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April 22, 2014

today I lugged several big cardboard boxes back to my apartment, where I am beginning the process of boxing up my possessions - dividing them into three piles: keep, sell, or toss.

i’m doing this because I no longer want to be tied to a home or possessions. when I lived in NYC in the fall of 2011 I moved around a lot, taking only my large Ethiopia pack and a suitcase. I also had a longboard, which I never used. it was great to not be attached to anything. in that time I felt more creatively free and explorative than I had ever felt before. 

these days, I feel very encouraged. but I want to be back to the freedom. I think part of this has to do with trusting my inner voice, and this means shedding associations with the societal “world” that I am now a part of (before it was finance/wharton, now it is SF/tech). I see my apartment and my furniture as the largest, most definitive, and admittedly, most expensive symbol of this lifestyle that I no longer want. I appreciate it, but I don’t want to be limited to the world that the lifestyle insulates us in. the bubble is not purely the market, it is the perspective. “the end of the world,” the “end all be all” in these ideas, launches, frantic sprints, everything. the full world, ie the world that is the world, cares more about your inner voice, I think. the bubble will never care about your well being. in being a bubble it operates in a silo of reality, which by definition is also rooted in delusion. so the bubble always prioritizes delusion over truth (not saying it doesn’t prioritize truth, just that it does so less) than the universal world, whose long run value is in individual truth (how I got to universe = indiv voice is another discussion, one that also has spiritual and religious ties). I’m babbling and super tired right now but I just want to get all of this out fully (albeit incoherently) before I fall asleep. 

so, goodbye apartment, hello embracing my personal inner voice: in which I sell almost everything I own, explore different neighborhoods, and stay independent free weird.

i acknowledge this world, but i am not a part of it. as long as i have one foot in, i have two choices: i can meekly accept my role here or i can continually rage. it is the more stressful option, but one filled with more personal integrity. so i rage. blind conformity is the anti goal. and i’m moving out. 

at wharton, i saw finance, but i did not become a banker.

in SF, i see tech, but i am not a techie. 

i don’t do labels. 

"do u." always. even if you compromise on other things. life throws you situations you can’t get out of sometimes. so you gotta see them thru even though it’s not "u." that’s okay, that’s life. not all of us are privileged enough to just drop out of school or quit our jobs without significant financial repercussions. but you never forget who you are. even if you have to compromise on stuff like what you do between 9-5, you never compromise on your personal sense of identity. that is the common denominator amongst every person who adopts "do u," regardless of their actual life/situation.

and let me know if you’re in the market for a new couch, coffee table, or writing desk. 

i gotta get out of here. 

jheneaiko:

now….  you are about to feel the wrath of a menace…. 

April 22, 2014

jheneaiko:

now….  you are about to feel the wrath of a menace…. 

(Source: cityoftownsville)

April 21, 2014

"Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too."

Frederick Beuchner (via estherhavens)

blessed with some compassionate people in my life. one thing I am actively trying to work on is also being more openly compassionate towards others (just communicating the fact - and showing that you care). i hope that you can feel it. peace and joy. even if you’re a bad person (bad = as in, not good - good = as in, striving to be good; not lingering upon or indulging in evil). i wish you all the same. 

some buddies

April 21, 2014

meet some of my childhood friends :’) 

drew these this weekend as part of a video game poster I made for some special people. I’ll post up the full thing after I give it to them on friday! 

Someone left this awesome present on my desk. This person gets me. (Chalk for comparison)

April 18, 2014

Someone left this awesome present on my desk. This person gets me. (Chalk for comparison)

Lettered something for a video we filmed today. 🌞🎥🌱 (at Dropbox HQ)

April 16, 2014

Lettered something for a video we filmed today. 🌞🎥🌱 (at Dropbox HQ)

chalklapse
last monday I spent around 7 hours lettering this massive 4 by 12 ft chalkboard. we had to vertically lower it down the gap in the stairwell to get it down from the second floor to the first - because it didn’t fit in the elevators, stairs, etc. 
I did a timelapse of myself drawing the lettered part in the center and the sides are written in Gotham (or what is supposed to resemble Gotham). I had chalk in my eyeballs for the days following but. worth it. !!

April 14, 2014

chalklapse

last monday I spent around 7 hours lettering this massive 4 by 12 ft chalkboard. we had to vertically lower it down the gap in the stairwell to get it down from the second floor to the first - because it didn’t fit in the elevators, stairs, etc. 

I did a timelapse of myself drawing the lettered part in the center and the sides are written in Gotham (or what is supposed to resemble Gotham). I had chalk in my eyeballs for the days following but. worth it. !!

