The Holstee Manifesto

I recently stumbled upon the fab site, FAB. Founded by design gurus Jason Goldberg, Bradford Shellhammer, Deepa and Nishith Shah and Veerle Pieters. Each day, they share their philosophy, design influences and products they love — offering some sweet discounts in the process.

Within FAB’s Inspiration section, I came across the Holstee Manifesto, which I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen before. It’s a great message. Reminds me of Lululemon’s words of inspiration.


Manifestos aside, I find myself coveting these incredible Plumen bulbs recently featured on FAB. I’d love that tangle of bright electrical cords above my desk!


The Family Tree

Recent Digital Design graduate, Michael Meng, emailed me today to share an interesting infographic he came across online — The Ad Agency Bloodline.

Created by the Barbarian Group for the folks at creative talent recruitment agency, Vitamin T, this graphic visualizes the launches, mergers and acquisitions, since the 1800′s, of the big ad agency players. In our Industry & Career Preparation course, we often discuss the history and evolution of the advertising industry, so Michael thought this data visualization would be a great educational tool. Thank you, Michael! And thank you, Vitamin T!

Seeding Ideas in Berlin – Part 2

I just recently attended the conference, Typo Berlin, to recharge my creative batteries. It’s always amazing what you can absorb and learn in a few days at a conference, it’s as if the act of sitting and really listening allows the information to infiltrate and sink in.

Typo Berlin's Incredible on-site bookstore

The theme of the conference is “shift”, and most of the speakers are weaving this notion through their presentations. From shifting in media, to print segueing tablet, to shifting disciplines, each story is interesting and can be thought about when it comes to my own or our own situations. The conference organizers will shortly have podcasts available of the main hall speakers, they are available to view at I won’t go into detail about what each of them spoke about, but rather I will give you my top inspirations.

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Seeding Ideas in Berlin – Part 1

Hello from Berlin!

I’m here for the TYPO BERLIN 11, Europe’s biggest graphic design conference, happening over the next 3 days, May 18-21. I arrived a little early to spend some time here and get over the invariable jet lag. People from all over Europe, and even a few brave North Americans, came here. This year’s attendance is about 1000 people. That’s a lot of designers. A lot of black.

Welcome to Berlin, all creative people!

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VFS Students Learn ‘How to Speak Digital Design’

The language of digital design is complex and technical. From ligatures to heuristics, folksonomies to interstitials, ethnographies to nomenclatures — it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. Then consider the fact that our student body is incredibly international. Imagine trying to wrap your head around all of these terms when you’ve only just arrived in North America and have 60 hours a week worth of studies?!

Enter, the Digital Design Lexicon

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