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Bex Finch

Sean

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I have been using instagram for about a year now and I’m constantly inspired by the photographers I follow. One I want to share with you now is Bex Finch. If you have ever seen the hashtag #fromwhereistand, she is where it started. I thought her work was beautiful, but it wasn’t until I saw this video that made me really understand and appreciate how she approaches her work.

You can view her work on instagram as @bexfinch.

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Lizzie

The sound of a truck backfiring woke me like a gunshot. Taking in my surroundings, I sleepily remembered that I was at Grandma and Grandpa’s for the weekend. The guest bedroom window faced Sherman Way, a busier street than the quiet residential one where I lived with my parents, and I often woke with a start to the sounds of an unfamiliar neighborhood. I turned over in bed, saw that it was 6:50, and felt my stomach rumble with hunger.

In the gray morning light, I got out of bed and traversed the short hallway to the master bedroom where my grandparents slept peacefully. I made my way to the right side of the bed and studied my grandmother’s sleeping face, freckled like my own. After a moment, I lightly touched her arm and whispered, “Matzo meal pancakes. Grandma, matzo meal pancakes.” She stirred and opened her eyes, reaching with one ever-shaky hand for the glasses on her nightstand.  Glancing at my grandfather, she slowly got out of bed and put on her familiar house robe, took my hand and led me quietly out of the room.

As my grandma prepared my favorite breakfast in her small townhouse kitchen, we chatted about school, about what I would do that day with my grandpa, and about books. A sometimes-harsh and always-stubborn woman who could be the sweetest you’ve ever encountered or take you down a peg with her pursed lips, Grandma had a soft spot for me as her youngest grandchild and didn’t bother to hide it from the rest of the family. Those mornings with my grandmother are some of the fondest memories of my childhood, and her constant affirmation that I was the smartest and prettiest little girl in the world certainly made me feel that, if nothing else, I was the most-loved. (more…)

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Hospitality

Sean


video by Jessica Amaya

I’ve been really loving the sounds of this band Hospitality. I missed them at their last show at the Rock Shop due to nyc’s monsoon weather. You can download their music for free here, hospitality.bandcamp.com.

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Idea execution audit 2011

Sean

I just came across this info-graphic by the 99 percent, as I was poking around for some inspiration for a current project. 99% took a poll to ask questions like “How do creative projects really get pushed forward? What tools are you using to manage your time and energy? And: Are the ways we live and work as creative professionals undergoing major changes?” I probably shouldn’t be writing a post right now, as my brain is fried, but I found it interesting to see how I compare with the 99% community.

I also found interesting that 53% of designers rework their original ideas at least 5 times. For me, it varies; I might rework an idea for a client at around 3 times but when I design for myself I usually get bored or think I can do better, which ends up becoming a never-ending process.

You can download the pdf of the info-graphic here.

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Under Construction

Lizzie

This is a stellar representation of what the daily grind can do to a girl. Love that her feet are off the ground, love the dress, and love the old-timey briefcase. Where can I get one to corral my inner chaos?

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New Six Point Cans

Sean

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Six Point Craft Ales are releasing new cans for their 6th anniversary. Time Out New York has a sneak peak of the cans during production, and a good interview with Shane Whelch of Six Point. I love their beer and enjoy a Sweet Action from time to time. Although I think beer in a can is sacrilegious, I think these cans look pretty sweet.