Category Archives: Design

A Lesson on Coke

I’m not sure what happened, but tonight I found this absolutely fascinating! Growing up, my family and I always had either Sprite or Coke around depending on what my brother and I were into at the time. I wouldn’t normally have it with every meal, but I did enjoy it every once in awhile. When I got to college, I had more options for drinks and never got a coke. I now have coke as an option for a drink every day at work and don’t touch it. Well, maybe I do once a month as a treat. It’s crazy how much one can of coke can have such a huge impact. I was never that good at science back in school, but still found this super interesting to read.

Thank you Huffington Post for the very educational lesson.

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Blog Roundup

– I can’t even with these sushi beach towels [Colossal]

– The pain of being in love with someone you can never be with [Elite Daily]

– 15 rules for an unconventional wedding [The Coveteur]

– Things to avoid when eating out [The Guardian]

– The Real World is casting in SF next month, do you have what it takes? [7×7]

– Silicon Valley Dictionary – like Urban Dictionary, but a place where people only in tech can truly relate [Silicon Valley Dictionary]

– The most popular foods across the world calculated by Instagram [Photoworld]

– The best amenity kits in first class by airline [Afar]

– How to recover from an all-nighter

– Calculate how much time you’ve spent watching your favorite television shows [tiii.me]

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Smilebooth

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A few years ago, I learned about Smilebooth through DesignLoveFest and promised myself that the next time I had the budget for it, I would rent a Smilebooth for an event that I was planning. Really though – my love for photobooths started at the ripe age of 18 when I was introduced to USnaps back in December at my high school graduation all-nighter party. From then on, I brought it to Seattle University and now in California we use Smilebooth. What I love about Smilebooth is how easy it is to use, how you can fit an enormous amount of people into one photo, and how easy it is to share online via email and social media. They’ve really won over my heart – especially that Bay Area team. ;) I wanted to take some time to share some love because I’ve booked them for two of our company’s events now (and a 3rd one next month!) and they’ve been my favorite to work with. Here are some snaps from our party just a couple of weeks ago!

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The National Museum Installs a 10,000 Square Foot Ball Pit

To give visitors the experience of being at a beach indoors, the National Museum filled a very large space with a white ball pit. The interactive installation titled, “The BEACH,” includes all of your favorite beach accessories with umbrellas, beach chairs, and floaties. The firm responsible for this installation, Snarkitecture, typically puts out pieces of work that blend a combination of both design and experience. The installation will call the National Museum in DC home through September 7th so if you have a chance to see it in real life, you definitely should!

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Oreo Thins

I had a small opportunity yesterday where I could sign up for a free packet of Oreo Thins and I completely blew it! I didn’t know that the window to sign up would close and when I went back today to sign up for real, I realized I had missed it by just a couple of hours. Imagine my disappoint. Oreos hold a very special place in my heart. I promise you, no one asked me to say that. The very first time I ever looked at a photo of myself or could even comprehend what that was like, I was a very small baby eating Oreos for the first time with crumbs and cream all over my face. I was sat next to my brother who clearly found this very amusing, but what baby isn’t?! When I heard about Oreo Thins, I knew I had to have it. Kevin and I used to get a packet of Oreos all the time as kids, but I’d always stop after 2 or 3 because they made me so full. However, a thinner cookie means that I can shove a whole lot more in my mouth without feeling like I need to stop.

Apparently, the new Oreo Thins are as thin as pencils – naturally because it’s a thinner cookie and it’s filled with less cream. Four of these cookie add up to about 140 calories – not that I really care about that that much though. I don’t count. These are hitting shelves next week and I can’t wait to sample them for you all and let you know if it’s really the best thing ever.

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Blog Roundup

– Which member of Taylor Swift’s clique are you? [Refinery 29]

– How Facebook changed their “Facebook Friends” icon [Medium]

– Majid Jordan dropped a 20-minute mix on SoundCloud for your listening pleasure [Fader]

– Roy Choi shows us how to make the perfect instant ramen [Tasting Table]

– How men can pull off the baggy t-shirt look [GQ]

– 5 unexpected things happy people have in their homes [Apartment Therapy]

Wow! I think this is the first time we’ve hit all 5 Yow Yow! categories!

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Blog Roundup

– Los Angeles Photographer Emily Knecht captured herself in crying selfies for the last three years. [i-D]

– The best and worst airlines, airports, and flights – a summer 2015 report [FiveThirtyEight]

– The one haircut that all women love on men [Esquire]

– How good is your eyesight? I scored 20 and this was so much harder than I thought! [iGame]

– This device blows a bubble to notify you of your upcoming meetings. [Swiss-Miss]

– Shaving dogs into cubes is becoming a new trend in Japan [MTV]

– When to close your eyes [Instagram]

Most Exclusive Website [Herman Yung]

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San Francisco

This video by Daniel Peters is absolutely stunning. I used to watch videos like this all of the time showing Seattle and I remember watching them and being like “Wow, this is my city. This is home.” And now, I kind of get to feel that way about a new place. Though I don’t live in San Francisco, I spend a lot of my time there. Eventually, when I feel like leaving South Bay, I may even move up there. It’s something that I think about often and it really isn’t a tough sell. It’s such a beautiful place with so much to do and so much life. It’s hard to believe, but after being here for almost two years, I feel like I call both these cities home.

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A Visit to the Heath Factory

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Even though Mandi and I have been living in the Bay Area for almost two years now, there is still so much for us to explore so we typically save some time on the weekends for us to get together to do things that we love to do like hipster wedding expos, for example! This trip, however, was a very special one. Heath Ceramics was something that I learned about from my former manager when I first started working in California and a thing that I now find I should be working towards saving my money for! They are some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen! Since Mandi is newly engaged and planning every aspect and detail of her wedding, we sort of decided (or I suggested) that she should DEFINITELY be putting these on her registry. There’s really no better time to be asking for these. We decided though that we needed to take a closer look though so we signed up for a free tour so that we could learn more about Heath and see the factory for ourselves.

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2 Kinds of People

When I first landed on this post, I didn’t read any of it. Instead, I did the wrong thing and went through the illustrations done by @inoffensive and tried to figure out which illustration I identified with the most. I was hoping that as I went on further, I would be able to figure out what this was all about and I didn’t so I had to go all the way back to the beginning. This Tumblr of images basically shows people that we typically do choose one thing over the other and by doing so, this shows us what kind of people we are. To view all of the illustrations, click here.

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Chunky Knits by Anna Mo

No one loves a chunky knit more than I do! When I spotted the chunkiest of chunky knits designed by Anna Mo, Istarted to imagine how wonderful it would be to just OWN one of these.

To knit these mammoth material works the Ukraine-based Mo not only uses extremely thick sections of wool, but also XXL needles to produce her three-inch-thick stitches.

These photographs can be silly, but I like seeing how they can be used as a blanket or even as an accessory piece to furniture.

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Instagram’s Redesign

Instagram's Redesign

Oh my goodness, Instagram rolled out a redesign of user profiles this week and it is gorgeous. I love how clean and simplified everything looks like now along with the rounded profile pictures which are popping up everywhere! This is a huge upgrade from what it looked like before because now the photos are larger and more of a focus. It’s funny how excited I got about this, but I think a lot of that excitement has come from me working in tech now.

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