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Hello Kitty, hello cuteness

on August 12th, 2015 in Brand and Business, Serendipity by | Comments Off

On my recent trip to Taiwan and Tokyo, the cute factor was inescapable. Buildings, restaurants, museums, you name it. Everything has a mascot. Everything has an animated character. And the queen herself, Hello Kitty, continues to reign supreme. But of course Hello Kitty is more than a mere character. She’s a phenomenon…

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Packaging for Dummies

on February 19th, 2013 in Brand and Business, Communication, Serendipity by | Comments Off

I laughed when I saw this. Part of me wants to be offended by packaging that assumes our incompetence, but considering how many times I’ve overlooked or mangled a resealable strip I have to admit it’s spot-on.

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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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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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Art is Anything You Can Get Away With

on July 13th, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Don’t Litter!

on December 1st, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Sustainability and Social Value by | Comments Off

Why is it that people have to be told not to litter? A CCA grad student created a small set of installation pieces, evidently as a statement against cigarette-butt litterbugs. In this scene, a series of little clay men carry inappropriately discarded butts from the base of a tree, across…

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Barcelona

on July 30th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

After 5 long years, I’m finally getting around to organizing my Europe photos. I’m starting with Barcelona, a city that stole my heart. Gaudi has a lot to do with why I loved Barcelona so much — his work is whimsical, colorful, and imaginative in a way that makes me…

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I Heart Tastespotting

on May 17th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

Tastespotting compiles the best in food blogging from all over the world, making it the ultimate in food porn and a very amusing way to waste a bunch of time. Whether you’re looking for ideas about what to cook or just want to admire others’ creativity and talent, this is…

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