecture supplies, painting supplies and drawing supplies, but this past week we also added some treats too like some of our favorite Kickstarter campaigns and some unique designer posters. We think you’ll really enjoy them. Please let us know your thoughts! Continue reading

Bits of Design Treasure

This time around, I have some really exciting stuff to share!

775216816I added some new deals on the Materials page in case you haven’t seen it yet. (I personally got a couple rolls of that trash paper for my next design project!)

I’m also researching to find a new source for getting high quality leather. If you know of any good places, please comment below and I’ll be sure to give you (or your social media handle/blog name/etc) a shout out in my next post!

Since technology seems to be a continuous topic when it comes to design, I’ll mention this little bit I saw on how Apple may upgrade their next Macbook’s and Macbook Pros. I strongly think it could be in response to the statement by the Founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, but then again it could just be that they are working on something bigger. Apple is just about to make a deal to bring their GPU design in-house. This will not only increase the graphics of future notebooks, but it could also play a vital role in how Apple enters the Virtual Reality scene that is quickly gaining momentum.

As far as Architecture goes, there is a neat project in Granada, Spain that uses a very fluid aesthetic on the side of the mountain. Literally… see the pictures below.

The Architect is GilBartolome Architects. The plot of land rests on a 42 degree incline overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. You can see more pictures and information here.

I hope you enjoy these tidbits of design treasure. Did I leave anything out this time? Let me know!

P.S. After some feedback and some long thought, I’ve decided that I’m going to begin a newsletter! This won’t just be any newsletter, but rather a curated source of news about design, interesting gadgets & where to get some great deals on supplies that you may need now or for your next project. If this sounds interesting to you, be sure to sign up either here.

Never Enough Space

With more and more data being stored in the clouds and hard drives in our laptops becoming smaller or even nonexistent, local storage is becoming something of an afterthought… unless you’re like me and don’t always have a secure or decent internet connection. When I upgraded to the latest Retina Macbook Pro, I was ecstatic! I still am, but soon after I had completed just a few projects, I began getting alerts that my hard drive was getting full.

Already?! …

It wasn’t long after that I then began receiving them almost all the time. And I had had enough. I began searching for options. I have Dropbox and it’s great, but I wanted something that I could use to store projects to show clients even if I was on the road and couldn’t connect to the cloud. I also have an external SSD, but even that can become “one more thing” in my ever growing pile of tech in my book bag. Then I found the solution. Continue reading

A Change of Pace

Hi All,

It’s been a little while since my last post, but that is about to change. Over the last month or so, a lot has changed in my life. Today, my focus, my outlook and my intentions are a LOT clearer and on point. This all has been a byproduct of realizing what I want out of life as well as where I want to be at the end of this journey we all are on.

With that being said, I’ve decided to change the scope and the focus of this blog just a tad. Hopefully this will provide more relevance to those (few) readers who already stop by, but also provide more value to a larger group of people as well. Within the next week or so, I’ll add a few more posts focusing on things ranging from product reviews to my thoughts on things happening in the design world to maybe a new design pattern I’ve discovered. Once a new article is published, I’ll be sure to link it to Twitter and Facebook and see what you think. Be sure to leave plenty of feedback in the comments and I’ll push more content in that direction.

Now that the business part has been discussed, who thinks that Apple should stay strong in their fight with the FBI? Who thinks they should allow the FBI access to the content? (If there even is any…) Let us know below!

(Note: Here is what TechCrunch has to say about the ordeal.)

My Visit to the Toy Store

Last night, I lived one of my dreams in real life. Or, at least, that’s what it felt like.

I was invited to an exclusive event hosted by the great people at MoxieUSA and the first thing I thought about when I woke up this morning was that I had to write about my great experience! You see, I’ve been a “techie” all my life. I played with my Father’s in-car phone/bag/thing made my Motorola in the 90’s. I took notes on a Sony Cliè PDA in high school before laptops were even common in college. I even installed a CD-R/WIMG_0282 disk burner in the family laptop just so that I could have the “latest CD’s” before my friends. But last night proved one of many things — as much as I research and tinker with the latest gadgets, there will always be something else out there that I have yet to discover!

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The Freedom of Working

For about a month now, I have been without full-time employment (read: without a 9 to 5). This was certainly not voluntary, although I wish I could say it was. No, this was the byproduct of traditional “corporate restructuring.” Needless to say, it was not part of my “5 year plan.” The first day I woke up and didn’t have an hour commute to an office, I was honestly excited! My first thoughts were “Finally, I can do what I want” and “I don’t have to put on pants today!” But then by the end of day two of being unemployed, I can to the stark realization of the fact that bills were on their way and the collectors were getting their pitchforks ready.

Fast forward almost a month and a half now and I’m still without a “traditional 9-to-5.” The bills are being taken care of and everybody is happy, but money is coming in. Albeit, only in a trickle for right now, but needless to say, it’s still coming in. (This is also in a big part thanks to my wife who still has her job, but that’s not the point of this article). The point of this article is one that I made to myself not through an epiphany, but rather by reflecting continuously, day by day, over the days and then weeks as that last day slipped into the horizon – I can literally do anything and, as long as I’m smart about it, I can actually live my life without the chains of a “job”!

After many, many hours of researching and figuring out which direction I wanted to take next, I came across a pattern of websites. One would say “50 ways to create income” and the next would be “10 ideas for living job-free”. What I got from those, outside of many great income-producing ideas was that we’re not supposed to be chained to a desk or glued to a career for the rest of our lives only to retire when we’re 60 and only get a certificate and (maybe) a watch to show for it.

Our lives are much too short to not be out actually living them. I understand that some are in a position where they can’t just walk out the door and be alright, but I also understand that the stigma that those around us have pressed upon us is full of falsities as well. What if we could work at the beach? What if we could make the same amount of money we’re making now, but while we’re on a cruise ship? What if we set up our lives to where we made money passively while we were traveling through Europe and visiting all the great landmarks that those before us have provided? That’s my 2 cents and some food for thought…

Finding Inspiration

As an artist, a “block” is our main enemy. Our disease. It’s what we never want to happen to us — yet, sometimes it does. We’re constantly trying to find inspiration. Sometimes we’re so desperate we’d try and squeeze it out of a rock if we knew we might could and other times it’s like its bleeding out of every raindrop falling from the sky. But no matter which scenario you’re in, we’ve all felt both sensations!

Personally, sometimes I like to go out for a walk and get my mind off of my projects. Other times, I don’t have the luxury of time and, in those times, I like to go scouring the internet. I love to research any way, but one place I always keep in mind is Yahoo’s Flickr. Flickr is a go-to as far as visual inspiration goes. Whether it’s a tech setup to figure out how to get started building around that fancy new laptop you just bought or looking for the perfect perspective piece to get you started on your next painting, they have it all.

I’m sure there are plenty of others out there though. What are your favorites? What hidden gems would you like to share?