06/30/15

BEST WOMEN’S WORLD CUP T-SHIRTS

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I’m all for a great graphic tee, specifically when it is typography heavy. I would rock any of these Women’s World Cup t-shirts for tonights USA v Germany semi-final game.

Wildfang Women's Soccer T-shirtWildfang “The Squad” T-shirt calls out “Hey-Oh & Pinoe & Wambach & The Kid”. Also, kickass models. $48 here.

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Never anything wrong with a vintage-eque type soccer tee. Via Soccertees.com

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I’m sure we can all relate to this sentiment on and off the field. via Thuglifeshirts.com

Didi Women's shirt

 

Love this typography team tee from Didi, I hope they reprint it.

USA USA USA! (ps. I was disappointed by the lack of well designed women’s soccer posters out there, we’ve got to rectify this.)

 

06/23/15

Nashville’s coffee shop greatest hits

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My friend Diana manages to achieve a coffee lifestyle some of us might dream about. You can often find her with an open notebook, paper, and a warm cup of coffee somewhere near her teaching job in Nashville, Tennessee. I wrote to Diana asking what were her top coffee shops in Nashville. She wrote, “COFFEE. That is definitely something I’ve learned to appreciate now that I’ve lived in Nashville for awhile.” Following is Diana’s detailed list of great coffee shops in Nashville. A big thanks to her for this!

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1. Barista Parlor, Golden Sound — location: The Gulch (wifi, yes). Actually the second Barista Parlor in Nashville, but it has better natural lighting than the original, which in my eyes makes it superior. Barista Parlor is all about atmosphere (see: hipster grunge, but less grunge-tastic in The Gulch location) and true coffee appreciation. The selection of coffee is limited, but every choice is phenomenal. Additionally, Barista Parlor serves fantastic biscuits, homemade pop-tarts, and macarons. Also, the best part about Barista Parlor is that it attracts a lot of creative individuals. There’s a certain je ne sai quois that buzzes in the air. I adore it.
@BaristaParlor

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2. CREMA — location: downtown (wifi, yes). CREMA is fantastic, because it roasts its own coffee and feels cozy. I love the location, because it’s not in a specific neighborhood. The clientele is not as hip as Barista Parlor, but it’s a great place to study, read, and grade. CREMA also offers coffee classes. I fully plan on participating in some classes this semester. The food at CREMA is also really tasty. I don’t know how Nashville coffee shops do it, but they manage to make brunch foods okay for the entire day.
@CREMACREMA
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3. J&J’s — location: midtown (wifi, yes). J&J’s was my favorite café to study in college. It’s close to Vanderbilt’s campus, so it draws in a lot of college students and intellectual grad students. The interior hosts funky mixed up furniture, exposed brick walls, and an eclectic little grocery store (filled with international snacks). J&J’s is the home of two of my favorite coffee drinks in Nashville: The Keeker’s Koffler (earl grey vanilla latte) and The Rousseau & Bourke (two shots of EARTH SHATTERING espresso and a scoop of ice cream). I go whenever I’m feeling nostalgic. Also, I love going early Saturday or Sunday morning, because there aren’t many people, but the owner is there, so he plays classy classical music tunes. On sunny mornings, the light filters in just so, and it just feels right. Nashville-Coffee-shop-blogs_06

4. Edgehill Cafe — location: Edgehill (wifi, yes). Edgehill Café has great coffee, but the best part about it is probably the food. It’s always fresh and yummy. Nashville tends to serve larger portions, so it’s more food than what a person can generally consume. I like the iced tea that Edgehill serves and it’s a great location, because there are a variety of seating options (stools/window benches, tables, cozy couches). There’s a wall of windows along one side, so again, fantastic lighting. As you can probably tell by now, I’m a fan of well-lit cafés.
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5. Frothy Monkey — location: 12 South (wifi, shaky). Frothy Monkey is located in 12 South, which is an already gentrified neighborhood in Nashville. It’s cute and hip, filled with little boutiques like Cadeau, White’s Mercantile, and of course… JENI’S ice cream. Frothy Monkey is a popular cafe, so there are always a lot of people walking in and out. On weekends, it’s filled with hip, young parents and their babies getting together for brunch. On weekdays, it’s filled with college students and creative types. Still kind of hip, but more of a friendly, southern vibe. I really enjoy their vanilla lattes. Something about them feel cozy.
@FrothyMonkey

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06/19/15

Running on Chicken Legs

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I’m so happy our Marathon Maps have taken off. I first made the prints when we personalized a series of maps for my friend Holly who has a marathon running sister.

