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experimental sans are like daydreams

I am glad they are around. But when I look at them a second time, they are never quite the same as when I was daydreaming about the idea of them. Well, I will probably always be a sucker for them.

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klim type logos make me smile

I am quite taken by the range and beautifully drawn logotypes and lettering by Kris Sowersby at his foundry Klim Type. 

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screen graphics and UI for movies

The craft of designing the gadgets and interfaces that superheroes and such use in movies is pretty insanely amazing. In an interview, Kirill Grouchnikov talks to Jayse about his thinking process how he approaches creating edgy futuristic ideas into something that hits the right note of awe and believability.

Here are some highlights.

Knight Rider’s dashboard, an inspiration from childhood. Takes me back to the 80s!
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Jayse talks about the positioning and depth of the graphics and the actors, getting it just right
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It’s interesting to me the way he talks about infographics. He compares it to the family tree, and how we have grown in our ability to read visual data, as well as the necessity as information grows and becomes more cumbersome to organize. Soon, we will all be reading these types of charts as easily as we would family trees. He talks about taking in the patterns and rhythms of these data charts, understanding them enough so you know how to ignore the clutter to find the info you need when you need it. If I think about designing an infographic backwards, I could think about how I would want the viewer to decipher the rhythm of the data.
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i’m am so excited by the horizontal row of small 3d shapes at the bottom of the screen – yes utterly dorky.
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interview here

craft – a café in paris

What a beautiful black and white cafe. It is simple and stark, the prefect backdrop for broody creatives who need a smart environment to do good work. The colorful pens and pencils add a colorful touch, and the marble lamps with brass keys for the switch are just…i could die. But instead, I could work here all day

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best photography advice

via PetaPixel

John Free and his captivating advice that I want to apply in other areas of life as well. What an eye. His photographs take me to another plane of being

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post natural history

When I was 10 I remember making up an imaginary country, drawing a map of it, and making a booklet with the map, it’s made up cities and towns, oceans and lakes, national coat of arms, the whole imaginary world. Sadly I can’t find it anymore. But I love the idea of creating an alternate reality, which is what draws me to The Post Natural History project, and the fact that it is situated somewhere between memory and an imagined future. Such a beautifully, obsessively, well crafted object.

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kintsukuroi

I recently learned a new Japanese word called “kintsukuroi,” which means “to repair with gold” and is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold. I have come across articles referring to this idea that these bowls are more beautiful for having been broken. I think about a piece of ceramic pottery made my hand with thoughtful care and consideration. It accidentally breaks. Because it was such a lovely bowl, it is put back together, sealed by gold so the resulting piece has these gold veins coursing though the object, which has even more history. Today, we so easily dispose things, from clothing and accessories, household appliances, furniture bought from H&M, Walmart, and IKEA without a second thought because the quality and craftsmanship was probably not that great to begin with. But if something is lovingly made, I would want to lovingly put it back together.

I love this excerpt from Cami Travis-Groves’ blog:

Some people, more scholarly and patient than I, attribute the origin of the repaired-ceramics artform to story from the mid-1500s. The story goes like this. A great military leader (with a supposedly hot temper) was given a beautiful bowl for an important tea ceremony. Someone dropped the bowl, which broke into five pieces (a more complete essay can be found in “Flickwerk, The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics”, available here). One of the guests spoke up with an improvised poem cleverly linking the name of the giver of the bowl, the style of the bowl, and the five broken pieces, making them all laugh and avoiding the wrath of the hot-headed leader. This specific bowl has since become quite famous, and is considered now an “Important Cultural Property.”

This essay goes on to say that instead of the break “…diminishing [the bowl's] appeal, a new sense of its vitality and resilience raised appreciation to even greater heights.” The bowl has become more beautiful for having been broken. The true life of the bowl “…began the moment it was dropped…” 

“So it is not simply any mended object  that increases in its appreciation but…the gap between the vanity of pristine appearance and the fractured manifestation of mortal fate which deepens its appeal.”

In other words, the proof of of its fragility and its resilience is what makes it beautiful.

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no longer empty: how much do i owe you?

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How Much Do I Owe You?was an awesome exhibit. It has appeal for all ages, and drew kids and families with interactive art installations. I love that this exhibit and many others popping up transforms neglected, unused spaces into places that enlivens neighborhoods, stimulates conversation and civic engagement. The question, how much do we owe, not just monetarily but intangible costs has me reflecting on the endless debts I owe, most importantly the great debt I owe to the Lamb of God, Savior of the World

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the medium is food

I see food styling and creations more and more these days. Most are visually entertaining. Yet, there is something about the way Ayako Suwa uses her food palette with amazing skill and creativity that elevates the food and causes my emotions to stir as if i am viewing fine art. I’m enthralled by the mystery and poeticism her creations exude.

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“A lingering taste of regret with undertones of anger welling up” by Ayako Suwa

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via Trendland and food creation

the cult of done manifesto

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The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

This goes on the list of stuff that makes me feel like i haven’t done enough stuff and motivates me to get stuff done. Or get a rubix cube at least.

via Bre Prettis

Thanks Angela!

wtc memorial

Over the past years, I have been watching the construction of the Freedom Tower develop from the corner of my eye as I head to the PATH train at Newport Pavonia in Jersey City. This weekend I joined some friends and went to visit the memorial. It was a brisk wintry, New Years Eve. Even though I have been lucky enough not to have lost anyone during the tragedy, sometimes i happen to look at a digital clock when it is 9:11am or pm, and automatically take a moment of silence. I love the memorial design of the 2 waterfalls, cascading into the footprints of the twin towers. The names are meaningfully arranged by towers, responders, coworkers, relationships. I look forward to returning in the summer to visit the survivor tree and sit for awhile among the 400 white oak trees that will be planted.

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“Les Rendez-Vous du Temps” #6

mako’s 4 holy gospels

a brief history of title design

i’ve got a long list of movies to netflix. Loving the typography of the Maltese Falcon among others

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