Archive for November, 2010

I want to wash your face with this dope new packaging from Kiehl’s

I asked a handful of my guy friends if they’ve ever used Kiehl’s products. The responses were all the same, “I got them as a gift once.” Not too surprised, but what is surprising (in a good way) is their custom packaging designed by London-based studio ilovedust. Just might have to find a girlfriend so I can get these as a Hannukah gift.

I got 99 problems but discovering music ain’t one

This is going to piss a lot of you off but I’m going to say it anyway, Pandora sucks. You can keep it and the bullshit ads, no skipping and crappy design. However, if you’re like me, obsessed with good design, good music and social dialogue, you’re about to fall in love. Say hello to We Are Hunted. I have no clue what the name stands for but it’s such an amazing experience, I sorta don’t care. In a music economy that’s still treading water, We Are Hunted is the first music discovery site that’s truly built for the connected world we live in today. The site is so well designed, with incredibly smooth UI and integrated social functionality, its surprising to me that record labels didn’t invest in technology to create a platform like this. Flipping the traditional model that measures success by number of records sold or downloaded, We Are Hunted presents new music from around the web using sentiment, expression and advocacy to understand what people like and dislike. It’s a fresh new model and the experience is fucking aces.

This is not the traditional business trip

CocoVivo is a tropical place where location-independent workers can do their jobs whilst living a rustic lifestyle. Of course, there is still internet, but if it fails once in awhile, at least you have beautiful scenery to enjoy. This is the sort of place that wouldn’t be ideal for people who are too easily distracted, but it’s great if they want a means of getting away without getting too far away. Often times, people get very sick of their surroundings, but they can’t take a break from what they’re working on, so the best strategy is to escape from their usual environment and take the work with them. Even though I might never visit this place, someday I’d love to create a work experience for myself that takes me away from the superfluity of things I’m used to.

Invisibility skins make your cell phone “disappear”

With Harry Potter mania in the air, everyone’s yearning for a little bit of magic. Now, you can make your iPhone vanish into thin air with an invisibility skin. No, seriously. Not On My Cell is a sticker that matches the side of your face, designed by a group of friends in San Francisco who wanted to lend a little camouflage to the urban consumer. It might not be actual magic, but I know the skins are sure to get a chuckle out of even the most addicted cell phone user. If you have fun ideas for skins (or if none of their products match your unique profile), they’re looking for suggestions.

Don’t forget to buy nothing on Friday

While many Americans will flock to stores for sales at 5AM this Friday, there is an alternative activity that may in fact be a whole lot more fun and build a sense of community. The day after Thanksgiving (and day after that outside N. America) is Buy Nothing Day, an international day of awareness over hyper-consumption. Activities range from actual protests to friendly gatherings, but to me it’s an important reminder that some of the best things in life are free and buying tons of unnecessary crap won’t make you happy. In San Diego, The Motivated Youth is organizing its 2nd Neighborhood Gift Exchange where friends and strangers will gather to trade items and just generally enjoy each other’s company. We’d love to see you there, but if you’re not around you can always see what’s going on in your city.

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