Happy LEAP Day

29 February 2012   //     4 comments   //   design, happy, list, play

It’s February 29, y’all! LEAP Year!

In honor of our special day, we at LEAP Design would like to give you a gift. Are you ready for it? It’s really big. Bigger than a Big Mac. Bigger than a Big Gulp. Bigger, even, than Big Ben.

It’s big.

You guys, it’s a day.

A whole day. Your very own day to do WHATEVER YOU WANT with. So go. Put your phone down, get up from your computer, and go do something unexpected, something inspiring, something that you wouldn’t do on any normal Wednesday.

Need some help? No sweat — we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 29 things to do with your extra day:

1. Learn how to juggle.

2. Bake some bread.

3. Get a puppy.

4. Eat dessert for every meal.

5. Call someone you haven’t spoken with in a long time and tell them you miss them.

6. Go to the beach.

7. Go to the mountains.

8. Take a nap.

9. Take a yoga class.

10. Take a walk.

11. Take a friend out to lunch. Your treat.

12. Paint a mural in your house.

13. Volunteer your time.

14. Climb up on your roof and look at your street from a new angle.

15. Bring a picnic (and a friend) to the airport and watch the planes take off and land.

16. Invite friends for dinner; cook something you’ve never cooked before.

17. Write a letter to a friend and mail it.

18. Send a real birthday card (made of paper) in time for a friend’s birthday.

19. Take a long, hot, bath.

20. Read a book you’ve been wanting to read.

21. Fix something you’ve been meaning to fix for a while.

22. Ride a bike.

23. Bake a cake and bring it to a friend.

24. Take a hot air balloon ride.

25. Go skiing.

26. Go to the zoo.

27. Go hear a band.

28. Get a kitten.

29. Sing a song. Out loud. Loudly. Over and over again.

Happy LEAP Year, friends. Go enjoy your free day!


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off board game

04 February 2011   //     Comments Off   //   clever, play, retro

Retro fantasticness from Max Dalton — a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off board game. Created for an art exhibit honoring our Gen-X patron saint, John Hughes.

Click the images for bigger.

Click here to see the whole set.

(Found on Pinterest — thanks Ward!)


the magic ipad

03 June 2010   //     Comments Off   //   clever, istuff, play

How fun is this?! I wish I knew what he was saying, but I sorta like the unexpected aspect of not knowing what’s coming next.

Do you have an iPad yet? I don’t, but I can’t lie — I’m seriously coveting one. I’m waiting for my 3 year-old MacBook to kick the bucket, though. The delete key doesn’t work — but in true Apple product form, nothing else is wrong with it. Dangit. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through videos like this til I get my own. Have you found any other cool ones? Please share!


let there be mud

19 March 2010   //     7 comments   //   happy, kids, nature, play

It’s officially Spring here. Time for crazy days at the park.

Have a great weekend friends!


olympic legos

20 January 2010   //     2 comments   //   caught my eye, kirtsy, play

lego water cube

lego bird's nest

Found on kirtsy: The Beijing Olympic village made out of Legos. The Bird’s Nest, The Water Cube, all of it.

See them all here.


etch a sketch?

19 January 2010   //     2 comments   //   caught my eye, play, redesign

I mean, sure the double knob thing was sorta frustrating on the original Etch A Sketch. Diagonals were challenging, and curves were nearly impossible. But that was part of the charm, right? And it was also what separated it from, say, a Magna Doodle (which didn’t exist in my childhood). Or those static-lift drawing pads, which could not have been more annoying.

So now they’ve replaced the knobs with a trackball, eh? And they’re calling it Etch A Sketch freestyle?

Frankly, I’m not sure what to think. You?

(Thanks sub-studio design blog)