Category Archives: Design Inspiration

Design Friday: LSTN Troubadours


I am on the hunt for new headphones (my dinky Apple earbuds died well over a year ago) and I have finally found the holy grail of over-ear, reasonably priced, retro-inspired headphones.

Behold, the LSTN Troubadours…



Each pair is made from reclaimed beach, cherry and ebony wood, which means no two pair have the same wood grain! For each pair purchased, LSTN (listen) also makes a donation to the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The foundation outfits kids in rural and third world areas with custom fitting hearing aids. Pretty cool.

I’ve been reading up on reviews and actually might get a pair! Just look how gorgeous…


See tech specs and read more about LSTN’s cause here.


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Caran d’Ache

Les crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache are perhaps the most exquisite things I have set eyes on in a long time.




Caran d’Ache created the experimental line of four pencils out of Titanium Oak, Macassar Ebony, Lati Gray, and American Walnut. How beautiful are they?

The first edition sold so well, the company quickly introduced Les crayones de la maison Caran d’Ache, Edition No. 2.


The second edition includes Guyana Palm, Blue Zebrano, American Cedar and Lati Grey (the first four). The last four pictured are from the first edition.

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Under the care of the Swiss manufacturer, the lowly, forgotten pencil becomes a luxury good. How terribly elegant.

Photos and information from Pencil Talk (a fantastic site for writing instrument enthusiasts)

You can buy these pencils here if you’re willing to fork over some serious money!

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Pencil Post


“Pencil Agency, situated in the heart of London’s Soho, creates considered, bespoke content for clients across all channels but with a particular love of print. With this in mind it would only seem right that Pencil promoted itself and the importance of curated content to brands by way of a beautifully designed newspaper.”

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Imagine if you sent a magazine like this to your clients. Whoa dang.

I don’t know if you have ever tried to organize an abundance of information on pages, but man, making newspaper and magazine layouts is so. incredibly. hard. I have a great respect for graphic designers that create work on this level. The information is presented in an organized, readable manner, and the design itself is innovative. Not to mention, I love me some navy blue and orange.

See more of Chloe Galea’s fantastic work on her Behance site.

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Romeo + Juliet


“Along this text the word Juliet appears 180 times and the word Romeo another 308 times. We finally brought them together with 55,440 red lines.”  – Beetroot 

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I have mixed emotions about Romeo + Juliet. As someone that has performed in this play and knows it pretty well, I do not agree with that “greatest love story ever told” rubbish. A bunch of horny teenagers and their bigoted parents? Really?

But Shakespeare is Shakespeare. The language, not the subject, is undeniably the greatest ever told.

I think the poster is perfect in the sense that like the play, it is feverishly passionate and then just ends. No more lines, no more names.

The folks at Beetroot did a fantastic job with this one. Design is a powerful thing people.

And the good news, you can buy it!

My birthday is coming up guys…


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