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Simón Limón
"Located in the Barrio Logan Art District of San Diego, CA Simón Limón is a curated retail showroom and creative space that will promote independent contemporary artists and designers who are bringing forth new and interesting ideas to the conversation.

The space will act as a platform for passionate “artipreneurals” to showcase and sell their work, seek advice, and collaborate. The space will be furnished with goods made by artist from both north and south of the San Diego border creating a space without borders. In an effort to educate individuals on the importance of ethical fashion and purchasing practices we will be hosting monthly workshops in differing mediums where people can explore their creative side and learn the processes that go into creating the goods they purchase.

Creating this space will not only directly benefit and support our local artist and maker but it will also benefit our community as a whole by promoting the growth of small businesses within San Diego and enrich our community."
bariologan  sandiego  shopping  art  design 
august 2018 by robertogreco
A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance - YouTube
"(Visit: Follow a team of UCLA anthropologists as they venture into the stuffed-to-capacity homes of dual income, middle-class American families in order to truly understand the food, toys, and clutter that fill them. Series: "A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance" [11/2013] [Humanities] [Show ID: 25712]"

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[See also: Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors

and "Americans can spend a majority of their time in a few spaces in their home and still want large homes"

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us  consumerism  consumption  hoarding  possessions  excess  2013  children  toys  accumulation  shopping  families  homes  housing  abundance  ethnography 
june 2018 by robertogreco
Pragmatic Shopping — Medium
"I resented shopping until I got good at it. I got good at it by overthinking it. This is the story of how that happened and what I learned from it."
dianakimball  shopping  furniture  home  clothing  2016  howto  advice 
june 2016 by robertogreco
For the Walker Art Center, a Shop That Peddles Evanescence -
"Visitors to the gift shop at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will soon be able to buy something a little more esoteric, alongside their Chuck Close posters and Pantone mugs. “On Mother’s Day,” the promotion might go, “how about a new ringtone calibrated by the composer Nico Muhly, just for stressful family calls?”

Maybe Dad or Sis would enjoy an instruction manual for a technology that has yet to be invented — or, to unwind, a vacation property with a short commute, on the virtual network Second Life. Even more accessible is a series of images from the photographer Alec Soth, sent via Snapchat and meant to disappear moments later.

These items are all wares from Intangibles, a conceptual art pop-up store that the Walker, the contemporary-art and performance center, plans to unveil on Thursday. Created by Michele Tobin, the retail director of its gift shop, and Emmet Byrne, the museum’s design director, it is in equal parts a digital bazaar with pieces priced to sell, and an exhibition, of sorts, with curated original artworks.

It upends the logic of a regular shop. “The priority isn’t ‘get as much as you can for that item in the marketplace,’ ” Ms. Tobin said. “The priority becomes the artist’s intention and what we all think is right for that work.”

Sam Green, an innovative documentary filmmaker, will charge $2,500 to create a hybrid video-performance piece specific to the buyer. The ringtone compositions by Mr. Muhly, the modern classical arranger and musician, are $150 each. The Snapchat photos by Mr. Soth, the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim fellowship, are priced low at his request — $100 for 25 of them.

In the tradition of Conceptual art, documentation of the process is part of the point. “A lot of people won’t be purchasing actual products,” Mr. Byrne said, so “we want the online representation to be just as compelling as the objects themselves.”

The Walker sees Intangibles as blurring the boundaries between art, shopping and media. It’s hardly the first such effort: Eliding commerce and art, mass and high culture, was in vogue long before the advent of Keith Haring’s Pop Shop, the SoHo store that sold clothing and other items with his work from 1986 to 2005. (It still operates online.) This month, Red Bull Studios, a gallery and performance space in Chelsea, opened the Gift Shop, its own artist-led store. But to have a museum shop peddle ideas, rather than artsy T-shirts or coveted décor, is a digital-age twist.

The experiment is also an acknowledgment that artists, especially those well versed in technology, are more comfortable in entrepreneurial roles. Where it once might have been anathema, or at least deeply uncool, for an artist to consider marketing and audience engagement — let alone inventory codes — salability and consumer savvy are now frequently embedded in original work. And not necessarily at the behest of art dealers or curators; as artists engage with potential collectors via Instagram or YouTube, they are becoming shrewd digital marketers and self-promoters. And there seems to be no shame in that.

The work of Martine Syms, a multimedia artist based in Los Angeles who explores identity, race and communication, is exhibited more often than sold; she refers to herself as “a conceptual entrepreneur” who creates “machines for ideas,” a riff on Sol LeWitt’s vision of Conceptual art. “I think of entrepreneurship as a way of creating value,” she said.

That sentiment was echoed in a more alarmist tone by the critic William Deresiewicz in a recent essay in The Atlantic titled “The Death of the Artist.” It’s no wonder, he suggests, that so many “creators” these days work in multimedia. “The point is versatility,” he wrote. “Like any good business, you try to diversify.”

For Ms. Syms, 26, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who supports herself through freelance graphic design work, multimedia is simply a language she grew up speaking, and digital tools are a source of freedom. She has worked with galleries but is happy to showcase her work online or in do-it-yourself publications. The traditional gallery system “doesn’t give you a lot of control over your work or your audience,” she said.

