Archive of Bay Area

Explainers

on December 13th, 2013 in Brand and Business, Communication, Serendipity by | Comments Off

This weekend a friend was in town, and visitors are great prompts to do all the local things we don’t get around to — in this case, the new Exploratorium! Something that caught my eye is their name for exhibit guides: Explainers. It’s a miniscule detail compared to the immensity…

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The comfort of ritual

on October 13th, 2013 in Serendipity by | Comments Off

I first visited Tadich more than 25 years ago during my first family trip to San Francisco. Over the years we have returned there time after time for local classics like cioppino, hangtown fry, and petrale sole. Tadich is a San Francisco institution, the oldest restaurant in the city and…

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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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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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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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Shanghai Exhibit

on August 18th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | Comments Off

This week I spent the day in the city with my parents, including a visit to the Shanghai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. There was no photography allowed, so I couldn’t snap my favorite pieces to show here and I struck out finding them online as well: Shen Roujian,…

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Library a-Go-Go

on July 10th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | Comments Off

Out at the farthest edges of the Bay Area in Contra Costa County, I saw this amazing mini-library in a BART rail station. From the library web site: “Library-a-Go-Go is an automated book dispensing machine. It’s a self-contained collection of books that allows Contra Costa County Library card holders to…

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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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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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