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The Designed Life, design:related edition

As part of a new feature, we asked Matt Sung and Karen Horton, co-founders of the social networking site designrelated.com, to elaborate on eight items from their collection of design inspirations. Submit your own design inspiration, which could be featured in upcoming issues.


It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be [Matt] Paul Arden’s mini-manifesto tells you to “give away everything you know, and more will come back to you.” That kind of advice can be applied on a mass scale—and read in 30 minutes.


The Wanderer dust jacket [Karen] My obsession with the work of Alvin Lustig began after reading a 1956 Print magazine article in the University of Florida College of Fine Arts library.

Vintage Polaroid Camera [Karen]

I found this camera at the Waldo Flea Market, a favorite destination when I was living in Florida. No new digital invention compares with the instant gratification you get when a Polaroid photo comes into view.


Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel [Karen] My dad introduced me to the songs and lyrics of Simon & Garfunkel at an early age. Though the Bookends album was released back in 1968, the music is timeless, and it always sounds better on vinyl.

Kidrobot vinyl toys [Matt & Karen] It all started with collecting fast-food toys, but we graduated to collecting designer vinyl toys. Ninety percent of the thrill is the mystery box and the anticipation right before opening a new toy.

Grado SR80 headphones [Matt] Music is a must for any designer. These Brooklyn-made cans are minimal and borrow designs from the 1920s, but they’re heavy on sound quality.

Pentax Fixed Lens [Matt] Though not always practical, a fixed lens often leads me to take more interesting photos. Creating a composition using only the viewfinder can help me find beautiful things in my everyday surroundings.


Studio Ghibli [Matt & Karen] We were instantly hooked on the films of Studio Ghibli after seeing the 2002 U.S. release of Spirited Away in the theater. Hayao Miyazaki masterfully blends imaginative storylines with gorgeous animation.

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