“Especially for myself, a woman of color, I think that a lot of times, these systems aren’t really interested in what I’m doing or what I’m saying,” Ms. Syms added. “A lot of times, I would rather create my own world.”

For Intangibles, Ms. Syms will perform in the guise of her fictional one-woman band, Maya Angelou, on the voice mail of her buying public; the piece will be accompanied by an online blurb about the so-called band, which has yet to record a note. Ms. Syms said she didn’t want to deal directly with her customers — “I feel I’m already bad enough on the phone” — and that she likes the evanescence of voice mail, which is often automatically deleted after a certain period. (In “Surround Audience,” the current New Museum Triennial, she also has a room-size installation dealing with the shifting norms of sitcoms.)

That many of the items for sale in Intangibles are interactions rather than objects does not surprise Christine Kuan, chief curator for Artsy, the online art platform. With the growing commercialization of the art world and daily life ever more tethered to devices, “people want life experiences and memories that aren’t mass-produced for consumption, that are special and created by an artist,” she said. “It’s a kind of consumerism that is a little bit of anti-consumerism.”

Mr. Soth, whose photojournalism has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, views Snapchat as a way to engage with the changes in photography as a medium. “For me, it’s about stopping time, documenting the world, preserving it,” he said in a telephone interview from his home in Minneapolis. His 12-year-old daughter was nearby, glued to her cellphone and, he said, “communicating, as we speak, in pictures.”

For her, photography is “simply conversation,” Mr. Soth said. “And I think that’s fascinating and terrifying.”

An early adopter of many new technologies who has also started a small publishing imprint — “I either dabble with these things or I just say, ‘My time’s over’ ”— Mr. Soth, 45, explained why he didn’t want his work for Intangibles, called “Disappear With Me,” to be expensive. “When it’s less about economics, I feel freer to experiment,” he said.

Proceeds from the projects will be split between the artists and the museum. A few artists, like Ms. Syms, deferred to the Walker on pricing, which in some cases gave the organizers pause: how to assign a monetary figure to a brief message from the ersatz singer of a fake band? Ultimately, said Mr. Byrne, the design director, “we really thought that sticking to the logic of the marketplace would add some rigor. And we also knew that we are giving a better profit-share rate than galleries.” (The voice mail messages are $10 each.) Many of the artists involved said they were in it less for the money — though they viewed that exchange as a necessary part of the deal — than for the creative inspiration. The designer and engineer Julian Bleecker and the Near Future Laboratory, a research company that typically charges thousands of dollars for corporate consultations, will produce briefs on items that do not yet exist (some future antibiotic’s warning label, for example, for $19.99) — what he called “design fiction.”

There are a few literal objects, like the extra parts and doohickeys that end up in a junk drawer, marketed as “Box of Evocative Stuff,” but Mr. Bleecker said the project was mostly a conceptual provocation “to get a larger public audience to think more deeply about the implications and conveniences of new technology.”

“I’m hoping that, with a commitment of $19, we’ll have a conversation,” he said."
walkerartcenter  nearfuturelaboratory  alecsoth  2015  designfiction  art  design  intangibles  emmetbyrne  micheletobin  martinesyms  entrepreneurship  museums  museumshops  shopping  commerce  media  culture  highbrow  lowbrow  andreasangelidakis  architecture  julianbleecker  adamharvey  speculativefiction  criticaldesign  conversation  newinc  snapchat  performance  interaction  christinekuan  artsy  identity 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters & Importers from the world's largest online B2B marketplace -
Tom Coates asks ( ):

I've forgotten the name of an awesome online shop for buying electronics and components directly from China. Anyone remember?

Matt Jones responds:

dunno if you mean , but that's not just electronics. It's everything. [Grade Mazut-100 Fuel oil] … [DSKJ063 chain mails] … [2012 New design amusement park equipment roller coaster] … [Black Disco Pants Adult]…
alibaba  ecommerce  wholesale  manufacturing  suppliers  shopping  trade  business  china  from delicious
november 2012 by robertogreco
Coding Horror: Buying Happiness
"Despite popular assertions to the contrary, science tells us that money can buy happiness. To a point…

Emotional well-being also rises with log income, but there is no further progress beyond an annual income of ~$75,000…

But even if you're fortunate enough to have a good income, how you spend your money has a strong influence on how happy – or unhappy – it will make you. And, again, there's science behind this…

What is, then, the science of happiness? I'll summarize the basic eight points as best I can, but read the actual paper (pdf) to obtain the citations and details on the underlying studies underpinning each of these principles.

