Archive for June, 2011

The New Walk

June 25th, 2011





Susan and I love summer evening walks (at least until it gets so hot that you melt by the time you’re around the corner). This year things have changed a bit. With the Fourth of July right around the corner I thought it a good idea to get the kids out on their bikes so they’ll be ready for our neighborhood kid parade. Gem’s pretty much ready, but Theo on the other hand still has a hard time with his brakes.

I’m hoping by the end of summer will be able to take Gem’s training wheels off.

Herman Miller Envelope Desk

June 24th, 2011

One day when I was on the mission in Taiwan, I came across this little old lady who was bent in half. She had worked her whole life in the rice fields and an occupational side effect was that she no longer could stand up—she was permanently bent over.

Occasionally I think back to that woman when my back starts to ache from sitting in the same position (designing and coding) for hours everyday. One day will I be stuck like she was?

When I saw this video I thought this could be the solution. Surprisingly the the desk isn’t small fortune (though the chair is close to $2000), but to not have to worry about being bent in half when I’m old would be PRICELESS. I’m a sucker for smart furniture. Maybe if I ever get that home office/ backyard studio I can invest in the a reclining desk.

Song of the Summer – Death Cab For Cutie

June 23rd, 2011


I know I’m a bit late to the whole “Death Cab for Cutie”. I’ve always admired the poster art that’s been created for the band (especially the stuff from Jason Munn). But it wasn’t until they interviewed front man Ben Gibbard on NPR and said he was married to Zooey Deschanel that I thought I really should see what all the hipe is about (I mean who doesn’t love Zooey and if she like him enough to marry… I know it’s strange logic). So I purchased their latest album and it’s pretty good. Not every track is amazing, but I’m officially calling the song embedded at the top of this post “You Are a Tourist” the song of the summer. I can’t get it out of my mind. Love it. Now I have years of Death Cab to catch up on.

Red Bull’s Office

June 22nd, 2011

I’m very lucky to have a pretty fantastic work place to go to everyday (Axis41). I’ve seen many design studios and worked at a few to know that my current employer’s space is above average, but there are still places of work that out shine our remodeled historic space. I’m not a fan of Red Bull and I am not endorsing them in any way (the stuff taste nasty, but then again you’re not drinking it for the taste are you). But I have to admire a company doesn’t just put there employees in a cubicle with office depot furniture—I’m a designer I can’t help but to love beautiful spaces with great furniture.

BABY’S GROWING UP

June 10th, 2011


Can I just brag for a minute. My Gem is one tough cookie. Maybe it’s due to those first few years she grew up in an orphanage, but really I think it’s her spirit. She is determined like a shark. This morning while we were eating breakfast she showed my her loose tooth and I told her “it’ll probably come out today” and Susan quickly back tracked and said “or tomorrow or this weekend”. Of course Gem held me to it. No crying or moaning; just pop and smiles. Love that kid.