Business

Keeping Focus: The Pomodoro Technique

I discovered the Pomodoro Technique about five years ago when I was back in school for design. I lean towards being a procrastinator (okay, I am a procrastinator) and I needed a way to focus on what I was doing. I guess I googled for help and stumbled on the Pomodoro Technique. It’s named Pomodoro — Italian for “tomato” — after those old school tomato kitchen timers. It’s super simple: You set a timer for …

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Design

I’m a Magazine Addict, and I Like It.

My name is Beth, and… I’m a magazine addict. I’ve been one for quite some time, and I plan to be one until the day I die. Because I hope print magazines live forever, and I think they will. My love for magazine subscriptions began with Highlights. Remember the children’s mag? It was the first to come right to my door, addressed to me. It was special. Then as a tween I moved on to …

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Web Design

I Was a Graphic Designer, but Now I’m a Coder (and a Graphic Designer)

I’m updating my identity. I was a graphic designer, and then I became a graphic designer who codes, but now I’m making it official: I’m a graphic designer/web developer. I have the skills — and desire — to join the club. I got into design when I started publishing a music magazine in 2004. I needed to lay it out, so I learned Quark (whoops… I heard it was the industry standard and didn’t know …

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Food & Drink

Spicy Broiled Tofu Marinade

This recipe might change your life. Serious! I can’t imagine not having it in mine. I’ve used it at least once a week, for about 15 years now. It’s a mainstay, and serves me well. Thank you, tofu marinade. Things have come and gone in my life, but you — you — are here, through it all. This concoction makes tofu shine. Many people are confused about what to do with tofu because on its …

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Links

Elsewhere on the Web

What caught my eye this week… 1. Gorgeous script alert! Tilda, the typeface created by the infallible Jessica Hische for the film Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson (gah — so good!), has been released into the wild. I adored the film, and I adore the script. Can’t wait to play with this! Love that it was named with a nod to the amazing Tilda Swinton. Check out the great font specimen page, and an interview …

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Downloadables

Wallpapers 02

A new week, new wallpaper. Enjoy! the downloads desktop / iphone / iphone 6 / iphone 6 plus / ipad 2nd gen & ipad mini / ipad 3rd & 4th gen, ipad air & mini ipad retina

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Beauty

DevaCurl No-Poo Shampoo

I’m late to this game. And I don’t know why… I knew about DevaCurl. I had flipped through Curly Girl: The Handbook — written by the owner of the Devachan salons — years ago and I had even tried no-pooing for a while. I would wash with just conditioner, and I loved it at first but then my hair started feeling gross. I bet I was using a conditioner with silicone, so it built up. …

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Downloadables

Wallpapers 01

I love geometric patterns. Just can’t get enough of them. Here’ one I came up with — with some added texture for warmth — and made into wallpapers for your downloading pleasure. I’m really liking it on my desktops and phone. the downloads desktop / iphone / iphone 6 / iphone 6 plus / ipad 2nd gen & ipad mini / ipad 3rd & 4th gen, ipad air & mini ipad retina

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Links

Elsewhere on the Web

What caught my eye this week… A professional declutterer has a book out: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Check the link to a video on how to fold a long-sleeved shirt perfectly. On blogging: Why I’m no longer accepting comments. The mega list of tutorials on how to digitize your lettering. I’m a big fan of Mark Bittman’s. I reference his book How to Cook Everything Vegetarian …

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My Life

My Week

There’s interesting design and patterns all around us. This is a sidewalk in Kingston, New York, where I spent the weekend visiting a friend. This gorgeous decorative kale was at a pumpkin patch, where we got supplies for a carving party. Kale — decorative or otherwise — is the best. Love the corn husks, too. Back in Brooklyn, at a pet store. I just love the shop cats around here. We had drinks for the …

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