Boston Bloggers: Stay Dangerous

Last night Jack and I had a chance to break away from the house work to hang out with some of our favorite local bloggers (and meet new friends) at Highball Lounge (which was lovely) while making funny faces with The Danger Booth (which was a riot).

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Thank you to the ever-amazing hosts, Kate and Alison, for all of their hard work! We were thrilled to back slowly away from life lately:

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For more photos from last night’s event, swing by the full album from The Danger Booth! (And, hire these folks. They were fantastic. #staydangerous)

Cheers!

image credits: 1-The Danger Booth; 2,3,4-Union Jack Creative

Common Ground: Dots and Damien Hirst

Have you ever had a game that became such a time sink that you had to completely delete the app to break free? Bloons was one of those for me; then came Dots.

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When Damien Hirst’s Flumequine came across my screen the other day, I nearly re-installed the game.

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I resisted, but barely. If you’re not familiar with Dots, you should check it out—it’s sleek, simple and free—just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

For more from Damien Hirst, start at his site; download Dots in the iTunes store.

For more Common Ground posts, head to the archives.

image credits: 1-Dots; 2-Damien Hirst, via 1stdibs

Boston Strong: A Giveaway

We’ve been in marathon mode for a while now, and have loved watching our Boston poster pop up in Etsy treasuries and around the web; when Lindsey at More Awesomer reached out to ask us to join a Boston-themed giveaway of local goodies, we jumped at the chance.

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And though the marathon has come and gone for 2014, there’s still time to enter to win nine Boston Strong prizes! Stop by More Awesomer for details and to enter before April 30. (If you don’t win, you can still grab a poster in our shop—charity runners should email us for a discount!)

Congratulations to yesterday’s runners! Thanks for helping our city reclaim that finish line, and for doing it in style.

image credit: More Awesomer

One Year, One City

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and we, like so many in this town, are full of feelings and reflections.

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There is so much great coverage out there today (and perhaps we’ll share our favorites another time), but for starters head to the Globe’s One Year, One City.

Take your time, hug your loved ones, and remember: life is a marathon, not a sprint.

image credit: The Boston Globe

Life Lately: Happy Birthday, Jack!

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We’ve been riding a long weekend wave of celebrations, and were so fortunate to spend it with so many amazing friends. Jack turned 30, the world kept spinning and we’re cleaning up and moving forward this week. Cheers!

amazing group selfie credit: Geoff Celis

Celebrating Spring: It’s Marathon Season

It’s officially April, and today felt this close to spring. Even if New England weather is refusing to relent, runners the world over have entered their taper for the Boston Marathon; having been one of those runners, early April marks spring and marathon season no matter what. This year is more emotional than most, and I’m not even running.

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In honor of the season, we’ve got Boston via Hopkinton posters back up on Etsy and in our shop. Are you running? Know someone who is? We love this poster so much we’ve got them up at home and in the office; maybe you would love one, too. Running for charity? Email shop@unionjackcreative.com and we’ll send you a code for 26% off and free shipping because charity runners are awesome (we’re biased).

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Friday Fancies

This week, we’re smitten with the lovable lamp from Adam Ben-Dror, Pinokio.

Also take a peek at a brilliant Lego calendar from Vitamins, consider the business of fashionable fonts, get lost in Jim Campbell’s sculptural LED light installations and double-check your nail polish collection for buried treasure.

Stay safe, stay dry, and have a great weekend!

earlier this week: 1,2,3

video credit: Adam Ben-Dror, in collaboration with Shanshan Zhou and Joss Doggett

Everyday Letters: Taking Shape at Moo

A little while back, I had the pleasure of stopping by Moo’s Boston offices with Elizabeth for a Design Museum Boston panel. It was a delight.

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One of our favorite features, though, was the use of letters as decor, and in the shape of the Moo teardrop logo.

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Casual Wedding Calligraphy

Formal, copperplate script calligraphy is a beautiful, elegant and timeless addition to invitations—and we’ve done it!—but it’s labor-intensive and, accordingly, expensive.

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On the other hand, addressing envelopes yourself can be tedious and frustrating, and printed labels might not have the festive feel you’re looking for. Casual calligraphy is a great option, and I’ve been doing much more of this low-key lettering lately. It’s fun! It’s fancy! It won’t break the bank!

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Life Lately

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1-it might as well be spring; 2-I made a getaway to NYC last weekend; 3-final stages of the wall saga coming soon;

4-lovely letters; 5-bowling for birthdays, just like childhood but with beer; 6-sometimes Jack takes selfies;

7-steppin’ out; 8-more wedding calligraphy; 9-Instacart is saving our lives, lately

image credits: Union Jack Creative