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Type Camp

Ever dreamed of debating the finer points of kerning while scarfing s’mores? Meet Type Camp, the immersive design workshops founded by typographer, designer and educator Shelley Gruendler. This year's sessions kick off tomorrow with a hand-lettering session in Vancouver, to be followed by an August "creative residential retreat" in the Pacific Northwest getaway of Galiano Island, British Columbia. Come September, the band of nomadic type junkies will cross the pond for a week in Dublin and Derry/Londonderry filled with all things Irish typography.

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Archetypes

Are you more of a Caregiver, Creative, Intellectual, Visionary, Royal, Athlete, Spiritual, Tastemaker, Advocate, Rebel, Explorer, or Performer? Find out at Archetypes.com, a new personality test-meets-online platform that promises to help you understand who you are and then tailor the world (or at least the Internet) accordingly. Complete the site's eight-question quiz to identify your three strongest archetypes and then start exploring content and products tailored to your profile.

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Habit-Forming

'Tis the season for parental gifts and graduation presents. Check out the selection at MyHabit, Amazon's take on the flash-sale craze. You know the drill: hefty discounts on brand-name merch for a limited time. The Amazon innovations include a fuss-free interface, integration with your existing Amazon account and free shipping, at speeds that are almost disturbingly rapid. Launched with an impressive assortment of fashion brands, the site continues to build up its home and design section. Recent sales have ranged from cult brands (Lexon, MIU France) to oddball treasures (a robot lamp made from industrial pipes, an iPhone cover printed with axes).

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Pinhole Day

This Sunday, April 27th, take a break from your digital devices to spread the unusual beauty of a historical photographic process as the world celebrates Pinhole Photography Day. Now in its fourteenth year, the event celebrates and promotes the lenless method that dates from the 10th century. Join thousands of people (pinheads?) from around the globe in the simple act of making a pinhole photograph by adapting an existing camera or making your own out of a light-tight container, such as a box or a can, with a tiny hole in one side. Leave your perfectionist tendencies at home with your digital camera, because, according to Pinhole Photography Day organizers, "This is the photography of patience, of meditation, no more anguish for a 'badly turned out' photo."

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Type Camp

Ever dreamed of debating the finer points of kerning while scarfing s’mores? Meet Type Camp, the immersive design workshops founded by typographer, designer, and educator Shelley Gruendler. Upcoming camps include those in Toronto, Vancouver, Ireland, and come 2015, a return to Japan, where campers will expand their Latin and non-Latin typographic knowledge, explore Japanese art and calligraphy, and brush up on their hand-lettering skills.

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Young Guns

The Art Directors Club is once again on the hunt for the creative stars of tomorrow with Young Guns. Now in its twelfth year, the international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based competition seeks to identify the young creative vanguard. By "young," they mean 30 or under, and by "creatives," they mean those doing great things in graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation, video, interactive design, object design, and/or typography. The deadline for entries is April 7, and a jury of past Young Guns will select the winners.

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Aerial America

There's nothing like frigid weather, treacherous road conditions, and a full-time job to put the kibosh on that plan to take a cross-country road trip. Until you can drive the scenic route, get a bird's-eye view on Aerial America, an original series on the Smithsonian Channel. The new season, which takes flight on February 23, soars across Texas, Idaho, Utah, Kentucky, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming, revealing the resources of each states from the viewfinder of a helicopter-mounted Cineflex V-14 HD camera system.

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First Things First

You're starting at square one — with nothing but a signed lease and the smell of paint to call home. What do you design first? That's the question posed by Fab's "First Things First" challenge. The shape-shifting e-commerce company's design competition is open to all creatives in all disciplines. Selected items will be shown in Fab's fresh start-inspired design exhibition during NYCxDesign in May, and could eventually be put into production by Fab. Entries must be received by March 21.

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OpenSky

Launched with a list of "tastemakers" who hawked their favorite products, social shopping site OpenSky recently broadened its horizons to include hundreds of small businesses and emerging brands from around the world. The retooled platform takes it cues from Facebook, complete with a feed of news from product categories, stores, and fellow shoppers that you "follow." The vast selection of products on offer range from custom calligraphy and the latest gadgets to nifty homegoods and even tasty treats. In want of a sculptural stool made from broken skateboards (from deckstool) and a slab of sea salt chocolate butter toffee (from The Secret Chocolatier)? It's all under the same (Open)Sky.

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Dwell Store

From print to web to...retail. That's the bold path taken by Dwell Media, which has parlayed its modern design expertise into e-commerce. The recently launched Dwell Store is stocked with products from the likes of Kartell, Flos, the Bouroullec Brothers, and Grain Design. The site will also showcase designs developed exclusively for Dwell. “Our audience constantly asks us, ‘Where can I buy that?’" says Dwell president Michela O’Connor Abrams. "I am so pleased to now say ‘at dwell.com!’" Start the new year off with a few Delfonics wooden pens from Japan ($10 each) and an Eames notebook ($20).

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