Toy designer Hilary Lang and her shop, Wee Wonderfuls, are well known for offering colorful, sweet, sewing and cross-stitch patterns, embroidery stitchettes, and paper goods to delight kids and adults alike. Be sure to pick up a Big Footed Bunny or Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern for the clever crafter on your list!
Elizabeth Rosemond's Handmade Modern is your perfect source for paper goods for the high-end scrapbooker. Her modern twist on this traditional craft makes everything in her shop a great gift for the crafty person in your life. Don't miss her holiday embellishments and hand-stitched Moleskine notebooks!
Equal parts haunting and beautiful, Caryn Drexl's portraiture will delight the shutterbugs and art lovers on your list. Add an antique frame and you've got the perfect gift. Don't miss The Memory Collector - Walk Down Memory Lane!
The next three years will see more transformation in marketing than the last 10-15.
- Marc Andreessen, IAB MIXX 2012
We love our mobile devices. Really, really, love them. More than 50 percent of U.S. adults now own a smartphone and nearly 30 percent own tablets. And the connections we’re making with them are intense. Take a recent study that found 53 percent of people check their phones in the morning before showering or even saying "good morning" to their partners. Or the fact that over 26 percent confessed to sleeping with their mobile phones in bed, effectively taking spooning to a whole new level. In another recent study, subjects responded to the sound of their phones as they would the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend or family member.
Yes, our relationships with our mobile devices are more intimate than ever.
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. Woody Allen
This is it: the golden moment when digital media can really come into its own. To create a new standard in quality digital publishing, we need to recognize it as an entirely new medium and rethink the relationship between content, editorial design and user experience. Sometimes that means borrowing from and improving on trusted old standards. At other times it means pushing into new frontiers. In the SAY Media Lab, here's how we're seeing this start to happen.
1. Web typography no longer sucks. The rapid adoption of new standards and technologies, as well as the launch of services such as Typekit (or even Google’s free alternative Web Fonts), has essentially fixed the Web’s typography problem and is ushering in a renaissance of editorial design.
2.There is no mobile Web. The separation of desktop and mobile devices is quickly becoming moot. We use our phones to browse the Web from the couch and we work from our laptops while sitting in the park. There’s only one Web. Your publication needs to exist everywhere it does.
3. App or website? Easy decision. We have a simple rule: if it can be done on the Web, build it for the Web; if it can’t, build an app.
As the person responsible for guiding TypePad's business and product strategy, GM Jeff Reine knows the business of blogging, and he'll be sharing his insights (and talking about reinvigorating TypePad) at the first annual Products Are Hard conference next week.
Products are Hard focuses on the art of product creation with speakers and audience members from various industries. Speakers and panelists will include product leaders from Zynga, YouTube, Clorox, Wikipedia, Yammer, and several other companies, including SAY Media!
The conference takes place on May 1st at San Francisco's Whitcomb Ballroom. If you're already planning to be there, don't miss Jeff. Not registered yet? You can do that right here this week.
Eloise creates fairytale-inspired art that is sure to capture your imagination. You can choose from prints, jewelry, buttons and more. We especially love her new line of stationery that includes adorable journals and bookmarks.
The Happiness Project isn't exactly a shop like the others we've featured. But because the spirit of the holidays is about celebrating what makes you happy, we had to include it. Gretchen Rubin believes you can attain happiness by taking small, simple steps every day. She shares tips, quotes and exercises to help you along the path of your own happiness project. Her blog has links to her best-selling book and new 2012 daily calendar.
There's more to discover in the TypePad Shop!
Kate can draw: little kitties doing yoga, comic book characters, or even a custom mini-painting of anything your heart desires. Be sure to check out her webcomic about a monster named Gronk.
You know the drill - there's more great stuff in the TypePad Shop.
We'll let Stephanie Ryan's words speak for her blog: "It is my purpose in this life to help inspire others and then in turn myself, using love and the creative arts as a means to heal our spirit and live our truth one small sweet step at a time." Her shop is full of colorful, whimsical art for kids and grown-ups, too.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Maybe he stopped by the TypePad Shop?