Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Inspiration from Steve Martin


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I’m reading Steve Martin’s memoir, Born Standing Up. It’s a fun read, and I find myself folding back corners to go back to certain quotes that make me smile. He self-effacingly shares a letter he wrote to a girlfriend back when he was around 20 and just starting to put together about ten minutes worth of an act. Here’s the end of the letter and his commentary on it:

Then I added:

“I have decided my act is going to be avant-garde. It is the only way to do what I want.”

I’m not sure what I meant, but I wanted to use the lingo, and it was seductive to make these pronouncements. Through the years, I have learned there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.

First this made me laugh, thinking about how many people try so hard to be avant-garde without really knowing what the heck they are talking about, covering up bad design/art/performance with a bunch of mumbo-jumbo archispeak that no one is able to follow. But then the cynic in me shut up and I smiled at the lesson  Martin had gleaned from his insecurely pretentious former self. Remember to charge yourself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration!

Martin’s performing notes he jotted down after a magic show he performed as a kid.

Image by Steve Martin, as seen in Born Standing Up.


Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Book Giveaway Winners!


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The time has come to announce our randomly selected book winners! Lisa Alrick and “bluebird” will each receive copies of A Year of Mornings

3191 a year of mornings

and To Each His Home

to each his home

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all of you who commented. It is always fascinating to hear what components stand out in making your home “you.”

Lisa and bluebird, please e-mail ali [ @ ] designpublic [ . ] com with your address information and I’ll get the books out to you asap.


Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Book Giveaways!


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Whoa, Nelly. The other day I got to work to find a package on my desk. I immediately ripped through the packaging (actually, I opened it tactfully) to find two treasures…I can’t wait to share!

1.) The printed version of the blog, A Year of Mornings. I have followed this blog from the beginning and thought: a.) Man alive! The images are amazing and b.) Why don’t more people do this? If you are not familiar with 3191ayearofmornings.com/, the premise is simple: two gals live 3191 miles apart (Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon) and document their mornings by posting one photo to a shared blog every weekday for a year. The women have only met in person once thus their friendship is solely maintained online. The book is visual eye candy and from a design perspective, very inspiring. Take a look!

3191: A Year of Mornings

And the second book:

2.) To Each His Home. Compared to A Year of Mornings this book is a bit quirkier. You won’t see as much of an emphasis on the little details of each day but more Read the rest of this entry »