Jen in Kern and Burn’s Book and AIGA Panel “Conversations with Design Entrepreneurs”

An initial step toward launching your own creative endeavor is to learn from the triumphs and blunders of accomplished innovators. Kern and Burn, an online and print publication by Tim Hoover and Jessica Karlet Heltzel, focuses on this aspect. Their book, Kern and Burn: Conversations with Design Entrepreneurs, taps into the perspectives of 30 designers who evolved their passions into …

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Meet Bjoern Altmann, Illustrator and Designer! Speaking of Design

From tasty cupcake toppers to handy handsets, Bjoern Altmann’s playful, illustrated designs find their way onto more than just paper. Originally from Germany but now a London dweller, Bjoern has worked on a slew of projects that caught our eye—which is why we were thrilled to have him onboard to illustrate our custom Fresh Out Of Pad for Anthropologie. Follow …

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The Clump-o-Lump Half-Off Deal is Back! Only a few days left to nab a new pal for yourself!

The Clump-o-Lump 50% off deal is back! Use code HAPPYDAY at checkout for half-off each and every Clump-o-Lump friend. This offer lasts through Monday 5/20, so make sure to use it to stock-up on gifts!

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Meet Hat-trick Design! The Design Minds behind “Phobophobia”

In spring 2011, designers Jim Sutherland and Gareth Howat gaped at the city of Cape Town from a helicopter tens of thousands of feet above South Africa’s mountainous coastline. The Hat-trick Design duo was in town for the annual Design Indaba Conference, and traveled from their UK studio to participate as speakers. During that helo ride, they met a fellow …

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The Winner of our Coolest Place to Work Contest And the Office Prize Pack Goes to . . .

Wow, guys. You really know how to make us jealous. It was tough sifting through all the entries and choosing just one winner for our Coolest Place to Work contest. However, upon reviewing all of them, we momentarily decided to start a Knock Knock work-exchange program, like a job swap for the day, so we could meet all the great …

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The Tradeshow Circuit Head Honcho Hello for February 2013

I write this month’s Head Honcho Hello from my Times Square hotel room on a break from one of the three tradeshows for which Knock Knock mounts its own booth, the Spring New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF). I must say that at this point in my career it is more fun to write about tradeshows in a hotel bed …

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OMFG—It Has Been 10 Years There’s nothing like a party to round out the decade

Do you, any of you, have social anxiety? That weird thing that makes you dread something that’s supposed to be a great time, even though you know intellectually you’ll probably have fun and forget about yourself once the shindig actually starts? The perverse instinct to cancel and run and hide with some ice cream and TV even though everybody thinks …

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Meet Mimot Studio, “Fun & Functional” Designer! Speaking of Design

We’re psyched to introduce you to a handful of remarkable designers whose items will be featured during our tenth-anniversary party and “Fun & Functional” event with the American Design Club on November 10. We laud their work and can’t wait to see their stuff on display. Thomas Im founded Mimot Studio in 2010, aiming to create items for consumers that “highlight …

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Calling all Creative Friends of Knock Knock! Enter Our Twitter Background Design Contest!

This year marks our tenth anniversary (as if you didn’t already know). And while we’re reveling in our milestones from the past decade, we’re also starting to look outward. What in the hell does that mean? Our head honcho Jen wrote it best: “Over the last decade, it’s been all we could do to get our own stuff done, to …

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Beyond Flattery When Bad People Copy Good People

When I first started to look around tradeshows and see Knock Knock’s influence, sometimes a little too transparently, I was able pretty quickly to calm myself with the knowledge that imitation was one indication we were successful. It wasn’t that I didn’t feel hotheaded and indignant that other creators couldn’t find their own voices, and if so, they shouldn’t be …

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