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Marissa Brassfield is a productivity expert, high-performance author and communication efficiency specialist. She holds efficiency workshops to supercharge teams in large to medium-sized businesses.
What is unique that's not in your bio?
I can pitch (fastpitch softball) with both hands. I was a four-sport varsity athlete in high school. I'm left-handed, but do nearly everything (except write) right-handed. I shoot guns. My 18th birthday present from my parents (thanks, Mom and Dad!) was a .40 Sig Sauer P229 with a ton of silvertip hollow points. I love cars, especially fast European ones.
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Honestly, joining the editorial team of Trend Hunter. It's symbolized not just the standard goal of having a good job in my field of study, but embarking on an awesome career that meshes perfectly with my strengths, interests and personal goals. I'm living the dream!
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Cool is something that's undiscovered, something that's a bit different from what everyone is doing. It's also the pursuit of interests or hobbies that are different and unexpected, without regard to how those interests are perceived by outsiders. Sometimes what I'd define as cool is uncool to the mainstream--that's the point.
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I zero in on innovators who have the ability to dare to dream in ways that seem impossible or unfathomable and the fearlessness to pursue those dreams and bring them to fruition, if even just through a concept rendering. So many revolutionary inventions throughout history have at one point been dreams that seemed impossible or improbable, but they're here because of fearless innovators.
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There are a ton, for some pretty diverse reasons. I'm interested in environmental issues in general, but I prefer positive, constructive solutions. I like Michael Barton's idea to take the floating junk in the Pacific Gyre and create a manmade island and habitat for wildlife. And Emily Cummins' solar-powered fridge for developing communities is a great example of simple and culturally valuable innovation. I am also a big fan of goof-proof gadgets that I can clean using products and appliances I already have, so I love the possibilities of the Seal Shield line that we saw at CES 2009. What GustOrganics is doing with their all-organic bar and restaurant is also spectacular. There's nothing like fresh, organic ingredients in a cocktail, and it's far easier in a dismal economic climate to cop out and buy syrupy store brands for mixers. I hope more restaurants take pride in their brand enough to make similar efforts towards purity and high-quality product. I also love that the lines are increasingly becoming blurred between automobiles and fashion. After all, isn't a supercar like the Lamborghini Murcielago one of the most opulent and grandiose accessories one could wear?
What are your tips for writing a juicy post?
Show readers why something is new, unique and innovative--and do so in the most concise way possible. Anyone can convince someone that something is cool in a page. But what about two paragraphs? This isn't always possible, but when it's done well, it's a pleasure to read for both casual readers and word nerds like me. It's also important to maintain a positive and inspiring angle. It's easy to spread negativity and gloom--just read the headlines of nearly any news source or tabloid. I'm interested in the bright possibilities of the future, and that comes out in the articles I like to edit.
How do you reset to be creative?
Champagne. And nature. I'm grateful to live in a part of the world where there is no shortage of good wine, perfect weather and plenty of places to go for a walk or have a picnic. Balancing my tech-savvy day with a heaping dose of nature is not only soul-fulfilling to me, but it also makes me appreciate both luxuries. I couldn't live without either!
What inspires or excites you?
The future. It's this big blank slate where anything is possible if you want it badly enough. That's thrilling.
Predict something awesome for 2020?
My wine estate with a sweet house that's fully outfitted with an intelligent wireless system, including a holographic videoconferencing center. Oh, and a classic car collection that includes my favorites from 1940-1969.
