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08/13/2014: California drought infographic

Creating great infographics is no easy task. John T. Meyer of Lemonly shows you how in two short weeks. Sign up now. If you’re not aware of the current extended drought in California, this simple interactive infographic from the L.A. Times uses color and repetition to create impact, showing how, especially recently, the lack...

Botany Blueprint: Australian Blackwood

Specimen #19: Australian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) The world is filled with wattles—1350 species, more or less. Of the Acacia genus, in the Mimosa family, wattle trees often have little puffy flowers and long seed pods. 600 are native to Australia, but many, such as Australian Blackwood, have been introduced throughout the world. A hardy...

New York vs. California

After a year and a half of living in San Francisco, I recently moved back to the only place I call home—New York City. It’s been almost four months since I quit my job at Apple, and left the branding/advertising world behind. I like to romanticize my newfound self-employment as if I’m a professional...

3:01 PST. Pacific Standard Gift Book Time, part 1

Forget the Rose Parade; the real reason to be in L.A. right now is Pacific Standard Time… the arts program, not just the zone. A six-month “happening” that kicked off in October, PST is the largest collaborative art project ever undertaken in Southern California. Over 60 museums, galleries, and other institutions allow us to...

Inside the California Design Biennial: Five Curators Speak

The Pasadena Museum of California Art’s fourth California Design Biennial exhibition that opened a few weeks ago is organized into five categories, but the divisions are very loosely defined. Prius ads in the form of blossoming floral growth along the state’s freeways are considered Graphic Design. A music video takeoff on Fischli & Weiss’s...

In a New York State of Mind

I recently took an amazing position with a brand I love to make a product I love, but the wrinkle is that this new position is going to be based in San Francisco, requiring me to move across the country from New York, “big city of dreams,” to the mellow coast. Having to move...