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Beat — Slug Agency

8/5/2017
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Our MAEKAN Atlanta Beat takes us to Slug Agency’s opening party where they sought to challenge the idea that the Atlanta scene has unequivocally been dubbed the trap music capital. There, the burgeoning creative hub has found a decidedly different flair in Savannah, Georgia multimedia artist and musician Brittany Bosco. See the full story here. (Members Only) What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're...

Duration:00:05:02

MAEKAN It Up — #009: Creating the next iTunes with $10,000 and the legacy of the newsletter

8/4/2017
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On MAEKAN It Up #009, Eugene and Charis discuss: As always, MAEKAN It Up features the individual illustrative talents of Charis and Eugene as they visualize the show's topics. Be inspired as you watch Eugene slowly improve week to week. MAEKAN It Up draws from our topical newsletter “the Briefing,” published twice a week. You can subscribe to MAEKAN It Up and other audio stories via your favorite podcast app or platform. Show Notes & Links Sennheiser MD-46 microphone / Zoom H5 (1:00) Nike...

Duration:00:34:38

MAEKAN Travel Diary — Japan (Tsukemen)

8/3/2017
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Japan’s interpretation of Chinese noodles under the form of ramen has existed for over a century. Ramen in itself is similar to its inspiration, Chinese pulled noodles, in the way it’s consumed. Tsukemen, on the other hand, was a relatively modern way of consuming the nation’s favorite noodle. The process of serving noodles in soup is removed. Instead, noodles are meant to be dipped in a thick, savory broth. We stopped by Goldengai’s Nagi on this particular trip for our fill of tsukemen,...

Duration:00:02:48

MAEKAN Travel Diary — Japan (adidas Originals)

8/3/2017
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The initial reason for coming out to Japan on this particular trip was to work together with adidas Originals on their latest collection, XBYO. It’s a collection of minimalist sportswear created in partnership with one of their longest-standing partners, Yamayo Textile Mill. There’s also a dose of old-school inspiration from the back heel of adidas’ Italian runner. Prior to working with adidas, we had some personal apprehension that was short-sighted on our part, but it turned out to be...

Duration:00:02:55

MAEKAN Travel Diary — Japan (Izakaya)

8/3/2017
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Izakaya is arguably one of Japan’s most iconic dining experiences. It’s an accurate representation of all things Japanese from the food and drink to the service and energetic ambiance. We talk about the best things about izakaya and how it can dominate your food itinerary in Japan. https://www.maekan.com/article/maekan-travel-diaries-japanese-culture (Members Only) What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture....

Duration:00:03:04

MAEKAN Travel Diary — Japan (Taxis)

8/3/2017
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Japanese taxis are a snapshot into the Japanese service industry. Everything is considered in the experience. The drivers are immaculately dressed and often ensure your ride is as pleasant as can be. A large GPS screen provides a fair bit of transparency, and you never come away feeling a sense of resentment in the ride. It’s unfortunate that taxis in Japan are cost-prohibitive and a luxury especially if you’re traveling on your own dime....

Duration:00:02:30

MAEKAN Travel Diary — Japan (Combini)

8/3/2017
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The convenience store in Japan has been subject to a lot of foreign interest. Nobody expects a local corner store to be immaculately stocked with things that could rival any fast casual restaurant around the world. In a fast-paced environment that stresses convenience, a piece of fried chicken, 20 kinds of canned coffee, or MUJI dress socks are never more than a stone’s throw away. https://www.maekan.com/article/maekan-travel-diaries-japanese-culture (Members Only) What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN...

Duration:00:01:56

MAEKAN Travel Diary — Japan (Arrival)

8/3/2017
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Each time you step foot in Japan, you’re overcome with a sense of amazement. A country this dense and compact carries with it unparalleled structure and order. It’s not always perfect, but you come to deeply respect what Japan has to offer. There are many shortcomings tourists will never see, but the sheer level of surprise in the details ensure you’re always fascinated and always exploring. https://www.maekan.com/article/maekan-travel-diaries-japanese-culture (Members Only) What is...

Duration:00:02:37

Healing Through Comics — Ryan Montoya and the Art of Graphic Medicine

8/3/2017
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For someone facing a serious diagnosis, a comic book might be the last thing they would want to see, but it just might be what the doctor ordered—that is, if that doctor is Ryan Montoya. Both a practicing doctor and professional comic book artist, Ryan is a firm believer in the medium of "graphic medicine." It’s a comic-based approach to storytelling related to the medical field, and their ability to break down walls between patients and medical professionals....

Duration:00:29:03

MAEKAN It Up — #008: Los Angeles' new social media camp and Deloitte's approach to diversity in the workplace

8/1/2017
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On another weekly episode of MAEKAN It Up, Eugene and Charis discuss: A new social media creation camp in LA (05:00) The potential storytelling/communications skills that could be nurtured (07:00) The dangers that come with social media (14:00) Whether this camp will become important in the current social media era (21:00) Deloitte swapping out diversity advocacy groups for inclusion counsels (23:00) The potential benefits/downfalls and of this initiative (29:00) As per usual, MAEKAN It Up...

