:: Still Trying to Help Japan ::

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The orders for the Help Japan Print are still coming in and that means more donations for the International Rescue Committee. I’m grateful for all the support so far! Really hope to make this a continuing tradition during times of need because it feels good to give back in some way.

Purchase Print: Help Japan Print
Promo Video: Help Japan Promo Video


:: How to Manage Your Time ::

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I was introduced to this concept a few years ago as I was looking through a book on my brother-in-law’s desk. The book was called “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” written by Stephen Covey. His system advocates the use of four quadrants to help you structure out your daily activities in accordance of importance and urgency and deal with them accordingly. This has been part of my business and personal arsenal ever since!

Quadrant 1: Quadrant of Necessity
Only crisis activities should be in here, items that need to be dealt with immediately. However, don’t spend too much time in this quadrant or you could burn yourself out!

Quadrant 2: Quadrant of Quality and Personal Leadership
This quadrant is highlighted because Covey emphasizes this is the quadrant that we should focus on for long term achievement of goals. This is where you define your priorities. What will keep you balanced? For example, you may know that good nutrition, sleep, recreation, and maintaining healthy social relationships are important but do you consciously make time for them in your daily or weekly routine? Managing your life and the lifestyle will help you manage your time. Eventually you will want Quadrant 2 to outweight Quadrant 1.

Quadrant 3: Quadrant of Deception
Quadrant 1 and 3 may seem similiar but to differentiate the two ask yourself: “Is this task related to my goals? Does doing this make any difference to me?” While you may feel that activities, such as Facebook or email, need your attention right away, too much time spent on Quadrant 3 activities can seriously reduce valuable personal time. This may leave you feeling pulled in too many directions at once.

Quadrant 4: Quadrant of Waste
If you’re spending many hours on Quadrant 4 activities, you’re either having a great deal of fun or spending a lot of time procrastinating! This quadrant puts no value in our lives whatsoever, but remember, the objective is to find a balance.

Adopting such a system takes time and some reprogramming. I used to draw out the matrix and fill in my agenda daily. I admit I don’t do that as religously but it’s all etched into my mind. Do you have any time management tips or suggestions? Feel free to share them here.

Learn more: Time Management Matrix explained more thoroughly


:: Weekend in Review ::

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:: Sneak Peak of Honeydipped pt.3 ::

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We keep floating over here. Here is a close up shot of pt. 3 of the Honeydipped Series in collaboration with Mark Sebastian. What we’re doing is taking Mark’s original photos and rendering them a la FlavorInnovator. The ultimate goal is to have a total of six Honeydips on display at an upcoming artshow this summer. To refresh your memory here is Honeydipped pt.1 and the sneak peak at Honeydipped pt.2.


:: Weekend in Review ::

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:: Calligraphy Process Video ::

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I’ve received a lot of questions and feedback about my Calligraphy / Kanji / Graffiti lettering. The one that pops up most is how the letters are crafted. Well, in this video I quickly show you the process from beginning to end. All I’m using is my trusty Wacom tablet and changing the brush settings. The screen recorder I’m using is Camstudio.  “Thank God It’s Friday” is what it says. Enjoy!


:: Help Japan Promo Video ::

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Here is proof that your Help Japan Print proceeds are being donated to the International Rescue Committee. My print vendor has been kind enough to donate his time and ink for these prints for free! That means all of the proceeds, except cost of shipping, gets donated towards disaster relief. In the scope of it all it may seem minuscule, but at least we are making a conscious effort. Pat yourself on the back.

PURCHASE PRINT: Help Japan Print


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:: (Case Study) Help Japan Print ::

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First of all, I am thankful to all of you who are donating to a worthy cause. Originally, this collaboration between Erik Otto and myself was meant to be an honest meeting of the minds. I recently finished designing my asian, calligraphy-inspired alphabet. I thought why not make a poster from it? The vision was that each letter would be decorated individually as its own world. Erik came to mind for this collaboration. His use of houses, waves, and organic, hand drawn elements would compliment each letter properly. As timing would have it, our vision altered beast into an unexpected body of work.

Continue reading to see the entire process