Hello everyone, while I’m in this limbo period trying to figure out what I’m going to create for my final thesis project, I thought I’d give you guys some links I found this week. First up is the band The Weeknd. I saw their Thursday EP on a blog weeks ago but didn’t listen to it until last night. I’m in this group! Or is it just a him? I’m not totally sure. Either way you should check them (him) out. You can download their first two EPs on their website FOR FREE and LEGALLY! Just go here to download. I really like the song Rolling Stone from the Thursday cd, listen here.
Another place for great LEGAL & FREE music is Urban Outfitters music site, UO Music. Each week you can download free mixes through iTunes. Go to their LSTN page to download the free mixes, each has about 15 free songs. They also have another page, Music Mondays where you can get 5 free songs every Monday. So if you’re ready to embrace your inner hipster, check that out.
On the design inspiration front I found two blogs I was excited about this week. The first is aqua-velvet.com. As I do with every new blog I find (and like) I go back as far as I can through their posts. I’ve found so many great posts on this blog, lots of vintage modern design inspiration and some pretty cool photo collections. I’ve been posting a ton of theses to my tumblr recently to share with others. So if you don’t have tumblr, check out the blog.
Another source is that is thesis oriented is the blog aestheticsofjoy.com – !! A blog about joy in design. Sound familiar? I’m seriously an idiot for not finding this blog earlier as it would have been so helpful in the thesis writing process. There are some really great projects on here, joy-related or not. The site is a project by Ingrid Fetell, an industrial designer for Ideo and Pratt graduate. She also lives in NYC so I’m hoping to meet or talk with her about both of projects. Here’s a little more info on Fetell,
“My work explores the emotional relationships between people and things, particularly the basic objects we interact with every day. Many of these interactions are unthinking—the way we sink into a chair or grasp a cup—and my goal is simply to expose the emotionality inherent in the material action. On a deeper level, I’m interested in the dialogue between objects and our long-term emotional well-being. Much has been said about the unhealthy culture of consumption in modern life, and I believe part of the solution lies in designing products that are emotionally satisfying in a more durable way. The designs on this site are physical explorations of questions related to this premise — questions about empathy + emotion, movement + materials, social issues + sustainability.
My current focus is Aesthetics of Joy, a blog and book-in-progress that draws on insights from neuroscience and psychology to suggest ways that design can enhance our emotional health and well-being. The project looks at the unconscious effects of architecture, products, fashion, and art on our psyche, and suggests ways that better design might lead the way to happier, healthier, more sustainable lives.”
One of my favorite posts is this one about “The Joy of Illegal Rainbows” by “Rainbow Warrior” (lol) working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to Fetell, “The warrior is a street artist working in Albuquerque, using spilled paint to pour rainbows off the tops of buildings. The charm of the story is in how the community has rallied to the warrior’s defense. This Facebook page has drawn 1,492 fans “in support of the Rainbow Warrior, whomever s/he may be.” And the soul of the story is in the warrior’s own words. This is the warrior on his/her inspiration for painting the rainbows:
About three or four years ago … I was feeling really depressed and I had this notion that if I went out and painted a rainbow, maybe someone would see it and feel what I was feeling or feel anything as intensely as I was. The first one I did, I just literally dumped the paint over the side of a pretty ugly, abandoned, alleyway building.