The strange thing is that I am not a runner, I suppose I used to be. In high school I ran cross country, not well… but I ran. I don’t think I was last, but I was only a few steps ahead of it. I’m tall and slow but I still played sports: soccer, basketball, softball, diving… I liked getting out of school early for away games and being with friends. My dad was a very good basketball player at the same high school, so seeing trophies with his name on them in the halls always inspired me.

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Softball photo circa 5th or 6th grade. I think the bat is fatter than my legs.

I stopped playing sports spring of senior year and I haven’t run since then. I’ve gone to the gym on and off and I’ve really enjoyed the barre classes I’ve taken in the last year. For a while I’ve been having dreams of running. In them I’m running in Southie next to the water. I’m running pretty fast, breathing in the cool air and I feel FANTASTIC. I feel so light and relived and worry free. When I wake up I always think… can I actually run like that?

The main reason I haven’t run in 18 years is that I’m knock-kneed. When I run my legs kick out at an angle and look weird and I get pains down the sides of them. The fact that I played sports until I was 18 without being brutally bullied is amazing. However there were lots of catcalls of “chicken legs” that still stick with me. It was embarrassing and made me incredibly self-conscious. I’m even self-conscious when I run around the field at Castle Island with my son. I assume everyone is like “look at that weirdness” as my legs flail about.

But alas, after getting to know Boston Marathon bombing survivor Bill White, and how he did the 1 mile walk with a prosthetic leg… I felt like an idiot. I wasn’t running because I didn’t want to look weird, when in reality I should be running because I’m lucky too have healthy (even when flailing) legs.

So I downloaded a Couch to 5k running app. I’ve run 3 times so far, and each time has been easier than the last. The app has you start off with a 5 min walk, then you run for 60 seconds / walk for 90 seconds. This alternates for about 15-20 mins. Each week it progresses to more running. Next week I see my new Orthopedist about getting orthotics and then I’m going to Marathon Sports to get sneakers. I’m sure the more I run I’ll get over those childhood insecurities, right? If anyone has any tips for a new runner please let me know, I can use the help! – xo JHill

06/16/15

The Designed Office Space

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This afternoon, I’m working at Jennifer’s office. I’m a part-time marketing manager for Jennifer, and full-time aspiring statistician, in case you were wondering. Travel is a large part of my work, including frequent trips between different jobs in Boston. The right workspace depends on the person, but I find quiet and thoughtful environments the most impactful and productive. Finding a quiet (and beautiful) place to sit down can be challenging though. Below are some of my dream workspace inspirations. ~ Kevin

1) Modern and clean: Obviously “The Cool Hunter” (@thecoolhunter) is constantly on the prowl for new and intriguing office spaces. Their wanderlust for interior design is picture focused and diverse. Their slogan, after all, is “Roaming the USA and Globe. So you’re in the know.”

http://www.thecoolhunter.net/article/detail/2263/joint-cafe--workspace-in-bangkok
Joint Cafe + Workspace in Bangkok, Thailand via TheCoolHunter.net

 Fold7 Ad Agency Office Space

Maybe it’s the color composition and contrast, but I love the idea how this little design inspires concentration and cleanliness.
Fold7 Ad Agency’s office via TheCoolHunter.net

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Dark tables are always nice. Vadim Sherbakov’s Desk via DeskInspire

2) Eastern and European: Another design inspiration favorite is the British magazine Monocle (@monocle). They preach good style and also borrow design ideas from the east.

 Isolated State via Monocle.com

 No surprise that the Monocle office looks this nice.

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3) Breakfast and pleasure: Kinfolk is another two-in-one design and lifestyle magazine that breathes fresh ideas into the interior design world. Their focus is on slow living, and their design choices are often minimal and clean. What I like about Kinfolk is that they find ways to combine pleasure, work, and breakfast onto one single table.

