A Designer’s At Home Try-On Marathon with Warby Parker, Rivet & Sway, & Fetch Eyewear

“The main thing is to
have personal integrity.

Oh, & traditional graphic design
ruined my 
eyesight.”
— Neville Brody in How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

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My “designer eyes” are burning! Any other designer out there who leaves work at the end of the day & feels like your contacts have affixed to your eyes with a permanent, stinging, toxic glue? That’s this girl. This designer. Especially living in Colorado, the dry air mixed with staring intensely (on a teeny pixel-grid level) at a 27 inch iMac for 8+ hours is really tough on the eyes.
Enter, the quest to find the perfect pair of !designer approved! specs. 
I’ve recently endured a whirlwind of a marathon trying on 17 different pairs of frames from three different stylishly hipster eyewear companies. Warby Parker, Rivet & Sway, & Fetch Eyewear.
Here’s a quick glance and synopsis of my trial with each company :

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Warby Parker has this at home try-on packaging, shipping, & style thing down. I love their site’s design, even their cart & email design, as well as their perfectly packaged shipping box. The frames all fit wonderfully, I was thrilled! Next to wonderful eyeglass designs, I love that they support sight & proper vision care in communities around the world who can’t afford prescription glasses. A win-win!

I love that Rivet & Sway has a direct sense of design for women, a beautiful site & package design, plus a discount program. However, it was hard for me to get excited to shop with them over the other two companies who give back to charity. When I received my at home try on, the frames weren’t labeled, so I had to go back to my online order to decipher which frames carried which names, a little frustrating, but not too bad. The fit wasn’t for me either, but I also have a very unusual face – & that’s most certainly not their fault, ha!.

I was initially super, super excited about Fetch. Since animals are my heart, I was really hoping to be able to find my perfect pair & help support the Pixie Project. I also love their design, and friendliness! Awesome logo, btw. Unfortunately, 6 of the 8 frames I took interest in on their site weren’t available for an at home try-on. I went ahead and ordered some not-so loved frames to see if I could wiggle my way into a pair I never would’ve known I liked – but to no success. Some of the frames were a little thicker than I prefer, and the proportions felt a little awkward for my awkward face (wink, wink). I still love everything about them! Maybe after a while I’ll check back in to see if I can snag my fave frames for a try on after all.

So which won the battle? Dadadadrrrrumroll please … after 17 pairs….
Here’s the winner below… it’s Begley, from Warby Parker! I love the ginormous round shape – perfect for scanning all areas of my gigantic computer screens without the confines of tightly built frames. Plus, they somehow work with my huge cheeks. See how excited I am? Woo!

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Phew! Hope this helps other designers with burning eyes – a little insider info. Are there any other eyewear companies out there that designers love?
Cheers! Court

Gift Ideas for Designers

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Hello! It’s been a while. I’ve missed my little blog. Even in the midst of an insanely busy season, I wanted to be sure to capture some inspirations here for one of my most favorite times of year – gifting season!

I hear it incredibly often, that designers are quirky beings and we’re terribly hard to shop for. But here’s a little guide that makes it easy – we’re actually lots of fun to gift! Here are some ideas that I’d love to give my designer pals . . .

1. We’re geeks about our pens, pencils, & office supplies. This Desk Organizer (from this amazing Etsy shop) fits our good lookin’ – yet functional bill.
2. Every designer needs this Instant Party Snow Globe for the deskscape. Trust me on this one. »
3. We also love simplicity, especially when it mixes texture & composition in a stunning way. These Clic Wooden iPhone Cases come in many colors, & will rock a designer’s world »
4. These scissors are so dang cool, it looks like they’ve come from another planet. Believe me when I say, “Yes, we really would get crazy excited about a pair of marvelous scissors.” Great stocking stuffer for designers »
5. There’s something wildly ironic about this reverse wall calendar. The leading is too tight, and the margins are all outta’ whack – but it’s sooooooo gooood. This is probably a graphic moment that only design-minded people and typography dorks would appreciate. It’s a winner »
6. These Pattern Postcards are a wonderful source of inspiration for whimsical designers. We’ll probably pin a few of our faves on our studio mood board, changing them out with the seasons. Plus – we can send you a little hello from all the places we travel to while exploring for our exotic projects »
7. Mousepad you say? Get this – our smart mice lasers don’t dance well on our polished lacquer or glass desks. Go figure! So yep, we may need a mousepad from time to time, & this one is one of the best looking ones I’ve found »
< Noticing the trend of good looks here? >
8. We LOVE HELVETICA. Sorry, there’s no explaining it. We’d just love anything graced with its name & perfect letter forms – so this type study tote is a big score »
9. Another thing all designers love is plants. Sometimes when we’re “in the zone” on a deep project, it’s nice to know there’s something alive (whilst being very zen), to keep us company. For everyone’s safety, it’s great to surround ourselves with plants we can’t kill, in a beautifully designed planter – so this succulent planter trio is right on the money »
10. Designers drink coffee. Lots. & lots. Of coffee. This set of Pantone mugs is exciting to me, in that it combines our love of the Pantone color system, & carries the sweet media that fuels us »
11. We have a love for our Mac that is not to be rivaled. And the designer who loves bold & bright graphics, will swoon over this Mac Keyboard Cover from Kate Spade Saturday »
12. I need not say more, you could choose anything from the House Industries store & you’ll get an enormous thank you. Plus, we’re bound to cherish it forevah’. We LOVE these type geniuses. »
13. No designer should ever write or sketch with an ordinary pencil. These Blackwing pencils are PHENOMENAL & look so damn slick, too »