Category Archives: advertising

GM backpedals on anti-bike ad

It’s tough enough being a student right now—fretting about an uncertain economic future while looking forward to a lifetime of mounting debt—yet somewhere during the creative process for designing a series of ads to promote their new “college discounts,” GM … Continue reading

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Remembering Steve

Where were you when Steve Jobs died? I was where I usually am. Pounding away at this MacBook Air. Looking at my Apple 30-inch cinema HD display. With my MacMail open. With Safari open. Working in Pages. Listening to iTunes. … Continue reading

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Run for it, Marty!

Let’s get back in time… to last Thursday, when I was honored to be invited to the Montalban Theater in Hollywood for the launch of Nike’s new MAG shoes. Yes, these are the shoes inspired by in Back to the … Continue reading

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LAX: You’re ugly, LA

For the first nine years I lived in LA I was at war with a driving range. I have nothing against golf, mind you. Rather I hated the bloated bubble of green mesh that contained the driving range, a ragged … Continue reading

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The best way to see the Hollywood sign

Update, April 2017: The access point from Beachwood Drive known as the Hollyridge Trail has been closed. I have updated this post but also written a brand-new guide How to see the Hollywood Sign, for Curbed LA. Living in Hollywood, like I did … Continue reading

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Sticking with it

I was fully prepared to hate these new “Go Green” stamps. But once I got a sheet, I found them rather charming. I actually can’t bring myself to stick them on a letter. But my favorite part, I think, is … Continue reading

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South by so long

It has taken me so long to recover from the madness of this year’s SXSW—and specifically, this stuffed avocado—that I had to wait an entire three weeks to write about it. You’ve probably heard already about the overcrowding and overcommercialization … Continue reading

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The business of transience

I know, I know, I’ve got lots to report from my recent comings and goings (for a preview of last week’s trip to Austin, check my photos here). But comings and goings were exactly the topic of conversation during a … Continue reading

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I’m on The Career Clinic tomorrow

I’m very excited to announce that tomorrow I’ll be a guest on The Career Clinic, the radio show hosted by Maureen Anderson about that endless quest to find out what we all really want to be when we grow up. … Continue reading

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Haunted house

The Ghost Project – Alissa Walker / Keith Scharwath from Kartell LA on Vimeo. A few weeks ago, we were asked by our friend Jon to babysit a Kartell Ghost Chair, the regal yet approachable Louis XV-style chair rendered in … Continue reading

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