Anatomy of Seeing

Michael Wolff, brand identity and graphic designer, on inspiration, curiosity, and “seeing”.

“I have three muscles, without which I couldn’t do my work.

The first is curiosity, really. You can call it inquisitiveness, you can call it questioning, but it’s a muscle…that enables me to ask, ‘Why is this like that?’

The second muscle, I call it the muscle of appreciation… It’s not questioning, so much as noticing how joyful things can be, how colorful things can be.

For me, the muscle of curiosity and the muscle of appreciation enables the muscle of imagination.”

via The Fox is Black


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We are getting Spring Fever at aly likes, and Verla Ivans’ arrows are just the ticket. These pieces are unique (how many of your friends have arrows hanging around, looking fancy?), beautifully handmade, and affordable. They come in sets of 5 or 6, around $40-50.

Source: verlaivans, Etsy

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Lancia Stratos

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It’s Tech & Music Thursday, so here is a newly-released song from Wild Flag’s debut 7-inch. Just in case you haven’t heard, WILD FLAG is the fresh project of female music greats Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium), and Rebecca Cole (The Minders). WILD FLAG plans to release their first album on April 16th, but you can catch them at SXSW today.

Source: WILD FLAG Facebook Page

“Glass Tambourine” by WILD FLAG,  via All Songs Considered

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Max Dalton

One again, welcome to aly likes. Today is Art Wednesday and it is a sunny morning, so we’ll start with a cheery artist! There were a lot of artists that I considered posting today, but the challenge was finding one that set the tone for the project. Enter Max Dalton, illustrator.

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Hello, citizens of the Internet. My name is Aly, and today I decided to start my blog. Like a lot of you, I am a member of Generation Y: raised on computers, taught by technology. Because of this, I am distracted easily. I struggle to narrow down my interests to a specific topic, but this is not a hindrance. You are reading this because of that lack of direction. I like a lot of things, and I like to learn about them. You, lurkers, probably like to learn about new things as well. So, I introduce “alylikes”, a project about things I like, for people who like them too.

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