Beautiful Paris! In 2016 Cynthia, my partner in design crime, and I went to Paris for the weekend. We were charmed to death. Many silent looks were shared, sharing unspoken thoughts like "I can't believe we are here," "How is this place so beautiful?" "Why do we live in Chicago?".
A most notable moment from our trip was the man in the crêpe shop who would steal little tourist children off the street, place them on a stool in his tiny kitchen window, and have them "Voici!". He even had the kindness to pretend that he understood my studdering attempts to order and pay for my food in French. Pardon Monseur, vous êtes un bon homme!
My heart aches just writing this post. Stockholm is filled to the brim with people who I love and miss. We visited our sister office to work for a week and see the city we'd heard so much about. Our dear friend Leanne let us stay in her adorable, little studio apartment. 3 sometimes 4 of us slept on her floor for 10 days, and it was heaven.
One beautiful sunny day, we took a long, meandering hike on Södra Grinda. On a small island, you can just loose yourself, not follow the trains, not worry...I was lost in my childhood fairyland dreams.
Speaking of childhood, we went to the amusement park Gröna Lund and wow, I forgot what childhood felt like until that moment. The overwhelming of feelings of being happy, and distracted, and hungry, and scared, and so happy your face hurts from smiling and the tears are running down your cheeks. What a rush!
Abby Wambach Key Takeaways
Labels are walling us off. If we don't listen to and consider people who think differently than we do then we are shutting ourselves off from one another. This is not so good. We loose touch and become incapable of truly making change.
Let's just have one label: Human.
Abby said "I was just grateful to be paid to play a sport...because it hadn't always been that way." But in reality she was THE BEST and she was getting paid toenails compared to her male counterparts. It's not an issue of viewership or money anymore...the 2015 Olympic final was the most viewed sporting even in North America EVER.
We should pay people equally for equal work. "It's not just because it's the right thing to do. It's because it is the smart thing to do."
Sebastian Junger Key Takeaways
What is it about being in a platoon or a high combat unit that makes us feel more connected?
What is it about modern society that is so hard to come home to? We are experiencing chronic alienation. Our ancestors would have lived in groups of 40 or 50, they slept together, worked together and ate together. Now we go to sleep in our own little air conditioned rooms in the suburbs.
Why is it that, the worse that conditions get the better people behave? Acting for the benefit of the group makes you feel good.
What can we do in our daily lives to live better, and be better?
Don't speak with contempt toward anyone else. You may not like them, you may not agree with them, but treat them as though you may need them to save your life tomorrow.
Good Templar Park is a spot of land purchased by the Scandinavians that settled in Chicago about 100 years ago.
Families would leave the city in the summer to enjoy the big woods. They listened to music at the natural amphitheater and played friendly soccer matches between their Swedish, Norwegian and Danish teams.
Many of the cottages that were built in the park exist today, and each year their owners open their doors for the annual Cottage Walks. This little poster was illustrated by me to share some of the joy and wonders of the lovely park.
I developed these icons for one of our clients. We ended up moving in a different direction, but the icons still live on.
Blackbox helps artists, inventors and independent makers of all kinds sell and ship directly to their fans without hassle and tears. They work like a co-op to help keep prices down and service up.
Check out the innards of the press kit that I ordered from them.
Looking forward to a very productive year full of wonderful things.
When we arrived in Venice by boat, the city was dead quiet. No a single person was on the street, all of the house shutters were closed. There was not a single beep of a car, or roar of an engine, nothing. As far as we could tell, the only living thing here was a shaggy grey cat who scowled at us as we interrupted the perfect silence with our rumble of suitcases down the stone streets.
Kayla, Lura and I are about to embark on a grand adventure to Toronto. Oh Canada! I have my Canadian tuxedo on just for you.
Did you know?
- Toronto's Yonge Street is the longest street in the WHOLE WORLD. (Which is actually a lie spread by the Guiness Book of World Records. Hwy 11 (1,178 mi) isn't the same as Yonge street (36 mi).)
- Toronto is the safest North American city. (78.4 violent crimes last year! Come now Chicago...)
- It's projected that by 2020 Toronto will have the most condominium highrises in the world.
- Toronto has the largest population of Italians outside of Italy.
- Toronto is rank 4th best quality of life out of all cities in the world.
- Over 140 dialects are spoken in Toronto. And though French is one of Canada's official languages it is the 12th most spoken in this city.
Here's where I want to go:
- Kensington Market - vintage shops
- Sunday Antique Market at St. Lawrence Market -also food.
- She Said Boom! used books and vinyl
- Brookfeild Place- 181 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3 the Allen Lambert Galleria is a dramatic atrium designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The atrium, which connects Bay Street with Heritage Square, is six stories tall and supported by eight freestanding beams.
- Bakerbots- crazy good looking icecream sandwich. #9 bakeries in the WORLD you have to visit before you get obese and DIE. (According the buzzfeed. But still yes.)
- bangbang ice cream – 93 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z4, Canada. massive ice cream sandwiches between two giant cookies! if you have the appetite of a normal human, the half-size is still a challenge. get there early because it is RAMMED in the summer.
- Butter tarts - get ones with raisins in them
- Shoe Museum http://www.batashoemuseum.com/ 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7,
- De La Salle Castle- 131 Farnham Ave, Toronto, ON M4V 1H7 Anne of Green Gables was filmed here. Says it’s walking distance from downtown.
- Guild Inn- 201 Guildwood Pkwy, Scarborough, ON M1E 1P5 Creepy and abandoned, but with a cool garden arch!
- Scarborough Bluffs- Scarborough, ON M1N 3Z5, On the outside of toronto, cliffs and water
- Tews Falls- Harvest Rd, Dundas, ON L9H 5K7, Canada on the way home we could see some pretty fantastic falls and be in the sunlight.
My mom and I have been working on a children's book for almost a year and a half. Just a few more tweaks to the illustrations and we should be on our way to the printer.
I found this man in San Fransisco. It was calming to watch as he casually burned papers outside his apartment.
I had a great experience at community college. I had a photo class and 2-D design class that helped my find my way from an academic history/english track to the design path I've been following since. I am forever thankful to the wonderful professors I found, who helped me find my way when I was terribly lost.
I found some illustrations from Columbia when I was just a wee little design student.