Moments in Kyoto

Within Kyoto alone, there are more than 2000 temples and shrines—but it is not a city of just historical monuments. Beyond the temple walls are several hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. Being my second visit to this historic city, I was fortunate enough to be guided by my friends, Noda Kumi and Daisuke Rakuda, for a local look into the creative culture and local craftwork that a visitor, like myself, would have easily missed

After departing from Nagoya at 11 in the morning, we arrived at Kyoto station just 35 minutes after by Shinkansen (for tourists, look up the JR Pass). From there, we transferred to a local subway… Read more

Sort Store

At its core, the act of designing is to bring clarity or structure to a matter; to understand and rearrange—to “sort” through and conceptualize a subject in a new light which we can then share and use within our community. The act of sorting is what helps us connect design to daily life.

Design often begins as a thought that translates into action, its outcome sometimes in the form of an object. However, the real value of design does not end there, but rather, begins its ultimate purpose; altering and enriching each moment of our day.

Everyday objects often go unnoticed as their beauty is determined by the way they seamlessly fit and shape our daily activities. Yet, once in a while, they catch our attention and change… Read more

Next Steps

Its been awhile since we’ve shared through our journal. This year has swiftly passed by already and we find ourselves in the midst of June. As some might already be aware through our social media, we have been hard at work to open our retail store “SORT”.

In 2015, we took a trip to Japan after coming up to our third year as a studio. It was a time to step back and reimagine, refocus and dream of our next goals. During those particular few days, Alvin and I spent the late afternoon sitting out on the patio of the Blue Bottle Coffee in Aoyama and as a soft breeze bristled through the trees, we discussed any and every idea possible. We reflected on the goals we had… Read more

Conversations: Sean Hotchkiss

In 2014, through working on Faculty Department, we were introduced to New York based writer and editor, Sean Hotchkiss. The following year, we had the chance to work with him on his own online portfolio.

Sean has a way with words that is hard to describe. As we read his writing, there is an instant familiarity and connection that is found in his voice—all of this exemplified even in his answers below.


1. When did you begin to really see writing as your profession? Was there another profession you were considering?

That’s a good question. I don’t really know. Sometimes I still forget that people pay me to write. I’m trying to remember the first time someone paid me to write something. I guess it would have been… Read more

Sound: SFM 05

Songs for the holidays.

  1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas — George Tidwell
  2. Do You Hear What I Hear — The O’Neill Brothers
  3. Angels We Have Heard on High — The O’Neill Brothers
  4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! — Denis Solee
  5. O Tannenbaum — Vince Guaraldi Trio
  6. White Christmas — Jack Jezzro
  7. My Little Drum — Vince Guaraldi Trio
  8. Here Comes Santa Claus — Jack Jezzro
  9. Up On The Housetop — Denis Solee
  10. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year — The O’Neill Brothers
  11. Home For The Holidays — Jack Jezzro
  12. The First Noel — The O’Neill Brothers
  13. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear — Jack Jezzro


Inspiration: Carmen Herrera

October in Vancouver is generally the time of year when the city catches the cold and the entire bus coughs in unison. Naturally, I became sick and found myself stuck in bed watching The 100 Years Show—a documentary uncovering an abstract painter that has been overlooked for countless years until now: Carmen Herrera.

I took Art History in my undergrad and I did my best to know the names of artists and their work but ultimately, its a different world to immerse myself into. Ellsworth Kelly, Lucio Fontana and Bruno Munari we’re names I only recently discovered and whose work I’ve come to love.

Watching The 100 Years Show certainly brought me into Herrera’s world and the most incredible part was that she had always been present during… Read more

Conversations: Satsuki Shibuya

We had been aware of Satsuki’s work as a graphic designer early on while we first started our design careers. Then, through the interwebs, we rediscovered her work completely anew now in the form of energy paintings. Just as she does in her work, Satsuki took us on a journey and we were fortunate to witness the transformation.

She is currently working on her new book: “MOMENT”. More information about the book and kickstarter campaign can be found here.


1. I think you had studied design and worked as a graphic designer before. Do you find that knowledge and experience still continues to influence your work today?

Definitely. Although I may not be working specifically as a graphic designer on a day to day… Read more

Conversations: 野田久美子 Kumiko Noda

During my recent trip to Tokyo, I had the pleasure to meet with Kumiko Noda san. We’ve stumbled across her work through instagram and have been following Kumiko’s work ever since. Her sensitivity to Japanese type treatment, clean design and beautiful print work easily got our attention.

1. Tokyo is a big city with so much to check out. If a designer or creative is only in Tokyo for one full day, how should he or she spend the day from morning to night?

If they are huge fans of contemporary art and design/art books, I would recommend spending time in the morning visiting exhibits at Mori Art Museum and 21_21 Design Sight. Both are located in Roppongi area. In the… Read more