René Magritte’s Yo-Yo

I’m still messing around with my new iPad and the Procreate app for making art. I really had fun making this tribute to René Magritte’s “Son Of Man” with me and my yo-yo.


I also made a “Move Purposefully and Fix Things” poster with Procreate that I think looks surprisingly realistic.


Monthly yo-yo giveaway for Patreon backers

Just a heads up for all my yo-yo friends. Each month I do an exclusive yo-yo giveaway for Patreon/Popcast sponsors. This month’s yo-yo is a prototype VTWO yo-yo by One Drop. Yoyoexpert has a great write up of this yo-yo here. Big thanks to One Drop for donating this yo-yo to one of my Patreon sponsors and thanks to you for sponsoring the Popcast yo-yo vlog.

Any sponsor who is at the $2 or higher level on Patreon by September 1st will automatically be entered into the giveaway.


San Francisco Flag Redesign

I’m back from a short trip to Chicago, where I had a blast shooting interviews at WordCamp for Publishers. While I was there, I noticed the city’s official flag could be seen everywhere. Shirts, bumper stickers, hats, coffee cups, tattoos, etc. Chicago’s flag, some blue bars with 4 red stars, is simple and iconic. San Francisco’s flag, on the other hand, is a hot mess of unnecessary text, yellow on white graphics, and too much going on.

Just for shiggles I decided to take a stab at redesigning our city’s flag using trixels (like pixel art, but with triangles).

If I were to critique my own flag, I’d say it too is unnecessarily busy. I’d love to try again. I’d also like to try some new ideas that having nothing to do with the old flag, but I think the phoenix imagery is a great idea for an SF flag.

For more info on flag design, check out this fantastic talk by Roman Mars about the simple rules that make for good flag design.


Another PopCast episode is online

I just finished another PopCast yo-yo vlog on the flight to Chicago (oh yeah, I’m in Chicago this week) and I wanted to share it here.

I also talk about some recent yo-yos I gave away through Patreon and a new string project I’m working on. I hope you enjoy it, and remember to use #popcastyoyo for any tricks you share.

Sneak preview of the string: