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Photo for Janine Toro’s blog, What Do You Carry, which is a place for creative people to show off the contents of their bags. Such an interesting idea, and a great way to get a solid sense of how a person’s life works. Me for example, I’m kind of a pack mule when it comes to the amount of crap I carry on any given day. Between my desk at home, my desk at my co-working space, client meetings and art projects I’m often shlepping around more than just a laptop. Not to mention I ride my bike nearly every day (yes, winter too, unless the roads are too snowy or icy) (yes, I wear a helmet) so everything has to fit on my back. This photo was shot on January 12th, which was a pretty average day in terms of stuff if I recall correctly. All the gory details are spelled out on What Do You Carry.
Thanks for having me, Janine!
Here’s basically everything I meant to post about this week in one dispatch.
+ Beginners is the sweetest movie I’ve seen in a long time. By artist/designer/director Mike Mills, who’s work I adore, it’s based on his own life. Mostly about the complexities of family love & relationships, the film has a non-linear, collage-like narrative that’s especially memorable.
+ Bet you’ve never seen a water filter as purty as these ones before!
+ I just discovered Doodle! A handy tool for scheduling events w/ groups of people that will eliminate the email back-and-forth. Free.
I’m working on a contract at an agency for the next week or so, that plus my own clients = 14-hour days so…that’s pretty much ALL I’m doing at the moment. HOWEVER. It is Friday and that is enough said, amiright!? I know it’s lame to talk about how busy one is offline, but at least you know that it’s not for lack of trying! A for effort. And with that, enter, the weekend.
I’m no stranger to TED talks, but this one is by far the most incredible one I’ve seen. Given by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, it goes hand-in-hand with a similarly incredible piece on her in the New Yorker. It’s the best and most honest view of women’s roles in the home and workplace that I’ve seen so far in our recent gender discussions. Better still, she has ingenious insights on what to do about it all. I feel like I can do anything. Sheryl, girlfriend, you are awesome.
Ladies, my hand is up. Is yours?
Here’s a couple of outtakes from my Closet & Casa post on Oh Joy! So happy to work with Bri & Joy, and of course, Ben Speckmann for taking ze photos. I never would have gotten my shit together to make this happen without you guys. Thank you for that, you’ve all made my week.
So, ladies and gents, I give you…my crap.
Since moving into my new studio space I’ve definitely noticed a major spike in my productivity, I’m billing time AND blogging in the same day! In order to make this what I’ve wanted, I’ve done several rounds of inventory, sorting and purging which lead to many discoveries, like for example, vintage cigar boxes are great for storing sharpies & pencils, post-its, tea, xactos, bone folder, and my good scissors. And I’ve also developed quite the attachment to my tea mug, which came from Sprout Home. It’s handmade porcelain with a chunky knitted wool koozie. Paper storage is always an issue for a graphic designer, thus the file organizers, vintage, from Post 27. In them go various papers stocks, envelopes, zines, tracing paper, moleskins, sketchbooks, etc. My favorite detail on these buddies are a throwback from their previous owner who affixed them with names of countries. No idea why, but that strange addition is why I noticed them in the first place.
I’m also quite pleased with the newest addition to my worklife: an actual office chair of my very own. A very early production Saarinen, she’s a little faded and worn in real life but otherwise perfect. I won ‘er for one cent over the lowest bidding price on bay. It happened on a total whim, but there you have it. Another example of stuff finding its way home.
Not pictured: to-do lists, clipboard, water bottle, lunch, keys, phone, headphones, bills. And of course me, notably absent since I obviously can’t do the work on that computer while I take a picture of it. Speaking of…I really must get back to it. Let’s do this another time though, it is big time fun!
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Howdy Do It came from “how do you do it,” the question Margot & Ellie Snow found themselves asking about their freelance lifestyles, and so Howdy Do It was born, a column about the things we do to keep ourselves organized, inspired and on track. Read more here and here.
+ Yowza, yowza. This one’s much too hot handle! My friend, mentor & collaborator Angela Finney-Hoffman’s got a gorgeous spot on Refiney29. Amazing style, amazing loft. More pics on here on our blog, Outpost.
+ A Bunch of Crock is my favorite Kickstarter project of the week. It’s a poster show by Pakistani-American designer Safwat Seleem in reaction to the current political landscape and the rhetoric that surrounds it. It’s an incredibly courageous project handled in a tongue-in-cheek way. Bra-freaking-vo for attacking such an inflammatory issue, Safwat. Via Design Work Life.
I’ve been thinking about this video for three days now, ever since I saw it on Swiss Miss. As a freelancer who regularly works on-site contract gigs for lots of different kinds of companies, I’ve gotten to audition lots of different work processes. Despite all of them having their own quirks and vastly different personalities, everyone (including me) struggles with how to manage time and distractions. But I’ve only seen a few businesses that have an approach anywhere near what Jason Fried talks about in this video.
It’s basically everything I struggle to articulate about working at home versus in an office. Further, Jason’s tips for making people WANT to come to the office are brilliant. Less talking. Communicating online as much as possible. Cancel the weekly status meeting. Yes, just get rid of it. It doesn’t matter in the end. Distraction are still distractions, but they’re far less of a hindrance than interrupting someone. Because interrupting someone ambushes their train of thought, effectively sending them back to square one.
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