WE FIND INSPIRATION EVERYWHERE WE GO.
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This quiet Austrian town in the Alps gave us a very authentic experience. The weekend we stayed was the Dorffest, or the town festival and the residents were wearing their cultural garb and smashing pints in front of a lively band.
ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND
A stunning (and mega expensive) town at the hills up the Swiss Alps provided us with a few crisp days filled with horseback riding, hot pools, and cable cars. This snowy town is a hotspot for skiing in the winter, but boasts beautiful green forests and never ending wildflower fields in the summer.
LAKE COMO, Italy
I think this may have been the highlight of Italy. We stayed in the beautiful lake front town of Bellagio. Filled with cobblestone walkways, lake front dining and vine-covered homes, this picturesque town had so much soul.
A bustling, magical little city; we seriously felt like we were living in a movie set! We could walk through the canals and alleyways for days on end if we had the time.
Although it has been ranked as the best city to visit in Italy, it didn't quite make the top of our list. However, the city was full of incredible food, art, and culture. Our highlight was hiking to the top of a hill in San Niccolo and looking out over the sea of red rooftops centered around the extraordinary Duomo.
And here began the diet of pasta, gelato, and wine. Oh Italy, you are simply stunning! What a beautiful city to get lost roaming the streets & 'oh' and 'ah' over all the Italian typography and signage.
Always be sure to maximize and the make the best of your layovers (and wear good walking shoes). Our 10 hour layover was the perfect amount of time to explore this funky city. Clocking in 12 miles, we loved walking around these graffiti filled streets & admiring some pretty incredible poster designs.
An indescribable, magical wonderland that we are SO lucky to call home <3
PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
You wouldn't really expect that Perth is one of the most remote big cities in the world & we would have loved to spend more than just a few days there. Our favorite part was just exploring the charming neighborhoods lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants - they had some pretty impressive branding and design as well!
RAJA AMPAT, WEST PAPAU
Crystal clear waters, abundant marine life, over water bungalows, endless snorkeling, stunning vistas, this was one of the most incredible places we have ever seen. Wow.
We can definitely see why Australia remains in the top 10 happiest and most liveable cities year after year. A beautiful city tucked in the Sydney harbour, there are endless activities, great food, reliable transportation, charming neighbourhoods, and amazing beaches. We ferried across Darling Harbour, snapped some shots of the Opera House and Sydney Bridge, had drinks over the beautiful skyline at the top of the Shangri-la, swam at the infamous Bondi Beach, explored the dreamy streets of Paddington, and ventured to the northern beaches for some wood fired pizza. Can we also talk about how many times we had to stop and snap some pics of the amazing graphic design!
We have met many people who find these major Southeast Asian cities as very "boring", but it depends how you look at it. Singapore is filled with humans from nearly every continent on the planet, it is a melting pot of different cultures; which we find entirely fascinating. There are different pockets of the city to explore- Chinatown, Little India, Clarke Quay etc. And although it may be very strict, freakishly clean and spookily safe, we find it a very attractive place to live and meet other expats from all walks of life. The quality of life is very high, but you must watch your wallet or you will be broke after a bucket of beers! Highlight: Hawker Centers!!!
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Standards were not set very high for this less-than-24-hour trip. "Kugly Lump" is what was engrained in our minds by a friend before we flew out. However, AirBnB pulled through (as always) with an amazing luxurious apartment with a sky pool and a perfect location. New cities are always exciting for us. Each city has its own attractions and quirks, and excited we were. The towering skyscrapers mixed with the expansive city parks and swaying palm trees provided a stark contrast between rapidly growing futuristic cities and the wonders of nature.
St. JOHN, VIRGIN ISLANDS
Talk about holidays in paradise! We were so inspired of the vibrancy of this little island. The colors truly matched the way of life down here. The island is made up of nearly 70% of national park, which provided us with pristine beaches, beautiful vistas, and great hikes. The small town of Cruz Bay is the center of the action, with a mix of tourists and locals mingling around BBQ shacks and trendy new restaurants. Many residents moved down and started up their own businesses, and we might not be too far behind ;)
Sometimes I wonder how it is possible for a place to be 40 degrees warmer when it is such a short flight away. I mean 80 and sunny all year round, how come we all don't live here?? Our highlight of this trip was to a beautiful estate and gardens of Vizcaya, talk about heaven- and when can we move in!?
