Holstee gift show with @pforti and mikey. They exemplify what it means to hustle. Lots of new shops will be carrying @holstee after this week! Huge props to @daverad for designing and building the best booth at #nynow2014 gift show, imho. (at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center)

Holstee gift show with @pforti and mikey. They exemplify what it means to hustle. Lots of new shops will be carrying @holstee after this week! Huge props to @daverad for designing and building the best booth at #nynow2014 gift show, imho. (at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center)

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february at holstee is all about connection. in the post below i got a chance to explore the topic. this line has really stuck with me-

"The past decade has brought a plethora of new technologies that have introduced instant ways of connecting to our fingertips. They have also enabled a continuous and immediate feedback loop of sugar rush acknowledgements. And this is where we need to become more aware. "


holstee:

Each month in 2014 will have a specific theme which will tie together everything we do from designs, events and everything in between. Helen kicked off the year in January with Clarity. Now, we’re starting February with a focus on Connection. Building real connection is something important (and very different) for each of us. Whether with friends, family, lovers or strangers - the impact of these connections can be profound. Perhaps this is why in the US alone, we are okay with collectively spending over 230 thousand years worth of time on social media in a single month. The past decade has brought a plethora of new technologies that have introduced instant ways of connecting to our fingertips. They have also enabled a continuous and immediate feedback loop of sugar rush acknowledgements. And this is where we need to become more aware.  Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. These tools each represent ways to supplement and manage more human connections than ever. These social tools are likely to get better and better at mimicking the real thing, but what happens when they become full replacements for real human relationships? The Hollywood production Her opens a huge conversation of where this could lead in the not-so-distant future. To be fair, technology has facilitated remarkable things in this realm, too. It’s allowed me to see my nieces in Kenya grow up over the past years and to reunite with friends from high school. But most importantly, it has helped me to fully appreciate the difference between depth and breadth of connections.  It feels great to get likes or RT’s but like a sugar rush, once they pass I’m not left with much except a craving for more of the same. This example perfectly describes the cycle in which we seem to get stuck. Karen Van Bergen sums it up particularly well in her Huffington Post article, “Where Should We Meet?”:"More than we care to admit, we now pay for the ease and frequency of our communication with the depth of our relationships… The irony, of course, is that our vanishing connection to each other is actually driven by our deep need to connect.” Living in NYC combined with all these social tools makes it very easy to just hop from introduction to introduction at the expense of building depth of connection. At Holstee, one way we keep the need for depth in balance is by to host bi-monthly dinners, where we invite both longstanding and new friends to sit around a dinner table, talk together and open the door for real, genuine human connection. In summation, breadth of connection seems to happen more naturally  but depth of connection is something we need to consciously and constantly build. What are some ways you do this in your life? Other inspirations for this post came from:
How To Connect With Humanity by Leo Babauta 
Alone Together by Sherry Turkle 
The Human Connection by John Gowan

february at holstee is all about connection. in the post below i got a chance to explore the topic. this line has really stuck with me-

"The past decade has brought a plethora of new technologies that have introduced instant ways of connecting to our fingertips. They have also enabled a continuous and immediate feedback loop of sugar rush acknowledgements. And this is where we need to become more aware. "

holstee:

Each month in 2014 will have a specific theme which will tie together everything we do from designs, events and everything in between. Helen kicked off the year in January with Clarity. Now, we’re starting February with a focus on Connection.

Building real connection is something important (and very different) for each of us. Whether with friends, family, lovers or strangers - the impact of these connections can be profound. Perhaps this is why in the US alone, we are okay with collectively spending over 230 thousand years worth of time on social media in a single month. The past decade has brought a plethora of new technologies that have introduced instant ways of connecting to our fingertips. They have also enabled a continuous and immediate feedback loop of sugar rush acknowledgements. And this is where we need to become more aware. 

Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. These tools each represent ways to supplement and manage more human connections than ever. These social tools are likely to get better and better at mimicking the real thing, but what happens when they become full replacements for real human relationships? The Hollywood production Her opens a huge conversation of where this could lead in the not-so-distant future.

To be fair, technology has facilitated remarkable things in this realm, too. It’s allowed me to see my nieces in Kenya grow up over the past years and to reunite with friends from high school. But most importantly, it has helped me to fully appreciate the difference between depth and breadth of connections.  It feels great to get likes or RT’s but like a sugar rush, once they pass I’m not left with much except a craving for more of the same. This example perfectly describes the cycle in which we seem to get stuck.

