30 March 2011

It's Going To Be A Good Day Because...

The breakroom coffee pot brews decent coffee, but the canister is horrible. Every single morning, I spill when I pour out my coffee. But not today. Today I feel like a champion.

How do you know when it's going to be a good day?

29 March 2011

New Documentary: The Bicycle City

Public transit sort of fascinates me. It sets the tone of a city. London's Tube, New York's subway and San Francisco's cable cars are a huge part of city culture. Now think of Nicaragua. It's the second poorest country in Latin America with few opportunities for those in lower classes to escape poverty. Now add 20,000 bicycles to the city and you lift people out of poverty. Sound pretty cool? Didn't know public transit could do that? Then check out the new documentary, The Bicycle City.

According to  The Bicycle City site:
Over the past 20 years, more than 20,000 bicycles have been brought into Rivas, a city on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, by the non-profit Pedals for Progress, which collects donated bicycles in the United States and distributes them in impoverished communities worldwide. Since the first was unloaded in Rivas in 1991, the bicycle has become an integral part of daily life.

Told from the vantage points of Julia, the street vendor; Xiomara, the young mother; Joaquin, the entrepreneur; and David, the unlikely philanthropist, The Bicycle City is the story of how an idealistic experiment has helped the war-ravaged city of Rivas find its own path to recovery and normalcy through the introduction of cheap, reliable transportation in the form of the bicycle.
I haven't seen the film yet, but it seems like a must watch for any documentary/bicycle nerds out there. For more info, visit The Bicycle City site, and watch the trailer below.

The Bicycle City. Trailer from Greg Sucharew on Vimeo.

25 March 2011

Friday Link Party

Happy Friday, and happy Spring! You wouldn't know it from the 30 degree weather around Chicago, but it's spring now. I'm going to start thinking warm thoughts and hope that through osmosis my thoughts will warm up the weather. That makes total sense, right? No? Well as a consolation prize enjoy this week's Internet findings. See you on Monday!


Spotted: happy fire hydrant
Fab storefront design
The most perfect dress
Designers toolkit from Carsonified
Visual aid for haircuts in music
Dog conga line
Pitchfork will stream LCD Soundsystem show
Tacky royal wedding memorabilia
Leather paper bag?
Toy stories

24 March 2011

Check It: Bohemia Design

Every time I find a new online store to drool over the URL is a UK domain. Oh, you Brits! You make everything I love. Case in point, Bohemia Design. Initially, the name drew me in (I can't deny my Czech roots), but after browsing around the merch hooked me. Their clothes are fun, a little quirky and not horribly priced. And unlike a lot of UK sites, Bohemia offers US prices so you don't have to convert from pesky pounds in your head. Check them out for yourself!

22 March 2011

Dry Transfer Field Notes

Field notes just released a another gem featuring old-school dry-transfer technology. Customize your Field Notes with any phrase, word or nonsense that you choose.

If you're clueless as to what I mean by dry-transfer check out the video:

Field Notes: Dry Transfer Edition Instructions from Coudal Partners on Vimeo.

My D.I.Y. heart is thumping. If yours is too, find out more at the Field Notes site.

16 March 2011

Check It: Dino Planters

I've been on hiatus for a while, but I'm back with something awesome. You know those really ugly swan planters that I'm sure just about everyone's grandmother has in their front lawn? These blow them out of the water. Behold these dino planters from Plaid Pigeon on Etsy. They're made from re-purposed plastic toys. Each Dino is named, primed, hand painted, and sealed. There are holes drilled in the bottom for drainage and the plants are hardy succulents that can live happily in the dinos for  years. It's all music to my ears.


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