4.30.2015

KAWAII SHIT: "KOUHI" iPhone wallpaper



Back in 2014 (I know, so long ago right?) I wanted to do more graphic 'freebies' because honestly, I take from other designers ALL THE TIME. So I thought, it must feel nice to just give back something to the community. It's so easy to take images from the web and slap them on our phones and desktops, but all of these things are resources and resources are made by someone out there. So I wanted to start making more freebie type things. 

This is where "KAWAII SHIT" comes into play! I posted a little teaser about this project a little while back, but basically the purpose of it was to start creating little freebies with this cute / colorful / sorta somewhat Japanese-ish(???) concept (I don't know, Porter Robinson had this hoodie once and somehow it gave me the idea....). I thought this would be a fun and cute way to give back to the [designer] community. 

Anyway, feel free to use these if you'd like. Any comments / feedback is always encouraged. :D 




{Disclaimer: The romanization of "coffee" in japanese is "Kōhī" not "kouhi", 
but that's just how I've always spelled it so let's leave it at that. lol.}

4.27.2015

Designspiration: Black&White I


As a designer, I see a lot of beauty in simplicity. Crazy, outrageous, trendy graphics will come and go but minimal design lives forever. Ever wonder why the iconic Chanel bag is still popular after all this time? Because the design is 'timeless'. A seemingly simple structure, the classic Chanel bag was intricately and intelligently designed. From the subtlety of the quilted pattern to the elegance of the woven leather through gold plated chains, each detail was thoughtfully created. Make no mistake, these bags are not simply sought after time and time again because of celebrities or just because Chanel is a well known luxury name. Whether you're a classy 50's Audrey Hepburn-style fashionista or rocking out in Nasty Gal and Hot Topic clothes, these bags will literally fit any type of wardrobe. Dress up or dress down, the bag will go with everything. You can thank the simplistic design structure for that. Bottom line: Simplicity is evergreen. 

With that said, Black & White and structure are key elements to my own design aesthetics. There is something undeniably sleek about geometrical sharpness and a monochrome palette. Check out those killer shoes! A prime example of intricate design that is trendy yet can be in style for a long time due to practical structure. And that is what I like to achieve in my own designs. I hope this Designspiration board will inspire you to love the monochrome colors as much as I do.

4.18.2015

DBH Mixtape O8 - Game Time II



#8 Game Time II
O1. Madeon - You're On
O2. Pendulum - Watercolour
O3. Sub Focus - You Make It Better
O4. Astronaut - Rain (Mitis Remix)
O5. Zomboy - Immunity
O6. London Elektricity - Meteorites (Danny Byrd Remix)
O7. Porter Robinson - Sad Machine
O8. Nero - Fugue State
O9. Gemini - And You
1O. Camellia - Wanna Go To A Beach

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The second Playlist mixtape I ever made on this blog was one dedicated to gaming. To me it's sort of unique (although, these artists are actually more popular than the one's in most of my other mixtapes...) because I don't listen to this genre of music very often. Like, I am actually not a big fan of Dubstep or Drum&Bass. I'm very selective about certain songs and it's easy for Dubstep to overwhelm me very quickly. With that said, gaming puts me in certain 'mood', where this genre of music gets me amped up. So I wanted to make a playlist with this type of music that suits my taste, and that's kind of what I accomplished the first time. Albeit, most of these tracks aren't really new (except maybe the Madeon one) but they are still my tried and true favs. If you're not a huge fan of Dubstep but are looking for a pumped up soundtrack for your fast-paced games, give this one a shot. 

Graphical Cover:
On a design note, I was going to go the usual route I've been going lately, which is simplistic, minimal covers for these playlists. However, I kinda wanted to just go a little crazy. I mean yeah, my aesthetics lean more towards the minimal / clean look, but since these are for my music posts, I've been thinking about going a little more 'out there' and fun. I mean, why not right? I feel like simplistic design is beautiful, elegant and very trendy right now, but sometimes you just gotta have a little fun, and that's kind of the direction I went here. 

4.03.2015

Is the Art of Photography "dead"?


While browsing random Flickr forums one day, I came across a thread about how to make photos better with Auto mode. Now, with any topic of interest, there will always be some self righteous douchebag that has to take a seemingly simple question and turn it into a drawn out religious lecture. So this guy writes out a long paragraph about how "photography is dead". As you might expect, he got his fair share of backlash from the posters on the thread and continued to ramble back and forth with some of them.

Now, I'm not saying that he wasn't a self righteous douche monkey, being a buzz kill for these people who just wanted some sound advice about Automatic mode on cameras, but at the same time, I fully agree with his plea. Photography, in a sense, is kind of a dead art. Not because it is literally 'dead'--meaning it's unpopular, but on the contrary. Photography went from being a "professional" hobby to a mass consumer demand. These DSLR's that most of us know about were not really something eminent in the consumer markets a decade ago. If you were lucky, you owned an advanced point and shoot camera but that was about it. Another example would be MAC cosmetics. They went from being a professional makeup brand to a consumer makeup brand. And in the same fashion, the art of makeup has gotten a little lost as well.

Is it to say that when anything becomes popular, the beauty of it dies off? And if so, why is that?