The Power of Interiors

Its essence, pure design touches the sign of God. Is that too much to claim, this connection between design and God?  Consider for a moment the design of our world, the starry heavens above the mountains and the marsh below, the fire within and the clouds adrift, rivers flowing, and hummingbirds suspended in midair drinking […]

Parametric Worlds: the Future of AI and Parametric Design

The story of our search for design and the creative quest inherent within each of us dates back through the ages to a place where memory fades, to the very edges of our rendered world. We have come to a strange and eerily beautiful point on this journey where a new and uncharted world awaits […]

DeSign: in Search of the Sign to Manifest the Sacred

I have often been intrigued by the origin of words.  There is so much hidden in the etymological roots of words. And the origins of the sounds form phonetic roots of each word.  What is profoundly fascinating to me is the linguistic lineage of words. Additionally, the intersection of cultures and civilizations that have contributed […]

Fractal Geometry in Nature, an inspiration for a new painting

Wave patterns as an inspiration for a new painting. The fractal geometry in nature.  Air fluidly moving across the surface of the lake; in addition to the rippling waves against the shore and fallen trees. This causes infinite layers of fractal geometries…  I sometimes wonder how the ripple of many lives and individuals crossing each other’s paths overlaid onto the […]

Short Story: Ruby in the Notebook

After more than twenty years of not having seen my father, after growing up without him, missing him, yearning for him, and watching my friends play with their dads, with my only respite being lingering faded memories of him holding my hand in the cold of winter in the streets of London when I was […]

INK by alfa8

INK is a powerful tool for manifestation; it has been with us since the beginning of time. With ink we write our thoughts, our declarations of sovereignty, and contracts that bind. With ink, we write poetry that stirs armies to victory. Ink can illuminate, it can deceive, it can lift, and it can crush. It […]

Message from the Urushi God and the Art of Kintsugi

There is a deeper mystery here.  I could not sleep as the rashes on my hand and face burned and itched and throbbed all night long.  So, I decided to get up and listen deeper to the pain.  Perhaps there was a message being communicated to me.   It was 4:00 AM.  I wiped the calamine lotion […]

10 Best Digital Design Tools that will Spark Your Creativity

I must say that I have worked with a good many artistic tools that have ranged from traditional tools such as stone lithographs and hand-pulled prints to Hololens and Tilt Brush.  It’s rather hard to focus on only 10 best digital design tools. Thus, I may sneak an extra one or two in this blog.  […]


RESILIENT DESIGN IN RESPONSE TO INCREASED THREAT Our world is facing increased severity and frequency of hazards, posing technological challenges from a multi-vector suite of threats. These events impact the well-being of individuals and communities directly and indirectly, with quantifiable short-term implications and more complex long-term effects, yet to be fully understood.  The impact of […]