Eric Jackson-Forsberg

Curator, copywriter, and published author with experience that spans creative e-commerce and the cultural sector. Adept at making strategic connections between audiences and brands, concepts, and aesthetics. An adaptable, detail-oriented team player who can shift gears smoothly between administrative and creative tasks.

Uncommon Design School: Less is More

Love it or loathe it, we all know minimalism when we see it. A neutral palette comes to mind. Forms tend to be aggressively geometric. International Style buildings…Scandinavian furniture…deconstructed timepieces like our On the Other Hand Clock. Some find minimalist designs thrilling in their integrity. Others find them stark—even threatening. Whatever your reaction, one handy phrase comes to mind: less is more.

Kickstarter: Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth Speaker

The Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker puts a new spin on old LPs, letting reclaimed vinyl play music in an innovative way: as the speaker itself. You can’t drop the needle on these records, but they’ll play your entire digital music collection in analog-inspired style—a cool way to give your smartphone’s tiny speaker an audiophile upgrade. There’s also a nod to the nostalgic sweep of horn loudspeakers and gramophones, making it a true celebration of recorded music’s long history, from steel needle Victrolas to the frontiers of streaming audio.

Portable Art de Vivre: Shujan Bertrand’s Designs for Living

San Francisco-based Shujan Bertrand draws design inspiration from many quarters and cultures—from her Korean-American extended family, from her husband’s French heritage and her time in Provence, and from the sustainability-focused culture of the Bay area. But her innovative àplat collection of totes was born in an “a-ha” moment related to a gift of flowers, a universal gesture of kindness and expression of the simple, shared beauty of life. Recently, we asked Shujan to discuss her love of designing for the “art of living,” and found that she’s in good company—from the Nabis to Ani DiFranco.
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