Notes from the road

About | Liesbeth is an independent writer and aspiring entrepreneur.

She recently quit her job to travel the world, master new skills and find a business to start in 2012.

Meanwhile, she'll continue to report on trends, business, design and sustainability. She also writes a monthly column on emerging trends for Wired UK.

Liesbeth previously ran Springwise, a leading blog for entrepreneurs, and helped establish trendwatching.com.

It's never been easier to take photos and share them online. PicPlum — funded by Y Combinator and launched last week — aims to bring that convenience to sharing high-quality photo prints, by shipping them to friends and family in monthly batches.

PicPlum makes sending photo prints as easy as sharing online

It’s never been easier to take photos and share them online. PicPlum — funded by Y Combinator and launched last week — aims to bring that convenience to sharing high-quality photo prints, by shipping them to friends and family in monthly batches.

Aug 14th · in Business ideas
By placing its huge neon sign inside instead of outside, Mazzo manages to shout out its name without adding to Amsterdam's visual clutter.

Restaurant’s huge sign is loud but not obnoxious

By placing its huge neon sign inside instead of outside, Mazzo manages to shout out its name without adding to Amsterdam’s visual clutter.

Apr 8th · in Design
Aiming to get help faster to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, a fire department's iPhone application enlists ad hoc volunteers who are trained in CPR.

iPhone app alerts volunteers if CPR is needed nearby

Aiming to get help faster to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, a fire department’s iPhone application enlists ad hoc volunteers who are trained in CPR.

Jan, 27
Not every new product needs to be designed from scratch. Sometimes all it takes is adapting an existing product for a new audience.

Borrowed from boating, dry bag is adapted for strollers

Not every new product needs to be designed from scratch. Sometimes all it takes is adapting an existing product for a new audience.

Jan, 21
Amsterdam has a new underground culinary darling: a bearded baker who makes clafoutis — a French fruit pie — and delivers his wares by bicycle. He goes by the name of Bakker Baard.

From starving artist to bearded baker of Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a new underground culinary darling: a bearded baker who makes clafoutis — a French fruit pie — and delivers his wares by bicycle. He goes by the name of Bakker Baard.

Jan, 14
Instead of the usual signs and window stickers, priority seats on Dutch buses are upholstered with fabric depicting people with mobility issues.

Pictogram fabric indicates priority seating on bus

Instead of the usual signs and window stickers, priority seats on Dutch buses are upholstered with fabric depicting people with mobility issues.

Jan, 05
Have a productive, fulfilling and joyful New Year!

To the future!

Have a productive, fulfilling and joyful New Year!

Jan, 01

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