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// 05. 2.07

they don't do it to you

Sixpack

What a super quirky and attention getting advertising series — it's quite silly but still poignant. Go see the site savesfbay.org and watch the mini ads and see the image gallery, then send it to a friend.

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// 04.18.07

market street art

This beautiful art poster exhibition is on view March 12 to July 12, 2007 in the Market Street triangular kiosks between Van Ness and the Embarcadero. From the SFAC site: Artists Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather’s six poster images, titled Between above and below, reflect their exploration of various systems in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each poster consists of a collaborative drawing in which the artists isolated and juxtaposed particular forms and patterns derived from built systems and natural movements, such as traffic, tides, trees, bike racks, and more.

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The text on this image reads: "Marshland once penetrated as far north as the corner of Mission and Seventh Streets." The black marks in the foreground are Starkweather's marks based on a map of creekbeds below San Francisco. The circles in the background are Hughen's drawings referencing light bouncing off the water. Text and images from Amanda Hughen's site (more work here).

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The text on this image reads: "In 2010, an average of 425,458 people will commute to San Francisco every day." The black marks in the foreground are Starkweather's marks based on a map of commuter patterns involving downtown San Francisco and the East Bay, and the arrows and circles in the background are drawings Hughen made referencing the arrows and circles in and around Market Street (stop lights, one way signs, pavement markings, manhole covers, etc.).

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// 04. 4.07

imagine india

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I can't recall ever thinking I've got to get myself to Macy's as soon as possible, but after being intrigued by the poster on the public pay toilet I passed today at the 16th BART station entrance and then seeing a few ads fly by on the MUNI buses too I decided to look up the exhibit. The Macy's site hardly gives any inspiration or intrigue, but I found a jackpot of gorgeous images on darcitananda's flicker account (great photography!). Wow, the henna designs, the fabrics, the colors and displays all look amazing. So there's truly a first for a everything as I say "I've got to get to Macy's asap." {found flicker link through an interesting site for south Asian American women, called Nirali Magazine}

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// 03.28.07

sunrise over 16th street

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The city is wreaking havoc on the streets in my hood. I wish I had an audio track to upload so you could hear the full force of what a pleasure it is to stroll by. I just hope there's fresh smooth dark black streets with thick bright yellow lines coming soon.

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// 03.14.07

just the crumbs

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Just so happens that I live three blocks from the best bakery in San Francisco, Tartine. It has a line out the door at every hour of the day to prove just how well loved it is. Because I run late almost everyday, feel impatient waiting in the slow moving line, wish there was a place to sit, and because the calories would be too much — I rarely go there. Today however was a lovely exception. I played hookie from work this morning due to a press check and spent a nice leisurely breakfast munching on their delicious ginger bread and washing it down with a double latte, mmmmm so good. I highly recommend everything there, you just couldn't order a bad thing.

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// 03. 7.07

scenic drive

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I really did have a lovely and scenic vespa ride to work today. It's always nice when one can break up the ordinary go to the office via BART or MUNI routine. I was on a press check over on Indiana Street. I drove down 16th to 3rd then down to 25th then 'round the block to Indiana. I enjoyed scooting through the industrial neighborhoods of potrero and dogpatch and seeing the construction changes taking place there. I also saw a bar I want to check out, the name made me chuckle, it's called "Retox." I had a head scratch though when I parked on Indiana street right under a 49 Mile Scenic Drive sign. What part of this heavily industrial area is considered scenic to the typical tourist??

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// 02. 7.07

nourish one another

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I'm absolutely loving this advertising campaign for Project Open Hand. Seeing these everyday in the BART station is a breath of fresh air. The integration of the photograph and illustration are done beautifully. The palette and drawing techniques are a wonderful stylistic match with the content. I truly feel uplifted by these radiant portraits and visually well fed by the delicious drawings.

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// 08.30.06

sentimental possessions

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While stopping for a pastry (yet again!) at DeLessio on Market street I saw a kiosk advertising an art blog project called That Which I Refuse to Leave Behind by Kate Pocrass. It's part of an exhibition titled The Dust Never Settles which is an exhibition of visual art projects by San Francisco-based artists exploring the 1906 earthquake from a contemporary perspective. I was struck by the question the poster was asking: What one object would you choose to take with you, if you were faced with having to evacuate your home?

This is a tough question to answer, eh? Since we are sticking to things, I think irreplaceable photos and art are at the top of my list. But which ones? My wedding album, portraits of my family, paintings, oh I don't know!? Maybe my laptop? I think I would have to see how I was handling in the moment. Part of me thinks worrying about objects at all is wrong, surviving would be good enough.

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// 08.23.06

sprouting jewels

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I walked a different route today [uh yes, by way of the waistline fattening Tartine] and came across this tiny store window on Guerrero St. filled with sweet silver and beaded baubles. I liked quite a few, especially the sprouting seed earrings (hanging in the above photo). I hope to stroll by and have an inside look-see one day soon. Her name is Claudia Kussano.

// 08. 9.06

sf shorts

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Couldn't help notice the unmentionable illustrations in the BART station this am. Actually the version I saw was in pink, even cuter but my TREO couldn't handle taking an image across the tracks, it was too far so it ended up blurry and sadly unusable. Anyway I love the drawings, so take notice that sf is hosting a short film festival honoring mini movies. It starts tomorrow, get moving.

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// 06. 7.06

walking by

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This morning I noticed a groovy public photo exhibit on four walls across from the entrance to the 16th street BART station. It's called looking, and asks you to slow down and see what's happening excatly where you are standing.

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// 04.26.06

to the butterfly collectors

Dave Eggers

Today's way to work entry is what I read rather that what I saw. Perhaps I'm expanding my own way to work parameters, but hey I write the rules in this little fiefdom. What I want to share with you is a really well said interview/rant that Dave Eggers gave via email to The Harvard Advocate. After reading the addendum I'm feeling overwhelmingly uncritical about other's successes (hoping I will remember to reference this entry when I get all bitter again). It's sooo worth getting all the way through it, so read the whole damn thing and then go sell out and do something good with the profits. Ray, thanks for pointing me to this. Here's the link to 826 Valencia in case you want to donate time or money, or just tell someone else about it.

While searching for an image of Eggers to post above I came across this nifty McSweeny-esque site (a friend of Eggers I assume) utter wonder filled with stories, images and of course a blog. Ok, this I also love, the McSweenifier. It's a site that will format your writing in the McSweeny's design style - making your writing look better than it is. Oh and I feel I should link to McSweeny's store and their jokes just because it's smart writing and, above all else, it's pretty.

Art made with mission statements is not art. — Dave Eggers

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