Undressed Headwear Lookbooks
Undressed Headwear Lookbooks
The Maison Michel Autumn/Winter 2011 Campaign With Sasha Pivovarova
Top model Sasha Pivovarova and Clemence Posy are the faces of the Maison Michel Autumn/Winter lookbook. The photo shoot for the campaign features a stunning array of runway-ready headwear that ranges from… MORE
Real-Life Cartoon Snacks
Real-Life Cartoon Snacks
Comedy Central and Frito-Lay Will Manufacture South Park Cheesy Poofs
Fans of Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny will be pumped to learn that Comedy Central and Frito-Lay are teaming up to roll out 1.5 million bags of South Park Cheesy Poofs. If you'd rather not shell out the… MORE
Tropical Pop-Up Shops
Tropical Pop-Up Shops
Havaianas Mercado Store Brings Brazil to Los Angeles
The Havaianas Mercado pop-up shop in Los Angeles brings the best of Brazilian style to the City of Angels. Havaianas took over Space 15Twenty, transforming the 1,000-square-foot interior into a lush wonderland… MORE
Rustic Men's Streetwear
Rustic Men's Streetwear
The John Varvatos Spring 2012 Menswear Collection at Milan Fashion Week
The John Varvatos Spring 2012 menswear collection shown at Milan Fashion Week exhibited a handsome mix of rustic fabrics and rugged aesthetics made suitable for modern urban warriors. The line still took… MORE
Superimposed Stormtrooper Landscapes
Superimposed Stormtrooper Landscapes
These Ingrid Kool-Clarke Collages Fuse Nature & Nerdiness
These Stormtrooper landscapes are a side project of Ingrid Kool-Clarke, a graphic designer based in Glebe. Each circular image sports a composite landscape formed from several different nature shots and… MORE
Brain Slug Beanies
Brain Slug Beanies
The Futurama Cyclops Hat is Perfect for Feigning Heteronomy
Futurama fans will recognize this brain slug beanie immediately, but for those who are unaware, the Futurama Cyclops Hat by Full Circle Handmade is a toque modeled after a space parasite that attaches… MORE
Augmented Reality Dressing Rooms
Augmented Reality Dressing Rooms
The KinectShop Aims to Revolutionize the Retail Experience
We've seen several retail outlets try augmented reality dressing rooms -- most recently Topshop with its Kinect-based changing room -- but the KinectShop may be the one-stop solution that revolutionizes… MORE
Hidden Hillside Exhibition Halls
Hidden Hillside Exhibition Halls
The Moesgard Museum by Henning Larsen Architects Blends Right In
The Moesgard Museum in Arhus, Denmark is a stunning exhibition hall designed by Henning Larsen Architects. The architects created the museum to blend in almost seamlessly with the Skade hills; only a thin… MORE
Modern Gentlemanly Workwear
Modern Gentlemanly Workwear
Men's Vogue Turkey June 2011 Takes on Suits and Polos
Photographer Ersoy Alap and stylist Semih Gungor take on classic workwear and preppy menswear in this Men's Vogue Turkey June 2011 editorial. Model Johannes Rubsamen flaunts his well-muscled physique in… MORE
Matchy-Matchy Lookbooks
Matchy-Matchy Lookbooks
The Bally Resort 2012 Collection is Immaculately Coordinated
The Bally Resort 2012 collection places an intense emphasis on coordinated, complementary looks. Each outfit in the lookbook above matches from head to toe; model Aymeline Valade even sports flawless slicked-back… MORE
Cartoonish Sharpie Eyebrows
Cartoonish Sharpie Eyebrows
Lustful Gain in UCE Magazine Features an Avant-Garde Aesthetic
Lustful Gain in UCE Magazine is an unusually frenetic editorial that focuses on lust and all its manifestations in everyday people. Nine different creatives were tasked with interpreting how individuals… MORE
Baywatch Hunk Ice Cream
Baywatch Hunk Ice Cream
The Hoffsicle is a Raspberry-Flavored David Hasselhoff Popsicle
Don't hassle the Hoffsicle! This David Hasselhoff popsicle was recently created by Del Monte Iced Refreshments in honor of National Ice Cream month. The frozen treat is produced solely in Del Monte's Raspberry… MORE
Hypnotizing Burger Campaigns
Hypnotizing Burger Campaigns
The Burger King Whopperlust Promo Pays You to Stare at Your TV
