creative products travel | March 5th, 2013 by hannah
Travel. Art. Design. If a combination of any of those piques your interest, read on.
Wander, whose “About” section on Facebook quotes Dr. Seuss, has an incredible Tumblr that you should browse immediately. The artwork you’ll find there stems from their Postcard Project, in which they asked their favorite illustrators “to imagine a postcard from everywhere and nowhere at once.” Many of them feature travel quotes that will send you Googling for your next international flight. They’re also available to download for free as high-res iPad or iPhone wallpaper.
Aside from the Postcard Project, the company remains somewhat mysterious. If you sign up, you’ll find a landing page that reveals more information about creating a Wanderlog, which I’m assuming will be somewhat of a visual travel journal allowing you to share places that inspire you. All speculation, of course.
Wander is also having a limited sale on Fab.com for the next couple days, which you should definitely check out. Oh, the places you’ll go!
Really taken with this little short film, Balance, which explores the different manifestations of – you guessed it – “balance” on a Sunday at the beach. It’s made by Brandon Li, a videographer who uses economical gear and innovative techniques to share his little slices of life.
Brandon runs a whole blog dedicated to working with cameras that are cheaper and smaller. His output is a good reminder that, regardless of the cost, you can and should go out to work your love. Highly recommend you take a read. Of note is his branded VIVA Vegas video, where he exposes what it’s like to have a whirlwind four-day trip to Vegas. And you thought what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
At the end of the day, all it takes is a bit of effort and your vision to expose beautiful stories everyone can relate to. What are you waiting for?
There’s something deeply satisfying about screen printing a shirt or poster yourself. Even when I haven’t done it personally there’s something I treasure about the shirts from friends that were not made in a giant factory. That’s why I find these t-shirt and gig poster screen printing kits from DIY Print Shop (from Ryonet and Print Liberation) to be a pretty sweet idea. They include everything you need to get rolling (press, wooden frame, lights, squeegee, ink, etc.) and everything is environmentally friendly so you don’t have to feel like an ass for polluting the planet. Seems to me that this kit would be totally worth it if you’re ready to get creative.
Don’t think we just forgot after 3+ years of monthly mixes! Here’s a mixtape just in time for the last couple days of February. This edition has lots of new tunes from Tegan and Sara, San Cisco, Matt Pond, Yo La Tengo and more. Tell us what your favorite jam is in the comments below.
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.
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.