06/11/15

Our Most inspiring Marathon Map

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The Marathon Map we designed for Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Bill White, for his 1k Tribute Run.

Shortly before the 2015 Boston Marathon, The Boston Globe ran a piece about our Marathon Maps and mentioned that an unpersonalized version was available at Boston’s West Elm. A day or two later I got an email from a sales person at West Elm passing on a message that a Mr. William White was interested in a personalized print and would I please contact him.

In 2013 Bill White was enjoying a day at the Boston Marathon with his wife, Mary Jo, and son, Kevin. They were at the finish line when the first bomb went off. They were all injured to different degrees, with Bill’s injury being the gravest – he had to have his right leg amputated above the knee.

In 2014 Bill walked the “Boston Marathon 1k Tribute Walk” with other marathon bombing survivors and he was interested in a personalized print to commemorate it. I was really nervous to talk to Bill about his Marathon Map, I had no idea what to say and how to convey the depth of my sympathy for all that his family has gone though.

As it turns out, Bill and I found that we had quite a few things in common. My son loves playing at Spaulding Hospital’s playground,   which he watched be built as he recovered and we knew a few of the same people. It was lovely getting to know him and hear about his recovery.

Making Marathon Maps for Bill White and his son Kevin (who ran the 2014 Boston Marathon) helped to inspire me to start running again and I hope whenever they look at their Marathon Maps they are reminded of their immense bravery and strength.

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Our Marathon Map for Boston Marathon runners in the Boston Globe. Article by Marni Elyse Katz

06/10/15

1968 Mexico City Olympics Design

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I’ve been researching sports/olympics graphic design as we work on the branding for our Marathon Map Prints. The 1968 Mexico City Olympics branding is my design happy place. The simple, strong logo and icons were applied to everything from stadiums to sun hats, each application totally considered. What a dream project to work on as a young designer.

The 1968 Olympic branding was designed by graphic design icon Lance Wyman. (Visit his website/amazing portfolio).

Be inspired by photos at Graphic Ambient / a great interview with Wyman at Walker Art Center / and more goodness at Design Boom

06/02/15

THE PENTALUM at Boston’s the lawn on D

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The Lawn on D has become a vibrant outdoor community space that has been sorely needed in Boston. It is next to the Convention Center on South Boston’s D Street in the Seaport District. We taken our 4 yr old son multiple times to play on the glowing swings, hangout, eat at the food trucks, listen to music and have a beer. This Saturday we went right at opening (thankfully because I heard the line got epically long) to walk through the Pentalum Maze.

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The Pentalum Maze is one of the Luminaria mazes designed by Alan Parkinson for Architects of Air.  “Each luminarium is a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring monument to the beauty of light and colour.”

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Only 4 colors of plastic are used, but it seems like hundreds. It was quite hot inside the maze, but there were volunteers wandering around offering spritzes of water. I didn’t mind, the kids loved the space and I could have sat there soaking in the relaxing ambiance. I love being around/in something that causes so many “Oooos and Aaaahs” of wonder.

Looking forward to July’s “Intrude” at the Lawn on D… giant glowing bunnies!

05/28/15

San Diego Map Prints x 2

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Two of our best friends recently moved to San Diego, a city I’d been to twice but didn’t remember much about. However, if these guys were moving there from “sunny” Boston I knew it was a city worthy of not one City Map but 2.
Introducing our San Diego City Map and San Diego RNR Marathon Print personalized for runners. (You can also personalize the text of our city map, making a unique wedding or engagement gift.)
The first time I went to San Diego was right after high school graduation with my parents and my best friend, Sarah. I remember going to the San Diego Zoo, spending lots of time on the beach, and going to the hotel restaurant where my parents switched Sarah and my cokes with their RUM + cokes as a surprise… and didn’t take them away.
The second time was a overnight layover on our way to Cabo San Lucas. I remember the airport being positioned so that you felt like your plane was crashing into the city on landing. We stayed at a very nice boutique hotel in the gas light district and ate sushi.
We are hoping to return to San Diego this fall and I will go to the beach, eat a California Burrito, and drink some San Diego craft beers. If you have any San Diego recommendations leave a comment! xo JHill

