On my birthday, I went to Golden Gate Park and spent some quality time with my Mom.
She had never been to San Francisco before, so I took her to the Conservatory of Flowers. Lucky for us, it happened to be their monthly free day!

While I had been to the conservatory before, I had never seen the Dahlia Dell. It was there that I learned that the Dahlia is the official flower of San Francisco.

I sat in the butterfly garden and watched the monarchs hatching. I love the gold and green pattern on their cocoons. I want to do something inspired by that palate now! Monarchs have the market cornered on color combinations, IMHO.

The Butterfly garden just got extended through March, so you have plenty of time to visit if you’re local.
#notsponsoredbygoldengatepark #Ijustreallylikeflowers #andalsobutterflies


This project is part of a greater initiative by Dandelion Chocolate called Chocolate+. The project focuses on the experience of pairing chocolate with other things, such as bourbon, coffee, and wine. I came up with the branding and concept for this initiative. Dandelion has teamed up with several local businesses to host tasting events.

For this particular Chocolate+ event, Lisa Gallinger, chocolate maker at Dandelion Chocolate and Michael Lazar, bar manager at Hog & Rocks, teamed up to lead a tasting of single origin chocolates and barrel strength bourbons. The tasting event, part of an ongoing series, allowed participants to learn about the production of both chocolate and bourbon, understand how to best taste and evaluate each product and then experience the alchemy of tasting both together.

My task for the event was to design tasting notes and mats for the chocolate and bourbon. My challenge was to create a cohesive design that combined the Dandelion and Hog & Rocks brands. For the final design, I chose to go with chocolatey earth tones and created a subtle patterned texture using the plus sign, to underscore the Chocolate+ brand. I also photographed the event. Pictures below!


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DOUBLE EDITION! Brought to you thanks to the ddos attack that leveled my blog last week, making me unable to post. More on that later. But now, photos- In the brand new WordPress Jetpack mosaic format! PREEEETY.

1. Double dragon. This was Mission Chinese lunch with 2 folks who has not previously enjoyed the glory of their food. So much fun to watch their faces as they nommed like that had never nommed before.
2.Chinatown Bang 2013. This is one of my favorite things. Check out my video post for an in depth recap.
3. My friend Oscar. The folks at Stuff had these life size oscar statues out front! So neat!
4. This guy. Oh man. To whoever put this googly eye on this plant. I love you. Also what plant is this? All you folks helped out greatly with the rosehip, so I don’t doubt that one of you will know.
5. Utility power…and a cyclops. This one kind of speaks for itself.
6. Conversation hearts. The folks at Stanza know that “sext me” is clearly the romantic statement of the century.
7. Happiest of Valentines to all my lovelies! <3<3 I am so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life.
8. 6, 43, 39 Just waiting for my number to come up.

9. The view from here. Had an excellent weekend staycation adventure at the Kabuki. Here’s Tim and Lisa on the balcony looking like something from a movie.
10. Edison was kind of a jerk. Srsly, He killed an elephant.
11. Wrong way. I really liked how the background blur worked out on this one.
12. Post-Valentines at the Bull Valley roadhouse. Glitter letters by Wendy Addison, hanging in my new favorite bay area restaurant.
13. Building Bridges. The natural motion blur on the foreground really made this photo for me.
14. Caution. Wet paint. This whole building was *covered* in tape!


My apologies that I’m a bit late in getting this up. But I promise I’ll make up for it with some other really awesome content soon!

Muir Woods | Sugar on the keys | Plus pastel. | “Every girl goes through a photography phase…”

1. Jillian was visiting from New York and she’d never seen the redwoods before, so we made a trip to Muir Woods! More on this trip soon.
2. Gaylord’s cafe has an organ from the 70’s inside their condiment table. So cool!
3. This week I discovered that Blender is the most superior of all the double exposure apps. This is some telephone wires and a decorative concrete block.
4. This is a horribly cliche shot of my legs in stripey tights. I posted it originally with a quote from Lost in Translation, referring to how horribly cliche photos like this are. All that said, I still posted it.

Persimmon maybe? | Lines & leaks. | The magic hour. | Like one of @thisrabbit’s collages.

5. I shot this not knowing what kind of plant it was. Thanks to all of you, I now know it’s a rosehip!
6. I discovered ndpatterns this week- which you can download for free and use in your projects! You just have to tag the things you make with #ndpatterns. Special thanks to Neal Dieker!
7. This shot was an experiment with using Gelo and Over, which are 2 pretty awesome apps. I don’t generally use a lot of text on my IG photos, but you guys seemed to like this, so maybe I’ll do more of it.
8. Lastly, this photo reminded me a lot of one of Sou MacMillan’s collages after I edited it. Mostly just the colors and the sharpness.


Golden Gate Bridging it.

