HOW TO BE HAPPIER
Sometimes the hardest thing in life (other than that whole “being alive” thing) is being happy. Everyone is trying to find happiness or stay happy in any way they can. We all have some idea of what it feels like, and yet, if we’re such experts on being happy why are we not just doing it constantly?
DIY DONUT PEGBOARD
I’ve wanted to make a donut pegboard for a few years now and I figured National Donut Day is as good a time as any. This is one of those things that make a BIG impact at a party. It takes an hour or so to put together but will be Instagrammed like crazy and remembered for years. Totally worth it!
HOW POSTAGE STAMPS ARE THE ULTIMATE DESIGN CHALLENGE
As design writer Mark Sinclair puts it in an essay in the book, the restrictive size and shape of stamps is a "design problem distilled." "Stamps are messages conveyed via the smallest of media," he says. "They are communication in miniature.
CAN A REBRANDING HELP A CITY SHAKE ITS SEEDY REPUTATION
Dongguan is an industrial city located at the mouth of China's Pearl River Delta, about 50 miles north of Hong Kong, that's earned an unsavory reputation as a "sin city" for its high organized crime and prostitution rates. Now, the city and developers want to overhaul its image—and, hopefully, stage a turnaround.
ORIGAMI SILVER NECKLACES
Superb silver necklaces imitate this artistic style with creations that represent swans, cat, bunnies or turtles. Nice, simple and amusing jewels.
AT THE SAVED BY THE BELL DINER, NOSTALGIA IS SERVED TO THE MAX
If the entire idea of a restaurant based upon a short-lived TV show sounds silly, well, it is. But whether we seek the opportunity to sleep in a Van Gogh Airbnb, or attend an interactive version of Alice in Wonderland, we’re at a place in time obsessed with immersive recreations of pseudo-realities where you don’t just view art—you live inside it for a while.
BRILLIANT DECORATION FOR THE KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
One of the facades of the Kansas City Public Library, in Missouri, was painted in order to give the impression that it is covered with a row of giant books of almost 25 feet. Bystanders can therefore admire classics of international literature such as One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, The lord of the rings by Tolkien, Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare or To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee.