For the Love of Papyrus

One of my favorite places in the entire world is Asheville, NC. I especially love it in the Fall right when the leaves are changing and there's that bit of crisp cold weather starts sneaking in. The city is filled with wonderful music, delicious foods and my number one favorite thing: mountains! After living in Savannah, GA for 5 years I got so tired of not being near mountains I took every opportunity I could to go and visit home so that I would only be 45 minutes away from my beloved Asheville. On one of my trips there one Fall my travel buddy and I noticed that not only does Asheville contain beautiful views and delicious craft brews but a lot of the craft and art shops would use the love-to-hate font Papyrus. It started off as a joke, I would snap a photo of the 1 or 2 shops that used Papyrus, but then it just became overwhelming how much Asheville really did use Papyrus in stores around town. So I present to you, in the honor of the approaching Fall, some of the snaps I got of the infamous Papyrus in Asheville, NC

The Day that I Really Craved Sprite

There are many amazing things about moving to New York: the food, the museums, the hustle and bustle of everyday life, (the fact that there's a 24 hour bagel place near my apartment). One of the things that I've really loved about moving here is that there can be an incredible event or exhibit every day. The other week at work, my fellow coworker came in telling us all about this Bodega that just opened up on Bowery that was filled with Sprite. All of the products had been relabeled and designed to adhere to the Sprite brand feel. David Stark design did something similar with Target years ago where they took over a bodega and "Target-fied" it as well, but we were really curious with what Sprite had up their sleeves. We went there on our lunch break and what I thought was just going to be a small bodega, that was mostly used as a photo opp, turned out to have an opening in the back corner that opened up into a huge space with grafittied walls, a dj booth with a back wall filled with repurposed crates and Sprite bottles. The Sprite Bodega also worked as a venue and hosted Stand Up Comedy Nights hosted by Comedy Central, and special performances by DJs and Rappers. Most importantly there was free food and tons of Sprite and suddenly my Wednesday afternoon craving for design, puns, and Sprite was quenched. 

 




My Internet Graveyard

In case you were wanting to go through a leisurely stroll through an internet grave yard I have round up my top 7 favorite "old" websites that are still active today. So re-download your internet explorer, blast those computer speakers and let's get this party rockin' like it's 1999! Also please feel free to comment with what websites have been your favorite throughout the years!

 

 

Number 7

InternetExplorerisEvil.com

I'm not gonna lie but I'm 98% sure that this website was created by my father. Throughout my childhood I remember hearing the screams of my father as he went through Internet Explorer in an irate rage, blinded by his hate for Bill Gates. I'm not exactly sure why Bill got the wrath of David Kelly but he did, and the whole neighborhood knew it. Anyway, this website is still preserved intentionally so all can look back to one chapter of many in the dark ages of the internet. 

 

 

Number 6

RobertDeNiro.com

Who doesn't LOVE Robert De Niro. Better yet, who doesn't love a site about Robert De Niro that was last updated in 1999 and are still looking for your feedback! My favorite section? The sound archive but the "Upcoming Films" could potentially be my favorite once it's added. I've been promised that it's coming soon. 

 

 

Number 5

DoleKemp96.org

With a new election on the horizon it's nice to go back every once and a while to the '96 election against Bob Dole and Bill Clinton. Educating the masses with his views issues such as K-12 Education, Technology and Internet Thank you Dole Kemp '96 Campaign Committee for funding this amazing website that features a wonderful graphic on steam coming out of a coffee mug.

 

 

Number 4

SpaceJam.com

Everything I ever needed to know about space I learned through this movie. I also learned that Michael Jordan is great at everything and mediocre at baseball, Newman is even annoying outside of Seinfeld, and Bill Murray is the man that can save the day no matter what. With a website that's landing page is universe consisting of over 10 planets (!) I'm still rooting for a sequel and crossing my fingers that it will expand this TOON-averse even more!

 

 

Number 3

IndustrialPainter.com

I'm not even convinced that this thing is real but I'm really, really, really hoping that it is. Crank those speakers up and let this website do what it was made to do. Rock your socks off. I don't even know what Industrial Painter does but I want it. With a website that was copywritten in 2008 it's not the oldest on the list, but it is very wonderful reminder of how websites needed to have every feature possible when things were starting up.

 

 

Number 2

YouveGotMail.com

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Tom Hanks is the perfect man and this is the perfect website that includes beautiful motion graphics and a popup that warns me about accidentally downloading a virus. I'm not sure if that is actually apart of the website or not, and I'm assuming that the virus is a forewarning of the tears that I will shed by re-watching this movie. I'm just saying, Hanks and Meg Ryan's characters are perfect for each other and I will always keep rooting for them to succeed. *BREATHE*

 

 

Number 1

AmandaPlease.com

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This site has it all. A "This day in history" section that seems to be stuck in October, A clip of the week, Beautiful images of the wonderful Amanda Bynes and Dancing lobsters. It also give you an option to click on if you're using a mac or a pc. So considerate! Congratulations Amanda, for having a website that continues to dazzle hundreds every year!