I usually more or less write about design (or anything related to design). Rarely do I deviate from those topics. But today, I feel compelled to write outside of those topics. Please excuse this  post if you’re easily offended because there will be some expletive words and outright honesty.

Vancouver is a beautiful city. Gorgeous landscape, great eats and awesome people. Yes, awesome people.

The 2010 Winter Olympics allowed Vancouver to finally shine on the world scene. People were friendly to tourists, partied with little trouble and when Canada won the Gold medal…it was happiness and camaraderie. It was something to be proud of.  I, for one, was proud to be a part of Vancouver shining moment as a city that KNOWS HOW TO HAVE FUN!

What the world saw last night was not Vancouver. What pisses me off the most is that the people looting and rioting were not true Canuck fans nor true Vancouverites. The media headlines of “Canuck fans erupt in Vancouver over Canuck loss” or “Vancouverites riots over Canuck loss” are fallacies and misconceptions. The headlines should be “Douchebags with small penises looking for some ill reason to exert power”. Disparaging remarks about Vancouver is sad and so untrue.

Most Canuck fans (and Vancouverites) were equally outraged and called on the looters and rioters for respect. But the media doesn’t show this, instead they show people fighting, people destroying public property and people just being jackasses. Of course, by now you’ve heard of the idiot who decided to post his FB status of his ‘proud moment in history’ of looting and fighting with the police (he brags about getting his fingers broken – most likely from being stupid enough to try to hit a police officer in riot gear).

And what this is what should’ve been trending on twitter last night: CongratsBruins (by this AM this is one of the trends) or GoodGameCanucks. Instead, we had CanuckRiots, DearVancouver (with tweets of  you suck) and VancouverRiots.

The other thing that gets me is the call for more police officers or the question “where are all the police officers”. I was in Vancouver in 1994 the first time Vancouver lost the Cup. Believe me, the police had a WAY BETTER handle on this than last time. From what I saw, they tried to maintain peace versus erupting in equal aggression. As well, I want to give them kudos for maintain what could’ve been a much worse situation.

As I end this long convulated post, one shining moment popped up. Vancouverites are coming down to help and clean up.

This is the Vancouver I love the most.


Page Turner

15Jun11

I’m totally jealous that Jean Paul Gaultier made a stop in Montreal. JPG attended the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ opening of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. One of the first international exhibition devoted to the couture extraordinaire.

Absolutely adore his work. He seems to turn everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary. And adds such a fantastic flare to everything he designs.  There is certain sexual electricity that touches his work – it’s truly gorgeous and tantalizing at the same time. Remember Madonna’s cone bras??

Recently, JPG guest edited the French publication Libération (you can download and purchase the magazine here). He stylized and art directed the pages by enlisting everyone in the publication to participate in the photoshoot. He incorporates the pages of the publication and turns them into prêt-à-portie fashion in typical Jean Paul Gaultier! And in Jean Paul Gaultier fashion, this is what he had to say:

We won’t be Photoshopping the images. We don’t need to because they’re all going to be great….when a picture is good it captures only beauty, so there’s nothing to worry about.

© All literary work belongs to Libération. Photos by Patrick Swirc

Fit to a tea

07Jun11

Once again, I’ve decided to take a break from my skinny mochas. Not because I don’t enjoy the rich taste of chocolate and espresso, but because it’s starting to put a damper on my wallet. $5 per day can buy this mama a lot of pretty purses 😀 Though, now I just treat myself to a mocha as a Friday special.

Via Dieline, I found a great alternative to my mochas. Developed by Brazilian advertising firm A10 Design, the firm designed the brand identity for a line of teas aptly named Talcha. This beautifully package design coupled with bright colours and elegant typography is not only pleasing to the palate but to the eyes as well. I simply love the contrast of the exciting colours against the ultra dark background.

From Dieline:

“To stimulate interest in this market, which is largely undeveloped in this country, A10 explored vibrant colors (each color relates to a family of teas) and elements from the diverse world of this drink.

A10 created packaging that stimulates the five senses, as well as building a verbal identity that generates curiosity and also informs. From the packaging format to the history of tea, the consumer is totally steeped in the atmosphere, culture and benefits of the drink. This brand identity is used in various materials, including gift packaging, taster packaging, booklet, invitations, store, bags and other points of contact of the brand that generate a unique experience with the world of tea in Brazilian culture.”

Read full analysis here.

