Category Archives: Design

WHY DO WE NEED 230 NEW EMOJI?

We need more emojis, and we need these 230 newly released emojis pictured above. Why? Because the previous full set of emoji lack the visual vocabulary for some important things and ideas that are part of our contemporary lives and need to be expressed. Furthermore, these new emoji give us a sharper communications tool set to not only express a thought or emotion, but to express identity and talk about a broader, more diverse and realistic variety of persons in more visually specific ways. Most notably there’s an entire new subset of emoji depicting persons in wheelchairs, with physical or sensory disabilities and prosthetics, service dogs, and same-sex couples. These icons are long overdue.

CLOUDY: SKYWRITING “#AMERICA”

Look up in the sky! It’s … it’s a … it’s a hashtag! Yes, right there, in the air, under the scorching mid-day sun, in our view, it’s a gosh-darn hashtag — skywriting of #AMERICA — letters fading and floating apart, ephemeral, as we walk the back streets of Venice in Los Angeles on July Fourth, America’s Independence Day holiday.

CAFFEINATED: “BUT FIRST, COFFEE”

“But first, coffee.” Truer words were never spoken, or at least that’s what I think in the few minutes between awaking and that first cup of coffee in morning.  The phrase  has become a slogan for the boutique Los Angeles third-wave coffee chain Alfred Coffee. Picture here is the Alfred in Brentwood, a neighborhood in West L.A.