NYC Transit Standards Manual

Good morning!

I stumbled upon a post that the original New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual from 1970, which was recently found in a locker beneath old gym clothes. When I first saw this my reaction was “Yeah, okay, who cares, a big book of letters”, but the more I thought about it, the cooler it seemed. This book contains the code to the transportation designs of NYC!

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You can see the entire book page by page here. Have a great Friday everyone! -Leah


6 Ways to Get Inspired

Hi everyone!

As it is the start of the new year, I thought I would share a list of ways to be inspired.

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1. Get lost in a library
Go to a completely different section of the library with an open mind –  you never know what you will discover.

2. Scribble thoughts in a journal
Have a journal where you can hand write random bits, doodle, just let your mind wander. Handwriting and organization doesn’t matter – that just gets in the way!

3. Go somewhere new
To another country. To another state. To a local park. To the kitchen. Anywhere.

4. Take a walk outside
Fresh air and moving do wonders.

5. Spend a day off from the computer
If a day isn’t possible, do all afternoon. Turn it off so it isn’t even tempting.

6. Take a break to do something different
Sing loudly. Dance like crazy. Listen to new music. Make a smoothie. Paint your shoes. Something completely unrelated where you can just completely relax.

“Renew your passions daily”
– Terri Guillemets

DIY Inspiration Board


Something I have always wanted to be able to do was to create an inspiration board. If you follow me on Pintrest, then you will know that I have been collecting tons of ideas for one.

So, today in my new room I finally put one up!! Not only is it super easy, but the end result is really cool. Here are the instructions so you can make your own:


String, tape (that can be on walls), scissors, paperclips, photos/papers to put up on your board


1. Gather materials

2. Tape string onto wall, so it makes a slight “U” shape.

3. Latch a paperclip onto one of the photos/papers you would like to use










5. Attach paperclip onto string

6. Continue with the rest of the photos/papers

Tip: the tape I used was a bright blue, so  I taped photos on top of it as a cover.

You can also try having a theme, like all one color, etc. Have fun with it!