Tuesday, December 22, 2009


This holiday season, some people bake cookies while others buy gifts. I prepare sweet stickers. With the aid of my 7-year-old Powerbook G4, Epson 2200 and a few sheets of labels, I made Petri Design Stickers. Cutting these suckers out was just as fun (without the doughy mess). Some designs are based on drawings made during sketch sessions at Priscilla's Cafe. I'm currently translating some of these into t-shirt designs.

If I regularly meet you in person, you're most likely going to receive at least one of these as a gift of thanks. I hope people will enjoy them. You can stick them anywhere (as long as it doesn't cause any trouble). If peeling the backing off becomes too hard, the whole thing becomes a bookmark.

So 2010 everyone, have a festive and safe new year! Let's look forward to lots of creativity, great ideas and productivity. If you have a bicycle, ride it more often!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stefan Sagmeister

One of my favorite designers is Stefan Sagmeister. I found a snippets of his lectures on www.ted.com. The first video talks about how to feel happiness while designing. The second is about what he's learned from life. And the third is about the power of taking time off. I found these videos very insightful and valuable for any designer. Definitely inspiring and worth checking out.

Monday, November 30, 2009

DBH Contest: Doodle Stream Tee

Hello everyone! How's everyone doing? Great I hope! I recently submitted a t-shirt design to Design By Humans. You can view and vote for the design here. This is my first entry but will submit more designs in the future. Petri Design originals... So let's give it a whirl!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Rocket Roll!" Art Show, Buckwild Gallery

A group of artists and I are currently showing "Rocket Roll" art at the Buckwild Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Two of my pieces (above) are in the show. The opening was last night, but the show will still be up for a week. Check out the event's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137408764310&ref=mf. Most of the pieces are on sale. It's a great chance to own some original art. Special thanks and hats off to all the artists who contributed and helped organize this event. This was my first time participating and it was fun! I look forward to creating more art for galleries and meeting new artists!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Designers and Egos

I recently read an article titled "Concerning Design Rock Stars" by Eric Karjaluoto. Please read the article. If you're a designer, maybe you can get some insight from it. I completely agree with Eric, that designers do not design for themselves, they design for the people. In my experience with various clients, I've come to realize this very well.

I also agree with Eric about the notion that young designers view graphic design as a glamorous position with fame, money, popularity and non-stop inspiration, but in reality that's not always the case. Yes, some designers become super popular, rich and develop oversized egos. Some are very talented and praised for their accomplishments. I believe that's fine as long as they don't belittle others. Respect for everyone, no matter what level of experience anyone has (designer or not) is still very important.

Graphic designers are creative tools in a team that work with others to meet the goals and project needs of a client. Designers should be very humble, patient, understanding, universal and helpful. They should be willing to adapt to different environments, audiences and technology. Designers should spread the design love and knowledge to others. Not all designers get the crazy projects with all the bells and whistles, but that doesn't mean it's not worth it. Even if someone tells me "wow, that sounds like a boring project." It isn't. Design is design and it's always worth it. No matter how large or small, design impacts everyone. I love what I do and there's always room to grow and learn in any task I do. In my personal time I design for myself, but when I work it's for the people.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Web & Graphic Design Resources

I've been bookmarking links from various pros through Twitter. Follow, RSS or visit the sites below if you are interested in front end web development, back end development, CSS, web 2.0, graphic design, tutorials and other design resources. I have hundreds of specific links and will try to post them here, but for now, here are some links (in no particular order):

I should've categorized these but each each site has so many specific topics. Basically every site has a lot of the topics you may be looking for. If you have a link you'd like to share, let me know, I'll post them here. Thanks to the pros (and more counting) I've followed http://twitter.com/petridesign I'm able to share the design love with you.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Okonomiyaki For Dinner!

Okonomiyaki (pronounced oh-ko-no-mi-yah-kee) is a Japanese pancake easily made with simple ingredients. O-ko-no-mi means "as you like it" and "ya-ki" means grilled in Japanese. Mainly made with chopped cabbage, pickled ginger, eggs, flour, water and a Japanese root named nagaimo (na-guy-mo). If you can't find nagaimo, that's ok, but it's best to use it since it's the heat and "glue" of this dish.

Extras like like cheese, shrimp, mochi and onions can be used. I used slices of pork as a base topping. The main toppings are okono sauce (a fruit and vegetable sauce), bonito flakes, aonori (a green seaweed powder) and some mayonnaise. Okonomiyaki is pan grilled with a little bit of oil. It's cooked until it is very firm, has dry edges and is not sticky in the inside. It takes experience to flip the pancake back and forth. If the mixture isn't right, the form can break and crumble.
You can customize okonomiyaki with almost any ingredient. It's a great and easy Japanese dish!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Daikon Chicken

Daikon chicken! This Japanese dish consists of chicken, daikon, eggs, green onions, mirin, soy sauce, bonito flakes, sugar, water and sake. Oishii!


Since I moved here, earlier this year, I've been taking beginning web design courses at Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. I just finished my final project, Petri Design, a test site. I'm pretty new to CSS so I've decided to create a simple 3 column layout with minimal clutter. I apologize for the pop ups! As far as I know my CSS is valid, but the ad banners are not (which HAD to come with the free hosting). Once I find a job I WILL buy a better hosting service.

I'll also be redesigning its layout to test out other techniques in CSS web design. That'll be another summer project! In the past, I've been posting work on my Coroflot page. My goal is to start designing my own pages. The final project wasn't easy. I had to code several times over and do a lot of cross browser testing. I struggled with doing a PHP photo gallery, but left it out because I couldn't get the coding right. I have to do more research on PHP. Got any links to tutorials on PHP or CSS photo galleries?

I've found a lot of tutorials through Twitter. Follow me, petridesign and check out what else I've been up to. Folks I've been following are posting job listings and inspiring links!

My Clay Buddy

So this blogger thing replaces the pink-flowered, heart-stamped diary I used to have (which my cousin read out loud at a party one time). I was so angry at him, I ran out with my large, stuffed rabbit onto the front lawn and cried. Oh well, that was a long time ago. Glad to be here!

Anyways, I'm using this to post progress on multiple projects of mine and gain feedback from professionals (like you). I've always been interested in character design. I'm trying to spruce up my drawing skills and study anatomy on my own time. This past weekend, I've been working on an anatomy armature made from floral wire, aluminum wire and Klean Klay. I started on this sculpture last year, but it's been collecting dust, until now. The left over clay's been in my closet since 2007. It's crazy! The clay still works well!

I know that some elements may seem larger than others, but they'll be adjusted once I lay down layers of muscle. I'm having trouble working with the skull because it's less than 2 inches high and my fat fingers/tools are delicately poking it. I plan to make a much larger, separate model of just the skull so I can work more details into it. In the mean time I have to keep working on this one!