New York City, you have no idea how much I have missed waking up and sleeping with your magic… how much you make me feel alive! This is week 14 of being a designer in the wilderness. I’m in love.

△Three things that stood out to me

An agency with a healthy culture—say what?
This week, I started working for SYPartners. I am in awe. I am surrounded by brilliant, visionary and kind minds. I have learned so much in just a week—from their methodologies to how people interact. I am in love with the space. It is full of life… Like a giant organized moodboard constantly changing and evolving. Guess what’s my favorite room? SYP’s library! Guilty bookworm. Yes. To be honest, I just feel so privileged to work there. I have never worked for an agency where the culture was so healthy and inspiring among the team, nor where food and tampons were available for free. High five SYP.

Brackens’ allegories
In Darling Divined, Diedrick Brackens uses woven textiles to speak about the complexities of black and queer identity in the United States. I thought it was extremely powerful to interlace cotton to refer to the transatlantic slave trade.

Noguchi Museum
As soon as I entered the museum, I felt peaceful. Noguchi’s sculptures are puzzling, abstract, raw, melancholic and poetic. They reminded me of the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi.  

☐ 1 thing that made sense to me

My heart belongs to the city
I love how these few sentences below, from the book [bai], summarize New York City. They feel true. Everything I experience here is intense. NYC makes me smile and cry with its multiple oxymorons. It unleashed the best parts of me. The parts that don’t belong anywhere else but here. It really feels good to reconnect with them as I am back.

○ 1 Question

Can death be beautiful?
I went to Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the first rural cemeteries in America; also a war historic site. The architecture of the mausoleums, sculptures, monuments and pathways are majestic. Clearly, death is a business. I just don’t know if it is a beautiful one or not.