1. Buy experiences instead of things…

2. Help others instead of yourself…

3. Buy many small pleasures instead of few big ones…

4. Buy less insurance…

5. Pay now & consume later…

6. Think about what you're not thinking about…

7. Beware of comparison shopping…

8. Follow the herd instead of your head…"

[Interesting references in some comments]
impulsepurchases  impulse-control  impulsivity  dangilbert  poverty  mazlow'shierarchyofneeds  income  helping  comparisons  comparisonshopping  shopping  delayedgratification  consumerism  cv  consumption  2012  money  wealth  research  science  via:aaronbell  experiences  well-being  jeffatwood  codinghorror  insurance  psychology  stumblingonhappiness  happiness 
september 2012 by robertogreco
A (Real) Conversation with Bryan Cranston - YouTube
"In the fall of 2010, a PR rep invited me to the set of THE HANDLERS (an web series) to interview Bryan Cranston about the production and maybe sneak some BREAKING BAD questions in.

It might, to date, be the best interview I've ever done. NOT because of any interview skill I have, but because I expected to only get 10 minutes of his time, and so only had 10 minutes of questions prepared. However, when my 10 minutes were up, I expected the crew to pull him away, and THEY DIDN'T.

I don't know what you would do if you were sitting opposite Walter White without anything to ask, but my solution turned out okay: I asked him questions about his life. And he answered, and in doing so revealed himself to be the coolest, most genuine guy.

So please enjoy me being very awkward with Bryan Cranston. Who, at least in 2010, was very much the best."
aging  kindredspirits  cv  creating  groceryshopping  shopping  lessthings  whatmatters  making  living  life  breakingbad  interviews  2012  experiences  possessions  things  bryancranston  from delicious
september 2012 by robertogreco
On buying clothes, the color of asphalt and price tags. » We are Colorblind
"In the end I used a combination of learned information (buildings are gray, building roads costs money) and cultural context (industrialism is gray, nature is green – asphalt is not nature) to decide on the color of the shirt I was holding"
colour  culture  accessibility  disability  colourblindness  clothes  shopping  asphalt  via:TomC  disabilities  clothing 
august 2012 by robertogreco
The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire) - Arts & Lifestyle - The Atlantic Cities
"About a third of our malls are still thriving, and those are the biggest, newest ones. But America is no longer building many new highways, which means we’ve stopped creating prime new locations for mall development. Some of the earliest amenities of the enclosed mall—air-conditioning!—no longer impress us. And the demographics of suburbia have changed dramatically. Malls draw the largest share of their customers from teenagers, and the baby boomers who largely populate suburbia no longer have teenagers at home.

For all these reasons, the suburban mall of Gruen’s plan appears to be victim of more than just the recession. Dunham-Jones, who has tracked this trend in her book Retrofitting Suburbia, estimates that more than 40 malls nationwide have been targeted for significant redevelopment. And she can count 29 that have already been repurposed, or that have construction underway."

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grueneffect  dayton  detroit  ellendunham-jones  2012  consumptionpatterns  consumption  victorgruen  cities  architect  architecture  urbanism  urban  trends  shopping  suburbs  us  malls  shoppingmalls  via:maxfenton 
july 2012 by robertogreco
"Double Break is a gallery and shop located right next to San Diego’s Balboa Park. We feature monthly art exhibitions, books, design objects, gifts, clothing, jewelry, cards, and more!"
glvo  gifts  shopping  california  galleries  art  sandiego  from delicious
april 2012 by robertogreco
The Speculist » Blog Archive » In the Future Everything Will Be A Coffee Shop
"Eventually you could have local campuses becoming places where MITx students seek tutoring, network, & socialize—reclaiming some of the college experience they’d otherwise have lost.

Phil thought this sounded like college as a giant coffee shop. I agree. Every education would be ad hoc. It would be student-directed toward the job market she’s aiming for.

This trend toward…coffeeshopification…is changing more than just colleges:

Book Stores Will Shrink to Coffee Shops…

The Coffee Shop Will Displace Most Retail Shops…

Offices Become Coffee Shops…Again…

What Doesn’t Become a Coffee Shop?…

…houses of worship…

What will remain other than coffee shops? Upscale retail will remain…[for] experience…Restaurants remain. Grocery stores remain.

Brick and mortar retail stores will be converted to public spaces. Multi-use space will be in increasing demand as connectivity tools allow easy coordination of impromptu events…"
restaurants  multipurpose  multi-usespace  impromptuevents  events  coffeeshopification  thirdspaces  thirdplaces  howwelearn  howwework  work  enlightenment  stevenjohnson  amazonprime  amazon  shopping  espressobookmachine  coffeehouses  coffeeshops  coffee  on-demandprinting  highereducation  higheredbubble  highered  information  reading  ebooks  stephengordon  future  retail  deschooling  unschooling  sociallearning  self-directedlearning  mitx  mit  learning  srg  glvo  2011  universities  colleges  education  opencoffeeclubdresden  3dprinting  ondemand  ondemandprinting  bookfuturism  books  cafes  openstudioproject 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Tortoise General Store
"When we visited one of the islands in Hawaii, we came across a "general store".

It was very local and community-based, which we rarely saw in Los Angeles. Nowadays with big chain stores spread in the cities, you can get decent variety of products with decent service anywhere you go.

But when we walked into the small "general store" we felt a very friendly, established presence in its local community.
In the "general store", their products were what was minimum required in daily life. Less variety of what big chain stores carried. But we felt that was just enough.

