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Ergonomic Dreamstation Cockpit Desk

Design Process Digital Culture

Ergonomic Dreamstation Cockpit Desk

Phew, I'm finally getting around to posting about this, even though it arrived in March and was assembled shortly thereafter. I bought this gamer cockpit last Black Friday and am happy to report it's lived up to my expectations. It is truly an ergonomic dreamstation and makes most of the work I have to do faster and mo...

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Techno Deco ๐ŸŒŒ

Design Process

Techno Deco ๐ŸŒŒ

Our Techno Deco series dovetails into the design precedents set by 70s High Tech Architecture and 30s Art Deco. Using parametric design to express the unique capabilities of 3d printed forms, we explore the contemporary possibilities within this aesthetic constellation.

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Constellation Boards ๐ŸŒŒ

Design Process

Constellation Boards ๐ŸŒŒ

In design school, we were taught to make "vision boards", "mood boards" or "inspiration boards". All names for an identical process of gathering precedent from which to derive your work. While we could certainly list people whose designs we admire and respect, our design process never begins with intentional influence...

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Booth In A Box

Design Process

Booth In A Box

We're the scrappy scrap-O-s who designed our trade show booth to fit inside a Prime Pantry box! No, we didn't make a time-lapse video of it. We haven't yet figured out how to work in a confined space with a tripod in our way. So these still photos will have to suffice...

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Handmade Business Magazine

Press

Handmade Business Magazine

Duane and I were interviewed for Handmade Business Magazine! The article made the March 2018 issue. Here it is!

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My Black Friday Splurge!

Digital Culture

My Black Friday Splurge!

I celebrated Thanksgiving weekend by buying something cool from a small business!ย 

I'm not a gamer. Full disclosure: video games give me anxiety. But I think those people are on to something!ย Since I'll basically be attached at the eyeballs to a screen for the majority of my life I might as well be comfortable. And according to

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Are.na, Our Favorite New Social Media Network!

Digital Culture

Are.na, Our Favorite New Social Media Network!

You may have heard us mention our Are.na account once or twice by now. Are.na is this cool new social media network, except that it's not exactly "cool" - it's more academic-ish. We are not affiliated with this platform in any way, aside from being avid users. And we love it! Basically it's kind of like Pinterest except less sales oriented. It's geared instead towards research and information. The Are.na interface is intuitive and lightning-fast. It allows us to quickly gather photos, articles, ideas, and notes. We can organize and arrange these references in whatever way seems logical to us....

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Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part III: The Ballerina Mysteries

Heirlooms Jewelry Design History Mysteries

Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part III: The Ballerina Mysteries

In the two preceding articles, I discussed the origins of thisย pendantย and the general history of medallions. Let's move on and take a look at this particular design. The subject of ballerina with pearl is not uncommon in vintage jewelry. A quick google search ofย "ballerina with pearl jewelry"ย reveals it may indeed be impossible to trace the origins of...

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Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part II: The Search Continues

Heirlooms Jewelry Design History Mysteries

Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part II: The Search Continues

Medallions have a storied tradition in jewelry design. Circular amulets and pendants were worn in Greco-Roman antiquity to ward off evil and announce status. In many ancient cultures, Medallions likely developed in parallel with the coin as a store of wealth. But why was this medallion...

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Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part I

Heirlooms Jewelry Design History Mysteries

Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part I

This strange medallion pendant used to belong to my grandmother and was given to me years ago. Here's what I know (or think I know) about it: It was given to my grandmother by my grandfather's mother. She likely would have bought it near where she lived in Southern Louisiana. I also have in my possession similar heirlooms inscribed with the dates 1960 and 1962, so I believe this particular medallion was also made around the late 50s or early 60s. ...While medallions may conjure imagery of...

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How To Buy Jewelry As A Gift - In The Right Size

Size & Fit

How To Buy Jewelry As A Gift - In The Right Size

Jewelry is fairly simple to size, but we've put together this guide to help you find the best fit. This information may or may not be applicable to jewelry from other designers - we haven't re-invented the wheel as fas as sizing goes but we can't speak for how other jewelers do it either.

Of all jewelry categories, bracelets are probably the trickiest item to fit - and bangles and cuffs fit very...

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Should You Buy A 3d Printer?

Desktop 3d Printers

Should You Buy A 3d Printer?

There are loads of desktop 3d printers available these days. Chances are, you know someone who has one. Or maybe you've seen one at your kid's school. But should you buy a 3d printer? If you or your family members are interested in technology or DIY crafts, a 3d printer might be a fun tool to have around. Keep in mind that they often involve a bit of trouble-shooting, tinkering and maintenance. So, as long as you have the patience to solve the occasional mechanical issue (such as cleaning a clogged nozzle) you should be good. You'll also have to...

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