Sad UP. Confident Jawbone.

I was more excited for that Jawbone UP then I really should have been. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t really think it was going to be the answer to a more active lifestyle, but I was excited to track my progress, patterns and use it to my fitness advantage.

A mere three days after my upbeat and optimistic blog post, my UP vibrated and died. No more tracking. No more patters. No more movement alerts. Seriously? Yep. I should have just gotten the FITBIT. Maybe I still will.

Then, after tweeting about my broken and sad-faced UP, a friend of mine sent me this link. Too ironic right? That never happens to me. The article states:

Jawbone has released an announcement that it will offer a no-questions-asked refund policy on the UP in order to win back customer confidence.

I submitted my information and yesterday I got my refund in the mail. Nope, they weren’t kidding.

I’m not sure if this has really changed my opinion of the UP. After all, I did buy it from the Apple store and I’m sure they would have taken it back.

Overall thoughts: The data it collected was interesting, but not ground breaking. Again, the sleep data was by far the most interesting but not necessary. It didn’t help me sleep better, in fact I probably slept worse knowing it was tracking me ALL NIGHT LONG. The feature that allows you to compete against other people was motivating. I was waiting for my sister to get one and the day she did mine stopped working. Hilarious.

Overall great idea — I’m anxious to see what they come out with as an adaption to the UP. Will I buy it? Maybe. I haven’t lost my confidence in Jawbone.

“Wired” to the iPad

I wasn’t sure I really cared about the iPad. I mean, how much more technology do I really need (I totally feel like my grandma saying that).

Here’s the thing: technology is changing the way we engage with each other and with content. The iPad is going to enable magazines to thrive again, using multidimensional experiences to re-engage with their audience. This is so cool! Check out this video by Wired on their new iPad App:

The Man With a Heart Made of Gold.

I’m fairly certain that Michael Osborne has a heart made of pure gold. He has an obsession with design, a true-love for it that keeps him designing round-the-clock for some amazing charitable organizations.

Photo by: Joe Carabeo, Astray Productions
Photo by: Joe Carabeo, Astray Productions

This is a picture of Michael Osborne and I moments after I met him for the first time. It was a unseasonably warm and sunny Sunday evening on November 15, 2009, at a special meet-and-greet gathering held by AIGA DC for the AIGA DC Design Continuum Scholarship Fund Circle donors. Michael was invited to join our social gathering and share some of his work from 1 Heart Press. Among Michael’s many passions is the fine art of letterpress printing. His love for finely set typography and skillful printing required more and more dedication and strict diligence, so in 1991 he decided to open his own letterpress printing shop in San Francisco. Since then he’s been letterpress printing anything from fine books to wedding invitations.

By day Michael is President and Creative Director of the San Francisco-based graphic design firm, MOD/Michael Osborne Design, Inc. Established in 1981, the firm’s work in corporate/brand identity, package design, and print collateral has been recognized by many organizations, and publications and is on display in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

With Michael there’s always love, or a heart, something he’s become well-known for in his design work. There are many different kinds of hearts in his body of work, but the majority have been created for projects at Joey’s Corner.

In 2004, Michael Osborne created a non-profit 501(c)3 organization called Joey’s Corner, a studio dedicated to providing pro-bono strategic creative services to non-profit groups focusing on healthcare, children’s and social well-being issues. The studio was founded to honor the life of Michael’s deceased son, Joseph Michael Osborne, 1980-2004. Joey’s Corner operates on donations, fund-raising events, and whenever possible, projects may be underwritten by a sponsor or by the non-profit client itself.

Joey’s Corner is the first heart in a series of Michael’s many hearts:

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Next he created Valentines Day cards for sale with the proceeds going to Joey’s Corner.

Valentines Day Cards by Michael Osborne

Then Ethel Kessler, Art Director for Stamps, called up Michael and asked him to design Love Stamps for the USPS.

Heart Stamp_Candy Hearts

All of a sudden, there were Hearts in San Francisco. Hearts were all over the city, actually and most were designed and constructed by Michael himself.

Intel Heart

Then there is Heart to Heart, an orgainzation founded to save babies by teaching doctors abroad the art and science of open-heart surgery for children.

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There’s a heart in yoga, The Art of Yoga Project. This organization’s mission is to lead teen girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to effect behavioral change.

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I’ll conclude with one final heart, his work for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk.

AA_MemoryWalk

Michael Osborne came to Washington, DC to give a presentation to the local AIGA Chapter on the work he’s produced at Joey’s Corner. His presentation moved the audience. A dozen plus people came up to me after the presentation to thank me for inviting Michael to our chapter. A few even marked this as one of their top 3 AIGA DC events, ever. I just couldn’t be happier.

Thank you Michael for coming to DC, but mostly for your boundless ability to inspire and delight designers and change organizations so their messages are finally heard.

Valentines Day Mix Tape: My Top 5 Songs

On my way to work I occasionally listen to Hot 99.5’s, The Kane Show. Today the three morning DJ’s, Kane, Sarah and Sammy were having a friendly competition to see who could select the best Valentines Day songs. Some of their selections were absolutely hilarious (including “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails, “Red Light Special” by TLC and “Doin It” by LL Cool J just to give you an idea). This of course, kept me laughing all the way to work.

So in turn, I thought I’d put together my list to share with all of you faithful Innerspaeth readers. At first I was going to do a ridiculous mix of salty, sassy and sexy like the Kane Show, but then I thought, why? I’m always funny, so why not switch things up and make it a true V Day mix? So with that I chose only the classics.

#5: Barry White -Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe


#4: Madonna – Get Together


#3: Teitur – You’re The Ocean


#2: Daft Punk – Digital Love


#1: Shania Twain – You’re still the one (and this one goes out to my Uncle Dan)

Why Wegmans is the BEST: Reason #2

Fresh baked bread. Daily. Hourly. Even late!

I usually make at least 3 trips to Wegmans over the weekend, sometimes 4. Now, Saturday I spent most of the day cleaning my house and getting it “Christmas ready” and then headed out to grab a few items for dinner. I decided it would be delicious to have some fresh baked bread to accompany my pasta, but was unsure whether the bread would still be warmly fresh at 6PM like it is at 6AM.

Well that was silly! Of course it will be warm! It’s Wegmans!!!

The moment my hand hit the freshly wrapped bread package I could feel the warmness and I nearly melted. It was 6PM! They were still churning out the freshly baked bread! This is why I love Wegmans. They work late for the people, like me, who might come in at 6PM hoping for a warm loaf of bread for dinner. This is why it’s brand is so strong! They know what I’m looking before I even THINK to ask! Brilliant!

So like a goober, I totally savored in my warm bread moment. I brought it to my face and closed my eyes. I took a deep breath, breathing in it’s freshly baked goodness and exhaled. Slowly. Then I looked at the loaf and said “mmmmmmmmmmm!” and as I was about to turn around and head for the pasta sauce I noticed the bread baker behind the counter was staring at me. He just smiled and then went back to his business. At first I was self conscious, but then I realized – He enjoyed watching my warm bread moment! He loved the fact that I was oozing over the bread he just baked and put out on the shelf. I didn’t even have to say anything for him to feel my excitement thus my thanks. And that my friends is non-verbal communication at it’s finest!

There we have reason #2. I beg you to test my observation and go looking for a freshly baked bread around 6PM at Wegmans. You’ll surely be as delighted as I was. Make sure to enjoy the warm bread moment too – the baker appreciates it!