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An Octopus Playground in Shenzhen

Can I dial you all into a little secret? When I was younger, I used to actually want to design playgrounds for a living. In no way, shape, or form did my education ever take me on that path, but I still remember watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid and the scene when the group heads into the factory to find that everything is edible was like my dream. Personally, I wished that would’ve happened to me, but on the other hand, I always wondered how cool it would be to create something like that or bring something similar to that to life. Again, I know it’s a chocolate factory and not a playground… but you know where I’m headed with this right? Another example is in that episode of Arthur when Francine takes everyone to her dad’s workplace – the garbage dump – and there’s an amazing playground at the end of the episode!

Okay we just had a moment where I “nerded” out on this. To the point of the story now – a giant octopus playground has emerged in Shenzhen and look how glorious it is! These kids are so lucky. The most friendly octopus you have ever seen was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and UAP. Does this seem familiar to you at all? Hofman was also the designer behind the enormous bunny in Taiwan!

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Nike’s Air Presto Ultra “Lemon”

Are these not the most darling Nikes you’ve ever seen?! They are the perfect shade of “Lemon Drop” and because they are so sunshine-y, we’re naturally gravitating towards these. Fun fact: my nickname from my best friend used to be Funshine (after the Care Bear!) Now, I’m not saying that it will be easy pairing these with outfits, but they certainly will add a whole lot of spunk to them. It really wouldn’t stop me from purchasing them.

“Lemon” will be sold for about $160 USD.

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Finding Beyoncé

It’s 2017 and by now, the children that are growing up probably have no idea what “Where’s Waldo” is. The people behind Sugoi Books are bringing this little part of our childhood book back and this time with “Finding Beyoncé” In a new 40-page illustrated book, children must pick out their Beyoncé in chaotic events that typically might surround the R&B singer.

“We’ve put together a glorious illustrated tribute to Queen B where you get to swim through the pages and find out where’s she’s hidden on the page,” the publisher wrote on the product page. “Think Where’s Waldo but with way more sass.”

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Virgin America’s First Class Shoe

This past fall, Virgin America collaborated with Eleven and Milan’s SearchnDesign to create a truly one-of-a-kind pair of sneakers. I mean… have you ever seen a pair of sneakers with wifi and a video screen built in? Is this something that you would ever necessarily need? Maybe not, but it’s still cool to say that you have them! Made out of Italian leather (the same ones that Virgin America’s first class seats are made of)  these are the first of its kind to have all of these features and a built in charger. What can’t these sneakers do? There was only one pair made and they were auctioned off on eBay for a whopping $97,877.77. Wow. Don’t worry, it’s all going to charity and the proceeds were given to Soles4Souls, which is committed to fighting poverty through clothing and shoes distribution.

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Design Love Fest x Target Collection

Whenever I learn about some of my favorite bloggers designing and collaborating on collections, my heart gets all warm and tingly. As a part-time blogger with a day job, these are the things that I only dream of. I’ve been following Bri of DesignLoveFest for years though and am constantly inspired by her creativity and how open she is with all of her readers. She’s someone I’ve looked up to. So when I learned that she linked up with Target to put together this fab collection of travel accessories and luggage, I nearly lost it. I’ve done the most traveling I have ever done in my life in the last two years and while I’m not a pro of knowing all the tips and tricks (Ugh, I don’t even have TSA pre-check yet!) I recognize the importance of traveling well and being prepared with all of the necessities. Here are our favorite picks and once you get a peek at the collection, you’ll probably want the entire set. Don’t delay though, one piece is already sold out online!

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Hater

In 2017, there’s a dating app for every kind of person. For a long time, I thought the most creative was “Farmers Only,” but as dating apps grew in popularity, there was no limit or bounds for the specific type of person you might be looking for. With that said, the more specific you are looking for, the less options you end up having. One dating app that came onto the scene this week was “Hater” – for those who have a mutual hate for something. It doesn’t seem like the most warm and fuzzy foot to jump off on, but if it works for people, then why not? According to Vice, if you hate Taylor Swift, camping, or Donald Trump (which I imagine to be a larger population here) then you’re in luck! There’s other people just like you and they might even be compatible with you too.

The app will officially launch February 8th (just in time for Valentine’s Day!) and upon signing up, you’ll get to swipe on all the things you hate. After that, you’ll begin getting matched up with others that have a mutual hate just like you. Currently the app has 2,000 topics you can swipe on, but it’s not clear if you have to do all 2,000 as soon as you sign up. How time consuming! Eventually the people behind the app hope that they can generate more topics for people to hate so that it can build itself out through their users.

For more information, check out Vice – happy swiping!

 

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Seattle’s Summer

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Whenever I return home, I never feel like I have enough time. In a perfect world, I would spend every summer in Seattle and then elsewhere for the other seasons! I spent a week this past June like I always do and we’re now sharing some of the photos from our trip. If some of these look familiar to you (because you’ve seen these shots before) it’s because I basically will do the same kind of thing on every trip. We know what we like, obviously! Now if only we could get back there more often…

^^ I will tolerate sushi in the Bay Area, but we all know that it doesn’t exactly compare to Seattle. And even though my go-to place looks like a club inside, the food is 100. This is at Wasabi on 2nd Ave!

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Hello Kitty’s Latest Squad Member

Meet Aggretsuko! She doesn’t really look like this and I promise she’s got a cute exterior, but based off the intro video I just saw of her, she also has a dark side. Her tagline? She’s over it. Geez, can we adopt that too? Apparently Aggretsuko is just like all of her friends and Hello Kitty, but inside she’s got some rage. Notice how her name kind of just looks like another version of… “Aggressive?” or “Aggravate?” Aggretsuko is a red panda working as an office associate at a trading company (a working girl! We like this!) and she’s clearly packing a punch.

Watch her intro video here. I laughed the whole way through it.

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Meet Harry’s

Harry’s is starting 2017 strong. They just released this video yesterday describing more about the founders, the company and the business and I was completely hooked. It was so engaging. Why can’t every company have a video like this? We actually blogged about Harry’s originally back in 2013 and while I knew that they were still around and in business, things have been pretty quiet on their end. If you’re wondering also why this product reminds you of another quirky product, it’s because the co-founder Jeff Raider is also the man behind Warby Parker too.

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A Collection Part 46

I always seem to have the most time to blog around the holidays, but it just so happens that I like being able to post for “A Collection” during this time too. We last did this post about 6 months ago so all of today’s photos are ones that I’ve been collecting and saving since then. Here’s hoping that these photographs tickle you, inspire you, or spark some kind of emotion within you the same way they do to us. Happy New Year! We’re excited for you 2017.

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A Short Made For Lyft

This was the best thing that I watched today. Thank you so much Doobybrain for sharing this. Too often, tech companies get such a bad rep for who they’re competing with, what scandals they’re involved in, and their impact on San Francisco and the Bay Area. It’s the ads that show a lot of heart though that really strike a chord with me and we’re loving this one for Lyft that was made by Academy Award winner, John Kahrs. Everything in this looks amazing and what a great piece to watch right in the holiday season. Well done, Lyft.

 

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Tour Google’s Latest Pop Up in NYC

Google is and always will be just a fascinating company to me. Some of the things they work on and the different teams that they house sometimes overwhelm me because not only is it just a lot in volume and size, but Google has their hands on everything – apps, phones, home, maps, etc. Pretty soon, sometimes I worry that we won’t really need anything else because Google will just replace everything and make it better. I didn’t know that they opened a pop up recently in Soho until I read about it on Doobybrain, but definitely thought it was interesting enough to share. If you get a chance to view it in real life, you should!

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Unsatisfying Moments by Parallel Studio

It’s fun to just watch this and check off all of the incidents that happen to you, right?

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A Blue Bottle Cafe in Tokyo

Meanwhile, Kevin informed me today that Seattle still has zero Blue Bottles. lol.

Blue Bottle opened a new location in Tokyo this fall and was designed by the team at Schematic Architects. This marks their 5th location in collaboration with Schematic and by coincidence, this new location in Nakameguro just happens to be right across the street from the former Schematic headquarters.

Blue Bottle Nakameguro
3-23-16 Nakameguro,Meguro-ku
Tokyo
Japan

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Philadelphia

I’m currently on this travel bug that I like to call a “work tour.” My first stop actually brought me to Philly! I remember coming out of the plane and just feeling a wave of humidity come over me, which didn’t stop for the next 3 days. It was my first time in the city and honestly, I wish I had had more time there! We had dinner out a couple of times and luckily stayed downtown so we got to explore whatever was in walking distance, but I had a feeling I could’ve loved it even more. Funny thing is, I used to think that I wanted to move to Philly after college for a dream job. It’s not like I haven’t thought about it since then, but I just don’t think it’s my dream job anymore. I’m really grateful that my work brought me there for the first time a few weeks ago and that I finally got to see it in real life. I can’t wait until I’m back there again.

Also, sharing this video because it’s relevant – thanks Herman for posting this on your blog! However, whenever I see videos of these made for Seattle, I’m always like yeah yeah whatever, but now I might have a greater sense of appreciation for them since I’m not a local, myself.

This was done by Cory Popp

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