Karen Van Bergen sums it up particularly well in her Huffington Post article, “Where Should We Meet?”:

"More than we care to admit, we now pay for the ease and frequency of our communication with the depth of our relationships… The irony, of course, is that our vanishing connection to each other is actually driven by our deep need to connect.”

Living in NYC combined with all these social tools makes it very easy to just hop from introduction to introduction at the expense of building depth of connection. At Holstee, one way we keep the need for depth in balance is by to host bi-monthly dinners, where we invite both longstanding and new friends to sit around a dinner table, talk together and open the door for real, genuine human connection.

In summation, breadth of connection seems to happen more naturally  but depth of connection is something we need to consciously and constantly build. What are some ways you do this in your life?

Other inspirations for this post came from:

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holstee:

Graphic Design Intern - Spring/Summer 2014
We are looking for a Graphic Design Intern to join our team here in NYC. Five years after we opened our doors, we are still moving fast and need someone who can run with whatever we toss their way.  It could be jamming on new product ideas, creating product design inspiration boards, designing packaging, promotional banners, or light printing and production work.
Required Skills

Keen attention to detail


Strong typography & drawing skills


Enjoys brainstorming and the ideation process


Knowledge of print and web production


Good organization and time-management skills


Must have ability to work independently as well as in partnership with team


Able to take direction as well as use own initiative as necessary


Must be able to define and work to deadlines


Curious and always excited to learn more


Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, & Photoshop required

Sample projects:

Getting artwork set for print


Design packaging materials


Create new product inspiration boards


Design promotional banners


Coordinate new artists for growing artist series


Preparing product images for website


Photographing products for website


Updating catalogs


Creating social media & blog post images

Timing & Compensation:
This is a 6 month paid part-time internship based in NYC (Brooklyn), 2-3 days a week. College Credit can be arranged. Start date is negotiable but candidates available to start in the near term are preferred.
Apply Now.
(Be sure to include a link to your portfolio to be considered.)

holstee:

Graphic Design Intern - Spring/Summer 2014

We are looking for a Graphic Design Intern to join our team here in NYC. Five years after we opened our doors, we are still moving fast and need someone who can run with whatever we toss their way.  It could be jamming on new product ideas, creating product design inspiration boards, designing packaging, promotional banners, or light printing and production work.

Required Skills

  • Keen attention to detail

  • Strong typography & drawing skills

  • Enjoys brainstorming and the ideation process

  • Knowledge of print and web production

  • Good organization and time-management skills

  • Must have ability to work independently as well as in partnership with team

  • Able to take direction as well as use own initiative as necessary

  • Must be able to define and work to deadlines

  • Curious and always excited to learn more

  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, & Photoshop required

Sample projects:

  • Getting artwork set for print

  • Design packaging materials

  • Create new product inspiration boards

  • Design promotional banners

  • Coordinate new artists for growing artist series

  • Preparing product images for website

  • Photographing products for website

  • Updating catalogs

  • Creating social media & blog post images

Timing & Compensation:

This is a 6 month paid part-time internship based in NYC (Brooklyn), 2-3 days a week. College Credit can be arranged. Start date is negotiable but candidates available to start in the near term are preferred.

Apply Now.

(Be sure to include a link to your portfolio to be considered.)

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holstee:

I love parties where it feels like family and super close friends getting together. That’s exactly what our Holiday Pop-Up Party this past Friday, co-hosted with Wanderlust, felt like. Even with the folks I was meeting for the first time, there was a level of warmth between everyone that made the event feel so special. The mulled wine and hot cider was flowing. Every 30 minutes we had a new winner of a $50 Holstee gift card. The Poetry at Parties crew was typing up some of the best haikus I have ever read. Kopali was serving up delicious fair-trade organic chocolates. And the night was capped by the big raffle item of the evening 2 tickets to a Wanderlust Festival

Thank you for dodging the raindrops and joining us for such a memorable evening. Many, many more to come.

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brain-food:

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Hey guys,
My friends at Holstee have gifted me their 6 month Mindful Art Subscription.

The subscription includes their Reclaim Frame, handmade from wood salvaged from deconstructed homes in Detroit, and 1 letterpress print per month.

They also gave me one subscription to giveaway to you guys! All you have to do is:

1. Reblog this post.
2. Follow Holstee on Tumblr.

I will be choosing a winner Wednesday December 11, 2013.

This is a pretty rad giveaway, i’m extremely thankful and stoked i get to share it with one of my followers. Good Luck!!