Add some punch and pizazz to your boring white dress shirt with collar clips, my must-have accessory of the year. Most collar clips are easy to put on and take off (providing a quick and temporary way to get two shirts out of one), and you can find some reasonably priced ones at consignment stores, etsy.com, and ebay.com (tip: search for "collar tips" in addition to "collar clips"). For even more punch and pizazz, try putting collar clips on patterned dress shirts. Vintage Gold Tone Collar Clips, $2.68, jolasvintagefinds.etsy. Read More
Looking for that special item that'll take your living room from blah to MoMA? Well, look no further. This mobile pops against plain white walls (yo, landlords, what've you got against cool paint colors?) and will brighten up an unused corner of even the most low-ceilinged room. You can even hang it above your bed--I hear it induces colorful dreams. Trust me, this colorful, geometric mobile will make any area in your home supercool. Themis Trio Hanging Mobile, $37, poketo. Read More
  In this paperless e-world of ours, it's fun, retro, and just plain courteous to send an actual thank-you note, emblazoned with a stamp and everything. (And no, a text that reads "kthanxbai" does not count as a thank-you note.) According to Nancy Sharon Collins' book, The Complete Engraver: Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette of Social Stationery, it's a practice that we should keep up. "A thank-you note is always appropriate. Any act of thoughtfulness, kindness, or recognition should be reciprocated promptly with a handwritten note. Read More
  Louise Fili makes awesome shit and you can see a lot of that awesome shit in her new book, Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili. A much-respected figure in the field of graphic design, Fili is known for her fancy lettering and raised the bar on book-cover design in the 1980s, creating nearly 2,000 book covers as art director for Pantheon Books. Elegantissima is a monograph of Fili's work over the past four decades. It's an image-heavy book that will make type and design nerds drool. Read More
Make your computer monitor a bit more fun by downloading our tea party desktop wallpaper. Read More
Trying to find a way to stay cool in this hot weather? Why not throw an ice cream party? And what's a party without some fun invites? Grab our printable party invites here (note: the invites are double-sided). Read More
Two years ago, performance artist Marina Abramović had a much-buzzed-about retrospective, “The Artist is Present,” at the the Museum of Modern Art, and it’s the subject (and title) of a new HBO documentary by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre. For the retrospective, Abramović sat in a chair (without making a peep or getting up for anything--not even to use the bathroom) for three months. Between March and May 2010, from the time the MoMA opened in the morning to the time it closed at night, Abramović could be found at the museum, sitting in her chair. Read More

Typographic Porn

BY Lan Truong in Arts

Gratuitous Type / No. 2 is a snazzy, zine-like "pamphlet of typographic smut" that'll make designerds a little weak in the knees. It's the brainchild of Brooklyn-based graphic designer/art director Elana Schlenker and is filled with great work and interviews from creatives who love letters, including calligrapher Kathryn Murray and graphic designer Astrid Stavro.   Kathryn Murray's calligraphy in Gratuitous Type / No. 2 Pick up a copy of Gratuitous Type / No. 2 for the designerd in your life right here. Read More
Rachael Sage performs at her album release party at Joe's Pub Songstress Rachael Sage had a release show for her latest album, Haunted by You, this past weekend, and it was pretty great. In addition to the kazoo and chair dancing, feather boas and tap dancing were also present. Sage probably throws one hell of a house party. Sage performed several songs off Haunted, hopping between piano and guitar throughout the show (her latest album is filled with her signature piano and guitar-driven pop songs). Read More
The New Museum's (235 Bowery, New York, NY) women-dominated Spring Exhibitions opened this past week, and you should definitely mosey on over there and check it out. With five exhibitions on five floors, make sure you have a couple hours free to take everything in. Here's a peek at two of my favorite exhibitions. A few of Djurberg's sculptures in The Parade, made from metal, clay, foam, fabric, adhesive, silicone, acrylic paint, varnish, wood, aluminum foil, and other materials. Read More