Featured Shop: Wee Wonderfuls

December 04, 2012

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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!

There's something for everyone in the Typepad Gift Shop!

Featured Shop: Handmade Modern

December 03, 2012

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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!

There's something for everyone in the Typepad Gift Shop!

Featured Artist: Caryn Drexl Photography

December 02, 2012

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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!

There's something for everyone in the Typepad Gift Shop!

From SAY Daily: The Age of Mass Media Consumption and the Hyper-Individual

November 02, 2012

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First we build tools, then they build us.

Marshall McLuhan

There’s a famous phrase from Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan that gets a regular workout in media columns. "The medium is the message" has been quoted so many times that using it is almost a cliché. Media aficionados attempt to interpret this phrase in a number of different ways, and it even has its own Wikipedia article that explains the meaning: "McLuhan describes the content of a medium as a juicy piece of meat carried by the burglar to distract the watchdog of the mind." Looking past the florid writing style and larceny metaphors, McLuhan's point that while we get distracted by content, we can miss the changes and developments that are instigated by the medium itself. This is never more accurate than when applied to mobile. We've had mobile handsets in our pockets for 30 years, and in that time we've been so absorbed with what content we could push onto our handsets, it's only relatively recently that people have started to pay attention to the multi-screen world we now find ourselves in.

McLuhan first used his famous phrase back in 1964, and here we are, almost 50 years later, using our mobiles to consume and experience more media than ever before. We now spend vast amounts of time on the mobile Internet, playing games, streaming media and using apps. The initial discussions about the impact of mobile screens on more traditional media, such as TV, seem to have been put to bed. It turns out that viewers didn't swap one screen for another, they just looked at more of them; often simultaneously.

Read more at SAY Daily >>

The Week in Venn: What Makes Mobile Ad Campaigns Work?

October 05, 2012

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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.

Read more at SAY Daily's Week in Venn.

7 Things Making Digital Publishing Better Now

May 04, 2012

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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.

Read more at SAYDAILY's Week In Venn

Headed to the Products Are Hard conference? Hear GM Jeff Reine speak about reinvigorating TypePad!

April 24, 2012

6a00e551c7a9b488330148c7c91a24970c-250siAs 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.

Want to hear more from TypePad's own Jeff Reine? Follow him on Twitter, and catch his blog here on TypePad.

Featured Shop: The Hidden World of Eloise

December 25, 2011

The Hidden World of EloiseEloise 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. 

That's it for our 25 days of featured shops but don't fret - the TypePad Shop is staying open all year long! Don't forget to submit your shop!

Featured Shop: The Happiness Project

December 24, 2011

The Happiness ProjectThe 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!

Featured Shop: Katie Can Draw

December 23, 2011

Katie Can DrawKate 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. 

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