Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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SATURDAY January 22, 2010

The Drink at Fox Theater
150. W. 3rd St
Pomona, CA 91766


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Sunday, December 5, 2010


I have a strong love for cars and have had it since I was a little kid. After going to yesterdays event, All I say is DAMN, I had nothing but FUN. Although I was dead tired from deejaying a crazy night at Club Visionz, coming home at 4:30 am, waking up at 6:00 am to fix my car for the show, I spent the whole day at Irwindale Speedway and it was worth it. My ride was entered in the Motor Mavens Mass Appeal Car show, so I had to make sure she was on point! Here's some cars that caught my eye throughout the day (if you see a lot of bimmers.. sorry, I'm buyist haha). Check it out!

Sick Z33, suuuuuper clean.
This STi had some dope ass Volk TE37 Super Laps, drool status! Fitment was on point!
Okay, I was seriously all over this E39 yesterday. I'm gonna be fixing up my E39 soon, so i'm taking it as a sign. If you see me in a ride that looks like this soon, you'll know why.
CCW LM 20s... OMG
Check out how dumped this thing is.. REDICULOUS!!!
Here's a clean ass S14, Mmmmm
As with most things.. things should look just as good from behind
Matt Power's S14. I can't get over this super sick paint scheme. He took 4th today, good job Matt!
Another car I was all over yesterday. This E36 must have had my attention for at least an hour!
Gotta love the license plate.. "95 M3"
This dude was rocking 17" x 9.5"s all around... with -1 OFFSET! FACK!! BBS's are nothing but WIN.
Proof that form and function can mix...
Crazy camber! Gotta love the sun visor haha!
I'm not really much for Honda's, but I had to admit that this CR-Z was fucking ill!
A view from the grand stands during the practice session
Justin Pawlak's FC. I really wish he could compete with this this again as opposed to the mustang. I love seeing this car on the track!! And it sounds, just as good as it looks! Rotary Power yo.
Edgar Ferman's award winning Z32. He has literally, THE BEST 300ZX i've ever seen ANYWHERE.
Groupie shot.
Here she is. My beloved BMW E36
Gotta rep for Motor Mavens. Antonio Alvendia is a super cool dude. Thx for having me at the show mang!
Loved this shot. ;)
And this is how my night ended =P I was surprised that I actually won an award. With all the super sick cars that were in attendance, I was honored to be recognized by Motor Mavens. Thanks guys!! Can't wait till the next show!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


This FRIDAY i'll be in the mix @ Club Visionz in West Covina! 21+ / FREE admission before 10:30PM when you mention Bottles in the Club Ent (Guys FREE until 10:30PM, $10 after. Girls FREE till 11PM, $10 after)/ Sexy Gogos / LA's Hottest DJs --- Email for guest list & info.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Art of Alex Varanese - AV Series


20 Ways to be a Better Designer

Taken from the Design Mind series published on the GOOD magazine website. Written by Laura Seargeant Richardson.

Everyone has moments in their career when they look back and think, “If I had only known then what I know now….” After 15-plus years as a designer and design researcher at places like IBM, Trilogy, M3 Design, and now frog design, I know I certainly have. Which is why, now that I’m a veteran, I’d like to give share some advice with young designers just starting out. If I could be your mentor, this is what I would tell you:

1. Get the book

We all have a book that grabbed us by the throat and never let go, forever changing how we look at our profession. For me, that book was Sparks of Genius, The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People. The design process is, ultimately, the ability to creatively solve problems—and in our profession, we need to be better at it than most.

2. Get the obscure book you’ve never heard of

While it’s an older book, The All New Universal Traveler – A soft-systems guide to creativity, problem solving and the process of reaching goals is still juicy today. It was written by architecture professors from California Polytech and the School of Architecture and Environmental Design, and presents a ton of research condensed into a tightly packed form.

