Enter the C’s

November 30, 2011
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A few months ago, I made the leap. I lept from the land of hav­ing a cor­po­rate job to the vil­lage of “I want to run my own com­pany.” The leap itself wasn’t hard. Getting to the edge before I made the jump was excruciating. Was I mak­ing the right deci­sion? What is it that I want, any­way? Who am I? What is a designer? All the deep, soul prob­ing ques­tions that slowly stir in your head at 4am made my trek to the brink one that was coated in a foot of sticky mud. I let myself stew. The syn­the­sis por­tion of the design process as a cue, I allowed all of my thoughts to tum­ble and boil, know­ing that the moment of clar­ity would come when it was ready. On a Thursday evening at the Sheung Wan branch of Café O in Hong Kong, under­stand­ing arrived. With a new note­book I’d picked up in Japan and my favorite Muji pen, I began writ­ing future state­ments about myself. “I am a pro­fes­sor.” “I have my own line of sneak­ers.” “I work with the smartest peo­ple.” “I have enough money to travel for inspi­ra­tion.” I wrote about forty of these sen­tences, then started orga­niz­ing. My state­ments fell into six dif­fer­ent groups: Create, Curate, Convey,...

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The Thumbnail is a Tricky Device

November 28, 2011
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The Thumbnail is a Tricky Device

I don’t know how long I’ve been ‘zoom­ing out’ to check com­po­si­tion, but it’s a prac­tice I’ve become depen­dent on. I’ve found that move­able thumb­nails can also help you tell a story. To cre­ate a cohe­sive art port­fo­lio a while back, I printed out my top 25 works as 2“x2” paper squares and arranged, rearranged, elim­i­nated, and finally curated a set of 10 that told a story. This actual dis­tance allowed me the per­spec­tive to see what each was visu­ally offering. This evening I was play­fully tricked by my own device. I glanced down at my com­puter desk­top and won­dered to myself where this cute image of a car­toon blob tak­ing a shower came from. After open­ing it, to my sur­prise, I dis­cov­ered it was an image of a closet I had just screen­cap­tured moments before. I was so tick­led by this thumb­nail mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion, I had to re-create my imag­i­nary ‘show­er­man blob’ in hopes that some­one else may enjoy my acci­den­tal visual abstraction.  

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Pushing forward on PDLSK map notebook project

November 22, 2011
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More progress today on the note­book col­lab­o­ra­tion between Studio Koto and Parallel Design Labs! As a lover of maps, I’m excited for what will even­tu­ally be — right now I’m lov­ing the look but still exper­i­ment­ing with the details and point of view. I’m try­ing to decide on which direc­tion to take them. The whole project makes me inter­ested in book­bind­ing once again. Paper is more beau­ti­ful in a dig­i­tal world.

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