Friday, February 29, 2008

Big Polluter reduces waste*

Make: BP
Model: Thermos
Size: 18oz
Color: Silver
Part: n/a
MSRP: Unknown
Paid: $0.00 (Re-Gift from Brock Conrad)
Made in: China (Most likely)

Date purchased: 1/15/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: *Well, they reduce my waste by supplying me with a coffee mug to reuse on my occasional stop at Starbucks (who have sadly quit using ceramic mugs). BP happens to be one of my favorite clients at VSA, so when my co-worker was getting rid of this while cleaning off his desk I was glad to take it off his hands. It was a brand new mug and I figured it would be a nice ironic accessory on my bike rides to the coffee shop, where I'll most likely be reading something along the lines of Cradle to Cradle or Stirring it Up.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mister Meister

Title: Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far
Author: Stefan Sagmeister
Publisher: Abrams Books
Date Published: 2008
Printed: China
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9529-1
List: $40.00
Paid: $24.00 (Gift from Stephanie DeSocio)

Date 2/28/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: I got this book a week ago, but I wasn't able to open it for a few days because I have been so busy with work. If you aren't a designer, there's a good chance you don't know who Stefan Sagmeister is, so I'll just tell you that he is a brilliant man. Stefan is arguably the most inspirational designer alive today. His work aesthetic often borders the realm of fine art, but it always communicates in a powerful and clever way. This book redefines what a design book could and should be. It is made up of a laser-cut slip case that contains 15 self-covering booklets of his work. Each cover can be arranged in the front of the stack to change the face of the book. The projects captured in each book illustrate the things Stefan has learned in his life so far (which happens to only be 20 things). After zero day happened some of my amazing friends reached out—unsolicited—to help me recover some of the things that meant the most to me. My friend and fellow designer Stephanie DeSocio wanted to help me re-establish my library of design books and sent me an Amazon gift card. I've held on to it for the last six months trying to choose something that would be a cherished part of my new collection, I've found that with this book. Thanks Stephanie.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A mole worth keeping

Make: Moleskin
Model: Squared Notebook
Size: 3.5”x5.5”
Color: Black
Part: MM712US
MSRP: $10.45
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Christina Hicks)
Made in: China

Date purchased: 2/17/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: Once again, the giver of amazing unexpected gifts (Christina), introduced me to the world of Moleskin. Yes, I went through art school without ever having one, I was a Rhodia kind of guy. I'm really excited to have a new place for writing down all the brilliant ideas that will help me reach early retirement, as well as cheesy one-liners and blog post titles. You also get a peek at the awesome etched and hand printed card that came with it. Now, I can see the Golden Gate bridge every morning again. Thank's xTina.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A cup and Chuck

Title: Fugitive and Refugees: A walk in Portland, Oregon
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Date Published: 2003
Printed: USA
ISBN: 1-4000-4783-8
List: $16.00
Paid: $11.00

Date 2/11/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: This was a book that Erik suggested I read (before I left for Portland) but I got busy and never picked up a copy. This was my first Chuck Palahniuk book, which is a guide of sorts, for Portland. I didn't have as much free time as I hoped for exploring the city, but with the time I had on Sunday morning, I went to Oldtown and checked out the original Powell's books store, which is amazing and serves the best mocha I've ever had. I wanted something to read for the flight back home and came across this while browsing. I figured since I didn't get to explore as much as I wanted to, I would read about all the things I missed on my way back to Chicago. I finished the book just as the plane landed and felt as if my trip to Portland included much more than it had. There is a whole side to that city that I never would have noticed just walking around in the afternoon. It paints Portland in a light that most visitors will probably never know about and shows how well Chuck can experience a city in it's entirety.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Rollin' with Rapha

Make: Rapha
Model: Portland Roller Races T-Shirt
Size: Medium
Color: Black
Part: n/a
MSRP: $20.00
Paid: $20.00
Made in: USA

Date purchased: 2/9/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: Rapha (for all of you non-cyclists) is the king of bike clothing. Their magazine Rouleur is full of lust worthy photos of epic races, epic rides, and the stories that accompany them. They capture the beauty of cycling so well that they send riders into a state of reverie and can make a non-rider think about visiting their local bike shop. Everyone I know who rides, longs for that one jacket, jersey, or hat, but few can silence their conscience long enough to spend the money on any of them. This weekend I went to Portland, Oregon for the fourth annual North American Handmade Bike Show and Rapha was there sponsoring a series of events throughout the weekend. On Saturday night, in a studio displaying an exhibition of Rouleur's photography, Rapha held a party featuring gold sprints and tons of fun for everyone who was lucky enough to get in. They were also selling these t-shirts to commemorate the night. Although it's just a printed American Apparel shirt, it's a step towards my first real Rapha purchase.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Lot's of green

Title: Stirring it Up: How to make money and save the world
Author: Gary Hirshberg
Publisher: Hyperion
Date Published: 2008
Printed: USA
ISBN: 978-1-4013-0344-0
List: $24.95
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Zipcar)

Date 2/7/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: I've been a Zipster for about a year and a half now and I've always been completely happy with my membership and their customer service. Though I don't own a car (nor do I want to own one) having one can be convenient at times. In SF I would rent a car when I wanted to take drives along the coast, or rent a truck when I needed to pick up some furniture. I only had to rent it for the amount of time I needed it, and insurance, gas, and parking are all included. Though I haven't used it as much while I've been in Chicago, Zipcar has remained convenient and available every time I've needed it. Occasionally I get an email update on new features, new cars added to my neighborhood and other bits of interest. A few weeks ago, they were giving away a copy of Gary Hirshberg's new book to the first person in each Zipcar city to respond to the newsletter, and I happened to be the quickest gun in Chicago. Gary is the CEO of Stonyfield Farm and is a very influential and successful man in the world of responsible and environmental business practices, as well as yummy organic yogurts.