What a cool city, and it has now earned a spot in my top favorite cities in the U.S. There is never a dull moment here. Rapidly growing, it is now becoming a hotspot for start-ups, techies, and entrepreneurs alike. A special shout out to WeWork, our office while we were there, what an incredible network. We definitely recommend checking out their other locations! We also recommend checking out every food truck and restaurant possible, we are still daydreaming of breakfast tacos :)
We just had to share with you photos from our day trip to the sweetest little colonial town in Kentucky. The colors of fall and the crisp autumn air were absolutely magical!
Back to where the roots were grown! It is always amazing coming back to this city; the regrowth and urbanization that is happening in the city is truly outstanding. Over the Rhine is a must visit, it is so fun to see the transformation each time we go back.
A summer in the windy city! This city truly teems with life, excitement, and vibrance during the summer; a fleeting amount time when the city isn't blanketed with snow and pummeled with wind. The residents are out to play, outdoor markets are in full swing, and the lakefront is beaming. We would like to give an extra special shoutout to our office for the summer: Next Door, check them out!
seoul, south korea
This business trip was heavy on the business side. Although there was barely any sightseeing time allowed, it gave us the opportunity to fully explore the amazing neighborhood we were in during mornings and nights. With a heavy trend of American and Korean fusion, we were so impressed with the restaurants that were popping up. And we don't only mean the food, we mean the branding too. :)
Tokyo & kyoto, japan
I think this is the country where we truly realized the power of visual communication. Across continents, our minds may speak different languages, but our eyes understand one basic visual language. We came upon some of the most simplistic and stunning pieces of package design, even though we could not read one character on the bottles.
When you step away from the neon signs and the heavy drinking of Beale street, this city provides some beautiful and intriguing street art of independent designers.
AUSTIN & DALLAS, TEXAS
This trip to Austin was a highly-anticipated one, and there was no let down that's for sure. The city is exploding with culture, with colors, with happiness, with excitement, and of course, with tacos.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
We could walk around this city for months on end. Despite a tragic history with Hurricane Katrina you would never even imagine this city was ever underwater, it is so incredibly vibrant and full of life. And talk about some endless color palette inspiration!
The outskirts of the city provided a beautiful home for us for the week. Located inside a massive old factory, the newly renovated and open Ponce City Market was a highlight of the trip and provided an endless amount of inspiration. Filled with creative shops, food stalls, and lovely restaurants- this spot was a brand-lovers heaven!
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
We have traveled very extensively all over the world and this still remains in the #1 spot (with a few ties). Just look at that beauty! With the old colonial homes, cobblestone streets, delicious restaurants, pastel color palettes, and immaculately upkept flower boxes- there really isn't anything not to love about this city!
And back to America it is. And that means Graeters. And Skyline. <3
We have never been so creatively inspired on a trip and that was thanks to Melbourne absolutely killing the graphic game. The abundance of cafes, shops, and bars all provided some serious branding eye candy.
AUCKLAND/ NELSON/ WELLINGTON/ CHRISTCHURCH/ QUEENSTOWN/ WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND
If you ever want to witness a country that leaves your mouth open 99% of the time, look no further. With many days on the road we can confirm that there is a new & completely breathtaking site on every turn.
YANGON/BAGAN/INLE LAKE, MYANMAR
One of our favorite countries we have ever been to in Southeast Asia, and we think the lack of tourism is what made this place so special. From the busy city of Yangon, to the land of endless pagodas in Bagan, to the stilt houses in Inle Lake, it was a beautiful experience. The Burmese people were some of the kindest souls we have ever met in our life.
HANOI/HALONG BAY, VIETNAM
The hustle and bustle of Hanoi is absolutely mesmerizing. Don't think you can cross the street unless you are a ninja, and I would not recommend renting a scooter unless you are some sort of master.
Mele Kalikimaka...Holidays in paradise.
One can't really stay away from a place as beautiful as this; the third time back and this country never disappoints. A country so special to us, that it is the sole inspiration for this company. It teaches us such a powerful lesson on happiness every time we go. Live simply, be happy, and be thankful for every damn thing you have. You have no idea how lucky you have it.
Railay/phuket/chiang mai/bangkok, ThaiLAND
This is definitely the cheapest place we have ever visited, but wow this country is so visually rich.
Once a place becomes home, that feeling never leaves you.
This was a trip rich with scents, textures, colors and culture. Walking through the streets of each little neighborhood and you felt like you were perusing the streets in each respective country.
The beginning of the Sabik journey and homebase for 10 months.