Top Ten Design Blog Contest

Here at JoshSpear.com we follow the lyrical example in Michael Jackson’s 1991 Song “Heal The World,” by attempting to “heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race.” It’s this dedication that has led to our being on Home Rejuvenation’s second annual list of potential winners for Ten Most Influential Design Bloggers co-sponsored by Wallpaper*. Whether we lock up a privileged spot is entirely up to you. We beg you to head on over to their site and rock the vote by sending in a maximum of five choices before the October 16th deadline. Doing so makes you eligible to receive a free year of the print version of Wallpaper*.

It’s an honor just to be nominated.

Eco Emporia

Everyone knows that we need to handle our resources better, so remember the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Eco Emporia is focusing on reuse. Their entire online store is made up of used products transformed into stationary, jewelry, bags, bowls and clothes. We really love the rescued paper notebook. Rescuing paper that has been printed on one side, but not the other, and binding them into a notebook. The pages are folded so the notebook is completely blank. That and the fire hose belt, but that might just be from a boy-like attraction to being a firefighter. Check out the recently opened store out in the U.K. (but they ship worldwide) for some really clever green gifts. They even pass along a few free tips to reusing your own products.

LunaFest

In case a bit of women’s wrestling and a mannequin factory tour aren’t enough for your Thursday evening, maybe adding Iran’s Islam Revolution and transgender politics will do the trick. The LUNAFEST Film Festival premiers in San Francisco with an ’08 lineup that’s eclectic to say the least. The Palace of Fine Arts will mark the first stop on the nationwide tour of “short films by, for, and about women” on September 18. Twenty dollars gets you a seat for 10 films, and host Luna Bar says every penny benefits the Breast Cancer Fund. Does that go for Sour Patch Kids purchases as well?

Vinyl Killers

In these modern times of souped up CD mixers and Serato, the dying medium of vinyl needs all the attention it can get — and that hype might not always involve music. Portland’s Vinyl Killers are on the wave of a stencil mini-revolution with a simple premise: plastering stencils onto records. VK collects pieces from artists all over the world and if you happen to be in Portland, OR on October 30th this year, you can check them out at the Goodfoot. Have a look at entries from previous years at the Vinyl Killers site.

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