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52 weeks and 52 posters of my kid later

You know how parents like to take pictures of their new born to document each milestone? We might’ve taken it too far. This one is to Zoltan, without whom this post would have been completed two years sooner. It all started with the Buzz Lightyear

Otto Frei & Brush Metal Seiko Watch Mod

Otto Frei is a watch and jewelry depot founded by Otto Frei, a Swiss master watchmaker, and his wife Alice in 1930. The warehouse is chaos. Their website looks pre-internet. But this place is a gem. If you look close enough. Otto Frei 126 2nd

Custom Ex Libris Bookplates

A bookplate (or book-plate, as it was commonly styled until the early 20th C.), also known as ex-librīs [Latin, “from the books of…”], is usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the front end paper, to indicate its owner. Simple typographical bookplates are termed

My Seiko SNK809 Watch Mod

Some hobbies area better left untouched. A couple of months ago a friend introduced me to the watch mod (watch modification) community and I haven’t stopped thinking about modding a watch of my own since. The watch mod sub-culture: -Like custom cars, there’s a community

My Man-Cave Part 1—DIY Dog Fence for Garage Doors

[aside] Location: My garage Photo cred: Benson Camera1: Olympus OMD EM5 Camera2: iPhone 5s Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm f3.5 [/aside] My garage the core dumpster for the house, storing shit that I don’t really need and things that I might use (and will never use). I’m

For All-Star—Design Process

[aside] Project: All-Star Inspired Design Collaborator: Marvin King Client: Self-initiated [/aside] Bringing together some of top players in league on the Eastern and Western conference to ball out for the All Star trophy! Marvin and I have put together this design to highlight the starters of

Zeeb Character Limited Edition Prints—Design Process

For those who aren’t familiar with Zeebs, they’re the mascots of Imaginary Zebra. I’ve been refining the style and the aesthetic of the characters since 2006, when Imaginary Zebra was solely a hobby that occupied me during down times: Minor tweaks on the body proportion

My Designer Wall—$15 Project

Went to my first design conference, HOW, a couple months ago. Not only had I talked to a series of vendors, I’ve also collected quite a few things along the way—from wallets, erasers, to phone cases and stickers. But of all things, my favorite souvenir

Japan Trip—Day 2

Day number two. We’ve begun to stay out later, sleep fewer hours, and have less time in the morning to prep (or write blogs) as we’re cramping more events into our schedules. So, I afraid I may not have time to update these trip recaps

Daft Punk—The Hanger Project

A fairly quick and inexpensive project. It started with these two hangers: Never have I paid any attention to hangers. But last weekend, as I was walking the dogs in the backyard, I stumbled across these hangers that were accidentally left on the floor from hang drying (yes,

Paperman Inspired Munny Project

Couple years ago, a friend handed me a blank Munny, a DIY figurine from Kidrobot, and asked me to do whatever I’d like to it. With little time and idea, I’ve been guiltily putting this project on hold… (Better late than never, right, Johnson?) It

The Not-So-Classic Switcheroo

Switcheroo is a personal project by Hana Pesut. I stumbled across it a few days a ago and was fascinated by idea and how men and women are willing to pull down their face for a picture like these.Michelle and I decided to give it

My DIY Standing Desk—The $22/$31 IKEA Hack

If I died from free-falling 120,000+ feet above the Earth, I’d die as a badass. If I died from saving a kid from a car crash, I’d die as a hero. And if I died from pursuing my dreams, I’d died as an inspiration. But

The Making of—Miniature T-shirt

FAME‘s coming up. This time around I wanted to keep things simple and focus more on the display as oppose to the tabling setup. Michelle had a spark of creativity of a zeeb’d out sketch mannequin as part of the decor. GENIUS IDEA. Not only

DIY – Replace the DSLR LCD Window

I’m tired of ignoring the seagull like crack on my screen. And instead of paying a crap load to send it back to Canon or local shops for replacement, I looked up a few sites and felt confident that I could handle this myself (The

DIY Miniature Trash Cans

It was a quick and spontaneous project and it all started here:On my way back home from running errands, I stopped by a garage sale. I’ve been looking for a trash can large enough to serve as the recycle container for the house. Voila, I

Keds Champion – Customization

A shoe custom that’s been way overdue. (sorry, Justine) Similar to the pair of vans I did last time, it was markers on canvas. I was asked to put a date and a phrase on the shoes. My style has been covering the majority of

Plushtography Launched!