Duration:00:40:21

Beat — The Birth of the Earl Simmons Drink

8/1/2017
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In a break from some of MAEKAN's long-form stories comes the MAEKAN Beat, something we liken to as "visual radio." This story is about a drink that started in Long Beach, but ended up in Hong Kong. Part coffee, part tequila, the drink took on a life of its own after one sleepy bar patron couldn't keep his eyes open. The drink's characteristics are an ode to a legendary rapper. See the full story here. (Members Only) What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community...

Duration:00:03:33

Beat — The Music Room at Potato Head Hong Kong

8/1/2017
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Nestled deep within restaurant and bar Potato Head Hong Kong is a soon to be legendary “Music Room.” This descriptor is no hyperbole, however, as entering the room requires you to navigate a dark labyrinthian set of corridors that pass by various areas that form the back-of-house. But as you swing open the door, you’re rewarded for your efforts with a cozy room and a library of some 8,000 records. A true sanctuary for relaxation and music, it’s fitted with some of the region’s best audio...

Duration:00:02:11

MAEKAN It Up — #007: Is 90s web design making a comeback and Nike's silence over the A$AP Bari incident.

8/1/2017
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MAEKAN It Up #007 returns with Eugene and Charis and Eugene are back in the same timezone, albeit they're a bit behind in releasing this latest MAEKAN It Up #007. But along the way, they've made some tweaks to the show. In this episode, Eugene and Charis reminisce over: 90s web design (05:00) The differences between web design then and now (9:00) The aesthetics of a website being part of a brand's identity (15:00) A$AP Bari's sexual assault allegations (25:00) How it relates to Nike's...

Duration:00:44:13

Finding Depth in K-Fashion — How IISE Brings Korean Tradition to Contemporary Menswear

7/31/2017
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With Korean music, fashion, and entertainment leading modern trends in Asia, it seems counterintuitive to take a step in the opposite direction towards the country's original sartorial past. With its collections that have been well received by old and young alike, IISE and its clothes are demonstrating how rediscovered traditional craftsmanship can still be very relevant, and still very 'cool.'...

Duration:00:13:57

Jordan Sowers — Painting Over Pixels

7/31/2017
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With devices and technology being an inseparable part of our lives, is there tangible value in picking up an analog medium? As interactive Art Director, Designer and Developer Jordan Sowers discovered, there is and then some. Fascinated by the designer and painter who created the MAEKAN fabric, we turned to Jordan for more insight on his painting process, how it has introduced mindfulness into his life, and furthermore, how the art has influenced his design and his approach to creating....

Duration:00:15:03

#006: Netflix for Education, Cannes Lions, and the importance of stories over payment

7/31/2017
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In this latest MAEKAN It Up, Eugene and Charis talk about the creation of a "Netflix for education," and whether there's a need or market for continued education that offers legitimate certification. We also delve into the role of awards in creative culture such as the Cannes Lions, and whether they've lost their true direction? Finally, we strip away the layers and investigate the reasons why a photographer would release his war photos for free after being unable to find a suitor for them....

Duration:00:53:47

ComplexCon — Walking Through the Internet

7/26/2017
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In response to a faltering traditional tradeshow model, the inaugural ComplexCon represented a chance for vendors, industry leaders and fans to gather and connect. It was also the starting point for an online publication you might be familiar with. MAEKAN discusses the ComplexCon experience, some of the initial misgivings and challenges experienced over the two-day event. It all leads to a profound realization that he and the rest of the team walked away with. See the full story here....

Duration:00:09:18

Apollo Bar — The Art of the Highball

7/25/2017
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Ice. Whisky. Soda. Spotlight? The popular Japanese cocktail known as the Whisky Highball and the ingredients that go into it don't get much simpler. Some have taken a unique path for the drink such as Hidenori Komatsu, Owner of Tokyo-based speakeasy Apollo Bar. He’s elevated its preparation to a performance. But his intricate preparation has nothing to do with flashy movements or unadulterated showmanship, but rather, a commitment to craft and the guest he's serving....

Duration:00:10:32

Meaningful Things — Daniel Arsham (Brushes)

7/24/2017
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Daniel uses standard round tip brushes. The nature of his work, as well as the corrosive materials he works with, limits him to these inexpensive tools. Yet, he’s happy to use them, especially the larger brushes, because he doesn’t have to worry about replacing them. https://www.maekan.com/article/daniel-arsham-meaningful-things (Members Only) What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning,...

Duration:00:00:25

Meaningful Things — Daniel Arsham (Bonsai Trees)

7/24/2017
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Countless trips to Japan led to Daniel’s fascination with the traditional art form, Bonsai. There are several varieties in his studio, the most notable of which is an elm bonsai that’s over 40 years old. Daniel continues to shape and style these miniature trees, which were originally trained in Florida. https://www.maekan.com/article/daniel-arsham-meaningful-things (Members Only) What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of...

Duration:00:00:51