Archive of Serendipity

Back to 1968

on November 21st, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

The 1968 exhibit at OMCA is so packed with facts and experiences I needed a second visit to take it in. As years go, it’s hard to imagine many more momentous in modern U.S. politics and culture than 1968, considering the assassinations of King and Kennedy, a pivotal election, the Vietnam…

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Do It Now

on September 21st, 2012 in Serendipity by | Comments Off

The book The Happiness Project has inspired me to find ways to bring more energy in my life. The most important lesson for me to implement: Do it now. I’ve been wanting to master this particular commandment for years — I long to act faster and check off long-standing to-do…

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Earthquake mashups

on September 1st, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

This photo mashup series by Shawn Clover that merges images from the 1906 earthquake and San Francisco today is a fantastic concept, with stunning execution. From the artist: To put these photos together, I first create a catalog of historical photos that look like they have potential to be blended….

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On the Driver’s Side

on September 14th, 2010 in Brand and Business, Serendipity by | Comments Off

Recently I had the pleasure of keeping my brother company as he drove a U-Haul across half of Arizona and California. After the endless desert dotted with horribly designed billboards along I-10 and the vast nothingness along I-5, our very boring trip was brightened by cute ads at a 76…

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Transit Art

on September 3rd, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

I love public art, and this new series of surreal scenes on (and about) BART is charming. A few weeks ago I snapped this poster of the little girl and the duck at my local BART station, wondering what it was. Other than the station scene, the poster offered no…

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Tasty Salted Pig Parts

on January 7th, 2010 in Serendipity by | Comments Off

I saw this sign at the Ferry Plaza, and burst out laughing. Tasty Salted Pig Parts?! People think of SF as a vegetarian heaven…and it is. It’s also a city that worships local, artisanal meats, especially pork. In line with the recent restaurant trend of house-made salumi, Boccalone sell cones…

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Fun with Visualizations

on October 17th, 2009 in My Work and Articles, Serendipity by | Comments Off

The image above is a detail from a poster I have been working on for my Mythology pinball project. I was having such a good time learning about the visual language of pinball that I got a little carried away on this poster — this is the kind all-consuming project…

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Play That Silver Ball

on October 6th, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business, My Work and Articles, Serendipity by | Comments Off

For my elective class this semester I chose Mythology, Meaning, and Design, an exploration of myths, archetypes, and symbols and how they continue to play out today in modern storytelling such as media and branding. So far it’s a very demanding class — more than an elective is worth, probably…

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…Put up a parking lot

on August 21st, 2009 in Serendipity, Sustainability and Social Value by | Comments Off

I live in downtown San Leandro, California, a city east of San Francisco that is more like a small town than a suburb. It’s one of the most walkable areas I’ve ever lived  — better than my neighborhoods in SF and Chicago, even — and the city is working hard…

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Olivetti

on July 11th, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business, Serendipity by | Comments Off

These vintage typewriter ads for Olivetti (shown above)  just blow me away. They are such lovely, illustrated compositions, so different from the full page photo + headline ads of today. Italians certainly know how to design beautiful things, in this case not only the machine but also the ads for…

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