Lettered something small for these sick flags that @tymnarmstrong made for an internal series at @dropbox! You ready to LEARN? 🌞 (at Dropbox HQ)

April 14, 2014

Lettered something small for these sick flags that @tymnarmstrong made for an internal series at @dropbox! You ready to LEARN? 🌞 (at Dropbox HQ)

The girl with the dragon tattoo

April 13, 2014

He turned her around so that he could see her face. They stood in silence for a moment. She still would not look him in the eye.

"Cecilia. Forget about the coffee. What’s going on?"

She shook her head and took a deep breath.

"Mikael, I’d like you to leave. Don’t ask. Just leave."

A good fucking week

April 13, 2014

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It was a good fucking week, one I’ve been anticipating after many many months of very hard work.  

[and now - quietly curls up in a corner and stays there :) ]

dear world, love alice

April 11, 2014

You have just graduated from college and life spreads out before you, unmapped. You look at the plane trees and, above them, the full moon, and your heart bursts with the wonder of it all. What else can you do? You open your arms wide to embrace the sky.

You’re bumping along on a moto through moonlit rice paddies, beneath an infinity of stars. When you stop, all you hear is the frogs and the breeze rustling the rice shoots; all you feel is the pliant air.

Travel brings us closer to that state where the thin tissue between inner and outer, self and world, disappears. It makes the world new again and makes us new, too.

How to fall in love with the world, nat geo

I cannot wait for my upcoming Asia trip. This is the kind of traveling that I love. In which one can slip into the fabric of a foreign place and blend. Avoid the tourist things, make friends, float in the sea that is the world. It’s not fancy, it’s just simple living. 

SFO > NRT > HKG > HGH: Wandering
San Francisco > Tokyo / Kyoto (by the way, ever notice that Kyoto is an anagram of Tokyo? Realized this last night at dinner and MIND BLOWN, I couldn’t talk to anyone for five minutes) > Hong Kong > Hangzhou, where my family is

HGH > SFO: Loving
My family is all in Hangzhou, and I can’t wait to see them. I love them very much. 

Mailbox: Travel adventures!

April 11, 2014

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Just dribbbled some of the work that Ryan and I did for Mailbox. It showcases a person’s travel adventures and stories as mailed to their friends and family via postcards, letters, even fun stamps. My dad got a kick out of my Chinese name, 思, in the corner. I also threw in names of people that we love on there: Ryan’s family, and some of my BFFs :). The locations on the postcard are are also special to me in some way: there’s like three China ones on there (Hangzhou temple, lanterns), Seattle, Philly, and all the Dropbox office locations. 

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I would say that visually, I really love this style that we nailed down here perhaps the best out of everything we did for the launch (eep!). I think this has the strongest brand coherency and builds upon the story of the product in a special way (extrapolates connotations to “mail” and “mailbox”) to build a frame through which we can uniquely add our own illustration flavors. We decided to do simple line art against single color background, using only the four accent colors found in the Mailbox app. 

More here.

Crafting the Carousel Story (write up)

April 10, 2014

Today was cray. 

We launched a shit ton of stuff. Watching Drew, Gentry, and everyone during the keynote was pretty amazing. Beyond the launch itself I really admire their storytelling ability - takes real skill to create a narrative that’s so casual and relatable, but extremely directed like that. I wonder if that’s what being a speechwriter is like. 

I’ve been working on this launch (as a whole) alongside Ryan and team. For a LONG TIME. It was pretty amazing. It was very surreal. The cool thing about working on launches that’s different from digital products is that there is an element of physical 3D design, so we get to keep a lot of the items that were printed (ie. massive canvas prints will be cut from their mounts and saved with us as big fabric that we can later hang). There’s something neat about seeing your work in person. 

Also wrote up a summary of the entire creative process in crafting the Carousel story (tip of the iceberg, but it’s coherent at least :). I didn’t write about that time I drew like five deer in a row). 

Aaand… :D 

It has been a wild crazy ride creating all of the artwork for today’s launch with @rypearts. Seeing it all installed and sprinkled throughout our space and online has been both amazing and overwhelmingly cool. This is definitely the craziest thing I’ve ever worked on.

April 09, 2014

It has been a wild crazy ride creating all of the artwork for today’s launch with @rypearts. Seeing it all installed and sprinkled throughout our space and online has been both amazing and overwhelmingly cool. This is definitely the craziest thing I’ve ever worked on.

If you’re at the @dropbox launch, make sure to pick up these slide keepsakes that @rypearts and I made.

April 09, 2014

If you’re at the @dropbox launch, make sure to pick up these slide keepsakes that @rypearts and I made.