Category Archives: Design

Sunday Learnings

Sundays are always the days when I have the most time to catch up on Yow Yow! stuff. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been sharing with everyone little articles or videos that we come across that teach us something. It’s funny – when I was school everything I was learning felt so concentrated and it’s not secret, I was someone that got totally bored with school most times, but these days, being out of school, the things we learn just happen out of nowhere and that’s a bit more exciting to me. Here’s a video on how the Chinese take-out box came to be – turns out, it’s not from China at all!

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One-Line Sneaker Drawings

Ever since Kevin re-ignited my obsession with sneakers by getting me my pair of Oreos for Christmas, all I’ve been thinking about is buying more and more sneakers. It’s an expensive hobby to have, but it’s a fun one. Way back when, I cared about having a nice pair of sneakers just for gym class, but these days there are so many more uses for them. I like seeing how I can dress them up or down with different outfits, plus the Oreos I have (which I have not shared on the blog yet!) are the most comfortable pair of shoes that I own. So lightweight – stylish and chic.

I came across these one-line drawings the other day from the illustrators of Differantly Studios and had to share them. A lot of sneaker designs these days can be quite intricate which I do find intriguing, but these illustrations bring back the simplicity that can sometimes be lost. It’s cool to see how even though these drawings are minimalistic, you can still tell exactly what they are.

Check out the rest of them here!

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Instagram’s New Look

Instagram revealed their new look a couple of days ago and I wanted to give myself a some days to play around with the new app before I made up my mind about it. Instagram is probably my most favorite app that I use these days and it’s already been a year since we started changing directions in the way we took photos, but we’re loving every little bit of it.

Here’s what I love about the new changes:

  • It’s so much faster! Loading the app, scrolling through my feed, everything feels fast. Though, I did just acquire a new phone so that could be it also.
  • I think the new icon looks nice – I love the purple/orange gradient though I still feel a little bit nostalgic for the old icon and the old school camera. It was an app that really stood out among all my other apps
  • I like when you receive new notifs that the red hearts at the bottom are this pretty magenta/coral color instead of just solid red.
  • This new video that they created about how the new logo came to be!

Here’s what I miss about the old app:

  • Sometimes when I receive a notif that someone has followed me or liked a photo of mine, I get a little pop-up, but because I’m not used to the new icon, I confuse it with Pinterest.
  • Everything is so black and white! The all black text kind of throws me off a little bit.
  • I kind of miss the red hearts

We’re not one of those people that says that we hate it and want it to go back already to the old version. It’s funny to me how there are always those people that say that every time. Some people just can’t handle change…

You can read more about the change here.

 

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Mission Chinese Makes Us Miss Myspace

Herman Yung shared this amazing screenshot on his blog of Mission Chinese’s restaurant website looking like an old school Myspace layout. There’s so much to love about this and so much nostalgia, but is this the right move for them? I mean, where’s the link for the menu even! (cause honestly, that’s usually all I care about.) True story – I actually tried to log into my old Myspace account the other day so I could pull up something to write a post later on this week and found myself being completely shut out. It made me a little sad. I remember when updating my Myspace and altering the html and css made me the happiest teenager in the world.

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Life Loops

Sometimes these things don’t need an explanation. I loved this and just like Herman, I agree, this could’ve been way longer and I would’ve been hooked all the same. This animation of life loops was made by Geoffroy de Crécy.

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Starbucks to Open 20,000 SQ Foot Location in New York

BIG news. Starbucks is opening a 20,000 square-foot location in New York in 2018. Just wrap your head around that for a second. This will be the largest location out of all their stores – even out of the gazillion locations in Seattle and that’s where they are originally from. I just went to New York a few weeks ago for the first time and I remember Mandi telling me that New York just isn’t known for its coffee. I had a latte at Donut Plant that I liked, but for some reason just like I thought Seattle was the hub for coffee, I thought New York would be the same. I even got a drink at Starbucks when I was there and it was kind of awful and made me miss the one I go to regularly in the Bay Area. Hopefully, this new location won’t disappoint though. This location will be the second version of the Roastery located in Capitol Hill and will essentially be the East Coast version of it.

By the way, if you haven’t stop by for a visit, it is stunning. You don’t need to spend too much time there, but there’s a lot to see and it’s one of the fancier locations in the entire Seattle area. The New York City Roastery will live in a new building that is currently in construction in Chelsea.

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Blue Bottle’s Canned Cold Brew

I actually haven’t been drinking Blue Bottle for what feels like almost a year, but I’ve always loved how they are doing different things to brand themselves and set them apart. I used to love their little hole-in-the-wall stands in San Francisco and while I think their iced coffee in the carton is a little bit too strong for my taste, they are absolutely adorable. I haven’t seen these in the wild myself, yet, but I did see an Instagram of it today and they are pretty qt. Starting this month, they are now available at Whole Foods!

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Cocktails in Different Glasses

I have really special feelings for a day called Sunday. It’s sounds weird to say that, but growing up – Sunday has always been reserved for both rest and relaxation. It’s also “homework” day – and a day when I am the most productive out of the weekend especially if I slack off Friday-Saturday. Now that I’m not in school anymore, it’s not that I don’t feel like I’m learning anymore, but in a way… kind of? I’m learning concepts and strategies in a very specific industry – something that I’m growing a career in. Sometimes though, you just want to learn about non-sensical things, things you’ve always been curious about or something you can start a conversation with over brunch. That’s what we’ve been trying to do on Yow Yow! lately, which is why you’ll see Blog Roundups happen on Sundays. Today, we’re sharing a pretty educational and interesting video about how bartenders choose glasses for cocktails – something that I’ve always been particularly curious about. Enjoy!

