Institute for Human Centered Design

I love living in Boston, because sometimes it's as easy as taking a different path or turning a new corner to find something new and inspiring.  I've recently noticed the Institute for Human Centered Design, so I Googled them.  They're an "international non-governmental educational organization (NGO) committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design".  So, it's about functionality and usability of objects in everyone's lives. They have a pretty neat store, too... here are some of my favorites:

For when you're stuck in the middle seat on a long journey - Travel Rest Pillow ($24)

To keep your computer cables neat - Blue Lounge CableDrop ($8)

Enough cards to cover every month, every year, forever - Futura Perpetual Wall Calendar ($31)

Marie Frei

One Carry-On Travel is a blog managed by Marie Frei, a girl with a passion for exploring off the beaten path locations. The blog covers honest and personal stories about living and traveling as an American abroad, shares her global appreciation for unique cultures and design, and promotes traveling to far-flung destinations with a carry-on as fun, affordable, and easy.