Make: Graphic Design

Made from some flowers I saw @ the SF Conservatory of flowers recently


WORDS: Somehow Brighter in the Dark

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A poem I wrote to explore the irony of lights at night; their intensities heightened by the contrast against the dark backdrop of the evening.


WORDS: Imprints


City skylines imprint human creation, inspiration and progression into the clouds


MAKE: Spacing Design Challenge

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A Medium Fidelity Visual Design Challenge to explore the factor of spacing in relation to a image-focused trip sharing experience

Design Justification:

  • Expanded image rendering to indicate main focus
  • Heavy font weight for trip title; most important text related detail
  • Large action buttons to encourage interaction and engagement

READS: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Here's to the Crazy ones...

The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules.

I just finished up reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Here are some of my favorite moments from the book:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
— Rob Siltanen
After all, Apple’s whole history is making both the hardware and software, with the result that the two work better together
— Steve Jobs

MAKE: Visual Design Challenge - COLOR

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A Medium Fidelity Visual Design Challenge to explore the factor of color in relation to listening experience design.

Design Justification:

  • Darker blue for play to indicate its place at the top of the interaction hierarchy

  • Lighter blue for shuffle to indicate secondary interaction importance

  • Gray gradient of songs: the lighter the gray, the higher in the queue the song is positioned


visuals: Ignite ur fire


A friend recently expressed frustrations with her journey towards finding her passion in life. I tend to better express myself through visuals, so I created this graphic in the hopes of giving her a small spark of inspiration.

//The graphics are created from distorted images of burning crab grass, perforated leather, a roll of orange velvet & square shapes.

WORDS: Escape into Blue


The striations of rusty steel ceded

a raspy groan as we climbed the floors.

Last fall, I was walking through the engineering quad and stumbled upon this colossal fire escape on the back of Hollister hall-- what intrigued me was the directionality of the structure, the directionality of its escape. I envisioned the fiery leaves of descending in fall and how that contrasted the staircase’s intention. It is inherently an escape downwards, away from a fire, however, a different kind of blaze (of leaves) forms on the ground come fall. In this way, the stair’s function reverses; instead, the escape is upwards, away from the traces of dying foliage. This parallels another realm of escapism within the human condition; the constant defiance of death, our escape into what it means to be alive. Thoughts and ambitions are the greatest liberation and escape; lifting us away from the fragility of life into the permanency of ideas, connection and impacts.

Here's the pdf

It was also featured on Thread Magazine's website. Here's the link

READS: The Lean Start Up


Iteration, iteration, iteration

& more iteration

I'm about half way through this book & I’m finding it's focus on constant iteration and adaptable design with respect to MVP's (minimum viable products) very interesting!

READS: Design of Everyday Things


Human plus machine

is more powerful than either human or machine alone.

Don Norman's Design of Everyday Things is one of the best books I have ever read-- he blends insight with technicality perfectly. 

Some of my favorite quotes: 

"Reliance on Technology is a benefit to humanity. With technology, the brain gets neither better nor worse. Instead, it is the task that changes. Human plus machine is more powerful than either human or machine alone. "
"I dream of the power of individuals, whether alone or in small groups, to unleash their creative spirits, their imagination and their talents to develop a wide range of innovation. New technologies promise to make this possible. "
"Design is Concerned with how things work, how they are controlled and the nature of the interaction between people and technology. When done well, the results are brilliant, pleasurable products. When done badly, the products are unusable, leading to great frustration and irritation."