July 31, 2018No Comments

DJs: How to make your live sets sound massive by using signal processors

Decks and speakers are the building blocks of playing out and there’s plenty of discussion about what’s best for each. Generally overlooked however is the stuff in the middle: signal processing components that transform the sound coming from the mixer to the speakers.

With the right equipment it’s very easy to get big sound in any setting, even when you’re using a small sound system.

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April 23, 2018No Comments

New permalinks

I updated my permalink urls today. Previously my site used /blog/year/post-name, but now it will use /category/post-name.

Why the change? A long time ago I decided to hard-code the word "blog" into the site permalink, which was fine for blog posts. But years later, when I needed to add a new portfolio, it caused my projects to be listed under /blog/work instead of just /work.

I mostly get inbound links for Android / UX development and Digital DJing tips. This url change shouldn't be too disruptive to those readers because most of those posts are simply old or outdated. I've left those two categories in the main menu for the time being to make it easy to relocate those posts.

[Update: I also changed "Android Dev Tips" to "UX Development" since that's my area of expertise.]

My apologies for the minor hassle. Moving forward, I expect there will be far more use for my posts in the future due to upcoming changes to my site.

March 23, 2018No Comments

Rave history: 20 year old, first Skills event flyers available in San Francisco

I designed rave flyers back in the day using the alias Elemental. I kept a small stack of almost everything I made, figuring I’d do something interesting with them in the future. Well the future is now, so I’ve figured out a simple way to share some history: I’m releasing original rave flyers on the anniversary of their event, starting with Skills #1.

 

The very first Skills party was March 21, 1998. The packed wall-to-wall event took place in the basement of Maritime Hall in San Francisco and included Tom Slik, Happy Kid Marty, Dyloot, Trent, Greg Sandler, J-Bot, Thomas Trouble, Vertigo, Mars, Mystre, and Congo, along with "free water & candy & fruit & toys”.

There’s a small stack of these original Skills flyers at Vinyl Dreams in San Francisco.

Feel free to grab one. Enjoy!

January 21, 2018No Comments

Illustration 2018

平泉 康児, 2018

Illustration 2018 features 150 illustrators from all over Japan, showing off what they’re doing right now. Just tune out and let the images overwhelm you with all of the talent, color, lines, contrast, and imagination.

 

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December 4, 2017No Comments

Asian Typography

Sandu Publishing, 2017

A fascinating look at how designers in Asia stylize their pictographic languages for various markets. It’s a outside look at type design without interference of actual (Latin-based) words, experiencing something between letters and iconography. For me, it’s fun to flip through the images, decipher the shapes and meanings, and imagine how they might influence our world of font and icon design.

 

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October 15, 2017No Comments

The life changing manga of tidying up

Marie Kondo, 2017

 

If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, there’s now a manga version available. Just as charming as the nonfiction, the book stars Marie Kondo as Konmari, a young woman hired by Chiaki to help tidy her small apartment. With it Chiaki gets a life lesson in letting go, reorganizing, and finding joy.

The Manga is quite clever and benefits from being shorter and visual. I’ve used the book to help clear out clutter for me and it will be a special, life-long reference manual.

 

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