THE UNEXPECTED UNION  —  Issue 97    March 5 2023   —  OF UNEXPECTED THINGS 

Tickled Pink, Feelin' Green 🍉

We're delighted to have Sophia Callahan back again with a new offering in the Varyer+ Collection—and to have her contribute her thoughts and inspiration behind the new design.

x Varyer Team

A pink-and-green knotted bag holds a smartphone.

Varyer + Home Economics Phone Pouch

Sophia Callahan of Home Economics returns with another multifunctional, 'fit-completing knotted pouch for all manner of goods. You'll be delighted by all the objects you can tote around in peak pink style.


An animation of a pulsing green plant shape against a pink background.

An Ode to Pink and Green

Were you vibin' with the color scheme? Sophia shared her thoughts on pink and green as the colors of love, as well as some anthemic albums that match the combo's energy. 


(Check out our chat with Sophia and her first V+ collab here.)

⛓ Slackables ⛓

If it’s helpful to know this bit of context for Slackables: it acts as an archive for potentially useful resources and insightful reference. We find ourselves revisiting items through the course of our work all the time, mercifully not lost to the platform abyss.

Three more days to submit yr designs for Bootlegs 4 Brandon Johnson  ≻  Our time’s most esteemed and prestigious quarterly journal has just dropped Vol. 6  ≻  Blair Kamin teams up with Lee Bey for this portrait of equity and architecture in Chicago  ≻  Shop five decades of IKEA  ≻  Checking in with South Africa’s Black winemakers and owners  ≻  The Drake's for St. JOHN collaboration looks brill, could use a Welsh rarebit  ≻  Tal Rosenberg on the vagaries of life and legacy after a half century of The Dark Side of the Moon  ≻  Jayson Greene talked to a lot of people to get the story of Elliott Smith’s high school ouvre  ≻  If we could have titled this piece: “Perfect for Dutch Ovens”  ≻  As Vienna Beef begins infiltrates (and dominates) NYC, Eater NY “finally comes around to the idea” that Chicago wins hot dogs  ≻  At least NYC can claim Instagram grocers  ≻  The driving forces digging deeper for female representation in Formula 1  ≻  We’re going to start seeing a lot more font variants taking on the rounded details and printing effect as seen in Displaay’s new Denim INK  ≻  ChatGPT released their API only 3 days ago and it’s suddenly in all kinds of nooks and crannies on the web  ≻  We need to get to the bottom of fixing widows in our site copy  ≻  The Neurodiversity Design System is standardizing user experience and guiding principles for neurodiversity in learning management interfaces and beyond  ≻  When algorithms can’t read the room  ≻  Why midlife is no longer a plateau  ≻  If you subscribe to a ton of newsletters, let us know if this product helps to manage the onslaught  ≻  RISD smartly withdrew from the U.S. News & World Report's Best College rankings  ≻  The forgotten tale of Brooklyn, Illinois: America’s first freedom village  ≻  Heartbreaking tale of folk legend Judee Sill and her influence in this doc  ≻  Check out Nokia’s new logo  ≻  For the Jennifer Coolidge people  ≻  For the horse people.

🕶️ Song of the Day of the Week 🕶️

Keep that springtime energy rolling with Bianca Albino's song suggestion.

Sun is Shining
by Bob Marley & The Wailers

An animated GIF spelling out
A person wears a pink-and-green knotted bag to hold a canned beverage.

We've got the goods to steal the look:

Our custom-designed keytainers.

Our Squish long sleeve tee, which benefits Marwen.

And Visitor, featured in our recent NA bevs recommendation list. 

Three keychain containers in yellow, white, and blue.
A close-up of a T-shirt graphic that reads "Squish LLC."
“In the spirit of pink and green, I’ve found myself trying to center on love and change. That love is change.” 
— Sophia Callahan, An Ode to Pink and Green
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