Talcha teas

 © a10 Design 


Word Couture

01Jun11

Ah, the sweet smell of summer has arrived! I’m anxiously counting down the days for my trip to Toronto (one of my few trips planned). As previously mentioned, I’ve decided to take the summer off from school. So, I plan on exploring my creative side this summer and hopefully pick up another client or two!

As I’ve mentioned in my blog, I’m an avid book reader. Love love love books. I came across this excellent use of classic books. Simply beautiful!

Rebound Designs recycles vintage classic novels and turns them into extraordinary accessory designs! Each book is custom made and converted into handbags, coin purses and pouches. They also produced ‘naughty pins’ designed from trashy romance novels and convert them into brooches. The great thing is that if you don’t see a book you want, they take custom orders! O la la! If you happen to be in the DC area, they can be found in the Eastern Market (weather permitting). Or you can purchase the items from their Etsy.

I’m having a hard time figuring out which is my favourite one!


Pixel by Pixel

11May11

Yikes…and yikes! I haven’t added anything to my blog in over a month! Working full time plus one hellish semester left me little time to find anything (much less write about) to my blog. I’ve been tweeting here and there things that I find, but this past semester didn’t give me much of a chance to add much to my blog. But suffice to say, I am now done for the summer (school-wise!) so I will be able to devout more time to my blog (and other creative outlets!).

So, of course, I just happened to come across Kunihiko Morinaga clothing line Anrealage fashion line. This Tokyo based designer is world-renowned in the fashion world with intricate and fashion forward design concepts. His designs feature simple geometrical shapes provide seamless bodylines. Simplistic beauty at its best.

For the upcoming 2011/12 fall line (debuted during Japan Fashion Week) Anrealage perfectly married pixlated art with high fashion. The clothes mainly composed of colourful squares to resemble 8-bit pixels. From a distance, the blocks of colour perfectly blend and complement one another while giving the line a unique edge. Upon inspection, you see the colourful array of ‘pixels’…And might I add…LOVE THE SHOES!!!!

ANREALAGE 2011-12 A/W COLLECTION from TOKYO FASHION FILM on Vimeo.

AnrealageAnrealage2Anrealage ShoesAll work is copyrighted and belongs to Anrealage Co. LTD

Rock your world

31Mar11

Just a quickie post today 😦 However, I just couldn’t resist posting this beautiful poster design and concept!

Developed and conceptualized by Taiwanese design, Andrew Wong, this exhibit design identity was done for Archi-work.

From the website:

Archi-Rock is organized by the architect and the institute of urban design, inviting designers from the fields of architecture, visual art, digital art, and music with diverse interpretations to represent the significant cultural symbols between music and architecture regarding their histories, styles, and memories.

The exhibition brings together several installations and architectural works from architects, designers’ music related works, performances from bands and musicians, as well as live concerts and new genres of architectural/experimental films, allowing you to experience the fascination of architecture and music in the street house.

Andrew Wong Archirock3AndrewWong Archirock 2Andrew Wong Archirock1All above work is copyright and propriety of Andrew Wong.

Rising Sun

24Mar11

I haven’t written my blog in over two weeks. On top of being extremely busy, I just couldn’t bring myself to write about anything in light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11. It just felt a bit short sighted to be writing about things I find beautiful when this beautiful country has been hit hard by this tragedy.

Then I realized that the Japanese are, what I find, one the most resilient people I have ever come across. They rebuilt their country after WWII and brought back their country from the brink of collapse after several natural disasters. Eventually becoming one of the world’s best economic powerhouse.

Many moons ago, I used to work a café that happened to be situated by an international language school. Every semester, I’d have the pleasure meeting anew crop of students from all over the world…namely Japanese students. For the most part, the Japanese students always seemed so bubbly and happy. Always polite and courteous to me; in fact if you go to Japan and find some of these students, you may see me in some of their pictures 🙂 They have some of the most creative outlooks in fashion, food, and culture and of course design.

I’ve also included some fabulous photography (links and images via Abduzeedo)

These amazing images were done by Natsumi Hayashi. She photographs herself with her seemingly  levitating:

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Below are some more beautiful photography of Japan:

Femtowork:


Marufish:


Michael Chandler:

Michael Chandler

And finally, I found the CUTEST sushi candy making set! Produced by White Rabbit Express (I’ve always loved Japanese Package Design):

Sushi CandyLooks incredibly delicious!

*Please note: all photography is copyright and ownership of the pertaining artists and photographers.