My work was generous enough to send me to San Francisco a few weeks ago for the Interaction '15 Conference held by IXDA. I'll be writing a separate piece (complete with sketch notes!) to talk about my experience at the conference and my thoughts on the central themes that encompass design work today. Until I get my act together, here are some photos I took while I was running around the city:
I have a love/hate relationship with oatmeal. I love the first three bites of hot oats, then, the texture starts to get to me. It's bite after bite of warm mush, and after a couple minutes, I'm barely motivated to finish the bowl.
I think it's the texture of warm cooked oats that puts me off (which is weird considering that a mushy bowl of lentils is my new favorite thing). So, when I was perusing Bon Appetit the other day for breakfast ideas, I came upon this newfangled concept of cold soaked oats, a.k.a. muesli. And damn, they are delicious.
The orange helps to brighten the hearty oat flavor and, let's be honest, toasted coconut is the bees knees. This breakfast bowl is perfect for livening up these grey Seattle mornings.
Muesli with Orange + Toasted Coconut
1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt*
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp orange juice (optional)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 small orange, chopped (or half of a large one)
2-3 tbsp unsweetened coconut
*I use So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt since it has no added sugar. You can get enough sweetness from the orange and vanilla extract.
1. The night before, mix together the yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange juice first, then add in the oats. Cover and let sit overnight. (I usually mix everything in a mason jar since I take it to go in the morning.)
2. Take out your delicious jar of oats in the morning. Add chopped orange. Toast the coconut either in a pan on low heat or in the oven at 350 F for 5-7 min. Top your jar/bowl with toasted coconut.
Extra add-ons: cocoa nibs (1 tsp), a chopped date, or pomegranate seeds (1/4 cup)
A short playlist for those moments when you become lost in thought.
Rdio | 8 songs | 32 min
- Let Me Follow - Son Lux
- A Thousand Syllables - Bibio
- Flowers and Blood - Mariee Sioux
- Tears in the Typing Pool - Broadcast
- Trophy - Bat For Lashes
- When I Grow Up - Fever Ray
- Reunion - The xx
- Shuck - Purity Ring
Back in college, a couple friends, a professor, and I started up what we called "the Friday night music club". (Or FNMC for short.)
Every Friday we get together and trade mixes based around a particular theme. Usually these themes were rather specific, such as, songs that you have to finish singing when you've already parked your car in the driveway or songs that you would listen to while laying in the sun. The challenge was really placing yourself in that particular mood and moment and curating a set of songs that absolutely fit the theme.
In the mess and stress of design school, these Friday afternoons were something I really looked forward too. It was the best way of discovering new music and sharing what I'd discovered with my friends.
Even though we have dispersed to various parts of the country, I wanted to keep our little tradition alive. I love creating playlists and am constantly on the hunt for something new to listen to while I work. For my first edition, the theme was: songs you would listen to while standing in the snow in the dead of winter.
Heart of Winter
a quiet playlist for the coldest time of the year
Rdio | 15 tracks | 56 min
Skin Warming Skin - Laura Gibson
Youth - Daughter
Gospel/Grace - Frankie Rose
Ready, Able - Grizzly Bear
I Know Places - Lykke Li
Your Bow May Bend - Buried Beds
Dance Card - Pepper Rabbit
Forest Devil - Night Beds
Pines - High Highs
Montana - Youth Lagoon
Animal Tracks - Mountain Man
Lights - Phantogram
Just A Game - Birdy
Cousins of the Antichrist - Chelsea Wolfe
Silhouettes - Of Monsters and Men
Every morning the air is getting a little bit crisper and I pull my comforter a little further over my head. Summer is coming to it's usual early close in the northwest. It was a good couple of months with the sun, but soon the perpetual sheet of clouds will roll in and my ability to wake up early in the morning may cease to exist. Sun, I will miss you terribly. Please come visit me sometime in the winter.
In this time of transition, it's only appropriate that I'm in the midst of a larger change. I'm finally able to rent a house, and I'm in full-on design mode planning out my new living space. I'm also in full-on packing mode, which is significantly less fun, but apparently necessary if I'd like to transport my things from one place to another.
The house is perfectly small. There's a narrow strip of yard along the side, just enough space for planting some vegetables and barbecuing. I'm most excited about having more space for projects. My boyfriend and I live comfortably in our current space, but have little room for much else. Any time a projects begins, half the apartment is covered in materials. Having a dedicated space for such activities will be a luxury.
I plan to be diligent about keeping my house improvement activities documented. I'm often too absorbed and impatient when I begin a project to remember to take before and after photos. It's nice to be able to see that transformation, and if anything, make sure I keep taking pictures.