In this crazy age of digital, we are pretty much suckers for anything tactile. So, when we heard that the University of Texas at Austin has the largest public collection of wood type in the nation our eyes widened like saucers. We immediately dropped a line to David Shields, who oversees the collection housed in the Design Department’s Type Lab. David was a gracious host and dropped some serious knowledge regarding the history of wood type including some innovative systems he’s employed to help identify which sets came from which manufacturers. If you’re in Austin, the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection is a must see—very cool set up.
Sooo… most of the places we’ve stayed during this trip have been pretty nice. Knowing that our environment is important to our overall mood, we’re always sure to seek out places that visually and environmentally fit our needs, and then book early.
Sometimes, however, your choices are limited.
Such was the case when we wanted to extend our stay in Austin. The place we were renting was no longer available, so we had to search out another. And our choices were limited. Very limited.
The current place is fine. It was clean, came with some starter groceries (always awesome), and the landlords have been nothing but helpful and nice. That said, I’d like to show you some of the things that, from a design standpoint, drive me crazy and make my eyes bleed.
This light fixture. White, shiny, and… a fan.
This hardware. It seems so dated – and such an easy cheap fix.
Really? A half window? We weren’t in a basement apartment. Go for the full window.
White vertical blinds. Evil.
This chain link fence in the backyard was so visible from the living room. I came to hate it. It really ruined what could have been a great outdoor space.
Two prong outlets. Grrrrrr….
Light fixture in the bathroom.
Strangely there was no outlet in the bathroom. We had to dry our hair in the living room.
I hate things framed this way.
Big walls need big art.