“We have a responsibility to the world that we live in; this is not a choice, this is the job. Design works in the service of a better world, always has, always should. Design is by definition problem-solving, and the world is so blessedly full with problems right now that we’re going to have work for a very long time. So ask yourself, are the problems we’re taking on worth solving? Do we need 36 more iPhone docks? Do we need 59 more iPad cases? What about 179 camera apps?…Our infrastructure is rotting. The world economy is crap. Major media outlets are flushing entire investigative journalism departments down the drain, Wall Street is awash with criminals, billions of people can’t get basic medical care, food and water and we are building apps to rate our sandwiches, to tell each other where we are, who we’re with and when we’ve gone to bed. We’re wasting our time designing digital farms for our phone. We need real farms in our inner cities. We need access to fresh water. Too much of our knowledge is available only to a few…we use to design ways to go to the moon, now we design ways to never have to get out of bed! We have more processing power, affordable tools and combined intelligence this very minute than in any point in the history of design and we are using it to build shit. It’s time to aim higher. Too many smart people are deciding on what problems to tackle—what problems to put their energy into—not based on whether those products solve worthy problems or improve someones life, but rather on whether they can be funded and flipped. If we only tackle the issues that Facebook, Twitter and Google are interested in acquiring, then when will we tackle those they aren’t?…It’s time to stop hoping that other people will solve important problems, or hoping that people will let us solve it for them, but start solving them ourselves. Recognize the power that we have to change things, recognize the power that we have to make things happen, and also recognize that with that power comes the responsibility to do it right and to do the right thing. And remember—every single time that you, as a designer, make it easier and more pleasant for anyone to find and use information and tools that help people live their lives, you have contributed something important to the world. 

I am in love with AND love that Jessica Hische’s newest typeface creation shares a name with my hometown of Minot, North Dakota. A pretty face by one of the best letterers EVER? Could Minot get any luckier?!
See more variations of Hische’s Minot here.

the lowdown, down low

I won’t lie — today was tough. There was nothing particularly tough about it, but I couldn’t quite feel okay. Blame it on the disorientation of a new home, the piles upon stacks of items I have no place for in my room, and homework that I couldn’t find time to complete. About had a meltdown over I-Don’t-Know, but managed to keep it together. I just had a mediocre day.

Self-pity aside, I have some great roommates (four of them!). There is also a friendly dog in the house that has taken to me…

A friendly dog, brought to you by Instagram

…and the shower works better than my last place. I am learning the art of downsizing, and over the course of the past few weeks have given, given, given away like crazy — something that makes me feel so good. Less is more.

Finally, my sister Kacy (and her husband Matt) is due to have her first baby any moment now (and my first nephew!) and I am getting extremely antsy!

And finally finally, here are a few things I found quite neat:

01. Freecycle
B. These numbers from the exclusively B&W Shiro to Kiro:

III. This magical place from Design Love Fest:

 (PS: I love everything about this lady’s blog! Everything!)

04. Oh. My. Gosh. Lab Partners:

e // The Branding 10,000 Lakes Project by Nicole Meyer! Branding a lake a day with some groovy design. So, neat! Too neat!

Take care, be well —

I’m moving full speed ahead into my upcoming BFA project. School begins in less than two weeks and I have to present my proposal and progress very shortly thereafter. So far I’m having a great time laying things out! 


colour palettes! yay!

This is the most invaluable resource for me: FREE color palettes through the online community of color enthusiasts (!!!!!!) at Colour Lovers. C linked me with this site and I’ve gone crazy on it checking out all the palettes and getting inspired! I would consider myself a “colour lover.”
Some of the palettes that caught my eyes //

Early Risings

TODAY IS OFF TO A GREAT START—I spent the morning at my clients’ apartment helping them get ready for work. As much as I admit to not being a morning person, I very much enjoy being a part of their routine. They add the jet pack I need to boost my day!
I grabbed coffee after my shift, and it was only 9am. Nine! And to think of everything I’d already accomplished. Normally before nine I sleep and sometimes get myself ready for the day. When I got home I felt motivated to do the things I helped with earlier in the morning: Make my bed, put my clothes away, eat a healthy breakfast, and be thankful for my wellness.
Now at the library, I’m giddy about the discovery of a landmine of design books on the “New Books” shelf. I checked out three and I’m looking forward to devouring them when I get off work tonight…
The books I checked out…

& a lovely day to all —

Helmut Smits

Without Cabinet

Paddling Pool Fountain


Nature in the Netherlands

City Tree
Trophy Cabinet

I love simple things like this. So much clever!

Helmut Smits is an idea machine—or “multidisciplinary visual artist”—based in Rotterdam, Netherlands (which makes sense why I like it). I’m uncertain how I can across them, but the approach to art is delightful. Here are a few samples of their work, and be sure to mosey on over to their site to check out the rest!

yoonique type

I don’t purchase magazines often (which is completely un-Christen of me, my mother and sister are the magazine queens), but during a visit to the bookstore a few months ago my eyes landed on CMYK Magazine’s “Special issue: Typography” and I knew it was fate. I bought it in a jiffy.
Being that I have an unhealthy fascination with typography, and also that I love found objects, this typeface by young designer Eunjung Yoo really captivated me. It’s made of plastic forks! Brilliant. More of Yoo’s design here.