1917

Saturday, January 18, 2020

By the time the credits rolled on 1917, I was very ready to get out of the seat.

When folks ask how the film was, I just string together words: Intense. Relentless. Uncomfortable. Horrific. And also? A marvel of movie making. Totally riveting. Also muddy.

Unrelated: An unexpected night playing  Wingspan—a beautiful board game that only made sense after playing through. Par for the course with me.

Listening: “That’s On Me” Mac Miller

Even Rocky had a Montage

Friday, January 17, 2020

House recently released Ed Benguiat’s typeface Montage digitally. Great backstory about it here—make sure to watch the video. The fonts have been tested on a “bunch of House bullshit.” so they’re solid. I’m actually surprised they haven’t been available earlier.

I read the aforelinked story, saw the typeface, checked on their site and let’s just say all that de-cluttering I’ve been doing? It maybe was to make room for maybe just one more book. Admission: I’ve been a fan of House Industries from the get-go, but after seeing their show at the Henry Ford Museum, even moreso.

Speaking of which, their book about process has an introduction by JJ Abrams… I wonder if he ever approached them to revisit the Bad Robot type? My gut says he has not.

Listening: Indian Ocean” Unwed Sailor (via Jon Hicks)

Regret not getting croissant

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cooking with oil on all the work fronts.
Enough deliverables out the door to take a proper lunch.
Sun shining.
Drove aimlessly trying to find something that sounded good.
Found myself on the east side of the city.
Gave up thinking and saddled up to the bar at Redlands (which used to be called J. Alexanders).
When asked if I wanted a croissant with my ahi tuna tuna salad, I politely declined.
Had a sketchbook and pen ready to think a bit offline.
Food arrived too fast, no time to doodle.
Regret not getting croissant.

This is a $68 million dollar building.

Listening: “Half Your Age” Joywave

Concept

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Concept board game

We gathered to stream Schitt’s Creek and carved out extra time for dinner and playing this game called Concept. Think charades with emoji. It’s fun, vague and challenging. Overall? It felt just the tiniest bit beta, and could use some design help—a common complaint from me.

Related sidenote: On my bucket list? Design a board game.

Listening, link is a SPOILER: “Simply the Best(by Noah Reid aka Patrick on Schitt’s Creek)

Spellcheck: vacuum

This Christmas gift provides much joy. Admission: I have to spellcheck vacuum Every Single Time.

Listening: “Can I Sit Next to You?” Spoon

Ruth’s from afar

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

One of the best parts of the day was having lunch with Anne. I’ve known her since my first year of college and when it came time to grow the web design company back in, oh, 1997? She was on board.

We’re back at it, doing work together again. Making lists, knocking things out and most importantly? Sharing perspectives. Makes the day all the better.

Listening: “Pure Elation” Daniel Lopatin

Constant companion

Monday, January 13, 2020

Listening: “Tico-Tico no Fubá” – Friends of Old Puppy with Morgan Fichter on violin

The play of light

Sunday, January 12, 2020

The play of light when I open the fridge door.