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Ideal Notebook
Pen your hopes and dream-scenarios in Kiosk's neat and cheery Ideal Notebook. The pocket-sized pad comes filled with lined blank pages to get your motivation out onto paper.
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1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion
Graphic designer Adam J Kurtz has built his portfolio on uplifting but slightly cheeky missives printed on brightly colored objects ranging from balloons to books. His latest creation invites the rest of us to get inspired in 2015 with "1 Page at a...
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Inspired Bites Cookbook
The word "catering" often conjures images of bowties, pigs in blankets or gaudy silver chafing dishes. Seeking to break out of that mold, chef Bob Spiegel and designer TJ Girard joined forces to create Pinch Food Design, an innovative approach to...
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Daft Punk: Alive 1997
Snarkitecture: "We listen to a lot of music in the studio, this is just one of the more recent songs that gets turned up when it comes on. Both of these guys are making some of the most innovative music right now—shouts out to La Flame and Thugga for...
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Kurtis Blow: The Breaks
Tina Roth Eisenberg of swissmiss: "This song never fails to get me off my chair. I cannot not dance to this song. When I am in need of inspiration, all I need to do is trick myself into shifting focus, get up, get my blood flowing. 'September’ does...
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Earth, Wind & Fire: September
Theo Richardson of Rich Brilliant Willing: "A very moody song, but upbeat song. I'm not even sure what it really means, or why I like. I just get the feeling that something is about to happen when I listen to it." (Listen)
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Teen: Better
James Victore: "'In The Name of Love' and other loud power ballads; I can sing it REEAALLL loud." (Listen)
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U2: Pride
Drew Seskunas of The Principals: "I found myself in a very similar situation once, this takes me back to that special place." (Listen)
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Ween: Bananas and Blow
Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza of CHIAOZZA: "We are constantly shifting gears and trying to move forward with our work. After a big project, this song feels like a nice reset. The simple message reminds us not to rely on the things we've already done...
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Orange Juice: Rip It Up
Shanan Campanaro of Eskayel: "I love the sound of the song and in the lyrics it actually says, 'So don't be stressed out.' (Listen)
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Blood Orange: It Is What It Is
Stefan Sagmeister of Sagmeister & Walsh: "Because I listened to it 120 times and it still does not get on my nerves. It is the only earworm I know that does not worm itself into my ear." (Listen)
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Siskiyou: Pull It Away
Emily Sugihara of Baggu: "Makes me feel like I'm in the car driving to the beach, good vibes to channel while designing bags." (Listen)
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Connan Mockasin: I'm The Man, That Will Find You
Lindsey Adelman: "My favorite song changes every day. Right this second it's 'Everything She Wants' by Wham! Because I always want to be in a George Michael mood." (Listen)
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Wham!: Everything She Wants
New York is a city steeped in music history—from salsa to hip-hop to punk, several genres were born here from bands that found artistic inspiration in the mix of disparate cultures and intense urban landscape. In turn, music itself prompts creative...
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ListenUp: The New York Designer's Playlist
New York is a city steeped in music history—from salsa to hip-hop to punk, several genres were born here from bands that found artistic inspiration in the mix of disparate cultures and intense urban landscape. In turn, music itself prompts creative...
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A Mercantile Meal
Portland, Oregon is a city of craft-focused entrepreneurs where many of the ideas for successful small businesses start from chance conversations among friends. Recognizing this, Jason French and Michelle Battista of Ned Ludd—an intimate Portland...
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Sage Advice from The Chef Says
A continuation in a "Words of Wisdom" series that has already delivered the compelling "The Designer Says" and "The Filmmaker Says," Princeton Architectural Press is now offering insight from within one of the most-consumed but perhaps least considered...
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If This Isn't Nice, What Is?
One of the most influential voices in contemporary literary history also happened to be pitch-perfect with advice. "If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" compiles Kurt Vonnegut's graduation speech wisdom in a collection of enduring missives capable of inspiration...
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Interview: Scott Croyle of HTC
Faced with some very deep pocketed rivals, decreasing market share and customers who are constantly looking for what’s next, Scott Croyle, HTC’s Senior Vice President of Design, is a master at finding his vision and keeping the design team motivated...
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Paper + Moleskine Book
Apple's 2012 app of the year, Paper, from FiftyThree design studio, unleashes your iPad's sketchbook potential. The streamlined drawing app turns creative brushstrokes into portable portfolios. Combine this illustration capability with the power to...
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The Filmmaker Says
Hot off the Princeton Architectural Press is "The Filmmaker Says," a collection of quotes from the people who envisioned (and then brought to life) history-making films, from Charlie Chaplin to Kathryn Bigelow to Akira Kurasawa. Their words, compiled...
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Reasons To Be Creative
Before London begins to gear up for its 11th annual Design Festival this September, an array of visionaries are headed to the beach for the award-winning Reasons To Be Creative (RTBC) conference. Helmed by Flash developer John Davey, the yearly three...
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Daily Rituals
Mason Currey looks into the lives of some of history's most inspiring minds and compiles a fascinating range of daily rituals. Read about Jean-Paul Sarter, who wrote while on ten times the recommended dose of aspirin each day, Thomas Wolfe, who chose...
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Do Book Company
“The idea is a simple one,” says Do Lectures founder David Hieatt, “people who do things can inspire the rest of us to go and do things too.” This is the premise of the small yet mighty Ideas Conference, held annually on eco-tour-worthy farms in...
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