While working on a pitch for a financial client recently, I started researching Bitcoin and other alternative currencies that are floating around out there. And while Cameroon’s adoption of bottle caps as currency, and Zimbabwe’s hyper inflated ‘One Hundred Trillion Dollar” bills, were interesting. The country of Somali was the winner for me, with coins issued as guitars and motorcycles. This all made me consider what kind of currencies I might accept as payment. The net: Make me an offer in tiny erasers or Mr. T puffy stickers, and we might just have a deal.
Last week’s topic of alternative currencies led me to another relevant topic: Social currency. Check out The Social Currency Show podcast where they discuss Mary Meeker Internet Trends Report. Almost more interesting than her findings, is her use of Pechakucha, a Japanese form of storytelling, one where you speak minimally, relying on heavy use of visuals. Here’s her talk at the Code Conference.
I love a good t-shirt, but I think I’m as over snarky, apathetic T-shirts as Haute Couture design duo, Victor & Rolf. When I reflect deeply, I conclude that I have no value-added to my day by knowing that you can’t do anything until you’ve had coffee, are bored, don’t care, didn’t want to come, or don’t give a fuck. Last pic is of me voting at the midterms, giving a fuck. Whatever.
Mexican designer, Norberto Miranda has designed inflatable structures that look like beans for a gastronomy/music/culture exhibition in Papalotla, Mexico. A perfect example of how smart design can be anywhere, turning something functional into something conceptual and beautiful. In a parallel bean-path, when participating in her first Young Entrepreneur Showcase by Produced with Purpose last year, my daughter designed these bean-themed up-cycled greeting cards. Beans, and design, for all.
Just sayin’. Gerrymandering is the bomb.
After seeing one of Ester Aarts’s illustrated gifs for the New York Times, a quick google search for more of her work landed me on a site called Lettercult where I found her hand-lettered “excited” along with piles of other great typography. The kind I used to see in Tibor Kalman’s Colors Magazine. This instagram page uses the Colors name/logo, but not sure if it’s official or just a contemporary designer using the name.