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Blog Roundup

  • How chefs pack their kids’ lunches [Bon Appetit]
  • Stay up to date with this Election Calendar [The Skimm]
  • Tindr for baby names! [Babyname App]
  • Just several examples of perfectionism [Bored Panda]
  • Why it’s important to remember your friends’ sad anniversaries too. [Adulting]
  • 10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has to Be [Thought Catalog]
  • The beauty standards flight attendants have to follow [Cosmopolitan]

  • A funny little story about dating [Cup of Jo]
  • How to support sexual assault survivors [Ask Men]
  • In random news, Katy Perry is moving to Seattle [Headline Brief]
  • The worst kind of bosses [GOOD]
  • A sweet husband’s kind gesture to his blind wife [GOOD]
  • What time to go to bed [calculator]
  • How to microwave leftovers [the kitchn] Yeah, I didn’t know this either.
  • The cutest way a mother could break the news to her son about being a big brother [Facebook]
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Tim Hwang’s Ultimate Trick to Gaining Access to Restricted Areas

I really loved that Herman shared this on his blog earlier tonight because it was one of the more entertaining things that I’ve watched all week. Tim basically just wanted to get tours and gain access into areas that are not available to the public. So what did he do? He created a fake organization and made it look totally legit to the point that it’s now a thing that occurs in multiple cities! I kind of love this mostly because I like uncovering new areas, but I don’t love infrastructure all that much so that’s the only reason why I’m not signing up.

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Knitted Electronics

I have a certain knack for being attracted to really cute things that I find on the internet and this one stopped me dead in my tracks. Artist Jessica Dance is bringing to us some serious nostalgia with these knitted electronics and other things from our past and we just couldn’t not share them with you all. Can we just have one of these pieces to display them in our homes?! These pieces were photographed by food photographer David Sykes.

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A Collection Part 44

I think I’ve always loved putting these posts together because these are the types of photos I’ve always wanted to take. They’re so simple and minimalistic, but yet they say so much and they say something different to everyone. I’ve asked Veronica a couple of times now why she enjoys these posts and now that I think about it – I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten a real answer. Veronica, can you let us know so I can include it in the next post? All I know is that in college she would hound me to get these done and out. And then after she had spent some time scanning over the photos (a few minutes) she’d ask for another one. (DJ Khaled) I think I would always just laugh and say, “Veronica, these take time.” And they do! This one post took about three months to put together.

I’ve done 44 of these now. That’s an incredible number to me. And it’s interesting to me that each one of these tells a different story though I’m not sure what that story is. I look through some of the older “A Collection” posts and sometimes I wonder why I chose a certain photo. I’ll look at it and scrunch up my face and be like, “Why? What did this mean to me?” But I guess what it just means is that it was all about timing. In that exact moment that I saw that photo as I was scanning over lots of photos, that one spoke out enough to me that I had to include it. Maybe I was feeling sassy, meek, contemplative, curious…I’m not able to put my finger on it for every photo and I like that I don’t have to.

Sometimes I write posts on Yow Yow! that are very personal and I look at the words and I question if that’s what I actually wanted to convey or if people will interpret it in a different way than I attended. With these posts, I don’t have to worry as much, but these are just as personal because I’m really saying how I feel, but in the most visual way.

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Saturday Night Watch

First off, I found this through Doobybrain which is now back! Not sure if anyone remembers this, but Doobybrain was one of my favorite blogs in college then it stopped for a while and content was being posted elsewhere and now it’s back online again and current.

This animation by Chris Ware and John Kuramoto was made for a December issue of The New Yorker. It was made in collaboration with interviews from This American Life with Ira Glass that retells the story of a mother and daughter realizing the powerful effect of makeup and how it may have affected each person differently.

Only recently did I start to get into podcasts so This American Life was familiar to me and I’m fascinated by the way I’m hearing these stories. Sometimes it’s nice to give your eyes a rest from reading so that you can listen and visualize especially through this video here. This was really awesome to watch – thanks so much Herman for sharing! Happy to have you back!

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Revisiting Casual

Every year, I re-watch Casual and every year, I try and introduce a new friend to it. It was somewhere around five years ago that this series was introduced into my life and I never get tired watching it! What I love about this series is that no matter what your relationship status currently is or what you’ve been through, there’s some sliver that you can relate to in the two characters. I’ve re-watched this series every year but at different times in my life and even though I know what’s going to happen, I’m able to look at it in different perspectives. I mean I’ve watched this while going through a major breakup and this year as I have been single for awhile, but pretty content with where things are in my life. Everything is just about timing isn’t it? I actually hate when people use that word when talking about relationships because sometimes it just sounds like BS except when your friends and family are actually right.

At the start of this year, I told Manan about the series and we ended up watching it over again together. Since his reaction was positive, I thought it was time again to re-share with all of you. :) To start from the beginning click here.

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Blog Roundup

  • San Francisco’s tiniest house! [UpOut]
  • How a Grammy is made [Billboard]
  • My friend Kurt takes a ride with Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph [re/code]
  • 8 Up-and-Coming Cities to Visit in 2016 [Cool Material]

  • My Little Sister Taught Me How to “Snapchat Like the Teens” [Buzzfeed]

  • James Franco was in Seattle earlier this month [Kiro 7]

  • Congratulations to Seattle band Tacocat for recording the new Powerpuff Girls 2016 theme song!
  • Seattle fashion designer Luly Yang will design the new uniforms for Alaska Airlines [Alaska Air]
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