3. Choose a topic that fascinates you and learn it inside out

This is how you become an expert. Your topic might be as broad as sustainability, or as narrow as a specific method like body storming. Over the last 10 years, I took on three provocative topics—emotional design, design research, and participatory design—and I just recently look on another: synesthesia.

4. Write, blog, and speak on that topic

You’re an expert once you feel comfortable calling yourself an expert. Take Jakob Nielsen, who began blogging about usability back in the late 1990s. He became recognized as the source on usability because he was consistently churning out information on the topic. Were there other experts on usability? Sure. But Nielsen developed the early point of view, and wrote provocatively about the subject.

5. Learn Something New Every Day

Every designer should be on a quest to see the world with fresh eyes every day. This might be learning something—a bit of trivia, perhaps—that helps you see the world a little differently. For example, today I learned that cats can’t taste sugar. This may sound trivial, but it could lead to a whole host of ideas. And so could the fact that they have hooks on their tongue to lap up water.

6. Create a New Idea Every Day

At one point I was twittering a new idea every day. (Example: “Product Idea #1: Skin Pens > did you ever write notes on your hand? i still do. i want a pen for skin writing on the go.”) Now I file them manually. People will say that ideas are a dime a dozen, but I think they’re wrong: I think the first 10 might be worth a dime, but the last two could be worth their weight in gold. I would suggest that the designer without an idea isn’t a designer. Record them, capture them, and go back to them.

7. Experiment

Good designers experiment. One of my favorite examples is from fellow frog Michael McDaniel, who conceived of portable housing after Hurricane Katrina. When he didn’t get immediate interest from government agencies, he  built a full prototype in his backyard. I’ve experimented with measuring emotion through sound, and a scent alphabet, to name a few. When you do experiment, push the edges.

8. Learn as many frameworks as you can

In 2008, a design team at M3 (where I was working at the time) went through 400 design research methods, reduced the redundancy, and then sorted the remaining 250. This exercise, while daunting, was incredible: For the first time, a designer could see the research methods, or “frameworks,” that existed in the design space. The point is, you should get comfortable moving beyond just brainstorming and start structuring data in such a way that it drives insight and innovation. When you get comfortable with many frameworks, you’ll start creating your own. The only caveat is not to rely on them, because not everything can be modeled in a framework that already exists.

9. Choose variety over anything else

I turned down an offer that paid more to come work at frog. I’ve never regretted that decision. If anything, frog has made me crave variety in such a way that I doubt I’ll ever be able to commit to just one industry. I’ve done everything from cell phone interaction design to social networking strategy, and from the future of electric vehicles to emotional medical identification. I would recommend to anyone that when you stop learning, it’s time to move on.

10. Model or draw (all the f*@#ing time)

To be good at anything, you need to do it a lot. And to be really, really good, you need to do it all the time. I don’t care how great an idea is, if you can’t model it, prototype it, or draw it, then you’re screwed. If you learn nothing else from this blog post, please find a way to learn how to make your ideas tangible. This can be through graphic design, sketching and rendering in Alias, a flash prototype, photography, video, whatever. Just learn the tools of the tangible.

11. Never stop learning

While I use most of my projects as learning vehicles, I find that this isn’t enough.  You should never stop learning. What would you learn and how would your view change if you went to 1,000 meet ups? As designers, our minds need to be as flexible as possible. Learning something new helps us see more and more possibilities and make connections that previously weren’t there.

12. Be naïve (and believe in two-headed cows)

I was voted most naïve in highschool; as a designer, that means I believe anything is possible. That ability to suspend our disbelief is key to innovation and design. I remember a co-creation session with teenagers and their ideal group game. Somehow the topic of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory came up and the idea of lickable walls. Rather than discard that idea as ridiculous, the alternative is to use it is a catalyst for design possibilities. We use this type of thinking in our frogTHINK ideation as provocation. What do you believe is definitive and what would you gain from pretending it wasn’t? The only limits are in our minds.

