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Friday, May 8, 2015

What It's Like to Be a Graphic Designer for Burning Man

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM

  • Scott London
Arin Fishkin has been a graphic designer for Burning Man for the last 12 years. In a talk she gave at last week’s TYPO Conference, Fishkin described what it was like to work for her “dream client” as the event has morphed from the kind of thing where people would place a brick on their car’s gas pedal and “drive” across the hardpan while drinking beer on the roof into the juggernaut it is today. Her slideshow contained a series of beautiful photographs, exquisitely laid-out calendars, and only a single naked butt.

Having started in the industry as a temp “below the bottom rung,” Fishkin quickly worked her way up through Burning Man’s ranks, and offered a few key lessons on how she did it: Don’t be afraid to tell a client you want to work with them. Following the money won’t bring you joy; double your rates. Educating clients is part of the job description. And failure is a necessary evil (but not an reason to throw a party, as one so often hears these days.)

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Monday, February 9, 2015

It's a Zoo Out There on the Internet, and Ziibra Wants Artists to Show Their Stripes

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Katie Nealon of Folding Bones Press in Santa Rosa, featured on ZIIBRA
  • Katie Nealon of Folding Bones Press in Santa Rosa, featured on ZIIBRA

For the 21st century artist, the internet cuts many ways: behemoths like Amazon have cut into bookstore profits, actors who make it big are often subject to harassment, and closer to home, money generated by internet entrepreneurs has made San Francisco unaffordable for many creative types. Bay Area artists would undoubtedly have their reasons not to see another startup founder as a fast friend. 

But, here's some good news for artists: There's a guy out there who says he's on your side. His name is Omri Mor, and he's the Founder & CEO at ZIIBRA, an online marketplace where artists can create extensive profiles and attract enthusiasts through subscriptions to their work. The Seattle-based company is part Etsy and part crowd-funding site,  like Kickstarter, and aims to create a whole new way for artists to show off their works and make money online. 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tourism for Locals: Hallidie Building First in Nation to Employ Glass Curtain Style

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 7:40 AM

A glass marvel and architectural accomplishment. - JUAN DE ANDA/SF WEEKLY
  • Juan De Anda/SF Weekly
  • A glass marvel and architectural accomplishment.

San Francisco is, and has been, home to inquisitive authors, brilliant inventors, and — as we'll explore this week — architectural mavericks. 

While we know that San Francisco is home to famous buildings and homes, we have one edifice that employed a revolutionary technique that was not only a first in the United States but also set the standard for several modern buildings we see around the world today.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Don't Shoot the Messenger (Bag): S.F. is Home of the Man Bag

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 3:31 PM

S.F. is the National Capital of Man Bags! - IMAGE COURTESY OF MAFIA BAGS
  • Image Courtesy of Mafia Bags
  • S.F. is the National Capital of Man Bags!

We know full well that the typical San Francisco man knows how to dress.

Why, we have even stated that the urban San Francisco male is aptly described as a metrosexual, someone who is confident with their sexuality and adopts fashions and lifestyles that are traditionally associated with women and homosexuals; in short, they flex, wax, Spanx, and accessorize.

While this may not be news for anyone, it's this type of this male that has inadvertently made the fashion retail market shift toward a wider variety of clothing options. The newest of these trends to bite is the man bag (judging from the crop of new retailers popping up).

We're declaring San Francisco the murse capital of the America and we've set out to find the best of the best (thus far).

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Knowlita Releases Limited Edition "Streets of San Francisco" Prints

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 7:30 AM


By Katie Tandy

Fledgling print design studio, Knowlita, has expanded its stark and stylish posters from New York to the streets of San Francisco.


Helmed by New Yorker Quincy Moore, Knowlita takes its tongue-in-cheek name from Nolita -- a downtown neighborhood in Manhattan. Moore is running everything, "from design and production to sales and fulfillment," beginning with street-name posters, but poised to whip up t-shirts and eventually a menswear clothing line.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Get an Inside Look at the Armory's Porn Studio Sets

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The word "porn" can make you think a lot of things, most of which you might not be interested in discussing with your boss/professor/mom/grandma. California and New Hampshire are the only two states that legally allow adult films to be produced, and currently an estimated 90 percent of U.S. porn films are made in the suburban San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, the nation's porn capital. But believe it or not, many films are made right here in SF, at the historic San Francisco Armory.

Recently, California Home + Design posted a slideshow of an inside look into some of the intimate settings where the magic happens inside the Armory, currently owned and operated by (DISCLAIMER: NSFW), who specialize in films of the hardcore to extremely hardcore variety. We thought this was pretty entertaining, so here's a couple of our personal favorite studio scenes. Just use your imagination...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Read Local: When It Comes to Cooking, Judge a Book by Its Cover

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM


New York City might be home to the big houses, but this scrappy city just happens to be the epicenter of publishing on the Best Coast. Join Alexis Coe every Wednesday for Read Local, a new series which exclusively focuses on books produced in the Bay Area.

We're told "don't judge a book by its cover" before we can even read, but that aphorism has no place in the world of cookbooks. Sure, we care if the the interior is well-written and organized, full of perfected recipes and helpful hints, the kind of great work a cook can revisit time and again. Perhaps we even entertain loftier goals, imagining that the meals the cookbook inspires will eventually hold a sentimental value, reminding the owner of intimate family gatherings.

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New York vs. San Francisco: Who Tops the Bestseller Lists 

Carnivorous Seahorses and the Truth about Honey Badgers

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hive-Minded: Modern Designs for the Urban Bee

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

  • Philip de los Reyes

Philip de los Reyes didn't have to read about the Bay Area's obsession with urban beekeeping in the New York Times: it was impossible not to notice that nearly every backyard, roof deck, and patio he visited had a newly acquired hive. The freelance industrial designer, who has also worked with furniture, goods, and even technology, took no issue with the act of beekeeping itself, but rather with the design. 

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Bee Sustainable

The Museum of Craft and Design's New Curator Has California Cred

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