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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Miles - 22 Months

I was not prepared for how wonderful having a child would be. Miles reminds me each day how wonderful life is.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

FOUND: ETIQUETTE SCHOOL HANDOUT (CIRCA 1990)

{{Went to visit my mom. As I left, she shoved a box in my car which I'd packed sometime between 1990-1992; labeled "Sara's Box". In it, I found an amazing handout which is, as follows:}}

THE SECRETS TO ENTHUSIASTIC LIVING

WHAT DOES ENTHUSIASM MEAN? THESE POINTERS MAY HELP YOU BRING OUT YOUR HIDDEN MAGNETISM - - THE BEAUTY THAT EVERY WOMAN POSSESSES BY NATURE.

  1. SHOW AN INTEREST IN OTHERS AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING. MAKE THEM FEEL VERY IMPORTANT AND NEEDED. AN "I COULDN'T CARE LESS" ATTITUDE REPELS PEOPLE.

  2. LISTEN TO OTHERS, YOU CAN LEARN FROM THEM, EVERYONE POSSESSES KNOWLEDGE THAT CAN BE PRICELESS TO YOU.

  3. LOOK ALIVE AND ACT ENTHUSIASTIC EVEN IF YOU ARE TIED. THIS WILL REALLY MAKE YOU FEEL "CHARMING".

  4. A CHARMING WOMAN IS POISED. THAT IS, SHE HAS CONTROL OF HER EMOTIONS, SHE GETS RID OF ILL FEELINGS BY BECOMING OCCUPIED IN SOME ACTIVITY. IF YOU FEEL LIKE "EXPLODING" TAKE A BIG DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATH AND COUNT TO TEN. TAKE THINGS IN STRIDE.

  5. BE COMPASSIONATE OF OTHERS. YOU CAN AFFORD TO BECAUSE YOU STOP WORRYING ABOUT YOURSELF, KNOWING WHO YOU ARE, THUS, YOU CAN HELP OTHER PEOPLE.

  6. BE A SPARKLING CONVERSATIONALIST, SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND KNOWLEDGE WITH OTHERS.

  7. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE BY READING, BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR CITY, ART, MUSIC, ETIQUETTE, THEATER, AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT BOOKS, KEEP YOUR EARS OPEN AT ALL TIMES.

  8. SPEAK CLEARLY AND DISTINCTLY, PLEASANTLY, SLOWLY AND IN A LOW-PITCHED VOICE.

  9. SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND DO IT. MAKE DEFINITE PLANS FOR YOUR LIFE. IF THEY CHANGE -- DO NOT WORRY.

  10. DON'T HOLD BACK --- BY BEING INHIBITED, GIVE OF YOUR SELF, LET THE WORLD KNOW OF YOUR TALENTS.

  11. HEAR YOUR OWN VOICE. YOU ARE YOUR BEST JUDGE. DON'T LET RELATIONS AND FRIENDS LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR YOU.

  12. DON'T BE AFRAID TO SAY "I'M SORRY, I WAS WRONG," AND "THANK YOU". ALSO, COMPLIMENT PEOPLE WHEN THEY DESERVE IT.

  13. SMILE. IT IS WORTH MORE THAN ANY GIFT.

  14. ADD VARIETY TO YOUR LIFE. DON'T GET IN A RUT OF THE SAME ACTIVITIES DAY IN AND DAY OUT. BREAK YOUR ROUTINE.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More Space at Twitter HQ

I've had the privilege to continue working on Twitter's office space as the company grows and expands into additional space. Here are some details on the space:

Project goals were to retain aesthetic consistency with the existing office while providing more program such as an increased number of conference and meeting rooms. Luckily Twitter cares about creating a healthy and beautiful environment for employees which allowed encouraged the use of zero VOC paint, choosing low VOC furnishings, and capitalizing on bringing natural light into the space via design.

The space had a preexisting dropped ceiling which we opted to keep intact, along with a number of existing small conference rooms. We inserted community lounge areas within the work area to break up the space. Where we added walls, renewable bio based materials were used for insulation and low voltage lighting was added.

