A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate,...– John Grogan
San Diego, baby.
I took a quick little trip out to San Diego / La Jolla area with Paul. Using my childhood memories (and some internet sleuthing) we found some great stuff to do and places to eat. Coffee at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters: A short walk from the hotel, I got to enjoy a tasty “extra-small” 8oz latte. They have a La Marzocco Strada, full size roaster, and a four-barrel sample roaster in the...
The Easiest Way to Get the House You Want
When I was looking for a new place to live at the beginning of the year I needed something to make me stand out from the crowd of applicants. I had a very specific set of criteria for my new home, which many people thought I wouldn’t be able to find: Free-standing home small enough for 1 person (and my small dog) Fenced-in and private backyard Wood floors Low-rent Professional and nice...
You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.– C.S. Lewis
Design Ethics: Where Do You Draw the Line?
Yesterday @austinmiles posted the following on the #PHXDC group Facebook page: I have a theory that every designer has at some point designed a logo with a box as the main element, and has done a design for either church or porn. I have done the first two but passed on the third several times. Austin’s post inspired me to ask people where they draw the line when it comes to clients in...
How to Win an Internship
If you’re currently in design school (or a recent graduate) you might be looking for internship opportunities. Once you’ve found the studio, agency or non-profit your heart desires, you’ve got to figure out how to stand out among a sea of applicants. Here’s a list of tips to get your foot in the door the right way: HAVE A HANDSOME RESUME, BUT DON’T CALL YOURSELF HANDSOME Whether you’re...
The Wes Anderson Guide to Finding Your Style
Wes Anderson has style. From the distinct set pieces to dialogue, you know when you’re watching a Wes Anderson film. By analyzing his work process, you can apply some of the principles he uses to define your own style. KNOW WHAT FASCINATES YOU Anderson’s films often use bright colors, dysfunctional families, dry humor, fantastical storylines and themes of personal discovery. This isn’t...
14 Great Home/Design/Branding Blogs
I frequent these sites to stay updated and find helpful information regarding home trends, print and web design, and online marketing, writing and blogging. See if any of these sites below strike your fancy! Contemporist: Extravagant and modern architecture, lighting and furniture design. I love to look at all of these gorgeous homes and dream of creating the perfect space for myself and my...
I judge wine buy it's label... or box.
As a designer I find it very easy to try a new brand of wine, milk, shampoo, or any other product on the basis of looks alone. Not to be completely superficial, but sometimes I randomly buy different brands of products on the basis of their packaging if I don’t already have brand loyalty… and I stick with my favorites if I find them to be stellar performers. For instance, I think...