Archive | July, 2010

pechakucha + hidden outdoor location i never knew of = magical evening.

28 Jul

I have been to many of the PechaKucha nights in the past, I even presented at the one that was held under the bridge during last years’ Pop Up City BRIDGE PROJECT (still one of my fav all time Cleveland events)…but I am PARTICULARLY excited about this one, not just because of the list of presenters that looks great, including my friends Charity and Sara but because I am SO EXCITED about the location!

all the days before tomorrow

27 Jul

image found here

I am taking a break from writing a presentation I have to give in a few days and feeling like I have seen just about every other movie worth seeing on my apple tv, I rented ALL THE DAYS BEFORE TOMORROW, I have never heard of it and rented it simply because it was directed by a French Director and I tend to love French movies…so far, it’s pretty uninspiring…that is until this little bit of dialogue occurred:

Directed by: François Dompierre

Dialogue between the characters Wes and Allison:

Wes:  Do you see it [your future] as this thing far far away full of ideals and wonderful impossible things?  or do you see it as the next hour, the next morning?

Allison:  Does it really matter?

Wes:  I think so, one definitely feels better than the other, I think that’s what matters…

This struck such a chord with me.  KNOW HOPE.

xoxoxo  Danielle

Go Cleveland Ohio!

25 Jul

There are many nuances to living in Cleveland…or any place for that matter, not all of them good  but most certainly, MANY ARE.

Are these nuances, in the form of things to do or people I encounter any different, per se, from those of other cities?  Not necessarily, but I appreciate them more because they define MY CITY…the place I CHOOSE to be, the place I was born and the place in the world I feel most connected to.

Funny thing is, the more I involve myself in MY city the stronger my connectedness and appreciation of it becomes.

There is all too often a negative perception of Cleveland from those outside of it, and sadly, Clevelanders don’t always help that, but one such Clevelander, full of pride for HER town, reached out to a magazine with worldwide circulation and declared her love of her city and this month, they recognized both her and Cleveland in the “GO” section of their magazine.

Well, “GO! ALICIA COSTELLO” for your efforts and “GO READYMADE MAGAZINE” for your lovely inclusion of our great city in your August issue!

xoxo Danielle

summer jam

23 Jul

my friend frank made me leave the house and meet him to see some band he was stoked on (that i had never heard of).  the show ended up being amazing, and now i cannot stop listening to this song…  i even jam it loud with the car windows open, and don’t turn it down at the stop light…

girl crushes

21 Jul

A while back at my RSblog I had a post titled GIRL CRUSHES – I would link to it now, if I hadn’t inadvertently deleted 3 MONTHS worth of posts, so instead I will re-create and even expound upon it, as Photographer Suzanne Cofer has since added another girlworthy of crushing on to her archives.

The ABOVE images are all of Alexandra Tapie. Aside from being super lovely, both looking and in personality, she is a rather talented musician, singer and artist…Cleveland is very lucky to have her…and ROOM SERVICE is lucky to have her art up for sale RIGHT NOW 🙂

The 2nd set of images above are all of ROXANNE STARNIK, who looks unbelievably ethereal in these stunning images. Roxanne, also an amazing singer is in JJ magazine and just released an album with her solo project, BLISSE.


xoxo Danielle

machines and the human touch

21 Jul

I often try to put as much of a “human touch” on anything that I make with a computer. From graphics to music, it seems that “personality” can be easily left out by letting the machine do most of the work.

The DREDGERS UNION header at the top of this page was made by placing each letter in, one at a time, by hand.  I like the slight “tension” created by the letters not being perfectly aligned, as they would have been if I had simply typed them and let the computer decide where each letter was going to be placed.

There are plenty of opportunities in the design process to step in and take some of the control back from the computer.  This post on Design Sponge falls in line with this idea.


1% ideas 99% perspiration

20 Jul

I recently stumbled upon a post on Cool Hunting about

the 99% Percent Conference

It’s time to stop dreaming and start DOING….THIS is what the 99% Conference – which was named from Thomas Edison’s famous quote that “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration”,  is all about.

I was asked to host a civic dialogue at local coffee shop, Phoenix Coffee this past weekend and one of the questions I was asked was:  “what do you think is the biggest road block to someone following their dreams” and my answer was “themselves”.

Lot’s of us come up with great ideas, but often times don’t ever execute them, as we are waiting for ‘the perfect time’ or ‘i don’t have enough money’ or whatever the road block is, and let me tell you, those that actually get to idea execution are NOT just independently rich loafers with a ton of free time…i promise that much…

check it all out here.

xoxo  Danielle