Archive for November, 2015

Chinatown Pretty is prettay, prettay good

I’m super excited to share Chinatown Pretty, a photo and interview project that documents the street-style of seniors living in San Francisco’s Chinatown. For the past year, Andria Lo and my pal Valerie Luu have been schmoozing with Chinatown residents as they went about their daily routines. What they discovered was the unique fashion that is equal parts unexpected, rad and as they like to say, “not just pretty, but Chinatown Pretty.”

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I’ve always known Valerie to be involved in interesting projects, but these photos and the work that went into it, going as far as enlisting Cantonese translators, is something special. If you’re in SF, it’s all coming together in an exhibition and opening reception this Friday that pairs the photos with interviews to help tell a story. Stop by for the opening or check out the exhibit before the end of February.

Saving for the big moves

This is the time of year that makes me ashamed of consumer culture. But instead of sharing the Black Friday horror stories, I thought I’d mention two tools geared towards making it easier for people to save, when the average American household credit card debt is over $7,500. If you put away money regularly, you’ll have options when you want to make moves, whether that’s literal, for your career or something else. These services have been widely covered, but I figure the reminder can only help. We want to see all of you have the means to love your work and work your love.

Digit – Digit analyzes your spending habits and removes a few dollars from your checking account if you can afford it. There’s a no overdraft guarantee and you can access your savings anytime via web or text message.

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Acorns – Acorn works much like a keep the change program, rounding up debit and credit card purchases to the next dollar and squirreling away those funds. You can also schedule auto-savings and allocate your savings in investment portfolios from conservative to aggressive.

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Everyday Visual Joy from Wallcat

Born out of frustration with stagnant desktop backgrounds, our buddy Dustin Senos just released Wallcat, a simple + free desktop app for Mac that refreshes your screen each day. Dustin handpicks the images himself and offers three channels (Fresh Air, Structure, Gradients), but he’s been doing a fantastic job and I’ve found myself looking forward to the surprise each morning. It has also motivated me to keep my desktop uncluttered so I can fully enjoy each photo. Wallcat is taking suggestions for new future channels and looking for more photographers to work with, so if that’s you, give him a shout. Here’s to that side hustle.

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