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Eye On Design: Innovative Kitchen Products from Catamount By Prepara

prepara popcorn popper set photo by gail worley
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If there’s one thing we got better at during the pandemic, it’s coming up with creative ways to have fun without leaving the house. With movie theaters closed, families have been engaging with a variety of streaming platforms — even upgrading their entertainment  systems — to bring the Big Screen into the home. If family movie night has become one of your new traditions, you know that  having fresh popcorn and tasty snacks on hand is an absolute necessity.

prepara popcorn popper set photo by gail worley

To get an authentic “Movie Popcorn” experience at home, check out this cleverly-designed Movie Night Popcorn Gift Box set from Catamount by Prepara, which lets you make an irresistibly delicious batch of fresh popcorn in right in the microwave.  No fuss, no muss!

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Eye On Design: Porsche 911 Coupe, 1965

porsche 911 coupe photo by gail worley
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Designed by Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche (1935 2012), grandson of the Volkswagen Beetle’s creator, the 911 (this model circa 1965) rivals its forebear as an icon of German automotive engineering.

porsche 911 photo by gail worley

A close examination reveals traits inherited from previous Porsche cars, including the raised round headlights and rear-mounted, air-cooled engine. Larger and specifically faster than its immediate predecessor, the Porsche 365, and the Beetle, the 911 in the most successful competition car ever mass produced.

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Eye On Design: Table Lamp By Josef Hoffmann

table lamp by josef hoffmann photo by gail worley
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Josef Hoffman designed this stylized Table Lamp in 1904, when artificial light sources were shifting from gas to electric, which challenged designers to innovate in accordance with the new technology.

table lamp by josef hoffmann photo by gail worley

Rather than putting shades around the bulbs, Hoffmann left the light source exposed. The suspended glass spheres echo the bulbs shape and draw further attention to the new technology as they catch and reflect the electric light. The lamp was manufactured by Konrad Schindel of Denmark.

table lamp by josef hoffmann photo by gail worley

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

Impress New Clients: 5 Business Card Design Tips to Make Your Brand Memorable

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First impressions count for everything, and you only get one chance to nail it. As a business owner, one way to make a solid impression is with a well-designed, professional looking business card. A solid business card design will show people you are serious about your company and help build that first level of trust.

Do you know what goes into designing a business card? What works and what to avoid? Keep reading to learn the core principles behind business card designs.

1. Make the Most of the Space You Have
Business cards offer you a restricted amount of space within which you can work, but at the same time, that gives you a lot of room to get creative with the space that you have.

Make your business card stand out from the rest by cleverly using both positive and negative space in your design.

2. Add Some Texture for a Unique Design
Who says you can’t cut into your business card and give it a bit of texture. From embossed prints to depressions, you can get a lot more out of your business card designs if you think about more than just the flat surface of a sheet of card.

3. Make Your Own for a Truly Unique Result
When thinking about how to design a business card, why not step away from the traditional entirely and give it a go yourself?

You can take the available business card templates from Adobe Spark and build your own design from the ground up. Now that will be a business card that nobody else can lay claim to.

4. Make Your Business Card Functional
A small piece of card that fits in your wallet. Sounds boring, right?
Well, what if you gave your business card a function. What if you gave it a purpose or design that made it leap from the wallet to the desk. From picture frames to USB sticks and even a plant growing envelope, there is no limit to where your business card designs can go if you think outside the box.

5. Give Thought to the Material You Use
A business card is, by classic definition, made of card. But what type? There are many sorts of card to choose from, and in this modern world, a classic twist is always welcome.

Why not experiment with different materials, and then look to combine it with any of the tips given above to create a truly memorable business card that will have your business on everybody’s lips.

A Strong Business Card Design Can Make or Break a Business
Even in this modern, digital age, the power of a strong business card design is clear. You owe it to yourself and your company to spend the time and nail your design.

You are not alone in this stage of the journey. The principles of design across all spectrums can be used to help design a business card that is eye-catching, professional, and helps to build your brand in the image you have for it.

Check out some of our other blogs for more inspiration, and use them to design a business card that you and your business can be proud of.

Eye On Design: Current Chair By Vivian Beer

Current Chair By Vivian Beer
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The dynamic, curvilinear design of the Current Chair (2004) by Vivian Beer seems to defy the strength and hardness of the steel from which it is made. Historically, few women have worked in metal other than to fashion jewelry, and fewer still have made metal furniture.

Current Chair By Vivian Beer

About her innovative design, Beer remarked, “I wanted this chair to seem as if it had been cut and crushed out of a single sheet of metal. At the same time, I wanted it to feel as fast and clean as water its silhouette . . .The balance and the trickery are important.” The chair’s title suggests that the artist’s choice of  the color blue alludes to swiftly moving water.

Current Chair By Vivian Beer

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum.

Vintage Coca Cola Cooler Furniture

Coca Cola Cooler Furniture
Photo By Gail

The Seattle Antiques Market is a fun place to buy or just browse a huge variety of antiques, vintage goods and mid-century design items that’s located adjacent to the waterfront. I took this photo when I was in Seattle this past summer. I’d never seen furniture made from old Coca Cola coolers but I think you can tell by the look of this chair, that this is a pretty clever idea. Right behind the chair is an equally neat sofa, but it has display boxes of silver spoons resting on it, so you can’t get the full View. Add this to your list of DIY Home Design Ideas!