another coffee infographic coffee rocks

Global CoffeeHere’s an infographic by Coffee for Less that’ll get your brain juices flowing. I found this startling because I always thought the United States was a big coffee consumer, but, as it turns out, we rank pretty low on that front. Just take a look at Finland! That’s quite startling. Another thing that surprised me was that the average monthly spending on coffee for San Jose is $34, beating out San Francisco at $30.

Starbucks Veterans Day 2013

vetday2013I really like this graphic, so that’s why I posted it. That and because it’s Veterans Day, so a shoutout to all those who have served and all those who are serving right now. In the spirit of sharing quotes, just like we do through our .mil addresses on a daily basis, here is the USCG Delta 180 quote: “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it” – originally by Pericles. We adopted it as our motto. I’m looking forward to that tall cup of coffee.

Hipster

Hipster this and hipster that. This group has seen a major resurgence in the last few years. I think everyone has a bit of hipster in them. From a sociological perspective, we all want to belong but be different at the same time. There isn’t just “one hipster fits all” either: there are different types be it in terms of fashion or geographical location. Read up on hipsters here. For the quick and dirty version, check out Urban Dictionary’s first entry. Wikipedia lists the article’s neutrality as “disputed” and that reflects society’s views on a larger scale. The hipster is generally looked down on and shunned. So why would anyone want to identify with them? You guessed it – they don’t. Hipsters don’t admit to being hipsters.

With the preface out of the way, we all embrace some sort of “hipster”. One aspect or another. Take a look at this: logos, the hipster way. Hipster design is now a roaring thing.Hipster Logo Design Guide

This is echoed by these cleverly redesigned logos. Subscribe to the tumblr here.Hipster Branding

So, here’s my hand at creating “hipster logos” with some hipster design elements.

Infographics by Chef Needs

I love food and I’m always cooking up a storm in my kitchen. I’m not much of a baker, but that’s where my sister comes in. She’s the baker and dessert expert. I’m the entree and soup/stew guy. I’m always on the prowl for recipes, places to visit, and tips for cooking.

Chef Needs has some great infographics for everyone to enjoy. I’m all for infographics, especially when they’re useful and informative. Let’s go through them real quick. Props to Chef Needs for some good work.

One of the most important ingredients in cooking is oil. I’ve seen my housemates ruin perfectly good pans because they overheated the oil. I cringed and cried myself to sleep that night. Refer to the infographic below for the low down on oil.All About Oils

I’m a huge, huge coffee drinker. Thank goodness I live in San Francisco and not Switzerland. Why? Coffee prices – take a look below.Starbucks Cappuccino Grande

Make sure to look around their blog while you’re at it.

San Francisco and Coffee

After a brief stint with mextures, I decided to go big. What a better place to start than with something near and dear to my heart? San Francisco and coffee. I started to make a huge map of San Francisco, working off a map that I downloaded. It’s in the style of Lord of the Rings with a modern twist. Everything was done by hand, but I had a ton of fun doing it. I wrote all the neighborhood labels with a calligraphy pen and imported them into Photoshop. The major streets are also listed and labeled. All the shrubs, trees, landmarks, and lakes are accurate. Then I went ahead and added some of my favorite coffee shops and spots to map. I keep it updated as I go along and try new spots. It’s still a work in progress and I work on it every chance I get.

What the map looks like as of September, 2013.

What the map looks like as of September, 2013.

 

Closeup of the San Francisco label and map.

Closeup of the San Francisco label and map.

For the full-size, scrollable, and interactive map powered by zoomify, click here.

From My Creative Streak

I went through a creative streak a while back with what people dub “mextures”. The concept is fairly simple. You find a theme, some pictures, and tons of textures and stock art that you want to layer on top of one another. The creative license is all yours to take. I went a step further and decided to find the themes that already existed in my own photo library. With a little help from Photoshop, a lot of coffee, and lots of late nights, I went ahead and created. Once I made one, the rest kind of followed suit.

Originally, I planned to post these completed works to my Instagram. That’s why the finished pictures are all 612×612, but I ultimately decided against it and saved it to my computer. I dug them up a few days ago for some inspiration and thought I’d share it all with you.

The hawk is central to my works. It's always there as my signature. I really liked the grunge lines because they focus your attention and so I went with a profile shot of my iguana. The rest was a matter of layering on backgrounds and textures.

The hawk is central to my works. It’s always there as my signature. I really liked the grunge lines because they focus your attention and so I went with a profile shot of my iguana. The rest was a matter of layering on the textures.

I wanted to come up with something that represented me and I first created a personal crest with a motto, a camera, my signature bird, and the crossing of quills. They're all symbolic in one way or another. Then I went and added reptile textured wings on my iguana, turning her into a dragon, and put my bunny in the back. A fantasy realized.

I wanted to come up with something that represented me: I first created a personal crest with a motto, a camera, my signature bird, and the crossing of calligraphy pens. They’re all symbolic in some way. Then I went and added reptile textured wings on my iguana, turning her into a dragon, and put my bunny in the back. Fantasy realized.

My proudest manipulation. There's a lot going on here in the background and I added the couple as an emotional appeal. This one took the most time because of all the cloud layering I had to do.

My proudest manipulation. There’s a lot going on here in the background and I added the couple as an emotional appeal. This one took the most time because of all the cloud layering I had to do.