Julia Jamieson Swenson

I'm a designer and manager working in Durham, NC. This is my personal site where I explore my interest in design, interiors, paper, and travel. Cheers!

Lolla This Year

Lolla This Year


Here's to wishing I sang to people for a living.

I have zero musical talent. Every time I see a live show I ponder how incredible it would be to be a performer. Rough, I'm sure, and entirely draining, but such a high level of creativity and talent is required. I never had the patience to learn an instrument, and would be a terrible musician. So being a designer will work, but I still get excited about finding new music.

Lollapalooza happened the first weekend of August. I was only able to attend on Saturday, but regardless, year after year, Lolla has become my top source for discovering new artists.

The music festival is one of my favorite things to look forward to each year and has become a family & friend reunion of sorts. Any time I'm given the chance to watch musicians perform, I'm done. 

Lolla 2013 Picks (in no particular order)

  1. Foals

  2. St. Lucia 

  3. The National  

  4. alt-J 

  5. MS MR

  6. Matt & Kim 

  7. Local Natives

  8. Wild Belle

  9. Hot Chip  

  10. Crystal Castles  

  11. Local Natives 

  12. Haim

  13. Ellie Goulding

  14. Two Door Cinema Club  

  15. Robert DeLong



Giving & Receiving Productive Design Critique

Giving & Receiving Productive Design Critique