Parlour Trick Kickstarter Concert


Jilli changes her septum

Boy- I was all trees and telephones this week wasn’t I? I’ll try to cut down on that! Until next week!



371. | @timriot making photoshop magic. | The visible man, in 3d. | In front of the weird installation in the window at Madrone.

1. Whenever I walk by this gate in my neighborhood, I always notice how this 7 looks like a scythe.
2. This photo was run through so many apps I can’t even remember them all. First, a hipstamatic double exposure, then lots of Gelo gels, through decim8 and back again, add bokeh, etc. The photo is actually of Tim working on some truly epic stuff for Adobe. I’ll update you on that when it comes out to the public (I’m so proud of him!).
3. This is a weird one. This gallery down the street has these weird windows with spiral grating on them, but they wedged one half of a Visible Man doll between the grate and the window, so when the lights are on the shadow is all weird. Then I just added some 3d effect.
4. There’s a giant light up installation in the window of Madrone- which actually makes a pretty great diffused light for photos.
I might go back with a more serious camera and a crazy outfit before they take it down.


No way back. | One way to sunset. | Aerialist Electric Blue’s shadow. | Lincoln’s face on all the ads.

5. People have been wheatpasting all over the burnt out Walgreens since they boarded it up, and they’ve been shoddily painting over them the whole time. I liked this tiger and also the guy behind him.
6. Sutro Tower forevs.
7. I went to the Soviet Space themed Hubba Hubba show to see my ladyfriend do her tribute to Laika the space dog. This aerialist was awesome, but I spent almost as much time watching her shadow as I did her. It just looked so awesome against those curtains!
8. I mistakenly took this Lincoln head for street art. Apparently this is the actual Ad. I guess I was just calibrated for Lincoln fandom after the vampire hunter and Daniel Day Louis bit.


Let’s take just a moment about Because it’s awesome, and you should use it. I’m Star StGermain on there, since the period in my last name is invalid punctuation or something. :/ Anyway- if nobody objects, I’m going to put my little vine videos in these posts too, cool? If you’re viewing on an rss feed, this might not work, so click on through to the original post.

The Parlour Trick- motion tests

Labels for fishes

Rainbow Pastries

Drawing the millipede from Charlie the Unicorn 4

That’s it for this week. I’m going to go get some awesome french toast now!


This post is going up rather late in the day because I was busy enjoying Pie Friday. Trust me guys- so worth it.
This week was packed with all kinds of epic things, both work and play!


1. I shot this in the window of the now-closed Om Sham Teahouse. I’ve always loved those reflective bodoni-ish numbers.
I was pleased when I realized after the fact that the second 3 caught my face in it. I wonder what will go in here now that the tea is gone!

2. This was a several shot appsperiment of the rainbow lanterns in my friend Nadya’s room. I used about 8 different apps to make this shot, but I’m really happy with how it came out after some initial false starts that just didn’t capture the vibrance of how it looked in real life.

3. A gold toothed skull in the Prarie Collective storefront. The original shot was rather earthy in nature, so of course I ran it through decim8 until it was cold and mechanical looking. After which, I used dxp to overlay a few different variations on what decim8 turned out. I added extra triangles with the gelo app that mimicked the glass dagger effect from decim8- but gave me control over where they would appear. This is a much better expression of the more dynamic kinds of effects I think I’ll be using from the Decim8 app- which feels more successful than last week’s lightbulb shot.

4. I was interested in playing with the new hipstamatic tintype lens- having gotten a real one at Photobooth a few months back. I had heard that this lens used the iPhone’s facial recognition to help determine where to place the depth of field- which was super interesting to me. Unfortunately, the lens uses a ton of memory and was super crashy for me. If you’re having this problem, try to quit everything and restart your phone before even attempting to use it. All that said- so far I’ve had the most success using it on things that aren’t people. I’m sure I’ll eventually shoot some portraits with it later and talk about the facial recog thing more then.


5. Valencia and 26th. The entire crosswalk is covered with blue splatters. No idea how it got that way. Anyone know?

6. The Edwardian Ball. I helped the ball with some design and development this year, so I was especially excited to go. This ripped up portrait totally spoke to me and is largely unedited except for the color. Super curious who the people in it were.

7. More Edwardian Ball. This was Vau de Vivre’s production of Edward Gorey’s The Doubtful Guest- which was totally wonderful. I’ll ping you guys with video if it ever turns up on the internet, because it was just that good.

8. The night before, Tim and I went to see Tycho. Some of you might know Tycho better as Scott Hansen of ISO50 fame. I really preferred the visuals to the performance at this show- which makes sense, as Scott is a brilliant designer. I wish I had gotten a good shot of some of the desert footage he was showing, but the light was too tough in there to capture it.

That’s all for this week. Check out my instagram feed for updates as they happen, or higher res shots!