At "TGS / Tortoise General Store", based on Tortoise' basic philosophy, we would like to introduce wider, more "general" service, not just products.

We like to create a "General Store" that may not be "cool" but a place where it feels familiar, or be unique in its own way."

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[Reminds me of Yuzu, once a favorite place in Pasadena]
losangeles  gifts  home  japanese  japan  shopping  from delicious
january 2012 by robertogreco
Men Shop in Bulk -
"WOMEN shop, men stockpile. That’s one theory, anyway, of how men buy clothes differently from women. If women see shopping as an opportunity, a social or even therapeutic activity, the thinking goes, then men see it as a necessary evil, a moment to restock the supply closet.

At the risk of perpetuating sex stereotypes, the archetype may have been Steve Jobs. When Mr. Jobs died in October, he left behind not only a peerless legacy, but a closet full of identical black cotton turtlenecks by Issey Miyake. “If he loved a shirt, he’d order 10 or 100 of them,” his sister, the author Mona Simpson, said in her eulogy.

It was an obsession that many men could relate to. Here, stylish New Yorkers reflect on their wardrobe hoarding."

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2011  comfort  habits  harrybelafonte  marcussamuelsson  clothesshopping  clothing  apparel  fashion  scottcampbell  paulsevigny  paulbirardi  billyreid  christopherbollen  jonathangalassi  gabeschulman  gregfoley  ianbradley  fabienbaron  chuckclose  michaelwilliams  graydoncarter  uniforms  personaluniforms  stockpiling  cv  shopping  women  men  gender  pesonaluniforms  from delicious
december 2011 by robertogreco
Quarterly Co.™
"…new way to connect w/ the people you follow & find interesting. We spend so much of our lives connecting w/ people online that we forget the value of tangible interactions that happen in the real world. Quarterly wants to bridge that gap by allowing anyone to subscribe to influential contributors and get physical items in the mail from them. It is like a magazine, but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story crafted and narrated by the contributor.

What kind of stuff will I get? A blend of original, exclusive, & consumer items that are timeless, practical, exciting, & fly under the radar. We don’t want to fill up your house w/ clutter, & we’re mindful of the waste that each of us generate every day. But we also recognize that consumption isn’t inherently bad, it’s just a matter of making smarter choices about the things we surround ourselves with.

Each product should reflect on the person who selected it…"
design  quarterly  retail  subscriptions  geoffmanaugh  mariapopova  tinarotheisenberg  swissmiss  alexismadrigal  lizdanzico  shopping  gifts  from delicious
september 2011 by robertogreco
Gruen transfer - Wikipedia
"In shopping mall design, the Gruen transfer is the moment when a consumer enters a shopping mall and, surrounded by an intentionally confusing layout, loses track of their original intentions. It is named for Austrian architect Victor Gruen (who disavowed such manipulative techniques). Recently, the Gruen transfer has been popularised by Douglas Rushkoff.

The Gruen transfer is the moment when consumers respond to "scripted disorientation" cues in the environment. Spatial awareness of their surroundings plays a key role, as does the surrounding sound, art, and music. The effect of the transfer is marked by a slower walking pace."
design  culture  architecture  psychology  retail  shopping  via:bopuc  manipulation  disorientation  confusion  behavior  victorgruen  gruentransfer  malls  douglasrushkoff  scripteddisorientation  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
The Great Divide — Welcome
"The Great-Divide is an online shop that brings together a carefully curated portfolio of product for the discerning gent.

The Great-Divide seek out specific brands that reflect the talent and craft that go into making them, we are both proud and honoured to work with these brands and product, chosen because we love them, and we believe you will too.

The Great-Divide's offering will be concise and attractive.

We won't bombard you.

We will tailor our offering to make shopping with us a stress free pleasure.

The Great-Divide reflects our love of clothing, art, culture and quality."

