Archive for November, 2010

Upside down IS right side up with Modern Me

| November 30, 2010

For Melissa Stanchock, owner and designer of Modern Me’s line of hip baby clothes, the equation for her independent company is built as follows: “Clever + Modern + Love.”

The “Clever” is in the concept of printing graphics right side up and upside down on the onesies and tees. That way, if you should ask a wee one that knows her words, “Hey, what’s that on your shirt?” she can look down, pull the tee away from her body to see a right side up graphic and answer, “a ballerina!”

The “Modern,” to me, is reflected in Stanchock’s design, which I can only describe as, “I wish I knew how to design like that.” There is a lack of fussiness that I dig, in both her font choices and her graphics, which make the Onesies and “Me Tees” look crisp and feel hip.

The “Love” not only comes in dressing your tots in clothes that help them interact with those that love them, but also in the fact that Stanchock regularly donates portions of her proceeds to benefits and charities. Her two standards include Reach Out and Read and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation.

The Deal: Modern Me’s lines of Onesies and “Me Tees” are currently on sale, up to 40% off regular pricing, putting the majority of her inventory in the range of $10.99 to $17.99.

The Event and The Good: If you’d like to see the designs, meet Stanchock in person, and boost your karma, make sure to RSVP to the 3-day Thread Show in LA this weekend, December 3-5, 2010, and buy a Onesie or Me Tee at her booth. A portion of her proceeds at the Thread Show in LA will be donated to a young mother in stage four colon cancer to help the mother’s family and medical expenses.

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From left to right: Modern Me’s Tractor Tee (currently on sale for $17.99) and Sea Turtle Tee (currently on sale for $15.99). Images from Modern Me’s Little Fans Gallery. Thanks to Melissa for the permission to use these photos!

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Bangin’ billfolds & cases from Tinymeat

| November 29, 2010

Sometimes, an accidental search on Google can lead you to something eye-appealing that isn’t porn-related. In my case, it led me to Tinymeat, a creator of independently designed and ready made wallets ($16), card cases ($10), passport cases ($18), and more.

And while I appreciate their price points, I also dig this Portland-based company’s mission to collaborate with artists via their “Contribute” page. That’s right: the “contribute” link won’t take a user to a page on which Tinymeat is asking for monetary donations to help their business run. Rather, it takes a user to a page on which they provide prospective Tinymeat collaborators with the instructions and tools needed to submit a wallet design or a passport case design for review.

Just another example of how creativity loves company. Craves it, even.

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Left to right: The “I Like You” wallet, designed by Gemma Correll, and the “Paper Planes” passport case, designed by Karin Söderquist. Images from Tinymeat’s website.

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Creativity loves company

| November 24, 2010

Move over, Misery. No longer must we get sucked into your cantankerous black hole. As reported by David L. Brooks of NYT, we can choose to abandon your two-thirds network in search for something more creative, more positive. Because where there is choice, there is hope.

I align with Creativity:

  • I see it in the happy and healthful birth of my friend’s daughter, Maya. I see it in the success of Kristine Domingo’s campaign to get her plush dolls to Martha Stewart’s Holiday 2010 Craft Sale in New York. I see it in the focus of Matt Stanton, Marshall Stanton, and Justin Fortier to make the business they’re a part of continue to grow and stay golden. I see it in volunteer campaigns like the HandsOn Network’s “Get Hands On Challenge” that remind us that doing good is easy.
  • I follow it. GOOD, Holiday Matinee, We Love Creativity, TBD, UNICEF. I pay attention to it, stay aware of it. It’s my food and water. The fertile earth.
  • I share it. In posts, in status updates, in tweets, in articles, by word-of-mouth. Because if anything should be viral, it should be stories and reminders of the good, of life, that’s possible.

Aside from feeling good, aligning with Creativity feels right, you know?

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Non-conforming to the two-thirds perspective.

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Clara C comes back down to SD

| November 23, 2010

Clara C’s voice is a zephyr, and her lyrics and notes are leaves that rise and fall with the breeze.

Since she’ll be back down in San Diego on Wednesday, December 1st, to promote the release of her debut album, “The Art In My Heart,” with a performance at The Loft at UC San Diego, I had the chance to interview her for my latest sandiego2night.com article.

One fun fact I learned about Clara C that I chose to save for this post is that she’s as much a Potterhead as I am. At one point in our interview, her first instinct to express how it feels to pursue and achieve a music career was to use a Quidditch reference, explaining, “It’s like Harry Potter and the snitch. Just close your eyes, follow your instinct and seize what you want by its golden snitch-like wings.” She then followed this explanation with a translation, just in case I wasn’t a Harry Potter follower. I dig that she was mindful, but reassured her that I completely understood what she meant.

Naturally, having met a kindred HP spirit, I was tempted to compare Clara C to the Gryffindor Sword, which only takes on that which makes it stronger, in my review of her performance on her debut album. Alas, I held back. Even though I knew that she’d understand it, I don’t know that many sandiego2night.com readers would. But, that’s why I also keep a blog, isn’t it?

Tickets to the performance are $8 for UCSD students and $10 for everyone else. Don’t forget that you’ll also need to pay for an evening parking permit to park on the UCSD campus. Evening parking permits can either be purchased from a permit pay station or on campus at the UCSD Box office.

Until then, enjoy this video of “Offbeat,” her first official single off of the album, as posted on her YouTube channel.

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Mario, Pac-Man and Sonic, oh my!

| November 22, 2010

From Kody Christian’s Robots in Disguise comes typography that literally takes the shape of some familiar (and beloved) video game characters. Joining the pictured Super Mario, Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog silhouettes in Robots in Disguise’s Society 6 store are bits and bobs for Pokemon and Halo fans, too. You can either wear your love with tees ($22) and zip-up hoodies ($42), display your love as wall art with prints ($25) or stretched canvases ($85), or non-verbally exclaim your love with iPhone, iPod, laptop, and iPad skins ($15-$30) and iPhone cases ($35).

Sadly, there is no Luigi-love–again. Perhaps one day.

[Via Holiday Matinee and Society 6.]

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Images of Robots in Disguise art prints as posted on Society 6.

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