Call Me Quell

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When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?

— Sandi Toksvig




AWH World Cup Awesomeness Round-up

We’re getting pretty amped about the upcoming world cup at AWH HQ. Screens are calibrated, lucky uniforms/totems are at the ready and strong coffee is brewing, let’s do this!

Every four years the excitement of the World Cup spills into the design world and we get to enjoy some really fun and inspiring projects, our favorites of which we wanted to share here. We hope they might inspire even some non-sports lovers to get swept up in the fun and excitement of the cup!

Clockwise from top-left:

Colombia’s (Elsa’s team) star player Radamel Falcao didn’t make the cup because of injury, but he’s been captured in these great World Cup player portraits by Daniel Nyari for ESPN FC.

The boots in this Adidas Battle Pack Collection are some of the raddest we’ve seen, digging those patterns and restrained use of color.

Even the balls in the World Cup have a deep history, and the World Cup match ball history page explains it all. Our favorite is still the ’94 Questra edition.

Howler is a beautifully designed magazine about the beautiful game, seems so fitting. Check out the World Cup special edition, Creative Directed by Joel Speasmaker.

These International team posters from ESPN by Ben ClarkMathieu Zarbatany have so much energy you can’t help but get amped up.

We’ve been enjoying the silly but informative cup previews by the Men in Blazers on Grantland.

This cup’s mascot is a Brazilian three-banded armadillo named Fuelco that rolls into a ball! We support that, and will be wearing our Fuelco slippers for comfort and good luck.



Perhaps it’s done already, perhaps they have said me already, perhaps they have carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it opens, it will be I, it will be the silence, where I am, I don’t know, I’ll never know, in the silence you don’t know, you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.

— Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable 


I don’t even care

(Source: taysut, via lascaux)



love this. 

photographer: benjamin alexander huseby

Art Direction/ Photo Editor: Monica Nelson

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Kate Arends witanddelight // via Instagram

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When Kanye was very young, I began teaching him to love himself. It’s something I felt I must consciously do. The low self-esteem he was bound to take on if he looked to the media for validation would only serve to cripple him and make him question himself into oblivion. As a black man and as a man period, he would need to be strong. This would not happen if he learned to hate rather than love himself. And in a society where our legacy is surely the love of our forefathers but also the hate of slave masters, it is imperative that parents consciously teach the love of self, the courage of Malcolm, the wisdom of Martin, the tenacity of Marcus.

Donda West

(In a society where strong women are “pushy” and strong black men are “self-obsessed,” “assholes,” ETC.)

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Iguazu (2010) by Wolfgang Tillmans - Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2011)

this is where my parents went on their honey moon

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