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NUTSHELL: Los Angeles-area graphic designer and Wordpress website builder who finds it soothing to create something tangible every once in a while.

R.O.Q.S - REALLY OBVIOUS QUESTIONS:

Q: What's this IkeaBoost stuff you keep talking about?
A: Have you heard of the Ikeahacker thing? (http://www.ikeahackers.net) It's when people "hack, personalise, repurpose IKEA products into the very thing we want." We're just not satisfied with the status quo, and see Ikea's simple, elegant, often plain products as the empty canvasses they are. Then we post pictures on the web and squee over each others' creativity and share instructions.

Some of my stuff might actually qualify as IkeaHacks, but I tend to think of them more as IkeaBoosts, because I've mostly just added some extra flair…

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  • Born on January 31
  • Joined August 20, 2011

About

NUTSHELL: Los Angeles-area graphic designer and Wordpress website builder who finds it soothing to create something tangible every once in a while.

R.O.Q.S - REALLY OBVIOUS QUESTIONS:

Q: What's this IkeaBoost stuff you keep talking about?
A: Have you heard of the Ikeahacker thing? (http://www.ikeahackers.net) It's when people "hack, personalise, repurpose IKEA products into the very thing we want." We're just not satisfied with the status quo, and see Ikea's simple, elegant, often plain products as the empty canvasses they are. Then we post pictures on the web and squee over each others' creativity and share instructions.

Some of my stuff might actually qualify as IkeaHacks, but I tend to think of them more as IkeaBoosts, because I've mostly just added some extra flair instead of, say, turning a dresser into a cat tree (which I did once! The cats vetoed it, though.) I also get materials from a variety of other places, but I'm turning to Ikea a lot lately because their stuff suits my style (and I live close enough to walk there. ;))

Q: Do you design the graphics on any of these projects?
A: At present no, I use very carefully-chosen graphics from designers and companies I like. But I am a graphic designer and will hopefully be doing so soon.

Q: So everything you use is commercially available?
A: Yes.

Q: So...couldn't I just do this myself?
A: Sure you could do...but you didn't. ;) And now you don't have to. And even if you did, you wouldn't do it like me.

Tracy Berna
Aug 2011

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