With interior details, I tried to make small details count by making them meaningful, fun, playful, full of color, yet useful and sustainable. With new materials, I opted to keep them in the rawest, most natural state possible, using only water based sealers. With artwork, we involved Twitter employees and local artists, 3 Fish Studios.

Twitter is growing so rapidly that they run the risk of purchasing furniture that won't transfer to our future needs. For this reason, I choose to stay with a handful of chair styles and colors to create a continuity of simplicity throughout the space. Bringing the outdoors was also an overarching theme in my approach. MATERIALS:

1. All paint is NO VOC; Enviro Coat by Kelly Moore.

2. Insulation used in walls is EcoBatt;"Based on rapidly renewable bio-based materials rather than non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals commonly used in other insulation products, ECOSE Technology reduces binder embodied energy by up to 70%, and does not contain phenol, formaldehyde, acrylics or artificial colors used to make traditional fiberglass insulation."

3. Shaw Carpet ingredients are as follows: face fiber: nylon 6, dye method: 100% solution dyed, backing: polyolefin composite, surface treatments: non c8 fluorocarbon chemistry, does not contain PVC, phthalates, or PBD/PBDE.

4. Hanging over the reception desk are manzanita tree branches courtesy of Lundberg Design.

5. Twitter Sign is made of hot rolled steel mounted on reclaimed barn wood which duplicates signs on the other floor. Made by Lundberg Design.

FURNITURE:

1. Concrete Table surfaces by Concreteworks are comprised of 40% fly ash and 100% recycled aggregates. Bases are maple plywood with parallam cross beams; finished with a water based sealer.

2. Conference Room Chairs: Caper Chair by Herman Miller have returnable/reusable packaging, durability, pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content, and GREENGUARD certification. Caper is comprised of 21-percent recycled materials. This figure breaks down to 15-percent post-consumer and 6-percent pre-consumer recycled content.

3. Steelcase Workstations are composed of the following materials Recycled content 44%, Post consumer 18%, Pre consumer 26%, Recycled content 73%, PVC-free work surface edge banding

4. Desk chairs are the Think Chair by Steelcase; the chair is comprised of 98% recyclable content and is made of up to 37% recycled material. It is also Greenguard certified and helps contribute towards LEED certification.

5. Reception Desk is made of plywood and sealed using a water based seal by Lundberg Design.

6. Cafe tables are made from Elm sealed with water based sealer. Yes, I got the idea from Four Barrel Coffee's tables.

7. Reception Desk is plywood with a walnut veneer sealed with water based sealer. Made by Lundberg Design.

DESIGN:

1. Feather decals were custom based on photos of a feather found on my honeymoon.

2. Bird silhouettes on conference room doors are routed acrylic painted black.

3. Neon art piece in cafe area was graciously lent to twitter by Mary Conrad (@M_Ry)

4. Framed pictures in the Chill Room are from Twitter employees @troy, @ded & @jillyface

5. "Twitter Republic" and "140 Mile" Paintings were custom from San Francisco based 3 Fish Studios

6. Twitter bird prints by Adam Koford - @apelad

7. Ts in the cafe area are listed below (not in order shown). Huge shout out to the Foundaries that gave me a free licenses; Bryan Mason @typekit for making it happen: Abigail (Fonthead - @Fonthead) Big-Smalls Bold (Chank Co - @chankfonts) Blackout Std Chunder (Chank Co - @chankfonts) CornDog (Fonthead - @Fonthead) http://www.fonthead.com/ Embroy Open (HVD Fonts - @hvdfonts) Eurostile Garamond Gill Sans Gotham Helvetica Bold Jeanne Moderno OT Geometrique (Steve Mehallo - @mehallo) Mrs. Eaves Sniglet (The League of Moveable Type - @theleagueof), Stud (Typodermic - @typodermic)

8. Blue fawn is a flea market find, refurbished and painted by me, @sara .

Monday, November 16, 2009

#twitterhq

I've had the privileged of working on the new Twitter HQ and wanted to write about a few of the details. I've tried to bring the outdoors in and to make the space playful yet useful and sustainable.

