Those Things 012: a&k Woodworking and Design

a&k is a small woodworking business located in Austin, TX. After graduating Massachusetts College Art and Design, Amanda McKeever and Khiem Nguyen decided to begin this incredible business. Aside from their products, one thing definitely worth checking out is their blog, as they show awesome behind-the-scenes images!

Sigh – there is always something so grounding and homey about wood furniture. Off to admire their work for a bit! (bonus: cool interactivity on the website – when you hover over the images, they show you the measurements)

[As always, the photos are linked to their actual website for purchasing]

A lot of their work is very simplistic and zen.

Gorgeous headboard:

I present to you the most gorgeous candle holders I’ve ever seen (don’t worry, the candles are in a glass container and cannot make the wood catch on fire. I checked.):

You can order custom designs from them as well! Definitely worth a look if you are in the market for new furniture.

Resource Run 09/27/15

resources10++ Coding ++

For those new to the world of Github, this is a helpful introduction article.

++ Design ++

I did not think about how the Rule-of-Thirds in photography applied to creating print design until this post. Probably really obvious, but I always associated the rule with photography.

++ Positivity ++

Wow did I really need to see a post like this. Zenhabits’ author makes an excellent point that all our negative feelings stem from a place of uncertainty. Seriously. Just think about it. Even simple awareness of uncertainty can help soothe the fears, which makes this such a fantastic post to reflect upon.

++ Fashion ++

Diggin’ the gem-stone, gold jewelry in Powers Handcrafted Jewelry. Particularly in love with the semicircle shapes. Totally treating myself to a ring post-getting all my edits done for this week.

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are looking forward to a new Monday!

Resource Run 09/20/15

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++ Coding ++

Always good to have fundamental principles while coding front-end.

++ Design ++

This article is a fantastic reflection on the notion of time in our designs. Definitely worth a read.

++ Fashion ++

Oh My Clumsy Heart is a gorgeous jewelry store that caters to my love for geometric shapes. It also sympathizes with my clumsy nature, apparently.

++ Art ++

This photographer publishes 10 high-quality photos everyday that you are welcome to use for free. Excellent for creating websites and/or blog photos!

Resource Run 08/23/2015

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++ Art ++

I’ve never heard of the wooden aquarelle coloring technique until now. Design Milk did a recent feature on Meike Harde’s wooden aquarelle pieces, which is absolutely stunning. Would love to have one of these mesmerizing, colorful pieces for my home.

++ Typography ++

A dating website for type? Who knew. Check out this super fun game to learn a bit more about type.

++ Positivity ++

My newest diet plan: eating a crapton of veggies. Brought to you by Zenhabits. I died laughing while reading this article.

++ Design ++

Last week, I was designing a small infographic for my company and read a great article that infographics should have minimal colors, but multiple shades. Here is a great article for creating shades in Illustrator.

Let me know if you find any of these interesting or useful!

Resource Run 08/16/2015

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++ Print ++

There is nothing better than a strong desire to create paper from scratch. How much more hands on can you get? Bucket list status.

++ Fashion ++

As a sucker for geometric designs, I had to feature this gorgeous set of bracelets from Adorn Milk.

++ Blog ++

Thanks to Pink Pot, this will definitely be on my September’s To Do list: creating and/or finding a wood background for Space Thyme photos.

++ Design ++

My main takeaway from this article about infographic colors is that I should be focusing on using more shades, rather than giving into the temptation of using a multitude of colors.

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Now off to go take a couple of friends on a tour of Chicago! Wish me luck.

Resource Run 08/09/2015

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++ Typography ++

Somewhat bored? Play this silly little game called Shoot the Serif. You get to shoot, yup you guessed it, theserif.

On a more serious note – looking to brush up on your typography terminology? Look no further than this Fontroduction guide.

++ Clothing ++

Wait, this is amazing. Modernized Korean han-bok outfits? I am so tempted to buy one as a proud Korean. Definitely worth checking out the article and the store itself

++ Print ++

This is a fascinating interview with Amelie Mancini (featured recently in one of my Those Things posts). She discusses the difficulty of going wholesale and the decisions she’s had to make in the process of developing in her identity and her market.

++ Design ++

love this website for selecting color palettes. The space bar feature makes it very convenient to scroll through color combinations, and you can “lock” color(s) in place so that they have to be part of the color palate generation. Super nifty.

What useful resources did you come across this week?

Resource Run 07/26/15

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++ Fashion ++
I’ve been looking for a pair of light wash jeans that would look amazing with some brown, short boots. I may have found a stunning winner from Judi Rosen of Wicker Park, Chicago.
++ Blog/Coding ++
Too be honest, still trying to figure this article out. I’ve never thought to figure out a hierarchy for my tags, but I think once I get to truly designing my own blog layout, this is something I would like to focus on as part of that project.
++ Letterpress ++
I am currently three classes in deep with my beginner’s letterpress course and am absolutely in love. Another part of my secret dream is to have my own letterpress studio that creates custom letterpress materials for events and distribute my own designs to stores. Anyways, enough dreaming for now, but I did come across this great post about 7 places to find a letterpress. Holding on to this one, for sure.
++ Design ++
If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve been using this blog to minimally practice some flat design skills (cough, this post, cough). I came across this infographic about flat design when I created my own first infographic, and was sure to incorporate some elements into my image. I hope you find this as useful as I did.
Let me know if you found any links this week that fall under these categories! I also wanted to share my official Space Thyme Pinterest with y’all, where these links will definitely live along with other things I find fascinating (Tswift styles? Hollaaa).