I often check Julien Berthier’s website hoping to find new work. I didn’t find any today, so I’m posting more of his old work. This piece is the result of Berthier drawing Gerrit Rietveld’s famous “Red and Blue Chair”, using his left hand. A carpenter was given the drawing and instructed to produce five identical chairs.
Justin Longoz wants everyone to know Vancouver is shaped like a giant thumbs up (it actually is). He made these shirts to raise money for Megaphone Magazine, Vancouver’s non-profit street paper based in the Downtown Eastside. Megaphone is sold on the street by homeless and low-income Vancouverites, giving them a voice and an economic opportunity. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the magazine.
Justin has given me two t-shirts to give away! Leave a comment below and tell me which part of the city is the best! I’ll pick a winner on Friday! You should also buy a shirt to support the cause, and if you win one give it to a friend!
Jessica Walsh, of Sagmeister & Walsh, and designer Tim Goodman just launched a fun project called “40 Days of Dating”. The pair dated each other for 40 days, answered a questionaire each day, went to a therapist once a week, and even held hands for 8 hrs straight.
Now they’re presenting their romantic journey, one day at a time, on their website. They’ve called upon friends like Mario Hugo, Christoph Niemann, Siggi Eggertson, Jessica Hische, and Keetra Dean Dixon, to lend their graphic talents to the project in the form of typographic illustrations for each update.
I’m already really into this and it’s only on Day 3! Watch a couple of their videos below!
I posted some of Anthony Gerace’s photos a little while ago (see here) and he emailed me the other night to say he got some work with The Guardian because of it.
I’ve posted this with his permission because I feel like all of us trying to live off our passions are in this together. We’re all struggling together so we should celebrate our successes together too.
Way to go Anthony!
I don’t use Reddit much but the subreddit I enjoy the most is r/IAmA. If you aren’t familiar it is essentially a series of interviews where a person (sometimes famous, sometimes not) answers everyone’s questions, and it’s really a great way to learn a lot about them.
So the reason I want to do one here is that I am often emailed the same questions over and over, and I’d love to answer them all in one place. Hopefully if enough people ask questions here this post will become a great resource for anyone starting a blog, pursuing a career in the arts, or maybe just looking for a good movie to watch.
There’s some rules/etiquette that Reddit uses and I’d like to use a variation of the here, consider the following:
- The value of the question: Questions should be original and on topic. They aren’t required to be, but AMAs are a unique opportunity and it is sad to squander them by asking 100 iterations of “if you could fight 1 horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses.” The point here is to encourage thought-provoking, discussion-inspiring questions that I would not likely be asked anywhere else.
- Civility and Politeness: users are free to (and encouraged to) ask tough questions. But this should be done in a respectful and polite way. There’s no need to use harsh language, and a comment that treats me like a person is much more likely to be answered.
- You should upvote interesting/helpful questions. I’m not sure how many people will get involved with this, but if there are lots of questions it will be easier for me to see which ones lots of people want answered and I’ll get to those first.
- You should downvote joke questions that aren’t intended to get a real answer.
- You should downvote duplicate questions.
The reason this is an ‘Ask Me Almost Anything’ rather than an ‘Ask Me Anything’ is that I’d like it to be filled with content worth looking at. I don’t know everything there is to know about everything but I do know a bit about building a large online community and turning a hobby into a job.
This is an experiment for today. If there is interest I will keep coming back here to answer your questions. Anything that disregards the rules/etiquette might be ignored.
So here we go!
I AM A 30 year old Japanese Canadian who started a blog in my parents’ basement five years ago, that blog became Booooooom, and it is now my full time job. Ask me almost anything.
This week’s giveaway comes from one of the first supporters of Booooooom, Monster Children. My Australian friends have been expanding, they recently moved part of their operation to LA, and now they’re shipping from within Canada too!
So we’re gonna hook up 4 of you with subscriptions! The first issue you’ll get is this one, which features original artwork by Mark Gonzales.
If you’d like this mag to start magically appearing at your door, leave a comment below with a link to your favourite post on Booooooom from 2013 so far!