Bike like a New Yorker

A clever image campaign by BikeNYC in collaboration with Transportation Alternatives. Concise quotes in striking typography presented as street labels. Billboards and print ads in several publications support the growing bike movement in New York City.

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Straight and Minimalist Graphic Design

Graphic design studio Alonglongtime created the campaign identity for Solidarity Collective Collaboration. The work includes the creation of a logo, pictograms, a custom typeface and promotional posters. I really like the minimalism in this work. It shows that it doesn’t need much to create a unique and eye catching visual identity. The only use of simple, graphic shapes makes it special. A well example to emphasize the old slogan: “less is more”.

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New York based artist John Clang has created a series of images titled Be Here Now, capturing projected families and their international members in countries around the world. The tradition of taking family portraits is fading due to the difficulties of gathering the modern ‘spread’ family. With a simple Skype call and a beamer Clang creates modern images following and honoring the tradition.

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Fan of the week :

I’m thinking of dedicating a Dave’s post to the biggest fan from the activity. Should I do this ? what do you guys think ? if yes, should it be fan of the week or fan of the day?

Steve Simpson Illustration

A selection of illustrations by multiple award-winning designer and illustrator Steve Simpson from Dublin, Ireland. Steve Simpson works as a freelance illustrator for major advertising agencies and design studios for the last 20 years. His mostly funny illustrated characters have been published on a wide variety of printed materials such as: postage stamps, billboards, snack packaging or chilli bottles. He also works as an illustrator for childrens books. Enjoy this little compilation of his creative work.

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Tumblrize is EOL

Hi there,

Well after three years of free satisfaction and 20k users later, the road to maintain a good Wordpress plugin just got bumpier.

Users started asking questions and sending support requests. Tumblr had changed its API from v1 to v2, bringing a more secure way for their developer community and users to post stuff on their platform.

Naturally, Tumblr also started deprecating their v1 API thus making tumblrize useless for most of the install base.

I started this plugin right after Tumblr’s rise. I couldn’t make a choice between them and Wordpress. So I started working on something. Without any need for recognition, my plugin became the first to be able to cross-post to Tumblr. I was very proud to see it grow back then, and being referenced by Tumblr as example app for their API.
I had fun spending hours designing its poor logo on Fireworks.

Then I had something else to focus on. I switched jobs, switched again, and Meitar came to the rescue as for long needed updates. He helped a lot cleaning the code and adding new features.

Long-story short: neither do I (because of time and skills) nor Meitar (because of time) have time to update it. I wrote to a guy who pulled it from the Wordpress plugins repository.

I wish I could have answered all the questions or pushed a “thank you but it’s broken” message to those who were using it.

Thanks to Meitar for helping out and Mark@Tumblr for promoting it.

Tumblrize, out.

Patternbank are loving Katie Scott’s surreal anatomy and scientific illustrations. A recent Brighton University illustration graduate, Katie uses scanned watercolor swatches to create these amazing studies. We love the subtle blue and green hues that gel the illustrations together in a truly natural way. See more of her work on her portfolio site katie-scott.com

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Iggy Pop and Daisy Lowe Fashion Shoot

The godfather of Punk Rock Iggy Pop meets “fashion queen” Daisy Lowe. The two icons pose together in black and white portraits for the Fall Winter Campaign 2012/2013 of ELEVEN PARIS, a young fashion label from France. Photographer Mathieu César had the pleasure to do this fashion shoot.

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Feeling Judged

Ugh. Tell me if this has happened to you.

You’re out somewhere. Maybe you took yourself out to lunch. Maybe you’re on the subway going to work. Maybe you’re at a work meeting.

And you find yourself feeling judged by the people around you.

You feel like people are thinking negative things about you. You feel pretty sure that at lunch, the lady at the table next to you was thinking you shouldn’t be eating whatever you’re eating. On the subway, you’re pretty sure that guy who kept looking at you was thinking something negative about the way your body takes up more space than some other bodies on the train. In that meeting, you’re pretty clear that your boss didn’t like the way you handled that agenda item that you wish you handled differently.

Why Feeling Judged Is A Problem

Here’s the thing. I can’t promise you that these people who you feel are judging you aren’t judging you. I really have no idea.

But neither do you.

And even though you have no absolute proof that these people are judging you in that moment, you still may change your actions to appease them. Maybe you order something different at lunch just so people won’t judge you. Maybe you choose to stand on the subway so that you won’t have to squish yourself into a seat, even though you really want that seat. Maybe you’ll defer to someone else on that agenda item at the meeting even though you know that you have the best answer to that particular problem.

In other words, when you find yourself judged, you make yourself smaller and more invisible to deal with the judgment. And that never feels very good.

How To Stop Feeling Judged

Over 10 years ago, a friend of mine told me to get a copy of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I hadn’t looked at that book in years, but I came across it again as I was preparing classes for my body image/writing workshop (some of which will definitely be part of my workshops at Abundia).

Anyway, I found myself drawn into the book once again, particularly to his “third agreement” which is “Don’t Make Assumptions.”

This concept of not making assumptions can factor in to a lot of aspects of your life, from how you communicate to what you believe about yourself and your abilities.

And I started thinking that feeling judged by others really is an assumption. We really can’t know what people are thinking unless they tell us. And even if someone has judged you in the past for something, you can’t really know if they’re actively judging you right now.

And even if you’re right that they are judging you, so what? Why do their judgments get to change your behavior?

So my advice on this topic is to not make assumptions. However, in reality, I think that’s easier said than done. I know that my mind does a lot better when I tell it to do something rather than not to do something. So, if you’re like me, I want to encourage you to make assumptions. Just allow your assumptions to be positive.

Click to tweet: “If you make assumptions, make them positive.”

How does this work in practice?

It’s deceptively simple. If you’re at lunch and you assume the woman next to you is judging you for what you’re eating, assume, instead, that she wishes she had ordered it herself. On the subway, assume that guy who you thought was judging you for taking up too much space is actually thinking your cute, or at the very least, is staring at you because he’s thinking about something totally unrelated. In your meeting, assume your boss is thinking you’re doing a great job.

This may sound silly but it’s an incredibly powerful practice. If you think about it, most people spend the day thinking about themselves, not judging you, and most of the time you can’t really know what someone else is thinking. And even if they are judging you, who really cares? Who gave them the right to make you feel bad or ruin your day?

I love this practice of making good assumptions. Let me know how it goes in the comments section below!

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Golda is a certified holistic health counselor and founder of Body Love Wellness, a program designed for plus-sized women who are fed up with dieting and want support to stop obsessing about food and weight. To learn more about Golda and her work, click here.

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