Foxy iPhone Cases

I love how easy it is to find beautiful, unique iPhone cases. Society6 is quite the time-suck, featuring page after page of awesome artwork. I especially love all the fox-themed cases. So cute! Just try not to think about that one scene in The Fox and the Hound. You know which one.

Lonely Winter Fox, The Fox and the Forest, Fox

Fox, Fantastic Fox Couple, Arctic Fox

Tall Fox, Fox on Fishing Boat, Fox with Tribal Pattern

NotConf – a JSConf pre-conference in Phoenix

The last week has been a whirlwind of planning, designing, and coding. This year’s JSConf is in my hometown of Scottsdale, AZ. It’s a gathering of JavaScript enthusiasts, committed to the new and cutting-edge in JS and the web and, of course, some jovial celebration. Meltmedia jumped at the opportunity to sponsor and plan a pre-conference. After some brainstorming and silly name suggestions, NotConf was born.

NotConf is an all-day event on April 1st featuring speakers, intimate demos, live music, local Arizona brewed beers and food trucks, and plenty of time to socialize with other JS geeks. It will be held at the Arizona Historical Society at Papago Park, a venue perfect for showcasing the beautiful Phoenix landscape and weather. NotConf is calling for speakers, demos, and volunteers. Register to attend or just check out the responsive website created in a few short days by the Meltmedia team.

Society6 iPhone Cases

After dropping my iPhone on the sidewalk and seeing the ease at which the glass screen shatters, I decided to finally get myself an iPhone case. Because the iPhone body is so beautifully designed, I didn’t want one that covers up too much. So I prowled the internet, looking for a sleek case that would protect without feeling bulky. As a cherry on top, I also hoped to find one that could say something about me. After all, how do we express ourselves these days but with our tech, right?

I soon discovered Society6, an online collection of talented artists and designers selling their work in several forms: prints, iPhone cases, laptop skins, and t-shirts. It’s really quite incredible the variety of cool artwork to choose from.

After a few hours of browsing (their search function leaves a lot to be desired), I found the perfect case. It’s called “There and Back Again” by designer Reagan Lee. He designed a metro-style map of Middle Earth, featuring several fun stops like Rivendell and Helm’s Deep. The designer in me loves the clean lines and clever idea, while the nerd in me gets excited each time I see that Edoras and Isengard are just a quick train ride away.

Postcards from Google Maps

I saw these on Apartment Therapy and was in awe. Artist Clement Valla takes images from Google Maps that, when viewed at the right angle, transform landscapes into warped and surreal representations. Valla says:

The images are screenshots from Google Earth with basic color adjustments and cropping. I am collecting these new typologies as a means of conservation–as Google Earth improves its 3D models, its terrain, and its satellite imagery, these strange, surrealist depictions of our built environment and its relation to the natural landscape will disappear in favor of better illusionistic imagery. However, I think these strange mappings of the 2-dimensional and the 3-dimensional provide us with fabulous forms that are purely the result of algorithmic processes and not of human aesthetic decision making. They are artifacts worth preserving.

View More Amazing Google Map Postcards

Plug Hub

Even if you aren’t an organizing junkie, this product is bound to make you swoon. Cable clutter is a constant struggle for me, especially since Clay has three PC’s and a television on his desk. Currently we have an embarrassing jumble of cables gathered by two IKEA Signum cable organizers. The Plug Hub is a minimalist, unobtrusive cable organizer that hides the clutter while keeping plugs accessible. It’s only available for pre-order right now, to be pushed into production if enough people show interest. At only $23.95, I sure hope all the organizers out there are just as excited as I am.