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San Diego City Map Print

05/26/15

4 san diego craft beers

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Who doesn’t need a cold one after running 26.2 miles? Luckily San Diego is home to many fantastic craft breweries. Here are a few.
1. Stone Brewery: multiple locations Closest to the Finish Line: Stone Brewing Tap Room at 795 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
2. Ballast Point: Multiple locations (I had both their Grapefruit Sculpin and Habenero Sculpin last weekend… delicious) Closest to the Finish Line: Ballast Point Tasting Room + Kitchen Restaurant, 2215 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
3. Pizza Port: multiple locations Closest to Finish Line: 1956 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107
4. Karl Strauss: multiple locations Closest to Finish Line: 1157 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101

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05/26/15

how to make a CALIFORNIA BURRITO

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What genius decided to pair the above ingredients, roll them in a tortilla and serve them to the the good people of California? My guess is the west-coast cousin of Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers.

I’ve never seen a California Burrito on a menu in Boston, (looks like I’ll be following the above directions), The Thrillest has a round up 12 places to get one in San Diego, with #1 being Nico’s Mexican Food. 

Big fan of the California Burrito? You may need one of these from Cali-Burrito.
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04/08/15

Where to Carb Up for the Boston Marathon

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Boston’s North End is known for it’s Italian food, but there are more places in the city to down a plate of amazing pasta. Here are my 3 favorite places to eat pasta in Boston that are not in the North End.

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For 5 years our studio was across the street from Barbara Lynch’s Sportello, it is one of my favorite places to indulge in carbs in Boston. The space is cozy with lots of light, has an open kitchen and a very knowledgeable staff. If you are staying in the Seaport District make a reservation here. My favorite pasta dish in Boston is their Strozzapreti and don’t leave without getting the Coconut Cake. Sportello is a 10 minute walk from South Station or park in one of the pay lots on Congress Street, (or maybe you’ll get lucky and snag a meter).
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Two years ago I spent a few weeks in Italy basically just eating, and I’ve reliving my meals at the South End’s Cinquecento ever since. Towers of Campari decorate a dimly lit, expansive dining room. The wait staff is gracious and the bartendars genrous. The grilled octopus starter is delicious as is all their pastas. However, the simple recipe of House Made Pancetta + Pecorino + Black Pepper = an unreal Carbonara. Don’t skip it because you think you can make this one at home. Also, they do Negroni flights, which is reason enough to eat here. They have a free parking lot and are walkable from both the Back Bay or Broadway MBTA stops.

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If you are staying in Cambridge and looking for an affordable pasta dinner check out Basta Pasta. They are on Western Ave in between Central Square and the Charles River. The portions are generous and for a few extra dollars you can get their home-made fusilli. It is an easy walk from the Central Square train station or look for on street parking. boston marathon runner gift

02/16/15

New Orleans Neighborhood Map Print

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New Orleans City Map PrintNew Orleans is one of our top requested map prints to do. With Mardi Gras upon us we were happy to make it happen! Each of the New Orleans’ neighborhoods is filled with one of my bold patterns. We’ve included the year that New Orleans was founded by the French Mississippi Company as well as the longitude and latitude for the city.

It was such fun researching out New Orleans ABC’s and our Food From N’Awlins posts. I learned a lot about this that I’ve always imagined to be so vibrant and soulful.

Another print we just released was the New Orleans Marathon Print, personalized for runners! We did our marathon pattern in traditional Mardi Gras colors. You can personalize the runner’s name, their time as well as their bib number. It’s such a great gift for a runner who has put so much hard work into training for their race.

New Orleans Marathon PrintBoth map prints are available online at jhilldesign.com and come in 3 sizes starting at $12.

 

02/16/15

WHAT TO EAT AT MARDI GRAS

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What we’d eat if we were in the heat of New Orleans for Mari Gras instead of 7 ft of snow in Boston. Coffee from Cafe de Monde / Crawfish / Po-boy / Sazerac / Beignets / King Cake / Muffaletta / Doberge Cake

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02/12/15

the abc’s of new orleans

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01/29/15

BROAD CITY + JHILL

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Abby Broad City Naked Singing

Nothing delights me more than seeing Abbi from Comedy Central’s Broad City dancing around naked, singing Lady Gaga in front of my Queens Map Print.

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