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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

1 of 1 Zaku Char Custom Gunpla—Lost Decade Statue

This is a story about procrastination. I purchased this kit close to 6 years ago when I visited Odaiba, you know, the Japanese city where it had the 1:1 Gundam Statue. Besides the RX-78-2 statue, there was a hall in pristine white interior, like a

NewType BuildCon 2019 San Francisco Recap

NewType launched their very first Gunpla oriented event called “BuildCon”. I discovered this about a couple months ago when I finished my latest build. I was happy with the build. Matter of fact, happy enough to scour the Internet for possible competitions. And BuildCon was

My Gear List

工欲善其事 必先利其器 One must have the proper tools to do a proper job. Imagine cutting a steak with a dull butter knife. Hey, while you’re at it, grab a mirror too. So you can watch yourself die inside. The joy of creating the work, to

Custom Built Entryway Hall Tree for $50

I was going to title this post an entryway-shoe-rack-coat-hanger-hybrid until I learned the actual name for this type of furniture—it’s a “hall tree”. Word, ok. Turns out, my final design is surprisingly fitting. The Problem Here’s the original shoe rack. It’s one of the first

Road tripping at Banff and Jasper National Parks

“I heard the Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.” said my dad the other day. He wasn’t the travel type and he rarely tells me much about anything else besides building strong character and saving money, let alone travel.

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

Encountered a bear. No one was hurt.

Destination: Yosemite Worth it: 5 / 5 Cost: 1 / 5 Moments after arriving at the campsite. Chasing after it was the ranger with a rifle firing rubber bullets towards the sky. The goal was to not hurt bear and, hopefully, scare it away with

Margaret + Lu’s Wedding Celebration

Last Sunday’s a big day for the Qi and Chou family. Especially for me, really. Not only did I gain a new brother, I had the honor of documenting the wedding. Being my first wedding shoot, I had to put all my theoretical knowledge to

Connor Surdi Business Cards

Business card design for Washington based photographer, Connor Surdi. First impression is important, this set of card was designed to spark a conversation and leave a memorable experience. 15pt silk lamination + high raise spot UV on both sides.

IMAGES—A photography project

Redesigned my tumblr for a new project—IMAGES. A project dedicated to my interest in photography. I’ll be trying to post an image daily for as long as I can. ’til next time, -Benson http://www.theimaginaryzebra.com

Bluetooth Bracelet/Watch by Mobile Fun—Product Review

This isn’t the most advanced gadget out there, but I sure feel hell of a lot more futuristic when using it. It’s the bluetooth enabled bracelet slash watch from MobileFun, leading online retailer for mobile friendly and innovative accessories. Cut right to the chase, here

ThinkTank Sling-O-Matic 10 Review

Flabbergasted when I received this package from ThinkTank! They’re a group of innovators striving to make the best carrying solutions for the photogs of all kinds and ages out there. They sent me the “Sling-O-Matic 10,” which is the smallest sling bag of the three

Less than 30 hours to go.

Less than 30 hours to go till we wrap up the pre-order session for our Cameraman tee. And this means two thing: 1.) For those that have pre-ordered (thanks for the support!) your shirt will be in production and delivered with 3-4 weeks! 2.) For

New site’s now live

New site’s finally up and running. It’s the most minimalistic layout, yet. The design process will be out shortly. Gotta hit the sack. ’til next time,-Benson http://www.theimaginaryzebra.com

Rebranding…please hold

Imaginary Zebra is in the process of a rebranding. Shop is currently under construction. Sign up and we will keep you posted when the new site is ready. ↑ -Benson|| Twitter || Facebook || 365. || Shop of Imagination ||

Rebranding Sale – Tshirts $10-13, Sweaters $27

9/3/12 8PM PST to 9/10/12 1159PM PST.We’ll be reintroducing TIZ from ground zero, but first, let’s clear our warehouse for the new stuff.Limited stock, first come-first served. All items will be available here. -Benson|| Twitter || Facebook || 365. || Shop of Imagination ||

Minolta 50mm MD lens + Olympus EP2 M43rd!

Pardon the long title, wish I could be a bit more creative at naming this post without deviating too far from the topic. Anyway, I’ve wanted to try a SLR lens for a very long time, but have been hesitant due to 1.) the uncertainly of how

Sightglass Coffee Roasters

Every once in a while, I’d come across shops or gadgets so well designed that it hurts too much not to share. Sightglass, a coffee bar & roastery, located south of Mission. and I don’t even drink coffee. 270 7th st, San Francisco. [Google Map.] The

DIY Twin Lens Reflex – Recesky

The Toys-R-Us version of the classy hipster Rolleiflex cameras you see around. As much as I want to be cool with the authentic TLR, I simply can’t afford it ($300+ on Ebay?!) So instead, I snatched this one up from my trip to Taiwan, which

Canonet struck again!

