Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blurry and dark photos of T-Shirt



This is just a short and follow-up post about the T-Shirt. They arrived and I wore it for a party. I did get good comments from few people and I already sold four t-shirts. The photos are little blurry and underexposed. May be that makes art on T-shirt jump out.

Friday, May 15, 2009

T-Shirt Design for Branding


Finally after two years, thinking and procrastinating on an idea, today the action is taken. A lot of things pushed me to act on it. My day had no meeting today and it was Friday. Well, my last few Fridays have been so memorable that I wanted to make this Friday full of excitement.
So I drove to this place in San Jose and entered this air-conditioned dark office with walls painted black. I gave my Flash card to the office manager. He took the image and put it on the virtual t-shirt in Photoshop. Wow! I put an order to print many t-shirts for both sex. The color of the t-shirt is the same old charcoal gray, which I love because it is perfect background for art work and colors to show off. I will have them with me on Wednesday May 20th and will launch it for the event organized in the evening. I have other 50 designs which I worked 12 years ago with my co-worker. I may get into competition with Woot. I need my son's attention as he spends every morning looking for new t-shirt design at http://shirt.woot.com/
Anyway, let me share the design however, you need to buy it to enjoy- just $16- first run very cheap.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Public Park is underutilized- Start Business in the Park

Yesterday I was at Shoreline park. There were few people strolling around. They are used for walk, and run. Recently I had eight weeks session of Exercise boot camp at three different parks in Cupertino and Sunnyvale, CA. The park has been identified with leisure, back to basics simple activities like taking toddlers, meditation and even romance.

How about starting business in the park- HP and Apple started in the Garages of the residences. Then we moved to Coffee Places such as Starbucks. Why can't we use the public park for brain storming new business ideas. They provide ambiance, fresh air, Greenery, company of birds and small creatures. Also, we do contribute in the existence of the park by paying taxes as local residents. It is Green action and Green is in fashion so Park can be cool place to be seen in.

Artists are known to take advantage of the park. They are smart, they have chosen a place, which not only gives them their growth in their professional pursuit but many extra health benefits. We all architects and Urban Designers need to start designing the props, temporary and Permanent to help our businesses to sprout and come into existence. We should start having popping monitors giving Internet access and still not visible when not in use. I have a whole list of designs which will not change the park's character but instead will enhance it. Keep checking, I will soon add the concepts and sketches on the site.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Is presentation more important than idea?

The project is to design Entertainment center, Library/Office space and Fireplace mantel. For the initial meeting with the client, how do I convey my design? Shall I present a concept where I have these ideas or just great presentation without any big idea? Ideas at concept level can be presented in rough sketch format, but are hard to put into 3D format because they lack many refined details so all sophisticated software are not much helpful. But the good jazzy presentation does impress client in general. I don't know what the client would like. So I learned that it is very important to know your client before you start your work. It is not about how creative are you, but how well you know your client/customer and deliver what the client/customer wants.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Can "Dum Biryani" increase the restaurant sales?

What is Dum Biryani? The Biryani is an Indian dish made with Basamati Rice cooked with spices and meat/vegetables. It has the same ingredients as Pulav but it is cooked differently. Biryani has different names for exmple, Hydrabadi Biryani, Sindhi Biryani, Kucchi Biryani etc. based on the regions of India. Now, the Dum Biryani is not because it came from Dum region, but because it is cooked, with pressure (Dum).

The restaurant has North Indian food and the menu has Vegetable Biryani as well as Meat Biryani. Now one of the partners wants To serve Dum Biryani. The Chef does not know to cook that. He wants a special cook who is specialized in cooking Dum Biryani. So the restaurant needs to hire one more cook to make Dum Biryani. Already, the kitchen has Indian cook, Indian-Chinese cook, Tandoor Specialist and all their helpers and cutters. There is no multi-tasking in the kitchen and restaurant industry. They can't cook outside their speciality. Of course, they are never going to tweet while cooking. So If twitting helps the business to grow and that means not twitting and not multi-tasking is going to decrease the business? Go Figure!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Animation by just charcoal and one sheet of paper

The African Artist William Kentridge is showing his work at San Francisco MOMA. He explains the process in which he draws with charcoal on the paper and then walks at the back of the room to shoot two frames. He walks back to the drawing paper which is on the wall and he erases some part of it and he shoots another two frames of it. By the end of two days, he makes the whole animation - just superb. The erasability quality of charcoal has been used for transforming the picture.
One does not need many gadgets for the creativity.

Obsession with Sketchbooks, Journals and Books

Why is this obsession with paper? It represents ideas, words, art, clutter, wood, trees and environment. In Hinduism, there is Saraswati , Goddess of learning. The literal meaning of the name Sarasvati is the one who gives the essential knowledge (Sara) of our own Self (Sva).

No wonder, I love to have papers and once you add words and sketches and photos, you get close to it. Will I replace that with electronic notebooks or digital Kindle? I don't think so. I recently attended an architecture lecture at Stanford University and the few students around me were taking noted on Laptop. I had my one of the spiral journal and nice pen with me. We all were on the same page and then the time came where one had to draw diagrams and some lines to represent the three dimensional spaces, I kept on going aith the sme speed, while all the students had no easy tool on the computer to note that. They sat still. Once they go back to their notes, I am sure that half of the concepts will be lost. Guess what - it is not very green as the power consumption of the computer is much more than my body energy.