The Burger King Whopperlust promo is offering DirecTV subscribers free Whopper coupons for staring at a commercial. The promo, which airs on DirecTV channel 111 all week long, requires viewers to watch… MORE
Ascetic Photo Shoots
Ascetic Photo Shoots
Hannah Holman Sports Spartan Fashion for Metal #24 Summer 2011
Model Hannah Holman exudes sensuality in this editorial for Metal #24 Summer 2011 despite not having the luxury of a lush background, opulent fashion or over-the-top hair and makeup. Photographer Eric… MORE
Club Kid Editorials
Club Kid Editorials
Rave in Vaga #2 Does the Hard-Partying Nightlife Scene Proud
Rave in Vaga #2 is the sort of editorial that'll make you think twice about heading to your neighborhood bar this weekend -- it's all about the crazy club scene. Photographer Michael Donovan captured model… MORE
Luxe Patchwork Menswear
Luxe Patchwork Menswear
The Dimitris Petrou Spring/Summer 2011 Collection Mixes Motley Textures
The Dimitris Petrou Spring/Summer 2011 line is awash in rich hues and unusual juxtapositions of fabric and texture. Take the outfits in the first image, for example: On the left, a standard midnight blue… MORE
Contrasting Color-Popping Fashion
Contrasting Color-Popping Fashion
Bold in 944 Magazine Features Vibrant Color-Blocked Outfits
Bold in 944 Magazine features redheaded model Connor Stanley and a female companion in bright fashion perfect for spring. Stylist Arturo Chavez opted for dapper yet contemporary clothing, including teal… MORE
Super-Saturated Celeb Shoots
Super-Saturated Celeb Shoots
Ewan McGregor Gets Poetic in BlackBook June/July 2011
The BlackBook June/July 2011 issue features a serene and somewhat poetic editorial featuring Ewan McGregor. Photographer Laurence Ellis captured McGregor in a quaint countryside setting. While most of… MORE
Swirling Sunset-Hued Fashion
Swirling Sunset-Hued Fashion
The Proenza Schouler Resort 2012 Collection Channels Desert Shades
The swirled patchwork pieces in the Proenza Schouler Resort 2012 channel the rusty hues of desert sunsets. Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough modernized the classic patchwork aesthetic with… MORE
Neon Candy Makeup
Neon Candy Makeup
Clash in Rouge Spring 2011 Shows Killer Vibrant Cosmetics
Models Ma Jing and Miao Bin Si rock neon candy-colored makeup for Clash in Rouge Spring 2011. The beauty editorial, which was captured by photographer Stockton Johnson, features the stunning duo with vibrant… MORE
Pantsless Pedestrian Photography
Pantsless Pedestrian Photography
The Leggy Charlotte Rouge Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign
Model Meggie is the face of the Charlotte Rouge Spring/Summer 2011 campaign photographed by Kontraktewicz Photography. This line is photographer Natalia Golebiowska's debut as a designer, and it's filled… MORE
Porcine Coffee Cups
Porcine Coffee Cups
The Pig Nose Mug Gives You a Snout Each Time You Sip
The Pig Nose Mug is a stealthy white coffee mug with the snout of an animal printed on its bottom end. The coffee cup comes in two other varieties -- beaver and gorilla -- in case porcine drinking vessels… MORE
Androgynous Angled Bobs
Androgynous Angled Bobs
Knuts About Yohji in Ponystep Magazine Spring/Summer 2011
Hannelore Knuts' hair finds nearly every angle possible for Knuts About Yohji in Ponystep Magazine Spring/Summer 2011. This editorial, which focuses on designer Yohji Yamamoto, includes styles from recent… MORE
Bohemian Rompers
Bohemian Rompers
The Anna Sui Resort 2012 Collection Features Fun Printed Casualwear
The Anna Sui Resort 2012 is filled with pieces that sport uplifting patterns, sheer fabric and a laid-back silhouette. Brunette model Jacquelyn Jablonski models the casual dresses and skirts with panache,… MORE
Regional Model Retrospectives
Regional Model Retrospectives
Top Ten in V Magazine Spain Honors Top Latina Supermodels
Top Ten in V Magazine Spain is all about bringing the Latin heat. The editorial, which was shot by photographer Sebastian Faena, focuses on the top 10 Latina models of the moment, including Elsa Benitez,… MORE