The feelings you get when you got your new toy. Except this toy’s 40 years old and able to capture moments in a fashion that no digital toy of its kind can. It’s been 3 days since I fixed this guy up and I’ve already

My Canon Canonet QL17 G-III.

Along side with the Yashika Electro 35 rangefinder, this beauty has also been named by many as “The Poor Man’s Leica,” due to its high image quality, durability, and aesthetics.Quick history: A series of Canonets were produced by Canon between 1960-1972. The Canon Canonet QL17 G-III

Olympus EP2 – First Look & Unbox

Love the quality of a DSLR, but its bulk size (yet, I’m already using a baby size DSLR T2i) and its obtrusive construction has been swaying me to get something more portable and subtle for my daily outings.  Mirrorless cameras/ Micro four thirds seem to

Design Exercise: NBA Ticket Redesign

There are plenty of things out there that are beautifully and intelligently designed – NBA tickets aren’t one of them. Inspired by the Boarding Pass FAIL project by Tyler Thompson, this is an exercise that I came up with  to allow participants to think critically on the importance of

The Imaginary Zebra Design Internship

If you have any questions as well, please contact us via “benson@imaginaryzebra.com” Looking forward to working with you in the near future,-Benson|| Twitter || Facebook || 365. || Shop of Imagination || http://www.theimaginaryzebra.com

Wacom Intuos4 Pen Tablet – unbox and review

Maybe more like an unbox and first look than a review. I’ve had this guy for about 2 weeks now and I don’t think I’ve had enough chances to thoroughly dissect all of its elements and bring out its full potential as a design tool.  Partly because

Proudest Accomplishments Giveaway Winners!

Must I say that I was continued to be inspired as I read through the entries you guys submitted.2011’s almost finished, very glad to see so many of you lived it up and made it count. There were many amazing accomplishments, here’s a few at

Goodies – Pretty Awesome Stuff

Cooler and more innovative products surface daily and it’s getting harder to resist from pulling my credit card out of my wallet. Although I brag about having self-control over impulsive shopping sprees, I hate to say that I still give in occasionally (especially when sites like werd and uncrate continuously broadcasting each

Goodies – Pretty Awesome Stuff

Cooler and more innovative products surface daily and it’s getting harder to resist from pulling my credit card out of my wallet. Although I brag about having self-control over consumerism, I hate to say that I still give in occasionally (especially when sites like werd and uncrate continuously broadcasting each product’s awesomeness.)

For 24 hours only.

↑Black Friday Celebration. -Benson|| Twitter || Facebook || 365. || Shop of Imagination || http://www.theimaginaryzebra.com

Thoughts on building a brand

I’ve been receiving quite a bit of emails regarding the ways or tips to establish a successful brand.I’m flattered, but as much as I’d like to help out and hand you guys an equation of a successful clothing brand (if there is one,) I afraid

If you’d like to be the zeeb(s) of the day. Send us photos of you rockin’ em Zeebs! or via Facebook, Twitter, or just tumblr label #tiz or #theimaginaryzebra..etc! ↑ -Benson|| Twitter || Facebook || 365. || Shop of Imagination ||

Red Balloon x TIZ is back!

Red Balloon is a benefit concert sponsoring local non-profits organization and global efforts to secure opportunities for children in third world countries and here in our own backyard. They have events in Davis and San Jose to connect the community through music. We’re proud to

The Beginning

A friend of mine ask me “I’m curious what got you into design and where did you start from when you knew that’s what you wanted? What did you start learning/improving first?” I don’t normally write things like this. So, please take it easy on

Vans OTW – Woessner – Review

Maybe it’s about time for some new shoes.I’ve once gone through a phase of customizing my kicks for that “breakneck” factor. Today, I see shoes as a subtle addition to the outfit – a piece that’s plain and simple. Guess I’m still a t-shirt-focus kinda

Sticker Pack v3 – Now Available!

Consists of 4 different stickers, version 3 sticker pack’s now out! It’s rather common for brands to put out simple banner stickers ( including myself ). Although iconic, it always seem as if it lacks a bit personality. This time around, I decided to geek

System Down

Laptop crashed severely. I’m getting it fixed as you read this post.Hopefully able to get it up and running within the next 24 hours or so. Till then, all updates will be posted via Twitter & Facebook p.s. Everything’s backed up except for the LA photos