Life in Wanderlust

Where Children Sleep
November 29, 2011, 2:02 pm
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via James Mollison

I came across Where Children Sleep on tumblr while browsing photos of different families and their weekly food consumption. Both are definitely worth a browse through. The book documents the lives of children around the world through photographs of their bedrooms. A very interesting concept, employed through beautiful photographs, revealing the varying standards of living around the world.

My first trip overseas was to work on an archaeology project in an isolated area in Senegal, and I was quite shocked at the living conditions despite the pre-trip descriptions my professor had shared. However, most of the people there seemed content with their lives, although I wasn’t able to have any real conversations in Wolof. Personally, these photos are a reminder of how each person has a unique history and it’s rarely useful to compare yourself with others since the lives we all lead are different, and sometimes extremely distinct.


November 28, 2011, 6:36 pm
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I’ve decided to apply to grad school for next fall, sort of last-minute I suppose. But I believe in Parkinson’s law: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Probably not the best philosophy for a chronic procrastinator, however I find I can best focus when the situation is intense. I stumbled across OmmWriter a few weeks ago and am excited to use it for a project. So time to start some statement of purpose essays..tomorrow.

can you see the transformation now?
November 25, 2011, 1:39 am
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faceIdeas via Noupe, personal drawing

“Here are some ideas to evoke more passion and originality in your design work:

Produce a piece inspired by a loved one. Try to pour how you feel about this person into your composition.

Think of both the best and worst moment in your life. Produce a piece inspired by each. Be honest and transparent in this, don’t hide behind anything.

Produce a visual diary for a limited time. For instance, you could record a week of your life in a series of 7 compositions.”

Bolivia- July 19, 2010
November 24, 2011, 8:56 pm
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bolivian road
excerpts from journal, personal photo

June 19, 2010
“Last night about four hours into our trip to La Paz, the bus was forced to stop due to a blockade created by indigenous people. We were forced to spend the night in this “San Francisco bus.” We pissed in the jungle and have been rationing food. The bus is currently sitting on the road (it’s 10:00am). We are parked next to a truck full of pigs. There is a 15 year old kid running this bus. He makes 200 bolivianos~30 US dollars a day. The Policia walked by a few minutes ago. They are going to teargas the blockade, so most of us have re-entered the bus.”

July 20, 2010: 1am
“So the cops came to the blockade but they didn’t do much. At around noon we decided to walk with our bags. It took four hours to reach a taxi which took us to Boro Boro. From there, we took another cab to a town an hour away. We bought bus tickets to Cochabamba. The ride was about four hours and the views of the cliffs were incredible. We are now at Hostel Jardin and departing for La Paz tomorrow. My face is so warm, may be running a fever?”

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for transport infrastructure. 🙂

Notes from the “Vignelli Canon”
November 18, 2011, 10:09 pm
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(acceptable typefaces) 😀

On Design
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The Intangibles
-Semantic: find meaning in what you’re designing
-Syntactic: practice consistency of details
-Pragmatic: result communicates clearly
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-Discipline: self impose rules
-Appropriateness: find specifics for relevant solution
-Ambiguity: leave room for plurality of meaning, which can create depth
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Levels of Responsibility
1: to ourselves
2: to the client
3: to the public
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Design should be: forceful, elegant, timeless
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This Canon is a good introduction to the basics of design, especially in terms of print design and publication. Check it out if you need a refresher on grids, typefaces, and a little theory.

A Warm Place
November 18, 2011, 12:05 pm
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via Freshome
Set in the middle of the space, this fireplace is not your typical hearth. The fireplace serves as a focal point and sculptural element in the room, giving the space an extra splash of personality and edge. And imagine all the marshmallows that could be roasted at once!

Sunken Bridge by RO&AD
November 17, 2011, 1:01 am
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sunken road
via Dezeen
Amazing bridge, I just wonder how much rain it would take to flood the path..