Design Writing


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Objects of Desire: A Showcase of Modern Erotic Products and the Creative Minds Behind Them

Schiffer Publishing, 2016

The world of erotic product design is revealed in this curated showcase of over 100 beautifully crafted objects and the creative minds behind them. The latest adult toys, jewelry, and accessories from leading companies, as well as intriguing prototypes, are featured. Each product, from high-tech gadgets to handcrafted pieces of art, is presented with concise descriptions in a minimal graphic format that emphasizes the flowing curves, materiality, and overall design of the products. Including a foreword by Sarah Forbes, curator at New York City’s Museum of Sex, and in-depth interviews with leading sex bloggers, shop owners, and designers, the book will appeal to both fans of good design as well as “lovers” of good design interested in acquiring these pieces for their own collections.

Rita Catinella Orrell is an award-winning design journalist based in New Jersey. She curates the product design blogs and

Jason Scuderi is an award-winning designer, art director, and illustrator based in Japan. His work can be seen at











Founded in 2013, Architect’s Toybox is a curated list of building products & accessories for architects and designers. Posts include new product features, showroom and factory visits, tradeshow roundups, and case studies.

ATB is looking for the latest residential and commercial architectural building products to share with architects, lighting designers, interior designers, and fans of good design. Products that are verifiably sustainable are a plus. ATB will not publish editorial in exchange for payment of any kind. Please send press releases along with links to web-quality images (no tiffs please) to editor (at)

To learn more visit the site here.


Founded in 2011, designythings is a blog dedicated to lovely objects, from kitchen gadgets to personal accessories, that demonstrate a combination of beauty and function. Use it as a gift guide, eye candy, or a way to kill a few minutes while waiting for someone who is late. To see some of the latest product designs featured, please visit.

Both Architect’s Toybox and Designythings are proud partners of BeOriginal.

Freelance Work

I am available for freelance assignments covering interior design, product design, architecture, and other topics.

To view examples of recent freelance work for publications, including SNAP, Architectural Record, Texas Architect, Contract, and others, click here.

If you would like to contact me for an assignment, please send me an email at editor (at)

Design Writing Awards

2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) National Competition
Gold Award, Product Section/Department, “Product Specs”
Bronze Award, Product Section/Department, “Made in the USA”
SNAP Editorial Staff, Rita Catinella Orrell, Editor

2013 Tabbies (Trade Association Business Publications International)
Gold Award, Best Department, “Made in the USA”
SNAP Editorial Staff, Rita Catinella Orrell, Editor
Judge comment: “One of the coolest departments I’ve ever seen. Packed with info in an appealing layout.”

2011 Tabbies
Silver Award, Best Table of Contents, August/September 2010
SNAP Editorial Staff, Rita Catinella Orrell, Editor

2011 Awards National Competition ASBPE
Gold Award, Product Section/Department
SNAP: “Product Specs: Glass + Glazing, Windows + Doors, Water Conservation
SNAP Editorial Staff, Rita Catinella Orrell, Editor

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