The Best Made Company was founded on the principle that a well made object can "enlighten, entertain, and inspire". They're not about offering loads of options - they're about finding or making the very best possible product in each chosen category. Excellent.
Nathan and Katie of Eight Hour Day have decided to travel across the United States for an entire year, in search of good design and inspiration. They sold their home, rented out their studio, and have hit the road with their gorgeous dog in a cute little Volkswagen. I'm so jealous.
Fascinating article about physical media leaving a deeper footprint in our brains. Sounds logical, but it's interesting nevertheless:
"The research project used MRI brain scans to show that our brains process paper-based and digital marketing in different ways, and in particular that paper ads caused more emotional processing. According to the study, physical media left a “deeper footprint” in the brain, even after for controlling for the increase in sensory processing for tangible items."
"...physical material is more “real” to the brain. It has a meaning, and a place. It is better connected to memory because it engages with its spatial memory networks."
"The study also found that the tangible materials involved more emotional processing in the subjects, important from a branding and ad recall standpoint."
Interesting blog post by Noah Brier about how a home phone (which I got rid of many, many years ago) makes him feel:
"Mainly, I've found it makes me feel married more than just about anything else thus far. (I've cleared this post with my wife, so no one should be offended.) What I mean is that there is something about having a communal phone that makes an apartment feel like a home and really makes me feel like I have a family."
Holy crap. How friggin' amazing is this. Basket weaver Annie Ross, along with assistants Jenni Tiles and Robert Pictou, are using bark salvaged from urban forests cleared for condominiums, along with plastic strapping and wool, to wrap a 1956 Nash Metropolitan car. Awesome.