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Hunter Wimmer
SFBay Area
Hunter Wimmer is the Associate Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
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Combining type has often proved vexing for early designers in the same way that combining flavors might be vexing for early chefs. Proficiency will come with experience and you’ll begin to rely on a few tried and true combinations, but you’ll need a place to start. Like with many things,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Welcome to Room557
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If you haven't seen it, the TV show 30ROCK is worth binge watching. It’s a great take on pop culture and entertainment as mixed with modern day life and the compromises we have to make. In the 5th season (2010), an episode called Brooklyn Without Limits (BWL) features a fictional... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Welcome to Room557
NorCalMod is a design/build/how-to initiative. We design, make (and document) the creation of custom, modern furniture, and built-in storage solutions. ... It is also the sibling of RedneckModern.com — a blog about the renovation of an Eichler-built home in Northern California. While both got their start over 10 years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at norcalmod
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For nearly 10 years, we have never parked in front of Happy Valley Homes hindering their business. In fact, we even instruct visitors to our own home to respect their space. However, that is not reciprocated by either of the Happy Valley homes on Phoenix Street. Instead of using the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Living Next to Happy Valley ICF
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Australian parents apparently use their children as bait sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at australiawillkillyou
Two men enter. No one leaves... alive. Seriously. The place is so much like the f*ing Thunderdome, they filmed it there. The entire country is out to get you. Spiders? Big as goddamn dinner plates. Snakes? They shoot laser beams out of their eyes. Kangaroos are hopped up on steroids... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at australiawillkillyou
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Routinely, the pick-up vans get very aggressive. Perhaps this is because they're angry that the neighbors (me) are paying attention and taking notes. Click here to see the video. In this instance, watch how close (1) the van comes to the curb in general, (2) does not slow down and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Living Next to Happy Valley ICF
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Fortunately, this has been fixed, but it took a while. The below bags are full of soiled adult diapers. The stench was unbearable. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Living Next to Happy Valley ICF
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Fortunately, this has been a problem that has been overcome, but for archival purposes, here are photos/notes. After the below note, CPD showed up one morning and talked to the drivers themselves. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Living Next to Happy Valley ICF
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One of the state (DPH) monitors drives a white Camaro. Generally, she's fairly respectful and we've needed few interactions (this is a good thing). Today, after discussing the honking issue at length with the house manager Nancy, this happened. There was no obstruction in the roadway necessitating the honking. Let's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Living Next to Happy Valley ICF
We've lived next to a Happy Valley ICF home for about 10 years. We try to be good neighbors, but they don't always reciprocate. To date: A resident has thrown a brick at our house An employee's husband has threatened me (for asking him not to honk when picking up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Living Next to Happy Valley ICF
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This project marks the transition from Redneckmodern to Norcalmod ... it's been a long time coming, but in short: Redneckmodern was always meant to be about our renovation, not yours... However, as things grew, my efforts became yours. Then Norcalmod came along to house the custom furniture that I began... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at norcalmod
Jelita Aldrich // Alejandra Arenas // Jennifer Brue // An (Ray) Dao // Huyen Do // Lacey Gasper // Alejandra Hernandez // Stephanie Iwasaki // Sakiko Koyama // Kristen Laetz // Shelley Lai // Yi Ching (Cecilia) Lai // Miriam Martinez // Maitha Meftah // Ana Paulsen // Jessica Redmond... Continue reading
Yusef Alahmad // Chung Yu (Alex) Chen // Yun-Chih Chung // Robert (Rob) Fullmer // Evelyn Furuta // Li Li // Wuhang (Lynn) Lin // Russell Mary // Huilin Miao // Gabriela (Gaby) Moreno // Yi Fen (Fin) Wang // Yanfat Yeung Continue reading
Neha Ann Balthazar // Fang Ci // Ximan (Cathy) Cui // Yanqiu Du // Linyi (Vicky) Guo // Joey Hilton // Jiajun (Sally) Huang // Marisa (NAY J) Jankitnarong // WanTing Ko // Grace Min Shan Lee // Pei-Hsun Lee // Peishan Li // Bani Rangar // Selva Anuja Selvaraju... Continue reading
Congratulations to the Class of 2016 Below are our talented and hardworking BFA and MFA graduates. Each name links to a website featuring their work. Please feel free to take a look. Don't forget to check out the work from our Spring 2016, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2014, Spring... Continue reading
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The original Eames fiberglass chairs were, of course, groundbreaking in many ways: an innovative uses of materials, an interjection of color into businesses and homes, the creation of a "system" of shells and bases... and doing it, originally, at a fairly modest cost. Today, the irony is that these original... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at norcalmod
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The below is an excerpt from a round of correspondence with a student this semester. The student was having a hard time connecting the great ideas tin their head with a way to properly communicate them through design... as well as how to get the most out of the in-class... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Welcome to Room557
Listening is a skill. As a designer, listening is as much of a skill as picking the perfect typeface… more so, really. But when we say “listen”, we often forget that the concept has many facets. Like George Nelson showed us in his book How to see, listening — like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Welcome to Room557
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When you're working on a project, it's easy to get distracted... and even procrastinate. It's important to keep yourself honest along the way. There will always be bad days and time will slip away, but it's important to know where you are and make realistic plans. Conversely, don't try to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Welcome to Room557
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We know that people have a need to wrap things up, compartmentalize, and see things in tidy boxes. It's how we're wired. When creating communications, we keep that tendency in mind and find ourselves boiling down complex ideas into more manageable bites, or diagrammed out via doodles... or both. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Welcome to Room557
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Students always have questions… which is awesome (when they don’t, we worry). As instructors, we try to help guide them to answers (and sometimes simply provide them). This semester is particularly busy and time is in short supply. For brevity, I’ve had to qualify and clarify the idea of questions.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Welcome to Room557
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This spring, we tackled a small project that turned into a major one that was going to turn into an even more major one and then we got sidetracked... and then it was October. Long story short, the workshop was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at RedneckModern
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Typefaces and their personalities can be like spices and sauces in cuisine — they can be very specific to a genre or area and give off very specific feeling. But, if you’re not familiar with the nuances and subtleties of them, you might miss quite a bit along the way.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Welcome to Room557
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(or how American Apparel took over the world) In our early classes, we look at Gestalt principles and learn that people are coded to be a bit lazy — that we tend to see things in groups, lines and structured arrangements... and even if they're not truly there, we kind... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at Welcome to Room557