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[Best line: "We will tailor our offering to make shopping with us a stress free pleasure."]
shopping  clothes  clothing  thegreatdivide  from delicious
july 2011 by robertogreco
All hail the humble component « Snarkmarket
Frank Chimero: "I like the term steadfast for these components [durable], and calling the more ephemeral technologies “hot-swap” because you swap them out without shutting down the system."
steadfast  hot-swap  robinsloan  frankchimero  shopping  plannedobsolescence  longevity  plannedlongevity  durability  ephemeralization  electronics  clothing  media  snarkmarket  from delicious
january 2011 by robertogreco
Why the other lines always seem to move faster than yours
"Erlang found out how many telephone lines the company needed, given the average number of calls per hour. Similarly, you can figure out how many checkout lines you need, given the average number of customers. It turns out the best arrangement is to have a single line, and the next customer goes to the next available register. There's less chance of blockage from a single delay.<br />
But people don't like doing that apparently, and so assuming random selection, ending up in the slow line comes down to simple probability.<br />
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Another way to think about this problem is in terms of time. You wait when you're in a slow line. You move when you're in a fast line. So the longer amounts of time spent waiting feel more significant (even though it might be a single pick) than when you made the fast picks."
psychology  shopping  theory  mathematics  queues  queingtheory  perception  math  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
Industrial Liquidators :home
"Industrial Liquidators is a surplus retail and wholesale outlet. We also buy closeouts. We have retail stores for our  products as well as a warehouse opento the public to buy shelving, work benches and our larger equipment! We buy and sell items such as: Shelving, Industrial Surplus, electronics, test equipment,laboratory equipment, office equipment, machinery, components, government surplus, excess inventory...etc."
electronics  sandiego  shopping  glvo  projects  make  making  surplus  laboratories  tools  technology  tcsnmy  supplies  furniture  components  machinery  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
KIOSK - Interesting things from interesting places
AMERICA 1, 9 for 2009, AMERICA 2, Provence, Portugal, Groundhog Day, Iceland, America 3"
art  culture  design  accessories  gifts  shopping  japan  sweden  mexico  germany  finland  iceland  us  international  global  provence  france  hongkong  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
Gravel & Gold
"Gravel & Gold is a shop in the Mission District of San Francisco run by three ladies, Cass, Lisa, and Nile. We sell useful goods from stand-up makers—hand-picked vintage and new things to wear, to adorn, to hear, to read & write, to furnish, and to love up. We like to know where our things come from and to directly support the people who create them."
sanfrancisco  shopping  gifts  boutique  diy  fashion  design  clothing  retail  glvo  via:robinsloan  art  handmade  make  from delicious
november 2010 by robertogreco
" is a personalized shopping experience, brought to you by Google, that lets you find and discover fashion goods through a collection of boutiques curated by taste-makers -- celebrities, stylists, designers, and fashion bloggers. Boutiques uses visual technology to help fashionistas discover and shop their look and creates the opportunity for designers to showcase their collections and latest inspirations online.<br />
<br /> is built on technology developed by our team of fashion experts who work with engineers to “teach” our computer systems to understand various patterns, pairings, and genre definitions. When signed into your account, learns about your style and preferences and in turn, provides you better results and recommendations over time. Ultimately, will provide shoppers with a much richer and interactive shopping experience and help drive traffic to retailers' websites."
boutiques  google  online  clothes  clothing  design  shopping  fashion  webservice  2010  style  from delicious
november 2010 by robertogreco
San Diego Space Society
"The San Diego Space Society (“SD Space”) was founded in 2008 with the purpose of raising awareness and educating the general public to the benefits of human exploration of space and San Diego’s role in space development, as well as to the idea of creating a spacefaring civilization within our lifetimes.

General meetings are held regularly at the Serra Mesa library, and SD Space members participate in many other local space events. Details of each meeting will be posted to the calendar. The general public is welcome to attend any meeting or event listed on this site.

SD Space is headquartered at the Space Travelers Emporium [ ], a storefront and workshop in the South Park neighborhood."
sandiego  space  southpark  spacetravel  travel  hackerspaces  education  organizations  gifts  shopping  lcproject  workshops  glvo  edg  srg  local  exploration  spaceexploration  from delicious
october 2010 by robertogreco
This is Uncommon
"Uncommon makes the most well-designed, highest quality customizable products available. Our proprietary 3D TATT™ (Thermo-Active Transdermal Technology™) process ensures durable, long-lasting, high resolution imagery on every product we imprint. We then package your art with care and ship it quickly and safely to your door."
iphone  ipod  accessories  gifts  uncommon  shopping  products  printing  illustration  diy  design  custom  art  fabrication  webdesign  via:russelldavies  webdev  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
"Specimen is created by Mark Quint, owner of Quint Contemporary Art gallery in San Diego, CA.

Specimen is an online store that sells art and curiosities.

Specimen's inventory (other than the art) is primarily used and vintage, but there are some new items slipped in every so often.

Specimen runs weekly specials, highlights guest selections, buys and trades objects and maintains a wish list for our collector friends.

Specimen is about objects that deserve a second look, closer inspection and a good home."

[Alternate URL: ]
markquint  quintgallery  sandiego  art  curiosities  togo  todo  shopping  vintage  collections  collecting  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
Nervous System
"Nervous System creates experimental jewelry, combining nontraditional materials like silicone rubber and stainless steel with rapid prototyping methods. We find inspiration in complex patterns generated by computation and nature."
accessories  handmade  rapidprototyping  processing  patterns  design  computation  generative  fabrication  math  wearable  shopping  nervoussystem  glvo  complexity  nature  biomimicry  coding  biomimetics  jewelry  wearables  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
Rare Device / good stuff for you and your home / San Francisco
"Rare Device is, simply, good stuff for you & your home. Rena Tom, the founder, is a former jewelry & graphic designer who loves design. She was so inspired by all of the fabulous, creative designers she met along the way, both in person & online, that she decided she had to share her discoveries, & she opened Rare Device in Brooklyn in October 2005. The webshop opened in December of that year &, combined with a lively & generally topical blog, has developed into its own microcosm of design.