Extraterrestrial Editorials
Extraterrestrial Editorials
Like Wind I Go in Vestal Magazine June 2011 Heads to a Faraway World
Like Wind I Go in Vestal magazine June 2011 is an editorial that, thanks to some orange dust, expertly arranged red fabric and backlit smoke, looks as if it takes place in a faraway land. Photographer… MORE
Baseball-Themed Baked Goodies
Baseball-Themed Baked Goodies
Phillies Cupcakes by A Cupcake Wonderland Are for Diehard Fans
These adorable Phillies cupcakes were created by Philadelphia-based bakery A Cupcake Wonderland for a recent birthday party. They're adorned with the Phillies logo "P," baseball gear, and several iconic… MORE
Belted Blazers
Belted Blazers
The Digitaria Fall 2011 Lookbook Blends Menswear Staples With a Muted Palette
The Digitaria Fall 2011 lookbook shows off muted black and gray fashion from the Mind Over Matter collection. Photographer Yiorgros Mavropoulos captures model Aris Athan for the pictorial in an array of… MORE
Angelic Outdoor Editorials
Angelic Outdoor Editorials
Impossible Princess in Take Me Magazine #11 Shows Effortless Beauty
Model Marysia Mnich is a gorgeous ingenue for Impossible Princess in Take Me Magazine #11. Photographer Piotr Stoklosa captured the ivory-skinned model in a variety of white, ivory and cream fashion curated… MORE
Single-Shade Styles
Single-Shade Styles
The Bassike Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook Bucks the Color-Blocking Theme
Last summer, we gave you a look at the Bassike Spring/Summer 2011 collection, and these just-released images of the lookbook for the line offer even more style inspiration. Designers Mary Lou Ryan and… MORE
Ravishing Summer Shoots
Ravishing Summer Shoots
Light of the Field for Fashion Gone Rogue is Sensual and Nature-Filled
Light of the Field for Fashion Gone Rogue is an absolutely show-stopping summer shoot featuring Vision LA model Katherine-Clark frolicking in a field. The brunette model plays up her come-hither stare… MORE
Retro-Modern Hipster Dandywear
Retro-Modern Hipster Dandywear
The U-NI-TY Fall 2011 Lookbook is a Blast from the Past
The U-NI-TY Fall 2011 lookbook is a blast from the past. Photographer Philipp Hohndorf captured bearded model Ferdi Sibbel in contemporary menswear that channels eras past. Stylist David Duval had an array… MORE
Underwear-Clad Clones
Underwear-Clad Clones
This Photo Shoot of Jeff Thomas by Juan Deleon Features Multiplied Models
This shoot of Jeff Thomas by Juan Deleon is an artistic editorial that takes place underneath an overpass next to a large body of water. Thomas models in pants, itty-bitty men's briefs, jeans and the occasional… MORE
Showoff Celeb Photography
Showoff Celeb Photography
Paz de la Huerta Flaunts Her Physique for Lovecat Magazine Summer 2011
Paz de la Huerta rings in the premiere Lovecat Magazine Summer 2011 issue right, posing for a scandalous nude shoot in which the Boardwalk Empire actress bares all for photographer Ellen von Unwerth's… MORE
Sullen Summer Shoots
Sullen Summer Shoots
Ashley Smith Vamps for Country Girl in Black Magazine #14
Ashley Smith is a brooding blonde babe for Country Girl in Black Magazine #14. Photographer Derek Kettela captures Smith in a lush outdoor setting wearing casual spring separates from Stella McCartney,… MORE
Iconic Retro Eyewear
Iconic Retro Eyewear
The DITA x Thom Browne Fall/Winter 2011 Collection Channels 50s Politicians
If you take a close look at the DITA x Thom Browne Fall/Winter 2011 eyewear collection, you might recognize cues from the specs iconic politicians, designers, artists and professors wore during the 40s,… MORE

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Doe-Eyed Cartoon Pin-Ups
Doe-Eyed Cartoon Pin-Ups
These Caia Koopman Paintings Depict Tattoos & Femininity
I'm loving these paintings by Caia Koopman; each doe-eyed painted pin-up is covered in tattoos and oozes sensuality. We've seen several digital takes on modern pin-up girls, but these paintings are immaculate.… MORE
