Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I was reading about Domino's column called "Turn this room into an outfit" on Design*Sponge and decided to try it myself. Here's the outfit I put together using The Stanton Social, a restaurant in the lower east side of Manhattan, as inspiration. Purse, belt, and dress are from Urban Outfitters. Boots, bracelet, and scarf from Anthropologie. Check out other examples of this idea here.
Subtle contrasts, like those found in a painter’s masterpiece, make up the diverse color palette for fall 2009. Designers play with a broad spectrum of unique color combinations this season, resulting in distinct, yet cohesive color palettes. “The fall 2009 palette is more unique and thoughtful than the typical autumnal hues of years past,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Designers recognize the desire for fundamental basics that speak to current economic conditions, but also understand the need to incorporate vibrant color to grab the consumers’ eyes and entice them to buy.”
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Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Just as the SUV was traded in when gasoline prices went through the roof, leisure is (relatively speaking) getting back to basics. That doesn’t mean sophistication and service go out the window, but there’s a sense that less is more, the way flat screens have suddenly banished the two-ton armoire.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
It has been Niagra Falls this summer in NYC. I've never been one to use an umbrella. In fact, I never carry an umbrella unless I'm going somewhere fancy, it's pouring, and I borrow one from a friend. It was so rainy this summer that I actually purchased my own from Duane Reade, and not so much because I can't stand being rained on, but more so for self-defense. Imagine walking to work on Broadway from 34th street to 14th Street Union Square dodging 17,000 umbrellas. New Yorkers are 1. always in a hurry and 2. extra grumpy when it's raining. An umbrella was a necessary investment in order to not get my eyes poked out and avoid whiplash from dodging umbrellas.
I'm thinking about buying "Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes by Marc Penn." Here's an overview of it from Microtrending.com:
Penn and his co-author E. Kinney Zalesne argue that the biggest trends in America are the microtrends -- the smaller trends that go unnoticed or even ignored. One percent of the nation, or 3 million people, can create new markets for a business, spark a social movement, or produce political change.
The book covers a variety of topics from politics to leisure and relationships. I think that although the book isn't directly geared towards designers, it seems like it would have great relevance to developing marketing or advertising strategies. I think that the old approach of targeting the masses is fading while marketing to smaller niches is more relevant in today's more individualized culture and society.