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Sedona & Joshua Tree

Some photos taken from trips taken this year. Hiking to Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona, and climbing the cool rock formations in Joshua Tree, California.

Oslo, Norway

My sister and I visited the Alex Israel exhibit at the Astrup Fearnley Museum when we were in Oslo, which is ironic because he is an artist from Los Angeles and we just happened to stumble upon this on a rainy day. IMG_3642 There was another exhibit that was just full of heads of Tom Cruise. This was just silly. IMG_3647 My favorite place in Oslo was probably the Opera House, Operahuset. Just beautiful design. IMG_3635

Portlandia

Another city checked off my list: Portland, Oregon. It was refreshing to see an urban city mixed with such vibrant and lush green trees. We did all the touristy things including Powell's bookstore, VooDoo Donuts (overrated if you ask me), went hiking, checked out a few breweries, and my favorite... just pig out. Some top food spots include: Khao Man Gai, Blue Star Donuts and Lardo. I also enjoyed checking out the artwork the local artists displayed, and even got a signed graphic novel of Chuck Palahniuk from Powell's! The International Rose Garden is also a must-see, an amazing view of rose bushes in every color of the spectrum. IMG_3060 IMG_3059IMG_3064IMG_3025

Brooklyn

My first trip of the summer and I went to see my sister, Grace, who lives in Brooklyn. I've had a hectic month and it was nice to get away for a long weekend. I've visited New York three times before, but it's always been exploring the big city, Manhattan. Grace lives in Clinton Hill, actually on the same block where Walt Whitman lived (it's their local claim to fame). We did a few touristy things, like walk the Brooklyn Bridge and went to see the 911 memorial. But besides that we went to the Brooklyn Smorgasburg (foodie flea market), ate in Chinatown, saw a burlesque show, hung out with some locals in Williamsburg, and went bar hopping. I was excited to wear my vegan leather jacket I never get to wear here by the beach! IMG_1960 IMG_1919   I also went to visit Philadelphia for a day while I was on the east coast. It was about a two hour ride from Manhattan, and spent the day there in downtown Philly. My friend Christopher and I did the ultimate touristy thing, took the double decker bus and rode around the city and saw the historic sites. Some highlights included Betsy Ross' house, Museum of Art where Rocky ran up the stairs (a huge statue of Rocky right by there), Love Park, Washington Square Park and Liberty Bell. We unfortunately did not get to eat any cheesesteak sandwiches Philly is known for, the line at the good spots were outrageous! Next time...

Shaqila Font

The past week I've been obsessed with looking for new fonts, specifically stylish hip feminine fonts that I could use in more of my design work. I came upon this font, Shaqila, in the Creative Market. For someone who has a terrible memory like I do, I have to find a good reference to remember its name. Shaqila is a combo name of Shaq, the ginormous basketball player, and Shakira, of one of my favorite spanish pop singers. SHAQILA. I just love how it's a hip, retro script font and some of the letters come in alternative stylistic options, with also a set of swashes as well. It's gorgeous! shaqila shaqila2 shaqila3

March Madness

Well it's that time of the year when everyone is filling out their brackets for college basketball. I found this bracket to be a lot more interesting, it is: Bracket Challenge: What Is The World's Most Overrated Design? (click to enlarge) bracket It lists the most popular product designs the public is hyped about... but is it REALLY a good design? Read the article on Fast Company here: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3043715/bracket-challenge-what-is-the-worlds-most-overrated-design

Cocktail menu pop-up book

I loved all types of books as a kid, but ones that I thought were really cool were interactive ones like pop-up books. So when I saw this cocktail menu pop-up book I thought it was a charming piece of work. This menu is designed by London-based illustrator and paper engineer Helen Friel. She collaborated with illustrator Joe Wilson to create an amazing pop-up cocktail menu for the Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London. It is beautifully illustrated, with each page designed cleverly. The garnishes and ingredients are conveyed, allowing tomatoes, elderflowers, sprigs of mint and other herbs to bloom in front of a reader's eyes. Other drinks with less evocative ingredient lists have designs inspired by the name of the drink: the page for the Old Blue Eyes cocktail, for example, features a pop-up keyboard, microphone, and Frank Sinatra head lurking behind the drink itself, which takes center stage. popup popup2

Seatylock

Having two bikes stolen from me within the past five years has made me diligent on locking my bike everywhere I go. Especially living by the beach, where a bike is almost a necessity (due to limited parking). Designed by Oren Livne and Michael Shenkerman, Seatylock looks deceptively like a normal bicycle saddle, but a steel chain locks into it. When you take the seat off its post, the lock comes out, and it takes 30 seconds to secure your bike frame and seat to any pole or fixed object. This is funded by Kickstarter and should be released in March of next year. bike2 bike