Archive for the ‘design’ Category

[Paris, France] Macaroon, Julien Patisserie, and Food Arts

February 24, 2010
Paris Boulangerie, French Pastry

Paris Julien Patisserie, Boulangerie

Macaron everywhere

Macaron everywhere

Macaroon X Snoopy

Macaroon X Charlie Brown Cafe

It’s  almost certain that French is the goddess and artist of food arts, particularly with the creation and making of their pastry.  Dessert is certainly a big part of French food culture.  The colorful macaroon is like the color palette of some good paintings and it has inspired many good cross over designs and art pieces…  not only it’s a treat to the taste palate but a great sweet ‘eye candy’…


[Paris, France] Photo-taking tips

February 22, 2010

Paris, Chocolate Shop

Paris has many nice shops and galleries with great designs and arts (even with food :-). Most don’t have “no picture” sign but as a courtesy and to avoid being told “pas de photo s’il vous plaît”, just ask politely, they’d be happy and see it as a compliment.

Paris Design shops pictures:

Buddy tee – the power of P2P

September 24, 2008

The design is called the buddy tee.  The graphic is a playful illustration of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) or One-to-One (1 2 1).  It has the symbolic meaning of being united and working toward common goal. 


The peer-to-peer creative power increases exponentially; i.e. it’s faster, better and more without the limitation and restriction of multilayer structure of typical organizations.


Basically, with the advent of “new media” and creative landscape democratized, is it exciting to see many great online community services in a variety of domains from publishing to photography, tee design and manufacturing like WordPress, Flickr, Threadless… we can go on and on…  we can take it for granted, it has taken ages to get to this stage – treasure and enjoy openness and freedom to create. 



yayoi kusama – dots and simplicity

September 22, 2008

 what an extraordinary form of art and design with the simple and basic form of dots but amazing mix of colors and composition.  Perhaps, I’m not the latest who discovered the brillant work of Japanese female artist, Yayoi kusama.  Her obsession toward dots result in art that leave distinctive impression on you.

Her works exemplify how such some simple dots produce bold art.  Yet, her keen eyes color combination and sophisticated design made her art not so simple.   Essentially, this is the secret and nuances of achieving simplicity.  John Maeda, an advocate in simplicity quoted MUJI’s philosophy; simplicity is achieved through a complexity of thought and design.  Yayoi Kusama’s art is playful, eye pleasing candy with added dimension that take you into a world of imagination like a kelidoscope.  

What a Dots Master!

lesportsac weekender design

September 19, 2008
dreaming away under full moon

dreaming away under full moon

As per chat on Sunday, life has been hectic.  Part of the reason for creating a number of designs with the theme of mooncake festival wato design a lesportsac weekwith the theme of HK.

Here is the creative statement:

Full moon and clear sky give a warm and touching feeling that calms you down and makes you feel loved (by friends, family or special someone).   Hong Kong is well known for the city of light with beautiful illuminating skyline at night.  Yet, no matter how

weekender design - dreaming away under full moon

weekender design - dreaming away under full moon

amazing the artificial and ambient light arrangement that one can create, that still give way to the spontanenous natural beauty of moonlight – which is like a big street lamp brightening life and the dark corners in the city. 

I’m particularly fond of the mid-autumn festival when friends and family get together and celebrate for the fullness of life as the full moon brings.  In the city of concrete forest, high-rises stretch skyline out into space where the moon appears even higher.  The design portraits the happiness of family and friends gathering under the full moon where most would go out, look up the sky and dream away.  In the culture of text messaging in Hong Kong, the facial expressions are playfully illustrated using font types and emoticons.