UK-native Sal Taylor Kydd has been living in LA for about seven years now, raising her two children Oliver and Lola. After working for Yahoo! and Excite back in the first Internet heyday and then taking time to spend with the children, Sal now finds herself able to turn her long-time passion for photography into a second career. "After years of my friends telling me this is really what I should be doing, it's thrilling to take the plunge and finally put myself out there." Sal also blogs about popular culture at Ephemera and you can check out her tweets here.
Amy Feezor works in the Creative Studio at Real Simple, she also blogs at M-Dashing and that's how I found her and invited her to write for Lifework. She's one of those people I wish I could clone and then use to staff my own magazine. Which would be a huge success because Amy's a tireless worker with an amazing eye for design. Oh, and she's funny (follow her on Twitter @amyheartsny and you'll see what I mean). Here she shares her list of tech that makes her heart sing.
The name of the creative agency Scott Thrift co-founded tells you a lot about the man - it's called m ss ng p eces. The absence of the 'i' makes it a pain to type, but more importantly it also makes you stop and think - no mean feat in this Tweetdeck age of 140-word flashes. Thrift caught my attention with The Present - his awesome annual clock that tracks the seasons rather than every minute of the day. It's a nice visual reminder not to sweat the small stuff.
Ellen Warfield has spent her whole life in and around New York City - other than a 4 year time-out to attend the Rhode Island School of Design. "I love the city still even spending most of my life here. And I absolutely love to travel and hope my work will start to take me on lots of trips in the near future." That work includes shoots for The Wall Street Journal, One Kings Lane, The Brooklyn Museum, J Crew, Resource magazine.
Arguably the best online destination for "life hacks", ranging from real world tips like, "How to Customize Your Apartment Without Pissing Off Your Landlord" to software solutions like bypassing Pandora's listening limit with an Android App, Lifehacker is a favourite daily read for many of us seeking both extremely simple and occasionally involved solutions to everyday problems. Lifehacker contributor, Whitson Gordon, describes himself as a "conflicted Mac and Linux geek" with a strange (if not brilliant) obsession with chopsticks. Confused? Read on and learn about how chopsticks changed this tech-lover's life, alongside 9 other items in his tech repertoire...
Our friends Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung founded and operate, Poketo, a site dedicated to limited edition art products, tech accessories, apparel, and decor items. Every design offered has been handpicked by the dynamic duo, their constant globetrekking and network of designer/artist friends resulting in a varied collection of smile-inducing items sold on their site (our fav currently are these 8-bit influenced Icon wristwatches). Ted and Angie share some of their favorite personal tech and appliances they're currently enjoying below.
Today's Tech Top 10 spotlight shines over to San Francisco, upon EcoSalon's managing editor, Heather Dale. You might recognize Heather if you follow the the women's tech site, GeekSugar, where she focused on technologies for the fashion forward, tech-savvy female readership. Now she's over at EcoSalon, a site focused on "women of substance and style, where we present modern living with heart" and it's obvious she hasn't lost her love of gadgets, most notably a penchant for portable devices and gaming options.
Happy new year, everyone! I'm Laura, the newest Unplggd contributor. I'm a Texan who has just moved to Portland, Oregon to live a slower-paced (but still plugged-in) life with my husband and two cats. In my spare time I'm usually reading, writing, watching movies, making jewelry, playing games, traveling or creating art. At any given moment I have way too many projects going at once, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Hi, I'm Vivian, a musician and graphic designer. Most nights you can find me either playing some first-person shooter on my Xbox 360 or sitting at my iMac working on music. I love miniature toys, colorful tech, and have an obsession for all things cute.
And a Happy New Years Eve to you dear readers. My name is Campbell and I have had the privledge to write for Unplggd since late last summer. I recently graduated from graduate school and am now waiting to start my new job as an analytical consultant in the petroleum industry. My passion for tech was born from my love of photography and expanded into computers and other gadgets. Over time that has resulted in a rather large collection of bits with silicon and batteries. Unlike many of the other contributors, I sometimes exhibit very strong luddite tendencies leaving me with mixed emotion about technology. But my mixed affair with techy bits underlies a passion for strong design and coherent user experience.