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Tokyo Disneyland: An Example of Great Theme Park Design

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A couple of months ago, my wife and I went on a trip to Japan. Between walking the streets of Akihabara, Harajuku, Osaka, Kobe, and much more, it was truly a trip to remember. However, before we explored the rest of Japan, our first stop on our trip was Tokyo Disneyland. We weren’t sure what to expect at Japan’s version of the famed theme park, so we went in with diluted expectations. What we found was very interesting… read on

Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light

This past weekend I went to the Yale Art Gallery for the first time in a very long time. In addition to seeing the spectacular new renovations to the museum and their expanded permanent collection, I saw the current special exhibition Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light. Viewers walk through the artist’s diagrams, sketches, and documentary photographs—this is incredibly helpful in understanding the artist’s process, and gauging how much work went into each piece. Once you have some background, you’re free to roam through the gallery and experience each beautifully composed light piece. Some of the larger pieces are so mesmerizing, it feels like you are transported into another dimension—experiencing time and space in a completely new way. Wilfred’s compositions create color combinations I never knew existed. What’s most remarkable about his body of work is that they were created before the digital age of technology, dating as far back as 1919.

I highly recommend taking a trip to the Gallery and experiencing them yourself! Lumia is open until July 23, 2017.

My Choice for Most Creative Game of the Year: Stardew Valley

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2016 has now finally concluded. Many consider 2016 to be the worst year in recent memory. Not many good things came out of it. That’s why, to me, the video game Stardew Valley was a breath of fresh air when I discovered it Christmas week.

Stardew Valley is a video game. To be specific, it is a farming simulator video game. That may sound very boring at first, however, if you take a minute to review the game’s visuals or a video of the game, you will see the game world is full of beautifully vibrant pixel graphic charm and serene music. Stardew Valley looks like it was made for the Super Nintendo with its cute character and adorable animal sprites, however it’s a very recent game made for PC and Mac. As the player, you inherit a farm from your recently deceased grandfather. You get sick of your life working in a cubicle in the city and move to the old farm located in Stardew Valley. Once there, you turn an old dilapidated farm into a fully functioning farm that produces crops, animals, wine and other artisanal goods. While you do this, you can become friends with the other local residents of Stardew Valley. You can even get married and have kids. Stardew Valley also houses many secrets for you, the player, to uncover. read on

Museum to Myself

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Imagine, for a moment, having the Metropolitan Museum of Art to yourself. Think Claudia and Jamie Kincaid from The Mix Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Twenty-two million square feet of space and over two million works of art for your perusal without any crowds, noise, or rushing around.

Guided by two expert curators, 20 people—myself and my husband included—had that unforgettable experience on a perfect NYC fall day in mid-October. We gathered in the grand entrance hall of the museum shortly before 8:30am, and spent the next hour and a half touring the museum before it opened its doors to the general public at 10:00am. read on

The Art of a Migraine

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It starts as a nagging, pulsating sensation on one side of my head, usually between my temple and the eye on that side. Or, it could start in a shoulder and travel up my neck into my head. Sometimes, it could start across my entire forehead then migrate to one side of my head or the other. The pulsating intensifies and brings along stabbing pain in any or all of those locations. I visualize the pain of my migraines as someone stabbing me in the eye and temple with a screwdriver, then kicking me in the back of the head, followed by squeezing my head in a vice. The pain is accompanied by the sudden onset of an intense aversion to light, smells and sounds, and the overwhelming desire to vomit. At this point, I want to crawl into a soundproof, dark cave with a large ice pack and hibernate until the abortive medications kick in and it all ends. read on

Join Our Crew

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Taylor Design is hiring! We’re looking for a talented, passionate, graphic designer to develop print, identity, and interactive communications for corporations, colleges, and regional businesses. As you may or may not know, we are a 12-person design studio based in downtown Stamford, CT. Brilliant ideas are formed and come to fruition in our second floor brick-and exposed-beam open concept loft space.

We’re a committed studio with high-level clients. We don’t offer day care, stock options, or a fitness center, but we do offer this: a low-key, team-oriented work environment that allows great work to happen. No agendas. No politics. We also respect that you probably have a life outside of the office.

We like tacos, margaritas, beer, Starbucks, sweet and salty snacks. U2. Adele. Alabama Shakes. Kendrick Lamar. Drake. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest. New fonts. Swatch books. PMS chips. Clean code. MoMA. March Madness. Netflix. Books. Magazines. Travel. Snow. Dogs. Having a blast. Taking it all in. Sharing success.

Do you think you have the chops to join our crew? In addition to a bang up portfolio, we are looking for someone who is organized, meticulous, well spoken, and well written. Please send a link to your website, cover letter and resume to Dan, our President and Creative Director.

Ævintýri í Ísland

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This April, one of my dreams came true. With one of my college roommates as my adventure partner, we boarded a (cleverly branded WOW Air) flight to Iceland. For the next seven days, we explored the southwest and south coast, covering 800 miles of this awe-inspiring north Atlantic island. read on

A VR World of Wonder

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My first Google Cardboard experience

I recently discovered Google Cardboard, a pair of Virtual Reality glasses built out of cardboard (and your iPhone). My first experience was quite life-changing. OK, that may be a little over-dramatic, but it certainly impacted me in a strong way. My first viewing was of a food drop to refugees in the middle of South Sudan. The feeling of being there to experience that with them was mind-blowing. It was actually very emotional and got me thinking about the experiences that come from these tiny little flat pack glasses. read on

Getting the Right Balance: Pebble Time Round Smartwatch Review

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Courtesy of Pebble.com

In previous years, many companies have started producing what is now known as a smartwatch. One of the very first to enter the market was the original Pebble smartwatch. It was an e-ink display smartwatch that enabled people to interact with their phone through things like notifications, phone calls and text messages. Many other companies have contributed their own versions of smartwatches including Samsung, Motorola, and Apple. In my opinion, none have been able to hit the perfect balance of what I think a smartwatch should be. They either are far too bulky and ugly, or they are basically mini smart phones on your wrist with a screen the size of a postage stamp.

For my birthday this year, I received what I consider to be the closest to what I think a smartwatch should be. It’s another entry from Pebble, called the Pebble Time Round. Below is my review after using it for a couple weeks. read on

The Tasting Economy

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WarbyParkerI fear commitment in almost every aspect of my life. I prefer to order two appetizers rather than one entree. I go to the fitting room with 50 articles of clothing and come out empty-handed. If a book doesn’t have a summary on the back cover, it’s going straight back on the shelf. I need to have a teaser experience before I make any rash decisions on a new thing.

Online shopping is easy, convenient, and limitless in its offerings. But this endless aisle of choices that I can only experience with my eyes, on a screen, makes the commitment-phobe in me go a little crazy. I’m a glasses-wearer and I never once considered buying frames online. Afterall, choosing new frames is like choosing a new face. But just where I thought the internet came up short, Warby Parker proved me wrong. They have a trial system where you can select 5 frames from their online shop and they deliver you this tidy little sampling to test the frames, for free!

I would love to see this tasting economy—as I have decided to call it—take off in every market. Imagine if you could order 5 pairs of jeans in different sizes, without risk. Or if you could get free samples of filet mignon delivered to your door. The ability to order anything on earth at any time of the day has made us extremely selective (read: snobby) consumers. Soon, it won’t be enough to have the world at our iPhone fingertips. We will want every purchase to be customized to our individual needs, and we can’t have tailor-made belongings without first trying them on for size.

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