“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – George Bernard Shaw
Some of you might already know from my tweet that I’m planning to visit Milan, Berlin, Madrid, Lisbon, Paris, Cologne and Amsterdam from mid to end of April this year. I’ve been waiting for this chance for such a long long time. I’ll tweet as usual during the stay and post lots of photos I take there on my Flickr. With (a lot) more time and money I would’ve included London, Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki, but maybe or rather definitely next time.
Title “Distance 1/∞”
Sorry for the delay.
“Keep on dreaming boy, cause when you stop dreamin’ it’s time to die.”
You’re right, no snow flake. I like snow, but I also like the sunset in winter. And I guessed you’re kind of tired of those dancing snow flakes in other wallpapers.
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”
Yeah, I know it’s ahead of time, but there can be times when I do this in time, right?
This is a great quote I love of Mark Twain.
Although a swift stream is divided by a rock in the strong flow,
in the end it unites again.
This is one of my most favorite waka poems I learned in school. It’s from a famous poetry anthology in the Heian period.
Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
Vincent Van Gogh
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
Sorry for the delay. So many things have been happening around me and I can’t even timely reply to press request messages. (Those who follow me on Facebook can easily figure out what’s happening though.)
“Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!”
Phew! I was in time for the beginning of the new month this time.
I like the houses in Kaysersberg (in north-eastern France) and for this calendar I tried to mimic them. Hope you like it.
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”
There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thanks for all the positive comments and requests for calendar wallpapers. Sorry I got late again.
I think I’ll add a few more variations this time on my Flickr later.
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
John Pierpont Morgan
Sorry I got late again.
A great quote. This makes me want to get out of a comfy place to challenge new things. So I designed a frosted window seen inside of a room. Let’s get out!
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
This is one of my most favorite quotes of Einstein.
To me, the most common miracle I see every day is to see my kids, who wouldn’t have been born if I hadn’t met my wife. It’s a miracle to meet them among billions of souls.
By the way, I’m sorry for posting this one so late. I was busy getting things back to normal after the trip to Singapore, where I attended the awarding ceremony of red dot design concept. I posted some photos I took in Singapore on my Flickr, so check them out.
One more apology: the november calendar has the “31st”, which must not exist. Sorry!
So sorry about the slow update…
This is one of my favorite quotes by Thomas Edison. “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
With tons of stuff to do, I haven’t even posted the latest idea. I’ll do it next week I promise. And after that, probably the best post for this year will be here in a few weeks!
Just in time.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
If I’m allowed to design stuff like what I show in this blog not only in my free time but all day long, I’ll definitely do it. Just wondering.
Sorry it took so much.
This is one of my favorite quotes that my teacher taught me when I was in 5th grade of elementary school. In Japanese it says like “No genius can compete with someone who’s making continuous efforts”. Since I knew that quote, I try to do what I want to be good at little by little but every single day.
Finally I was in time for the calendar wallpaper entry for Smashing Magazine.
And this is another version exclusively for this blog.
I love this LUNA so much. I tried to make fireworks with it.
Sorry for the slow update. In June we have a rainy season in Japan, so the theme is water this time.
Those who see my Twitter might have already heard, but I was really really sick for more than a week with the severest-ever pain that lasted for a few days. The doctor told me to stop working too hard and to take it easy for a while. Recently I’ve been talked to by many people for very interesting projects and I had never been so busy in my life in the last few months. (Come to think of it, I also took part in some design competitions.) But I decided to get relaxed with much fewer projects than now. (I just remember that a designer also needs some white space in her life.) So please forgive me for declining some of the offers.
Unfortunately, there were a few people I’ve contacted for one project who took advantage of my designs, which I won’t elaborate on, so it might be a good timing to slow down.
One of my favorite quotes.
I’m so in love with this beautiful toy now!
By the way, I wanted to create a Xmas animation for every Christmas, but I have to give up this year. If you haven’t seen the movie I made last year, take a look.