The storefront is a place to promote designers, artists & artisans plus help them grow by taking on new projects & collaborations. Every object in the store has its own story, & has been chosen because it is either handmade, well-designed, useful, beautiful or all of the above. The aesthetic is modern & quirky while remaining warm & inviting - design that is accessible to all. Influences range from comic book art to entropy in nature, laser-etching to hand-lettering to nautical lore."
sanfrancisco  nyc  lisacongdon  craft  brooklyn  clothing  gifts  furniture  art  design  crafts  glvo  shopping  boutique  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
Matrix 2 - Search
"Find the best flight deals with Matrix

Matrix is where we'll showcase some of the freshest travel search ideas from ITA Software. We’re constantly updating it, so let us know what you think. If you prefer, you can still access the original version.

Here are just a few of our innovative shopping features — try them for yourself.

* Geo Search – search by airport code, city, or nearby airport selector
* Event Finder – plan your trip with a listing of events and things to do
* Interactive Calendar – explore date ranges and find the lowest fares
* Real-time Filters – focus on flights that suit your preferences
* Color-coded Time Bars – compare flights at a glance"
airlines  airfare  flights  matrix  shopping  comparison  travel  aggregator  iphone  applications  ios  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
"InvisibleHand Add-on Always Gets You the Lowest Price

InvisibleHand shows a discreet notification when the product you're browsing can be bought for a lower price elsewhere. It gives you a link directly to the product page at the competing retailer."

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extensions  comparison  ecommerce  firefox  safari  chrome  browser  amazon  addons  extension  prices  pricing  shopping  shop  plugins  price  money  online  invisiblehand  browsers  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Unique Gift Ideas, Creative Gift Ideas, Product and Video Reviews - Daily Grommet
"At the heart of it, we're a bunch of regular folks with a passion for finding Grommets; wonderful products--with interesting stories--that people would love to know about. We're independent—no one pays us to select a product. In fact, the best thing is, lots of people help us by sharing their own favorite discoveries. We're enabling Citizen Commerce™. Our “team” is anyone who believes that we can make a difference by celebrating the useful, innovative, and beautifully crafted Grommets we collectively discover." [See also:]
dailygrommet  diy  invention  marketplace  gifts  crowdsourcing  shopping  business  entrepreneurship  ecommerce  design  products  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Google Streetview Shopping | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"The neighborhood where I live has lots of designer shops where a single lamp shade can run you hundreds of dollars. You can probably find the exact same piece downtown for one fifth the price, but it can be a nightmare to walk around. So I've been using Google Streetview to do my pre-shopping. I figure it's only a matter of time until someone links Google Streetview, Foursquare, Groupons, and store catalogs to make the ultimate virtual shopping experience."
google  googlestreetview  shopping  davidsasaki  maexicodf  foursquare  groupons 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Rands In Repose: The Shop I Want
"The shop I want is owned by a person I know and respect. Inside of this shop are two button-up shirts, a pair of jeans, three pens, a desk, & a small white marble polar bear. Each of these items is picked out specifically for me, & more importantly, they are items that, given my own devices, I would never choose or possibly even discover for myself...
consumerism  ikea  google  twitter  sales  shopping  internet  marketing  materialism  ecommerce  ebay  curation  consumption  experience  relationships  trust  joelspolsky  2010  surprise  delight 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Park Life
"We are an independent retail store and seperate art gallery based in San Francisco. Our goal is simple; to showcase art and design that we find relevant.
art  culture  design  shopping  sanfrancisco  galleries 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Costco : The Frontal Cortex
"Consumers aren't always driven by careful considerations of price and expected utility. We don't look at the electric grill or box of chocolates and perform an explicit cost-benefit analysis. Instead, we outsource much of this calculation to our emotional brain, and rely on relative amounts of pleasure versus pain to tell us what to purchase. (During many of the decisions, the rational prefrontal cortex was largely a spectator, standing silently by while the NAcc and insula argued with each other.) Whichever feeling we feel most intensely tends to dictate our shopping decisions. It's like an emotional tug-of-war."
behavior  jonahlehrer  shopping  science  neuroscience  costco  culture  decisions  economics  psychology  pricing  business  branding  marketing 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Google Shopper for Android
"Shopping smarter with Google Shopper on your Android Phone."
android  mobile  applications  retail  shopping 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Booking a Flight the Frugal Way - Frugal Traveler Blog -
"Today, however, booking a flight is a total mess. Travelocity and Expedia have been joined by Bing and Orbitz and Dohop and Vayama and CheapTickets and CheapOair and Kayak and SideStep and Mobissimo and and and … I could go on and list every single Web site out there, but I won’t. There are just too many. Instead, I’ll lead you through the steps I make when I’m booking a flight myself.
travel  flights  howto  tutorial  reference  money  advice  tips  shopping  bargains  flying  airfare  airlines  budget  lifehacks  cheap  tools  onlinetoolkit 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Buy Food Gifts and Sell Artisan Food on Foodzie
"We are an online marketplace where you can discover and buy food directly from small passionate food producers and growers."
food  design  craft  cooking  culture  diy  local  gourmet  shopping  etsy  retail  gifts 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Healthcare Blue Book
"The Healthcare Blue Book is a free consumer guide to help you determine fair prices in your area for healthcare services. If you pay for your own healthcare, have a high deductible or need a service your insurance does not fully cover, we can help. The Blue Book will help you find fair prices for surgery, hospital stays, doctor visits, medical tests and much more."
healthcare  medicine  shopping  consumer  comparison  money  health  budget  insurance  costs  pricing  medical  dental 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Andy Budd::Blogography: Why I Can't Afford Cheap
"Too poor to buy cheap. That simple phase really resonated with me and has stuck with me ever since.

