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Archive for June, 2011

Fashion Thinking: Q&A with Design Expert Valerie Jacobs

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Although couture may seem irrelevant to a corporate audience, Valerie Jacobs, Vice President of LPK Trends and an associate professor in product development at the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious Design, Architecture, Art and Planning program, believes that thinking like a fashion designer can help to refresh innovation. Valerie asserts that by borrowing practices engrained in the fashion industry, design can move beyond the functional and into a realm that is more visceral and meaningful to the consumer.

We recently chatted with Valerie to find out more about the “fashion thinking” concept.

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Painting the landscape in a photograph.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Some scenes are postcard-perfect.’Why mess with perfection? ‘Frankly,’sometimes what’s perfect is not all that interesting.’Why not add vibrancy where it doesn’t exist? Or sketch over trees to add texture?’Then suddenly there’s a painting where there was only a’photograph….

Shot on an iPhone and manipulated using HDR.

Photo by: Jon Keeling http://www.keelingphoto.com/


Is the Hipster Culture Dead?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Picture it: A twenty-something guy is perched in a booth in a coffee shop. A customer walks in and the twenty-something gives him the up-down, scoffing at his Buddy Holly glasses, skinny jeans (from Urban Outfitters, no doubt) and TOMS shoes. He rolls his eyes, juts his chin in the direction of the customer and smugly mutters “Hipster,” to his friend. He tugs at his hand-knit cap, securing his iPod in his ears. His friend smirks in agreement and takes a sip from her PBR can. She returns her gaze to her laptop screen and continues reading Pitchfork‘s latest review of a favorite indie artist, pausing first to admire the full-sleeve tattoo on her arm.

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Bikes, not cars.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Leave your car at home, or get rid of it — in Amsterdam the overwhelming way to get around is by bike. For the “morning rush hour”, you better get out of the way, or the buzz of a bicycle bell will sound OR you will’be flattened. Believe it. A sea of women in skirts and high heels, men in suits carrying briefcases or kids on their way to school fill the streets of Amsterdam, as bikes are the primary mode of transportation here.

Shot on an iPhone and converted to duotone via iPhone PhotoShop app.

Photo by: Jon Keeling http://www.keelingphoto.com/

What’s Eating You, America?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

You’ve seen the numbers. Two out of three adults in America are overweight, and one out of three are considered obese.’ And what’s more frightening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17% of children and adolescents in this country are overweight or obese. The numbers on our country’s scale continue to climb, but while the statistics remain dismal, their shock value seems to have worn off. Headlines continue to announce the obesity epidemic, but not much seems to change the way Americans eat.

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