13. Develop a personal brand

You may think this goes without saying, but I’m not talking about merely having a blog. Instead, you need to really understand who you are and what you bring as a designer. My favorite example of this is from an interview candidate we’ll call TC. TC knew what her abilities were, her best strengths, and her ideal roles not simply from knowing herself, but by asking 55 people the following questions, “What three adjectives would you use to describe me?” “Which of my skills provide the most value to an employer?” and “Finish this statement, ”TC, you should be…” The results were included in the back of her portfolio. Knowing yourself from others’ viewpoints will help you clarify your direction and help sell yourself to prospective employees.

15. Get incredibly comfortable speaking

Join Toastmasters if you must (one of our creative directors did). Designers must constantly be able to promote their ideas—whether on an internal team, to a client, or on the podium. When I run through a presentation, I generally visualize the entire presentation in my mind. You need to get incredibly comfortable with the articulation of, the presentation of and the defense of ideas. I would also recommend improv training because nothing ever goes as expected.

16. Learn the art of wabi sabi

The art of “wabi sabi” is knowing there is beauty in the imperfect. We learn through trial and error, through mistakes. There is no such thing as “perfect” in design. There are different viewpoints, more than one solution and opportunities everywhere. Let go of the word “perfect” and focus on what really matters – designing for people the best that you can and the ability to be easy on yourself. There are no SATs for design (or the presidency, for that matter). If there were, every answer would be “D., All of the Above.”

17. Know the designer’s paradox: Hurry up and think

Every year, I see the design cycle shrinking. As a discipline (of design) we have reached the inner limits of our creative gestation – in other words, the minimum time it takes to innovate. Creativity = Area of Focus (Existing Knowledge + New Discovery) * Time. The time in this equation is used to think. We are often expected to do more with less time. While you may have had the luxury of time in school and occasionally in the design industry, get ready for a much faster paced process. And to keep the insanity at bay, read Carl Honore’s In Praise of Slowness.

18. Grasp the idea of “sfumato”

Designers deal with lots of ambiguity. Not only in the actual process, but in allowing an answer to develop. Phrases like “creative juices” and “ideas percolating” describe the internalization we do to bring order and clarity to the chaos. When designing “the future of…” anything, you (and your team) need to be able to design comfortably in ambiguity—you may not have THE idea immediately or have a clear path or process to get there. The very act of design is the process of discovery. Allow yourself the time to discover. And yes, I realize this seems hypocritical to #17.

19. Try to find the most unusual or obscure angle. We call these outliers.

My path was set the day I received the “Anti-Coloring Book” for my fifth birthday. I started to really enjoy extremes and took creative risks in school. I’ve translated this into design, for example, by developing ideas for the WTC memorial through analyzing hundreds of photographs and the artifacts they contained. This obscure approach led to the idea of the largest blood bank in the world located at the WTC site. In research, we specifically look to outliers for unique thinking and things not considered. Here you’ll find your inspiration. Here you’ll find design.

20. Train Your Brain (to think like a designer)

In the last five years the concept of neuroplasticity (a malleable brain) has taken the medical field by storm. Experiments have revealed that playing the piano and imagining playing the piano have the same neurological effect. Additionally, rats in an “enriched environment” (toys and exercise wheels) have a substantially enlarged brain and more neural connections. We should strive to play the imagined piano, we should strive to be in an enriched environment. Buy Crayola’s 3D glasses (with chalk) and play.
P.S. One final, but important note: We are all designers. Without taking anything away from the design industry, we need more people in all industries to recognize the impact that comes from their “designs”—whether it’s a doctor’s diagnosis or a teacher’s curriculum or a government employee—every human is a designer. As a discipline, we are trained to creatively solve challenges, to consider the future implications, to consider those other than ourselves. Our world is by design and we need more designers than ever before to handle the evolving world. I ask one thing of you in closing—teach one child design thinking or empower an adult by telling them they are a designer. We can all make a difference.

THe Hundreds x Garfield

Pretty good collection I must say. Very well put together