Cheap is quick. Cheap is dirty. Cheap is disposable.

Cheap breaks.

Cheap costs money. It costs money to fix, it costs money to replace.

Cheap seems like a good idea at the time but cheap fails when you most need it.

Cheap is flimsy and unsatisfying.

Cheap is inefficient.

Cheap gets in your way.

Cheap costs you time and it costs you customers.

Cheap always cost you more in the end. That’s why I can’t afford to buy cheap. Can you?"
via:migurski  quality  affordability  money  wisdom  sustainability  time  services  longevity  beausage  business  life  value  shopping  design  price  slow  simplicity  wabi-sabi 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Top Kitchen Toy? The Cellphone -
"One high-tech cooking tool, however, has transformed the kitchen lives of many Americans: the cellphone. It has become the kitchen tool of choice for chefs and home cooks. They use it to keep grocery lists, find recipes, photograph their handiwork, look up the names of French cheeses, set timers for steak and soft-boiled eggs, and convert European or English measurements to American ones."
mobile  phones  cooking  recipes  iphone  technology  shopping  food 
january 2009 by robertogreco

"These products have been made to last. So that one day you can hand them down to someone else. And they can carry on their little journeys."
sustainability  howies  reuse  manufacturing  bags  vintage  glvo  apparel  clothing  environment  spimes  rfid  fashion  organic  shopping  plannedobsolescence  plannedlongevity  beausage  wabi-sabi 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Upgrade yourself
"I rarely buy anything anymore but the things I do buy are usually better versions of things I already have. As things break or wear out, we've been replacing them with items that are nicer to use/wear/whatever and will last a whole lot longer than the cheaper stuff. Here are a list of things that we've upgraded over the years that I would recommend."
kottke  simplicity  household  upgrading  shopping  upgrade  clothing 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping
"Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that Consumerism is overwhelming our lives. The corporations want us to have experiences only through their products. Our neighborhoods, "commons" places like stoops and parks and streets and libraries, are disappearing into the corporatized world of big boxes and chain stores. But if we "back away from the product" – even a little bit, well then we Put The Odd Back In God! The supermodels fly away and we're left with our original sensuality. So we are singing and preaching for local economies and real – not mediated through products – experience. We like independent shops where you know the person behind the counter or at least –you like them enough to share a story.We ask that local activists who are defending themselves against supermalls, nuke plants, gentrification – call us and we'll come and put on our "Fabulous Worship!" Remember children... Love is a Gift Economy! — The Rev"
art  culture  politics  economics  consumption  shopping  culturejamming  humor  sustainability  capitalism  consumerism  satire  performance 
november 2008 by robertogreco
How to buy a new car and not get screwed - Boing Boing
"In this six-minute video from Ignite Seattle, Rob Gruhl offers advice on getting a good deal when shopping for a new car."
howto  cars  shopping 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Sweet Juniper! - Nemo risum praebuit qui ex se coepit
"It's my kind of yuppie hellhole. But by the end of any day in Ann Arbor I am ranting about artisanal cheeses and $14.00 pastrami sandwiches and arthouse theaters and liberal bumper sticker philosophies I agree with in theory but which slowly turn me into a steaming pile of self-hatred. I can only tolerate being surrounded by pricks just like me for so long, you see."
parenting  values  consumerism  consumption  children  shopping  self-hatred  cv 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Letter from Tokyo: Shopping Rebellion: What the kids want: The New Yorker [see also]
"coat is designed to serve as a final home in the case of a natural or man-made disaster...For warmth, you can stuff its many pockets with newspapers, or with the floppy nylon teddy bears which Final Home also sells."
finalhome  japan  newyorker  tokyo  fashion  shopping  glvo  2002  nomads  neo-nomads  disasters 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Providence in the FAIL of a Sparrow « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
"Nevertheless, sooner or later it’s all but inevitable that someone’s going to pull this concept off. I think that someone should be careful what it is that they’re asking for, because they - and we - just might get it."
adamgreenfield  interactiondesign  experience  motorola  shopping  rfid  retail  payment  mobile  design 
june 2008 by robertogreco
idlewild books NYC
"A bookstore organized by country, Idlewild carries fiction and non-fiction from all parts of the world, including new and classic works in translation, travel guides, books about politics and culture, graphic lit, language-learning books, maps and more.
travel  nyc  bookstores  shopping  location  literature 
june 2008 by robertogreco
"Notebookism will showcase our stories and the methods to our madness, product reviews, mods (a.k.a. hacks) - the kind of links you've gotten used to in my other blogs. If it’s notebook-related, let's hear about it."
notebooks  blogs  writing  notetaking  shopping  studentsupplieslist  journals  drawing  products 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Field Notes — “I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.”
"Customize Field Notes for your event, company, website, youth soccer team, birdwatching club–you name it, we’ll custom-print it. We’ll accept custom orders anytime, but since we’re going on press soon to print more AEA books, the economies of sca