Extreme Tardiness Prevention
Extreme Tardiness Prevention
Japanese Commuters Shoved Into Trains
The commuter culture in Japan adds a whole new dimension to the phrase work ethic. For the unfortunate masses that must take public transportation during rush hour to get to work, dutiful commuters and… MORE
Latticed Libraries
Latticed Libraries
University of Helsinki City Campus Library by Anttinen Oiva Architects is Swank
This design by Anttinen Oiva Architects for the University of Helsinki City Campus library is a stunner. The 11-story space is just under 345,000 square feet, and exists for Theology, Arts, Social Sciences,… MORE
Humanized Street Signs
Humanized Street Signs
The Pedestrian Project
These familiar figures are a part of the Pedestrian Project by costume designer Yvette Helin. From 1995 to September 11, 2001, Helin and a few friends donned these costumes and walked around New York City,… MORE
Auto Safevertising
Auto Safevertising
Volvo Packs 27 Crash Tests Into One Commercial
Forget just thinking a Volvo is safe car to drive; you'll know a Volvo is one of the safest cars on the road after watching this commercial. The ad packs a whopping 27 crash tests into a one-minute spot,… MORE
Kung Fu Cameras
Kung Fu Cameras
The 'Jackie Chan Eye of Dragon' Canon EOS 55OD Kicks Ass
Anything kung fu is a win in my book, so the 'Jackie Chan Eye of Dragon' Canon EOS 550D automatically gets the ol' stamp of approval. This entry-level DSLR can record in 1080p HD and is customized with… MORE
Hot Fishing Photography
Hot Fishing Photography
Angela Marklew's 'Caught at Sea' Uses Nets as Apparel
Angela Marklew’s ‘Caught at Sea’ features a plethora of fishing-inspired images. Fishing nets become fashionable dresses and togas, shells become hair accessories and fish become arm candy. Click through… MORE
Geeky Invitations
Geeky Invitations
8-Bit Wedding Invitation Compares a Wedding to 'Street Fighter'
This geekalicious 8-bit wedding invitation takes a love for retro games to the extreme. It features the bride and groom as characters in an old 'Street Fighter'-style video game format. Is the invitation… MORE
Bavarian Poachers as Muses
Bavarian Poachers as Muses
Frank Leder's Fall 2009 Campaign Highlights the Hunter
Vegetarians and animal rights activists probably won't like the theme of Frank Leder's Fall 2009 collection, which takes its inspiration from Bavarian poachers. With an ad campaign that features models… MORE
Veiled Fashion Photography
Veiled Fashion Photography
Bela Borsodi Takes on Cultural Approaches to Beauty With a Burqa
Photographer Bela Borsodi takes on our contentious relationship between high fashion, traditional culture and beauty in this photo series, which features a model wearing a full-face burqa holding various… MORE
Inside-Out Autos
Inside-Out Autos
The Vellfire Toyota Alphard at 2009 SEMA Show Isn't Your Mama's Minivan
Of all of the custom rides showcased at the DUB Magazine outdoor section of the 2009 SEMA show, this Vellfire Toyota Alphard has to be the most unusual. Instead of an ice cream paint job, the exterior… MORE
Reassembling Robots
Reassembling Robots
Shape-Shifting Design That Reconfigures After Being Kicked Apart
This reconfigurable robot comes from roboticist Mark Yim and is an innovative design that can automatically put itself back together after it's been kicked apart. Yim is developing his reconfigurable robot… MORE
Crying Baby Close-Ups
Crying Baby Close-Ups
'Babylicious' by Gandee Vasan Captures a Baby's Range of Expressions
'Babylicious' by Gandee Vasan is the sort of photo shoot that makes me grateful I'm not a mother yet. Something about the red-faced crying baby in the first two images just screams "Prophylactics" to me.… MORE
Ambivalent Apology Notes
Ambivalent Apology Notes
Cure-all Sew Dandee Cards Let Her Know You're Sort of Sorry
I love the ambivalent apology offered in these Sew Dandee cards. They proclaim simply, "I assume I f*cked up in some way, so I'm sorry." I mean, what more surefire way can you think of to have your beloved… MORE