wisdom and design on the mind

you know how your first job, your first day at school, your first anything, really, there’s always something you wish you’d known? that common knowledge that’s only common once you’ve gone through the rite of passage of struggling to figure it out? (ie: freshmen, don’t try and read every page in college. you will never remember everything and will only remember everything very poorly.)

advice to sink in slowly is a series of posters by design grads in the uk dolling out advice and inspiration for first-year students; a sort of ‘welcome to the club, it’s about to get worse… but fear not!’ endeavor. the series has been running since 2006, and the result is well worth a gander. words of inspiration from those who’ve lived to tell the tale, paying it forward with heart and good design. let it sink in:

You can buy some of the posters here.

i would like this house…

…filled with books and art and rows and rows of little brown bottles and large tin cans of mysterious chemicals and sciency things.

sissel tolaas and her fab lab/apartment, photos by todd selby.

i’m a big fan of todd selby’s portrait photographs and often check out his photo project at theselby.com. the apartments are always interesting to begin with; quirky, stylish homes reflect the personality of the creative dweller, or at least, todd selby makes them look that way. every home he shoots has flair and a little touch of weirdness, in the very best kind of way. this one is sissel tolaas’s place. sissel is part artist, part scent theorist, part designer living in berlin. i like the neat, pseudo messy rows of singular objects set up throughout her apartment. more photos of her home and research lair here.