1. The bird decals were custom; traced from a photo I took in Nebraska while visiting @ev's dad.

2. The wallpaper in the coffee area was done by undoboy.

3. The concrete tables were a collaboration with myself and Mark Rogero at Concreteworks (@concreteworks). The concrete is 40% fly ash and 100% recycled aggregates, and the bases (as well as receptionist stand and twitter signs) are made of reclaimed barn wood from a barn in Wisconsin.

4. The couches were all custom copies of more famous designs from a store here in SF called
Furniture Envy. If you want an affordable couch for your house, you should check them out.

5. The TELL YOUR STORIES HERE neon sign has graciously lent to twitter by an artist friend by the name of Mary Conrad (@M_Ry). Mary has a current show at Michael Rosenthall Gallery.

6. If you want to compare the current look of the office with what it was.

7. The framed pictures in the lobby are filled with other artist's work, press, office art, and user gifts. They will eventually be in the shape of two wings. I still have frames to fill.

8. The space was subleased from Bebo/ AOL. It was already equipped with the sick sound system and DJ booth.

9. The hooks in the lobby were made by John at: http://livewirefarm.com

10. Decorations are used objects that have been reinvented.

11. We used low or no-VOC paint.



Friday, March 07, 2008

The Jump

After eight months of marriage, I’ve legally changed my name from Sara Emilia Morishige to Sara Morishige Williams. I’m proud to have Evan’s last name, yet I miss the contrast my maiden name has always provided.

“I’m Chinese, Japanese, and half Mexican.” The amount of times I’ve said this in my life seems endless. The perpetual stream of inquiries about “what I am” is because my appearance is not entirely any one of my three ethnicities.

Morishige. If you can pronounce vowels, it rolls off the tongue like butter from pancakes fresh off the griddle. I’ve theorized that people struggle with the pronunciation because they see it’s foreign and don’t want to embarrass themselves. Translated, mori means forest, and shige, abundant. I appreciate the beauty and fluidity of my maiden name both in sound and meaning, yet it is only a nod to one quarter of my whole. Nonetheless, it has historically distinguished the fact that I’m an ethnically diversified American.

The politic of what it has meant to grow up American with mixed ethnicity has been a delicate balance between being American, and managing the influences of each culture. The obligation of not letting culture die with my parents, or their parents has influenced my life and unwittingly defined my character. Customs linger on the periphery, interjecting when I allow them.

And so, here I am, with what seems to be the plainest name in the world: Sara Williams. I'm happy with it. I will remain the same person I've always been, having only lost a perceived identity, and gaining anonymity that is the antithesis of mixed ethnicity in America.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Tokyo


I thought I would start posting drawings since blogging hasn't stuck.....Evan and I were in Tokyo last week and Joi Ito took us to a fantastic restaurant named Inakaya in Roppongi. We ate a mammoth amount of food in the presence of terrific company.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

One Week From Today

I'm getting married in one week. As Evan puts it, T minus seven days.

Wedding planning has been an interesting experience filled with tears and joy. In retrospect, I should have blogged the entire planning process so I could look back and laugh at the insanity of it all. Problem is, I rarely blog.

I'm writing to tell you that the wedding industry is a sham. Vendors know you are a one time customer, so there is no interest in doing what is fair. I am constantly asking if I really needed half the things we've been encouraged to have or purchase. Do we really need wax panels for $2.5K that cover unsightly kiosks? The answer is NO, and I'd like to encourage anyone planning a wedding to be liberated by pointing out the frivolity of it all. I can't say we didn't spend money on items that have defined the event, such as our beautiful invitations, but I can say that I've felt ripped off on a number of occasions.

In the end, the celebration is about the phenomenal human feeling of love which has no equal in life aside from knowing yourself (which is directly relational to one's ability to fall in love). Even though there have been events in the planning process that threatened to derail it, I'm glad we are having a wedding. When I think about growing old together, and accepting the seasons of change in both of us, I can't wait to get started. This is something to celebrate.