Archive for February, 2013

Spoken words as jewelry

Even with modern day communications, you can’t always hear someone else’s voice. These days, more people text or type than call or (god forbid!) show up unannounced at your front door. The Sound Advice Project has a clever solution. In an intersection of technology, communications, art and jewelry, they’ve created custom bracelets rendered from 3D soundwaves — the bracelet’s shape is determined by the waveform of the spoken message it conveys.

The Sound Advice Project is a teen anti-drug abuse initiative aimed at getting parents and teens to talk more openly. The organization’s goal with the bracelets was to get parents to send their kids messages of empowerment. I came across them thanks to MAKE: Craft, but the post was a few years old, and further research didn’t help in determining whether or not their project is still alive. You can watch a video here about their campaign.

While I applaud the Sound Advice Project for their admirable efforts, I think this idea is just awesome in and of itself. Maybe I’m just narcissistic, but I love the idea of having someone wear an encoded message from me on their wrist. Hopefully the group decides this is a worthy commercial effort, because I have secret messages I need to record.

The Makeshift Society story

We’ve been big fans of co-working ever since Jelly and our desks in San Diego’s HiveHaus, but it’s always great to see new spaces popping up with their own take on a home for creatives. When I got word of Makeshift Society opening up late last year in San Francisco, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. Though I’ve only recently begun to make consistent visits, I’ve been thrilled by the affordable membership, comfy decor and how awesomely friendly all the members have been. I really do feel like I’m hanging at a clubhouse for creatives, especially when I can climb up a ladder into a loft!

Benefits include office hours advice, a lending library, workshops and monthly mixers where you’re sure to meet 4-5 really interesting people like I did last week. If you’re a freelancer or contractor in the Bay, or just need to get away from the office routine and collaborate with some fresh faces, I recommend checking out Makeshift. In the meantime, watch out this video for the full scoop on what it’s all about. Big ups to Rena Tom, Victoria Smith and Suzanne Shade for making it happen.

Makeshift Society
Photo by SF Girl By Bay

Best Made has the best patch

Best Made Company makes tons of rad stuff. Everything from camping gear to maps and axes, many of which I don’t have the money to throw at. One item I will be picking up though is their Be Optimistic patch. It’s a choice addition to a favorite shirt or backpack and I like that Best Made is donating all proceeds on the sale of this badge to charity since they’ve been unable to find the original creator of the design (it’s from an old postcard). Real mail’s the best.

Best Made Be Optimistic patch


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