Earlier this month we spent a few days at The Temple House in Chengdu, China. I was really inspired by the tasteful and well-balanced space. I wasn’t expecting to have one of my best hotel experiences in Chengdu. Chengdu is a massive city and apparently considered the San Francisco of China in the sense of being its tech… Read More Inspiration: The Temple House | Chengdu
Finally made it out to DTLA’s new art museum, The Broad! I’ve been putting it off, waiting for the crowds to die down, but (1) that apparently is not going to happen (good for them) and (2) I found out today was the last day of the first floor’s inaugural exhibit. So we got in the… Read More Exhibit Recap: The Broad’s Inaugural Exhibit
I want to share some books I’ve acquired recently that I find interesting and inspiring. I like a wide variety of topics and styles, and I think our personal styles are inevitably a unique combination of the things we care and think about. These books run the gamut of categories, from comic book art to movie art… Read More Inspiration: Current Book Reads
Earlier in January, J and I went to check out the Frank Gehry exhibit at LACMA. It’s a massive retrospective of his architectural career. While I’m no architecture buff, I do very much enjoy observing and being inspired by architecture design. (I think most people are familiar with his name, but Frank Gehry is the [st]architect… Read More Exhibit Recap: Frank Gehry at LACMA
One of my more frequent weekend activities is checking out art galleries and museum exhibits around Los Angeles. I’ve been wanting to share pieces I like and touch on what I’m inspired by. So here we are. To start off, here are my favorite pieces from Giant Robot Biennale 4 at the Japanese American National Museum. Giant… Read More Exhibit Recap: Giant Robot Biennale 4
(Finally finished this long post. Whew.) Happy to have finished the 2016 Make Believe Reality calendar! It’s a continuation of sorts from the one I made last year. I don’t intend to have this become a tradition, but I still like the concept and it’s a good year-end exercise for me to reflect. So I guess I’ll keep making… Read More A Make Believe Reality: Thoughts & Reflections on the Themes of 2015-2016
Creativity, Inc. is the much-lauded book by Pixar co-founder and current president Ed Catmull. It’s generally categorized as a business management book, but that’s really underselling it. It is an inspirational read for anyone interested in creativity, humility and progress. There are plenty of thorough reviews on Amazon, so I just want to use this entry to reflect… Read More Thoughts on Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc.
I always list Calvin & Hobbes as one of my favorite books. I know it’s a strip, but I read it in collections and it had as much depth and insight as any good book I’ve read. Today’s news that the infamously reclusive Bill Watterson quietly made a new strip for a French comics festival reminded me just… Read More Calvin & Hobbes’ Bill Watterson’s New Strip