Friday, March 29, 2013

Links for Friday, March 29

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has some pictures of their recent acquisitions right here.  They have a penny horse from Meijer!  They have a thing about the new (I think the building is empty now?) Grand Rapids Press office!  It's interesting stuff.

I'm pretty obsessed with Stefan Sagmeister right now.  Minimally Minimal got to go see his show, and I'm terribly jealous.  Here's his TED talk, where he discusses his practice of taking a sabbatical every seven years.  I've been thinking a lot about what kind of life I want to live, lately, and I would love to do that.  Just take a year off, relax, recover from working, be inspired.

This article, Why a BA is Now the Ticket to a Job in a Coffeeshop, certainly falls into the category of "Articles that make me into a trainwreck of anxiety but I just can't stop myself from reading them" but it comes at it from a slightly different angle - instead of focusing on sad, underemployed 20-somethings, it's about the larger economic forces that caused them to be in their situation.

NPR internship apps are due today!  I have a big project for school right now!  It's almost April, and "April" is code for "ALL THE STRESS IN THIS MONTH" so if you follow me on twitter, don't be surprised if there are a few late-night, desperate sounding tweets coming up.  Have a good weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Design/Educate/Connect at the GRAM

Design/Educate/Connect partners with the GRAM to showcase local entrepreneurs who bridge the gap between design and business.  On Friday night, the third annual D/E/C event featured seven business owners.

One defining characteristic of D/E/C is the fact that the interviewees are interviewed by people who they know well - often colleagues, friends, or partners.  The organizers decided to do this because they wanted to get past basic questions and gain a unique insight to their motivations and business goals.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Links for Friday, March 22

I've been obsessed with From Cover to Cover for the past few days.  She designs a new cover for every book she reads! She put some major constraints on the project, so they all feel like they go together a bit. It's wonderful! This project is giving me a whole bunch of ideas for a secret project that I'm going to launch soon.

Monday, March 18, 2013

SiTE:LAB Workflow

In 2007, Paul Amenta was looking for a way to give his sculpture students some experience outside the classroom. To do this, he started SiTE:LAB, which was then called ActiveSite, to use empty, but architecturally intriguing spaces as homes for one-night art shows.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Links for Friday, March 15

Robert Coombs has a piece in the Huffington Post about being an artist and the accident that left him paralyzed.  Read it here.  My interview with him, about his work for ArtPrize, is here.

John Waters, on what is cool.  Why don't hacktivists have a signature style?

Knolling in the Deep, er, um 90 Degrees.  Andrew Kim, of Minimally Minimal, has released his book about knolling.  It seems wonderful!  I want it!  The catch: You can only read it on an iPad or iPad Mini.  I own neither of those.  I am crushed.  Also crushed by the fact that he didn't take advantage of the title Knolling in the Deep, which could have been great. Still, if you have an iPad or iPad Mini, you should buy this.

The Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter hit their funding goal in one day.  They raised 2 million dollars in one day.  They've also got a lot of people talking about crowd-funding and how culture creators interact with their audiences.  Thoughts?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

I finally read Imagine.

Everyone on earth has probably heard of this book.  I know I saw it on a couple blogs before a friend recommended it to me, and I finally picked it up. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hacking Your Education

Dale J. Stephens thinks that I should drop out of college. A little over a year ago, I found the UnCollege website, which Stephens started after he dropped out of college after his first semester.  Stephens has been unschooled since he was in sixth grade, and he believes that it's far more effective to educate oneself than it is to go to school, whether it be elementary school, or university.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Links for Friday

Inequality by (interior) Design?  It's my favorite parts of Sociological Images mixed with my favorite parts of 99% Invisible, so it's pretty wonderful.

There was a discussion on Branch about how much writers deserve to be paid, and how much they are paid.  It's an interesting look into an industry where few discuss what the pay is like, and it's changed over time.

I've just discovered My Morning Routine, where people document and discuss what a typical morning looks like for them.  I'm constantly wondering about little details of people's lives and how they differ in doing things, so I love this.

Have a great weekend!  If you're on spring break next week (like I am) don't get too wild with those Netflix marathons!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Two Start Garden Projects That You Should Endorse

Start Garden is the Rick DeVos - powered venture capital fund in Grand Rapids. Instead of going the traditional investing route of picking a few business ideas and hoping that they are profitable, Start Garden is investing small amounts in a greater number of businesses, and offering guidance and further investments down the road.
Every week, Start Garden chooses two projects to fund at the starting level.  The staff at Start Garden chooses one, and the other is chosen by popular vote - anyone who has a Facebook account can sign into their website and endorse ideas.
The first idea that you should endorse is U-Turn.  It's a storage device that was designed by a group of industrial design students from Kendall College of Art and Design at Startup Weekend in January.  It won the top prize at Startup Weekend, and the designers are planning to produce more prototypes for testing and market research.
The next idea is from a jewelry professor at Kendall, Phil Renato.  Volta is his 3D printed necklace idea, which looks a bit like a spine, in a good way.  If funded, he plans to produce more iterations of his design and get feedback on his designs from users.
These projects both expire soon - right now, there are 14 hours left to endorse them.  You don't have to live in Grand Rapids or be a part of Start Garden to vote, anyone with a Facebook can get on and take part!  Hurry up and support these projects!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Bodies of Art

I went to Kendall's fashion show, Bodies of Art, on Friday.  It was fantastic.  Everything was made out of paper, which made it even more impressive.  I'm amazed at the things everyone created out of just paper.  Congratulations to everyone involved, you've all done so well.