It’s now August 2020, which is when, had the global COVID-19 pandemic not upturned everything, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would have been happening and about halfway through its run. Instead, the Tokyo games will be held in 2021 (though but will still officially be referred to as the “Tokyo 2020”Continue Reading

Pioneering Japanese designer and visionary of sartorial style, Kansai Yamamoto has passed away. He may not have been a household name but he had a massive, fashion-forward influence on style, especially in setting a higher bar of how pop music and fashion could come together for theatrical rock stars. HisContinue Reading

“And if you do, never stop” These were the searing copy lines from an iconic advertising campaign in the 1980s by the highly-influential Gotcha! surf brand. The company was started by Michael Tomson, a former South African pro surfer whose celebrity in the surfing world was due almost as muchContinue Reading

We made a stop at Sur Coffee over the past weekend. It’s a cafe with a roastery in San Clemente, the small, beautiful beach city built on the rolling slopes of a mountain that descends down to a scenic stretch of southern California beach. We were passing through town onContinue Reading

It’s 4th of July and in the United States this date is America’s Independence Day holiday. It marks the nation’s birth after rebellion and separation from the British Empire. Although we’ve lived in several countries outside the U.S., including the U.K., Japan, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Colombia, and haveContinue Reading

We stumbled upon this small, handwritten cardboard “Black Lives Matter!!” sign placed on the driver’s side dashboard of an old Volvo sedan parked on our block. What’s striking is how small the sign is and that its placement on the dash. It’s as if the intended audience would be peopleContinue Reading

Rest in peace, Milton Glaser. You did many things. Your creative achievements were many and influential. You created an enduring, brilliant, and beloved logo for New York that is a graphic design classic and timeless. “I Love NY.” You co-founded the great New York Magazine. You created that iconic posterContinue Reading

The Economist is a publication famously restrained with the design aesthetic of its magazine. When it alters or re-designs the mag (what they still refer to as “a newspaper”), the changes are subtle and might not even be noticed by readers at first-glance. Flashy, the Economist is not. The aestheticContinue Reading

The book cover for our sixth post as part of 7-Day Book Covers Challenge is “Yes Yes Y’all: An Oral History of Hip Hop’s First Decade” by Jim Fricke and Charlie Ahearn The cover design and photo of “Yes Yes Y’all” captures the DIY ingenuity and vibe of early turntablistContinue Reading

In the fifth post in this ongoing 7-Day Book Covers Challenge, we’ve selected the book “Fatale” by Jean Patrick Manchette. The cover of this classic 1970s crime-thriller by the late, great French novelist Jean Patrick Manchette is a photo of a slender, young fashionable woman confidently holding a hand gun.Continue Reading