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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
If you don't know this blog, you should. It's called Swissmiss, and it's full of daily design inspiration.
Thanks for the coverage, Tina!
CritBuns were last seen in Sydney at the Designboom gift mart in August. They went on a break as we searched for a new manufacturing partner. The search is over - I am proud to introduce CritBuns 2.0. These are the softest buns we've ever produced. They retain their lightweight attribute, and portable handle, along with rich color and smooth, baby-butt finish. They're even better for hard, uncomfortable surfaces like office chairs, stadium seating, and yoga (yes, during meditation).
Thanks for your patience while they went on hold, and I look forward to shipping you a pair.
They are available in blue through the holiday season. You can order online.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Monday, August 4, 2008
It's that time. CritBuns is headed to a new continent. I've been selected to participate in DesignBoom's gift mart located at the International Sydney Design Festival 2008. I'm thrilled to be a part of another DB event, and look forward to meeting some design savvy Aussies! I'll also be retailing a limited number of Untitled books, my latest collaboration with CITIZEN:citizen.
Monday, June 30, 2008
The Huffington Post ran an article on art schools, and the personas that come from them. There is some truth to how an artist wants to embody the lifestyle, clothing, and attitude of an "artist". You can stereotype each major (Architecture, Painting, Jewelry, Fashion, Graphic Design) by personalities and behaviors. Line up bunch of art students and their clothing, body language, tattoos/piercings (or lack of), and even body language can say what creative camp they reside in. I disagree, however, that art students inherently look down upon other majors. The smart students recognize the different perspective another design discipline can bring to the table. The smart student will take advantage of the access to a wide range talent only a short reach away. Chances are in the real world, you may very well have to collaborate with another creative in a different department to realize your project. But they'll be much harder to find. If you create the habit of resenting other majors in college, there's a very good chance you'll do that after you graduate. And that, to me, is a recipe for failure.
Read the short article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-roberts/how-art-school-reveals-hu_b_110097.html
Monday, April 7, 2008
I completed an interview with USA Today recently about the CritBuns story. They spoke with other small business owners about doing business on a global level. It's a great read overall, and certainly useful as case studies for anyone looking to go international with their small business. My best advice? Get your web presence up on day one.
Here's the complete article.
Here's the part about CritBuns:
A young online designer. Joe Gebbia, a 26-year-old entrepreneur and designer in San Francisco, credits sore backsides for helping him to create CritBuns (www.CritBuns.com), an online maker of colorful foam seat cushions.
As a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Gebbia noticed that classmates were uncomfortable sitting on hard chairs and floors during day-long critiques of their work by professors. He designed the fashionable cushions and plunged full time into his new business after graduation.
Scores of skeptical retailers rejected his cushions, until Gebbia finally sold 200 units to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Last year, Gebbia launched his website, and the cushions were featured at a Tokyo design show and in I.D., a design magazine.
Demand for the cushions took off. Now, 25% of his sales are to customers in Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan and other countries and regions. He also plans to market the cushions as "Sports Buns" to professional and school athletic events in the USA and abroad.
"I hadn't anticipated international sales at all," Gebbia says, "but people found the website, and I started getting orders from all over the world."
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Wow. Now this is cool. There's this web site called CommandShift3 (named after the keyboard command for taking a screenshot) that pairs two web sites against each other, and users click on the one they think is 'hot'. I entered CritBuns.com back in December 2007 and the stats are quite impressive: "Top 5% of sites (460 of 9924)"
See the listing, browse other sites, or enter your own site.