Archives for October 2013

October 29, 2013 - No Comments!

Richard Renaldi’s Touching Strangers – A Photographic Experiment

I found this video while browsing the internet for inspiration. It is a photographic experiment by Chicagoan photographer, Richard Renaldi. With this experiment he set out to unite total strangers in fleeting moments of intimacy in order to show us humanity in its ideal state. Renaldi was able to evoke strong emotions from his subjects just by asking them to pose together. Take a look at the video for yourself and check out more of his work at

October 29, 2013 - No Comments!

Stefan Sagmeister- Happiness Through Design

When looking for inspiration and motivation I often dive into the archives of TED Talks. There is so much good content to consume across all sorts of fields. Tonight I watched Sagmeister's "Happiness Through Design" and in this video he makes two powerful statements about happiness in relation to design:

  • Being happy while experiencing design.
  • Being happy while designing.

These two ideas were  inspiring to me and I thought I would share them both. I hope these can inspire happiness in your everyday life. Sagmeister has several interesting studies and experiments dealing with happiness and I highly recommend checking them out.

October 28, 2013 - No Comments!


A designer's workspace can say a lot about who they are and how they work. Generally I run on two different wavelengths when it comes to work. When I need to work creatively I like to get out of the house and experience a change of scenery. When it comes time to dive into the work with a well-thought out idea in hand I like to sit down at my home-base  and get into it. Here are some photos of my workspace at home as well as a shot from a frequent spot of mine.





Here is my usual spot at Condesa Coffee. You can often find me here toiling away on the next creative project. Stop by and say hello!


October 25, 2013 - No Comments!

Checking In…

Each week I feel as though I must check in with any of the numerous design blogs I am subscribed to.

The Obvious:

Design Milk

Design Observer

I Love Typography

Logo Design Love

Smashing Magazine

The Obscure:

Minimally Minimal

David Airey

Live from Bklyn

Swiss Miss

I highly recommend checking these out for yourself and subscribing to them if you are interested. It is healthy to have well-curated inspiration at your finger tips. You never know when you will need it.

October 25, 2013 - No Comments!

Drive’s Elevator – An Exercise in Cinema 4D

I was tasked with choosing a scene from a movie and modeling the set and environment in which it takes place. We had to take care to include enough details and polish so that the scene looked complete in our renderings. This is my first experience with Cinema 4D and it was a blast. It is always exciting to learn new software and then be able to share what you have learned. Without further ado, here are three different renderings of the scene I recreated.





Here are some reference photos from the film for comparison.




October 15, 2013 - No Comments!

The Art of Knolling and 90 Degrees – Inspired by Doing

I recently purchased and read an iBook from Industral Designer and blogger, Andrew Kim, entitled 90 Degrees. It explored the new art of knolling and provided instructions on how to accomplish it. The book went over examples of knolling in everyday life and design including architecture, museum displays, surgical tools trays, storefronts, electronic components and much more. The book also crafted an incredible user experience through expert use of the iBook format. There are split pages with interactive sliding elements and embedded videos. Knolling has inspired many of my designs because it has it basis in the art of geometric shapes and form. Organization also plays a huge role in knolling and is easily interpreted into applications within graphic design.






©Andrew Kim

Check out the full book at the following link and download it for $1.99.

October 4, 2013 - No Comments!

Chromecast Unboxing and First Impressions

Everyone probably already knows that I have a preference for Apple products including the Apple TV, but I did pick up a Google Chromecast this past week because it was just too cheap to pass up and I had another TV that needed streaming capabilities.

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I plugged it into the back of the TV and downloaded the Chromecast Setup app onto my Macbook and was set up in just under 5 minutes. I then tested a variety of streaming options including Netflix from my iPhone as well as web browsing tabs from Chrome. These all worked really well but the quality of the stream is definitely very dependent on your WiFi speeds, so make sure you have a decent router and a good internet connection if you are thinking about purchasing one. Speaking of the purchase, these little devices can be grabbed for just $35 on Amazon and are great for a TV you own that isn't somehow connected into the internet. If you are looking for something for a home living room, I would still recommend the Apple TV because it is much more capable than this little device.  Christmas is coming up and these would make great gifts for a family member or friend.


October 4, 2013 - No Comments!

Embark on a Typographic Cruise


We are tasked with creating an ad that helped sell our newly created typeface to our intended audience and do so in a way that showcased the most exciting parts of our type. I wanted to display the type in a more organic layout in order to helped highlight the irregular forms of each letter and push the concept even further. Each word that you create out of Isles forms a unique archipelago that allows the typeface to remain fresh with repeated use.


October 2, 2013 - No Comments!

BREAKING NEWS: Magazine Update




Just a placeholder image currently. This just was evocative of the aesthetic I was leaning towards for the feature article of the current issue. I want to evolve Macworld into a more humanized publication and the use of photography containing human subjects with tech devices will help push it in the right direction while still maintaining the tech magazine appeal.

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The table of contents page needed to be more focused and contained. I wanted to highlight the feature spread and create hierarchy within the other articles. Once again the image is a placeholder for future photography as well as the bottom bar.