gifts  notebooks  projects  make  writing  shopping  studentsupplylist  classideas 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Maker's Notebook
"Put your own ideas, diagrams, calculations & notes down in these 150 pages of engineering graph paper. We've also included 20 bonus pages of reference material, from useful stuff like electronics symbols, resistor codes, weights and measures, basic conve
gifts  howto  notebooks  projects  make  writing  shopping  studentsupplylist  classideas 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Cool Tool: Pilot's Pen
"I've had some promotional-type LED pens in the past, but the button cells burn out and then it's difficult to replace them. This pen runs on a single AAA cell, which is easy to find and replace. The pen also comes with an extra battery and ink cartridge
pens  tools  shopping  led  light 
may 2008 by robertogreco
TrackThis: Track FedEx/UPS/USPS/DHL Packages using Twitter (or Email, IM or SMS)
"Just send a quick direct message to trackthis and we'll send you a direct message any time your package location changes."
twitter  spimes  ubicomp  tracking  ups  fedex  usps  dhl  shipping  shopping  microblogging 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Issue 9/2008: I shop therefore I am - Bulletin - David Report - your pathfinder into the future
"In the future luxury goods will be methods that bring us back the power of our own attention: the power to choose ourselves what we want to notice or not. And there lies the true luxury of the future, to be able to resist shopping and still be happy.”
consciousness  consumer  consumerism  society  consumption  materialism  gamechanging  culture  shopping  sustainability  trends  world  futury  luxury  ethics  downshifting  unproduct  psychology  sociology  experience  happiness  research 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Sruli Recht - ~Elt: ONE: “Leather ~Elt”: Precision Water-Jet Cut: BELT
"an exploration in removing the function from the away with the buckle...aims to step backward away from the modern decorative whilst utilising the modern rococo in a robo-coco application. The future is the machined."
clothing  shopping  belts  fashion  design  srulirecht  iceland 
april 2008 by robertogreco
99-cent fine dining (
"Henry Alford prepared all his meals for a week using ingredients purchased from 99-cent stores...Trader Joe's shoppers are already accustomed to those constraints."
cooking  food  traderjoes  creativity  shopping  constraints 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Brand Avenue: Hey, Big Schlepper
"What happens to big-box retail (and by extension so much of suburbia), when the need to schlep is taken out of the equation? How does changing the experience of shopping change the experience of place?"
sustainability  nau  retail  business  green  transportation  urbanism  urban  mobility  shopping  lcproject  via:cityofsound  marketing  fashion 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Things I Learned At The Apple Store |
several anecdotal observations (generation crossing) about Apple's retail stores & experience they create around products sold with mention of in-store coffeehouse (news to me). see also follow up post:
apple  starbucks  experience  retail  technology  generations  shopping  humor  trends 
march 2008 by robertogreco
"As promised, I'm ready to give you the low-down on yesterday's glamorous gala opening of the ECHO PARK TIME TRAVEL MART."
losangeles  826  826la  time  timetravel  shopping  humor  sciencefiction  scifi 
february 2008 by robertogreco
WNYC - Crowdsourcing Map: Are You Being Gouged?
"Our latest "crowdsourcing" project asks listeners to go to their local grocery store and find out the price of three goods: milk, lettuce and beer. We've mapped the results below. Click on a tab above the map to see results for that item."
nyc  maps  mapping  crowdsourcing  food  prices  activism  journalism  shopping  googlemaps  media  pricing  via:hrheingold 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Voltaic Systems | Voltaic Backpack, Solar Backpack, Solar Bag
"Silver Orange Green Charcoal The Voltaic solar bags are mobile solar power generators designed to charge virtually all handheld electronics."
apparel  bags  batteries  camping  electric  electricity  energy  environment  gadgets  gear  sustainability  technology  photography  mobile  travel  portable  wearable  wireless  shopping  solar  green  wearables 
february 2008 by robertogreco
SunNight Solar
"SunNight Solar is dedicated to shining a light on problems plaguing the developing world. And SunNight Solar is dedicated to helping solve those problems."
light  shopping  solar  socialentrepreneurship  gadgets  buyonegiveone  energy  sustainability 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Solar Powered Battery Charger, SOLIO Universal Portable Solar Charger
"Solio™, the Universal "Hybrid" Charger is powerful enough to charge all of your handheld electronic products at home or on the move, anywhere under the sun."
electronics  energy  environment  gadgets  innovation  green  power  technology  sustainability  solar  shopping  portable  ipod  mobile  phones  cameras  iphone 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Laurent Haug’s blog » Blog Archive » « My daughter never went to a supermarket »
"The future of grocery shopping might be a wonderful, sensitive and spectacular experience on one side, with computers, recommendation engines and home delivery on the other. Does that strike a cord? Sounds an awful lot like Apple stores to me."
apple  retail  food  shopping  future  groceries  experience  design  interaction  online  internet  web 
february 2008 by robertogreco
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