Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Throwing a Welcome Spring Party

Spring has been slowly unveiling itself since Daylight Savings was ushered in last weekend. What better way to welcome the season than with some fun ideas of throwing a spring party to welcome new life, growth and birth. Whether you’re celebrating it in remembrance of the resurrection or in the spirit of gift-giving and Easter egg hunts, here are some modern and eco ideas on how to throw a refreshing spring party.

Spring Party Mood Board

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Tour the MOMA From a Kid’s Perspective

From the geniuses who brought us the John Chamberlain Guggenheim Tour re-imagined as  Transfomers, Audio Tour Hack is back in a big way with a new downloadable tour guide. Told by experts from “kindergarten to fifth grade” their new audio tour guide, MOMA Unadulterated takes you through the landmark museum in a way unlike any other. Some would say art is best enjoyed in its purest form, through the eyes of a child. Now you can revisit that wonderment though a comical walking tour.

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Collection: Hello Summer

Hot summers are the best excuse to take a trip to the pool and beach. As a new mom, I was extremely excited to take my 9-month-old for her first poolside dip. But, as I’m sure some moms would agree, I was worried about how she would fare in the water, so I perused tons of online mommy forums to find the best baby float to keep her happily splashing yet safe. I found this Swimways baby float to not only be accommodating with its shade canopy and safe with its breathable mesh, but also bold and cheery like summer colors should be. And why should babies have all the fun?! I’ve compiled a list of poolside and beachfront picks for the rest of the family while your little ones are splashing away in the pool. Dive in!

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Barbecues: Inspiration of the Week

With the month of May wrapping up and June creeping around the corner, the smell of summer is in the air. What better way to welcome this sunshine-filled season than with barbecues! This week, we are inspired by (and totally salivating at) all things dedicated to the grill. Need other good reasons to throw down on the grill? Well, Father’s Day and graduations are coming up, so throw a memorable BBQ for the special dads and grads in your life. If you need an invitation for your barbecue, be sure to check out one of our favorites – an invitation with a modern take of the tools of the BBQ trade.


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Stripes: Inspiration of the Week

At Paper Culture, our current products consist primarily of social stationery and wall art. However, we’ve always looked far beyond those arenas for our design inspiration. Our blog, Inspired, is about our journey to find eco friendly and modern design inspiration. Internally, we often create moodboards to capture different design inspirations. We thought we would share with you some of our favorites by posting a moodboard of the week. Each week, we’ll share a theme and show you how at least one of our products was inspired by this theme.

This week, we are in love with stripes. There’s something about the mix of thick & thin lines and alternating colors that makes this pattern a classic yet timeless mainstay. We’re loving how easy and breezy they look on a summer dress, yet how modern and sleek dark stripes look on a white watch. You can see just how much we are inspired by stripes – just type “stripes” in our website and you’ll find our collection of cards that pay homage to this versatile design! One of our favorites is our birth announcement featuring bright modern stripes.


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Baubauhaus for Design Inspiration

 

I’m not a designer, but having been lucky enough to be surrounded by designers for most of my life, I’m able to pick up some of their best tips. Before the web, the library was the go-to place for inspiration. Scrolling through old graphic design books, old posters, postcards, anything might get a designer’s brain going. Today the task is much easier, with thousands upon thousands of image websites, whose sole mission is to inspire.

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Happiness Makes You More Productive

It’s that time of the year for TED, which means thousands of the world’s top creative minds are gathering in Long Beach, California this week to hear short, inspiring talks from some of the greatest minds in technology, entertainment and design. This year features the likes of poet Billy Collins, climatologist James Hansen, and energy theorist T. Boone Pickens. 2011 TED Award recipient, street artist JR, presented his Inside Out Project at the conference. Inside Out let people send in photos of themselves and receive giant posters in the mail of the portrait to paste up in their own environment. I produced the website with TED in the early stages of its design and love taking breaks to browse the now-populated site full of people’s pictures from all over the world.

In celebration of TED for those of us not on the ground, here’s a fresh video from TEDx Bloomington, Indiana, featuring Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc. Achor specializes in positive psychology and tackles the happy secret to better work in the above video. It’s the best 12 minutes I’ve spent all day.

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Inspired by the Blogosphere!

Hello, my name is Souris and I am a blogoholic. I’ve been reading weblogs (hah, remember when they were called that?) for nearly a decade and according to Google Reader, I subscribe to 1,391 blogs.

No doubt, someone, somewhere, inspires me daily.  I thought I’d try a little experiment and type “Inspired”, into my blog reader’s search box to see what results pulled up. Following are five hits that had the word “inspired” in them and actually inspire me (to do something) and hopefully you too!

1. NOTCOT – Pocket Dept Notebooks – I hate when I have an immediate need to jot something down (when a smart phone simply won’t do) and I can’t find a spare scrap of paper anywhere. Introducing, Pocket Dept, makers of a notebook for every pocket.

In their own words, Pocket Dept is, “a line of handy notebooks inspired by vintage stationary and designed to suit every pocket. Each Pocket Dept book is made from the finest writing papers and perfect bound for strength and durability. Designed and manufactured with recycled materials by Art House Co-op in Brooklyn, NY – from our workshop to your pocket.”

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Dazed and Amused

Hey Kids! I’m sure everybody’s starting to remind you that summer’s nearly over. I suggest you stick your head in the playground sand and enjoy these inspirational and hilarious videos instead (okay, you’ll have to pull your head out of the sand to actually watch these). To help transition you back to the brick house, just click play and smile a little smile.

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What Inspired Me This Week: Yummyfun Kooking!

With so many kids-cooking sites online, when I’m looking for originality and spunk, I always head to Yummyfun Kooking, my default “have fun cooking with kids” website! Yummyfun’s part Pee Wee Herman, part Martha Stewart and 100% awesome!

My friend Clare Crespo is the Chief Cupcake in Charge and for as long as I’ve known her, she’s been obsessed with inspiring folks to get creative in the kitchen. From the first dusting of flour to becoming a media powerhouse, she has written two best selling cookbooks: “The Secret Life of Food” and “Hey There Cupcake!”, teaches cooking classes and writes recipes and party ideas for other media outlets. You may have even spotted her on TV whipping up something fun. [read more]