Archive of Inspiration

Brand Workshop

on September 12th, 2012 in Brand and Business, My Work and Articles, Sustainability and Social Value by | Comments Off

As part of my current project at Kaiser Permanente, I recently facilitated a workshop to explore identity and vision for two KP innovation groups. As a solo facilitator leading a packed half-day session, I was grateful for participants who weren’t intimidated by abstract, visual exercises – they comfortably and confidently…

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On Being Unreasonable

on March 14th, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business, My Work and Articles, Sustainability and Social Value by | Comments Off

Friday I gave a brief speech at a Designers Accord town hall event “Design Change, Change Design” hosted at California College of the Arts and organized by Design Strategy MBA students Ahmed Riaz, Elysa Soffer, and Mike Funk. My talk was geared at designers who want to work towards social…

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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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The Fox

on August 3rd, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Downtown Oakland has an impressive Art Deco presence, and some neglected gems have recently been renovated, including the Fox Theater, built 1928. The interior is stunningly intricate with opulent details drawing from Moorish and Baghdadian motifs, among others. As luck would have it, on the momentous day I was able…

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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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Glass Raindrops

on May 29th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

The de Young and the Asian Art Museum are arguably the best art museums in San Francisco, although the bar is not as high here as I would like. The installation shown above is by Kiki Smith, and it was commissioned specifically for this space at the de Young. I…

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