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Here’s something I worked on over at Hoodline, a neighborhood news site I’ve been loyally reading since we moved to San Francisco. It’s a bit of comparative data analysis and visualization of the longevity and composition of two neighborhoods’ main commercial corridors. Stay tuned for more!

The Upper Haight has long been known as a global destination for hippies and the tourists who love them. But did you know that the neighborhood has also become a hotspot for urban streetwear retailers in the last few years?

Divisadero, meanwhile, has seen an influx of new restaurants recently. But did you know it’s still a big hub for local service businesses, including a collection of decades-old car repair shops? …continue reading on Hoodline »

Rachel Gibbs Therapy

Rachel Gibbs Therapy

Here’s a little peek at a project we’re working on at Red Bird Grey Bird. Rachel is building her relationship therapy practice in San Francisco and wants to project a cohesive, friendly, energetic image for her business that captures her personality and approach to her work.

We’ve completed her graphic identity and new portraits that will help her patients become familiar with her before they meet. Next, it’s on to her new site!

 

 

Happy Holidogs

Wedding Season

The last month has put several thousand travel miles under my belt via the weddings of two delightful friends. Both events were beautiful and special and very different, although they both had barbecue (the only barbecue I’ve had in a year and a half). I took a bunch of photos. They might not be my best work with respect to technique (I broke my wrist between the first and second wedding, so I’ll pin some of the blame on the difficulty of operating with a brace), but I sure am glad I have them.

Here’s Anna’s reception at the Pecan Grove Pavillion:

Photos from Anna's wedding

And here’s Melissa’s in Mason, Texas:

Photos from Melissa's wedding

Above, the black and white portraits show the two sides of a serious conversation between Rachel (left) and Marjorie (right). Below them are Marcela and Marjorie (again) in a decidedly less serious moment. Below that and (left) are Marcela and Joaquin. On the right is a picture of Rachel I included because I like imagining a dramatic backstory for her involving the ominous, silhouetted cowboy. Next is a bit of camaraderie between Marjorie and the bride, followed by the least blurry out of the pictures of the three of us that were taken by a fellow wedding guest. Finally, the view from the back porch of the old ranch house where Chapman and I stayed.

Melissa and Nick dancing, in perpetuity

Melissa and Nick twirl forever (and one guy swigs a beer over and over).

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Happy Halloween

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In an unexpected turn of events, and while enjoying a lovely morning in Dolores Park, I slipped and broke my wrist. I believe the medical term the x-ray technician used was “super broken”. I clutched my wrist to my body and tried not to vomit or pass out as we took a cab to the nearest ER, Davies Medical Center. It was dead quiet there, so I was seen almost immediately.

Above is my first x-ray, which I was made to understand shows that the tops of my radius and ulna are broken into more pieces than there are supposed to be, and that all those pieces are in the wrong place. I have to take their word for it, because I have no idea what I’m looking at (I was expecting something more like this).

They told me that everything being in the wrong place meant that they needed to stretch and bend and snap my arm back into place. I think my exact words were, “Cool. So how many drugs am I going to be on when that happens?” The answer turned out basically just to be a (much appreciated) local anesthetic injected around the bones and some intense hand holding courtesy of Chapman.

I don’t wanna brag, but the words “trooper” and “champ” were thrown around quite a bit. I’m waiting for my merit badge to arrive any day now.

Anyway, now I’m learning to live with a giant splint and only one functional hand. Chapman is much more involved in my hair styling than either of us ever imagined he would be. Let’s just say that the buns were not good. Now that we’re working on braiding, there’s a brighter glimmer of hope.

I’m typing this one-handed and trying not to get frustrated that doing anything in the Adobe suite without my left-handed key shortcuts is impossible. Also included in this post is a picture of my parents’ emotionally unstable cat, June, that I took when I was in Texas a few days ago for my friend Anna’s (lovely) wedding. She seemed Halloween-theme appropriate (the black cat, not Anna).

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Where California keeps its ice

We went to Lake Tahoe at the end of January. For about 21 hours. We didn’t really have time for a trip, but we wanted to look at snow for a minute since it was supposed to be relatively nearby (snow is a pretty exotic concept for Texans, and “weather” in general doesn’t really seem to happen in San Francisco).

Nero saw snow for the first time, and we were all very, very cold. Noses (at least human ones) were red. Paws had to be frequently de-iced. Clothing choices were regretted. The check engine light came on in protest.

We drove through Donner Pass with the late afternoon sun low in the sky, which was beautiful. It would be an especially devastating place to resort to eating human flesh for survival.

 

Shots from Lake Tahoe
 

 

 
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the road to Lake Tahoe
 

 

 

 

 

 

Like many posts, this is old news. I’d apologize, but you’re used to it, right?

If you’re wondering: we stayed at this Airbnb in Carnelian Bay, and it was great. It also cost us about a sixth of the going rate for a hotel room in the area.

 

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Last night we camped out by the bay for a few hours, waited until the sun set, and watched the annual fireworks show. At the last minute, people came and stood right in front of us, violating my inalienable right to gape at fireworks while seated and / or lying down. We couldn’t see anymore (and neither could my camera from its gorillapod situation on the ground), so I had to stand up to watch and free-hand the photos. Since my own unsteadiness becomes a big feature in these pictures, they’re not really of fireworks anymore. They alternate between abstract and surreal. These are just a few of them, but I put more on flickr.
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