I speed-type on the walk to the subway, texting and e-mailing my editors and co-workers to pull together post ideas for the day; “Did you see this new ad campaign? What about the look book that PR company sent us?” I check my Facebook and Instagram apps to see what my friends and fellow fashion folk did last night–who wore what to last night’s party is always a great topic and a perfect source of style inspiration– and see what sale sites are posting for the day. By the time I’m underground, I know who’s having a best dressed moment and who needs to change stylists, what new collaborations are happening, and who is covering what magazine.
That’s right, show us your workspace! Email pictures of your office, desk setup and/or workspace to email@example.com. We’ll collect all of your entries onto one big Pinterest board and the office that gets the most “likes” on Pinterest will be declared “The Ultimate Workspace.”
But besides the bragging rights to call your office the “Ultimate Workspace,” you will also receive a brand new Intel-inspired Lenovo IdeaPad U300e Ultrabook laptop (valued at $1500) and a featured Where I Work office tour + interview here on Design Milk! Holy cow?! I know, crazy awesome, right?
We basically eat sleep and breathe the internet. Which means, when we’re not sitting behind our lap tops glazed over checking our RSS feeds and favorite blogs for the latest breaking fashion news, we’re scrolling through Twitter on our smart phones when we’re on the move to stay on top of fashion news and see what all of our favorite fashion personalities are up to. And since we go from fashion show to after-party to launch event–we’re on the go quite a lot of the time. So Twitter is awfully important. Right now we’re at 498,000 followers and we can’t wait to hit that half a million mark (and get to a million somewhere down the road). But how to get there?
We’re decent at Tweeting. But some fashion folks out there are pretty ace it. We’re partial to Tweet-maestro John Jannuzzi who Tweets professionally for Lucky Mag, contributes for us, and most recently, was believed to have been the wizard behind the wildly popular and sadly short-lived, @CondeElevator. So we prodded him for his top ten tips on Tweeting chic. Here’s what he had to say:
1. Social media is a conversation. Possibly the most over-used phrase of 2010 and making a move for 2011, but you have to talk to people. If you’re at a party and don’t talk to anybody, you will be forever alone…same goes for twitter. But just like at a party, you better bring something to the table or get to steppin’.
Being an independent fashion designer is no easy feat. You are likely balancing another job to support yourself until you turn a substantial profit, and you need all the technology available. To save time on the non-design related aspects, and to save yourself from human errors, or worse, looking unprofessional. Here are 5 new technologies that will help you jump into the big leagues of the fashion industry.
AirDye: If you develop your own prints, you ought to know about Costello Tagliapietra’s sworn-by source of sustainable textile printing: AirDye. In old traditional methods of dyeing, harmful toxins are flooded into the environment from the massive amount of water it takes to color a single garment. AirDye uses intense heat instead of water to fuse hue to fabric, and thus there is zero chemical waste emitting into water sources. They can also print double-sided… That’s rad. AirDye.
Since I spend most of my day sitting, I need a way to keep active. I’m a runner, but sometimes running and then sitting down all day makes your muscles tight, and on days when I don’t run, I feel the need to do something to keep moving. Enter the treadmill tray:
The elevator into space – The Japanese engineering and construction firm Obayashi announced this year that they have the ability and intention to set in motion a 36,000km elevator into space, to be completed within forty years.
Today, this sounds impossible. We have never, ever seen a 36,000km structure — manmade or otherwise. But the same was once true for so much of our world that now seems commonplace: skyscrapers, highways, hydroelectric dams. Truly, the past century and a half of unprecedented technological innovation has done more for our imagination than it has for our productivity. For the more we build and achieve, the more we feel inadequate and strive for what was impossible yesterday, but today seems all but inevitable.
In Austin on Saturday? Make sure to RSVP and checkout Mog at the Moghawk!
“MOG is pulling out all the stops this year with a huge free, all-ages, no badges required show at The Mohawk! And when we say huge we mean huge – we’re talking The Roots, Bob Mould, Gary Clark Jr., Cloud Nothings, G-Side, Blitzen Trapper, The War on Drugs, and more! Read on after the jump for full lineup and details on this awesome gig.
Noon-6 PM Saturday, March 17th at The Mohawk 912 Red River St. Austin, TX 78701” (Source: www.mxdwn.com)
SXSW is coming up, and a lot of upcoming bands will be there, trying to figure out how to turn the Internet into their very own marketing machine. And there will be hundreds of vendors and programmers there trying to help them do just that. We’ve gone through the tools on display and found four we think will help change the future of music.
What defines a workspace? And how does the designer or creative’s workspace differ? I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at where some of our favorite designers, artists and creatives spend most of their time. How do they have their technology setup to help them be more efficient at their jobs (and do amazing things)?
Gregory Han is managing editor of Apartment Therapy’s technology division, Unplggd.
Tell us about your workspace.
About a year ago we moved into a new apartment where my partner and I found ourselves with a lot more space than before. That is, except for a workspace. With the move I lost a designated home office, and while I considered working from the dining table or from the couch in our living room, this didn’t appeal as a long term solution for a self-admitted neat freak. So instead, I sacrificed a bit of storage and carved out what could only be described as a very compact home office inside what was once our living room coat room closet.
I knew when I was designing the home office I would need to pare down elements, maximize vertical storage, and try my best to hide wires and cables running in and out of the “room.” But I also wanted to incorporate a strong design element which would make the space creatively inspirational, spatially calm. I applied textured surface black wallpaper from Graham & Brown to the walls, added a striking ceramic wolf head wall lamp as a focal point above the shallow depth console desk, accessorized with decorative tech like the bust statue USB hub, and wall mounted my monitor (Dell 2407WFP 24″ LCD) to maximize desk space and blend into the wall. If my home office was going to be literally a hole in the wall, I wanted it to be a dramatic black hole where the confines of the space wouldn’t be so evident, nor the technology hidden throughout.