Pebble grained everything
"Creativity is allowing ourselves to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep."
Susan Weinschenk (via yrxsxsw)
Our trip to Dover Castle
In my spare time I have been building a little brand called Jim Whittle. This last week it was discovered by the Thrillist in London. The photos on the site right now are shit, but it still feels great getting a free plug.
Jim Whittle, discovered by the Thrillist.
The ‘American’ way
< - > Last Friday my boss, Simon Black, was interviewed live for Monocle 24′s business breakfast show, the Globalist.
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Last Friday my boss, Simon Black, was interviewed live for Monocle 24′s business breakfast show, the Globalist.
Click to the Design Bridge website to read more and hear the interview.
Jim Whittle packaging.
Occupy Wall Street: The brand
Because of its nature as a leaderless movement, the messages coming from the OWS crowds are random…and a bit rambling. Normally, a new brand has a [relatively] clear direction; but digging into OWS, finding the big idea and delivering it effectively and consistently had been neglected up to this point. While deep at the heart there are some important and unifying principles, getting them to the surface has been their challenge.
Then Jason Shelowitz came along and give them a message:
I personally love it. Its just what it needs to be and addresses the big issue: unemployment. And does so formally and directly. The causes of the unemployment then becomes part of the conversation without a bunch of random yelling.
I stand strong with the OWS protesters, and would be with them if I werent in the UK (which I came to after 8 months of not finding permanent, ‘career-path’ work). Instead of settling with part-time work at pub or restaurant like so many people have had to do, I jumped ship.
Slim (by Jim Whittle)
Im happy to announce…
I have just launched a new brand, Jim Whittle.
It all started a few months back when I came up with a new journal design. Then I started a countless number of wallet prototypes. Well, I lied. It technically started years ago when my frustration with every wallet I ever had started to steep. I found myself going through the same mood swings with journals. Thats when it really started. Its just the brand that started relatively recently.
But its all up and running now. Hand fashioned of a minimalist nature. Everything of full-grain leather by yours truly.
I have to give a huge shoutout to DesignCat for her help with the identity and photos. Here are some of those photos, but be sure to check out the site.
Smart Ass meme
This is my attempt at starting a meme, its for if you ever just need to prove a point. Here is the photo if you have any versions of your own.
In respect to Steve Jobs stepping down, there has yet to be a better description of the depth of detail that is Apple. I love the analogy of Apple being fractal.
Apple’s products are replete with Apple-like features and details, embedded in Apple-like apps, running on Apple-like devices, which come packaged in Apple-like boxes, are promoted in Apple-like ads, and sold in Apple-like stores. The company is a fractal design. Simplicity, elegance, beauty, cleverness, humility. Directness. Truth. Zoom out enough and you can see that the same things that define Apple’s products apply to Apple as a whole. The company itself is Apple-like. The same thought, care, and painstaking attention to detail that Steve Jobs brought to questions like “How should a computer work?”, “How should a phone work?”, “How should we buy music and apps in the digital age?” he also brought to the most important question: “How should a company that creates such things function?”
Jobs’s greatest creation isn’t any Apple product. It is Apple itself.
This is just funny. Enjoy.
I’ve always been inspired by the ability comedians have to be humorously observant. Larry David, Mitch Hedberg, Joe Rogan, Dane Cook…I could go on about my favs. But the honesty it takes to find the humor in things is a powerful and inspiring approach when you actually want to create things that are awesome.