All the pillows that we’ve worked on are now available at Plushtography.com This is one of the biggest projects that I’ve worked on in the past. Thought I’d share a few stats regarding Plushtography: First off↑ Idea was to create something fun, legible, and camera

Plushtography – Project Update

Spent the last couple of days perfecting the products. We should’ve been able to kick off months ago, but with our “Go Big or Go Home” (GBGH) policy, we decided to refine them more. No pillow’s going out our door to the collectors unless we’re

Plushtography – Design Process

Something I’ve been working on with a couple of my friends for quite some time now. We merged our interests in photography with craftiness at making things ( mainly Kevin and Christine’s craftiness) to produce a series of plush lens pillows. Ooh yes. Sneak peeks of

Customized 2-1/2 feet Craft-Cube

A quick project (actually, it took me an entire afternoon) that I did awhile back for [Rolo’s “a day in my life” photo project.] It’s a work in progress, but I thought it’s about time to share it with you all. I initiated the craft-cube

Vans Authentic Custom

Last pair I customized was the [Air Max], a very different approach compare to this one. While I perceived the Air Max as a piece of footwear, I saw the vans as a sheet of canvas (both figuratively and literally in this case) – more

Everyday I Will – A Web Project

“Everyday I Will” is a web project [Cody] and I initiated recently. When I kicked off my new year resolutions slightly late (well, about 2 months late..), I felt unmotivated to keep up with them. The mentality of having a bad start really dragged. Then


Keeping things organized and within reach can help boost productivity. I have a bulletin board hung right in front of my desk – it serves as a giant notepad, where I put down ideas, projects, to-do-list, timelines, and inspirations. It was at one point useful,

Happy Valentine’s! – Behind the Scenes

Just about a week before Valentine’s, we decided to make a short film for the occasion.Here’s what went down: My team and I got together for an intense session of brainstorming for video plot – something simple and sweet. One spark of an idea led

My $9 DIY Camera Sling Strap

Sling strap seems to be all the fuzz. It’s no surprise, though – it’s easy, comfortable, and certainly different (remarkable) when compare to traditional camera straps. My friend [Rolo AKA Dunksrnice] and [Adrienne] have purchased one from [BlackRapid]. They love it. With all the positive

Quality over quantity

It’s a quick project using otherwise wasted material from awhile back. I made this to keep myself reminded on how important it is to follow quality and not quantity. “Quality over quantity” seems to be quite a simple idea grasp by the majority of us,

You Know You’re A Photographer When.. A Web Project

I’m no pro, but I’m sure as hell very interested in photography. Majority of my photos are meant for documentation purposes (blog) and there’s the occasional abstract form of photography (my 365 project.) Either way makes me a photography enthusiast. And being a photography enthusiasts

Tamiya Mini 4WD Build Up

Tamiya’s known for their vehicle toy models. This wasn’t exactly a build up – more of a paint job. Unlike my usual custom work for toys (aged and antique style), I tried to make it look clean and simple – replicating the original design. It’s

MA Logo Development

Logo design’s a riddle to designers (yet there’s no right answer) There are all types of approaches – the color choices, the font type, the decision between whether to use graphic or texts, the details that can symbolize the company, the balance of complexity and

AMPM Poster Project – Make your own poster!

Just a random idea developed from a to-do-list to a DIY poster project. Everyday’s different – why not pick one out and make it something tangible – your very own one of a kind poster. ↑That’s the canvas.. ..and here’s the content:↑Running errands – shipping

Home made photo backdrop + Foooood

I’ve been wanting to build this for a long time. It’s a rather bitter sweet situation.. I kept making things that’d make me stay at home. Gotta have one of them vitamin D moments soon. Pros of this project: Cheap, easy to make.Cons: Not mobile.

Project PLM – Our New Display

Been thinking about this project for a long time, finally took the time to execute it: I’ve been vending with my [t-shirts] for a while now. Through each opportunity, I’ve tried to arrange my tables differently to capture the attention and make a good impression

Customized Origami Speakers

Asked by Eric Kim [AirwickKim], a great friend of mine, to customize these.Innovative design allowing people to fold them flat for travels..I think I defeated the purpose with my customs, sorry Eric. I couldn’t help it. The idea behind this custom was to incorporate “Eric”,

Air Max Light Custom

It’s been ages since I last pick up a brush for shoe customization.Before the whole TIZ stuff, I started off my “artistic career” by panting customized graffiti hats and shoes. Man, I almost forgot how fun it is to redesign shoes again. I used to

Project 365: Mid October to Early November

Yosh yosh! One post a day, gotta keep it up. Started on 8/31/10 when I received my Canon T2i and I’ve posted 68 times now – Less than 300 days to go! [Project 365. Powered by Tumblr] Here’s few from the last 20ish days:↑”Dress in

The Wall of Memories – Davis Wall Project

This is a continuous project of what my [ex-housemates and I did to our wall] last year. We wanted the wall to reflect the good times we had through our days in Davis. Just with a blink of an eye, 1 year’s past. A couple

TIZ featured in TypoShirtOne by Index Book

I’m so stoked. I mean, I’m SO STOKED! All the way from Barcelona, a book titled “TypoShirtOne” and published by Index Book was delivered. Got this in the mail a few days ago, haven’t gotten a chance to post this entry till now. It feels