graphic art

Absolute Kinography

by tatiana on July 15, 2010

Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929) is without a doubt one of the most visually inspiring films I have ever seen. It’s a big statement, I know. But it’s the truth. [click to continue…]

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As Russell cleverly asked in the episode of Six Feet Under I watched last night, “How can you grow as an artist if you don’t have the freedom to fail now and then?”

As I may have mentioned in the past, I love working on side projects here and there. I currently work as an in-house communications designer for an organization in San Francisco and I love it. The fun thing about working on side projects is that it gives me a chance to exercise the muscles that I am not using on a daily basis at my day job.

Not every side project goes as planned, unfortunately. We’re all human, right? Sometimes one area of your life becomes incredibly demanding and it effects other areas, which is fine. That’s the way life works sometimes.  That was my issue with this project. And as a result, I fell behind on my deadline and whipped this flyer up faster than I’d like to admit. Not at all my best work or as sexy as I would have liked it to be, but the client loved it. Was I lucky? Am I just a great mind-reader? Maybe both. Or maybe neither. I think it’s just as important to document failures (or, failures according to me) as it is to document successes. Regardless, I learned a lot from this experience. Anyhoo, on to the next project!


I Saw the Sign: Victorville Edition

by tatiana on June 3, 2010

Image: Victorville, California circa 1935

I haven’t been back to Southern California to visit my family and hometown since the holidays, so a few friends and I decided to drive down road trip-style last weekend. We left good ole’ San Francisco Thursday evening and got to our respective hometowns at a semi-respectable hour. [click to continue…]


This is a beautiful illustration by Clare Owen that I found via the adorable Making Chicken Salad blog via my Google Reader via my laptop via my fingers and eyeballs. [click to continue…]


Last night I was walking through BevMo and I did a double take when I passed by a case of Cable Car Beer. The powder blue, bright orange and retro type are not typically used in beer branding and it totally caught my eye. I mentioned it to a friend I was with and he thought it was a pretty rad label as well. The more I walked through BevMo, the more gorgeous labels I noticed. I’ll need to do a top 10 beer label designs soon, but for now, let us all admire the beautifully positioned and selected type treatments and expert layout on the Cable Car Beer label. Well done.


My Kind of Valentine's Day Greeting

by tatiana on February 12, 2010

Taken at Blush Wine Bar on Castro St. with my iPhone


I Saw the Sign: Mission Edition

by tatiana on February 9, 2010

Man, I have been lagging with my I Saw the Sign posts. Today I bring you storefront signage from one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco – The Mission. The Mission is known for it’s thriving latino culture, amazing food, and even more amazing murals. But let’s take a journey and appreciate the beautiful and historical signage that the Mission has to offer. [click to continue…]


Music as a Visual… and Maybe also as Decoration

by tatiana on November 10, 2009


Antonio Ricci (played by Lamberto Maggiorani) glues posters on a wall. (The Bicycle Thief, Vittorio De Sica, 1949)

One of the perks of living in a city such as San Francisco is the fact that there are so many creative concert posters to be seen just about anywhere. So many venues, so many shows, so little time. These posters piqued my curiosity and I decided to take a moment out of my day to peruse the web (specifically here) for some of my favorite band posters. Enjoy!
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Everyday Inspiration

by tatiana on November 4, 2009


I think it has been a year or so since I highlighted my favorite bloggers, many of whom have fallen off the map. When they stopped updating my mind went to a very morbid place. What happens to a blog once the author stops updating? What happened to the author? Omg, did they die? Did they include their login ID and password in their will so their loved ones could continue their legacies? Most likely not. Anyway, I hope they are alive and well.

We are slowly creeping toward the end of another year, so I feel like I should recognize other bloggers who have inspired me, entertained me and/or kept me informed this year. Cheers, kids.
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I Saw the Sign: Haight Edition

by tatiana on November 2, 2009


Photo Credit: Evening Standard/Getty Images

When I think of The Haight, my mind goes to a place where I’m sure many others’ minds go as well. A place where acid trips and nudity go hand in hand with co-operative living situations and free love. I’m sure these things still occur here, and probably all over our lovely city, but on this particular day, on this particular stroll down Haight street, I got the impression that this neighborhood, although its rich history is palpable, has gone through some changes. Times change, as they say, and that change has left us with a living ghost town of sorts of a time that most of us wish we could have lived through. But since we have not yet invented time machines, we can just visit these places where significance took place and imagine what once was.

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