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Latest Project: Love is for Losers

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

Years ago, when I was still at the University of Houston trying to make a website for laughs, I went to my neighborhood tennis courts, set up my dad's camcorder on the ground, and kneeled on the court waiting for the timer to take a picture.

I thought was so clever and well designed, art directed, and copywritten when I made it in the mid-2000s

I thought was so clever and well designed, art directed, and copywritten when I made it in the mid-2000s

Unable to face the shame of my poorly designed past, I opened up my computer and started noodling around, starting with seeing the four different Grand Slam tournament courts.

I tried making a pattern with the Wimbledon grass courts because the treading would be interesting, but it ended up being too busy. So I tried the French courts cause it was simple, has that discoloration from running around everywhere, and that clay color's kinda nice…even if it's French.

After lettering in Procreate and ping-ponging the PSD back and forth between my computer and iPad, I finally got it the way I wanted it to turn into postcards and send to every loveless person I know. Including myself. On a Friday night.

Send this postcard to your ex who you no longer see or think about but occasionally see on your social feed and is totally doing really well and is super happy now but it's no big deal because you're happy for her and it's for the best, and you're doing ok, too, you know?

Love is for Losers (2017). Digital

Latest Project: The New York City Skyline Index

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I don't think I've shared the story of how my roommates and I got into our Greenpoint apartment a year ago.

Long story short, we saw a listing with a deck and an amazing view that was a little over our budget but we all said, "Hey, if it's our last apartment in NYC, we might as well do it big."

This is kinda the view from my apartment but from a much higher elevation. I used Google maps to figure out the names of buildings and totally forgot there was this 3D Maps feature that made things so much more easier.

This is kinda the view from my apartment but from a much higher elevation. I used Google maps to figure out the names of buildings and totally forgot there was this 3D Maps feature that made things so much more easier.

So after we visited the apartment with our broker, we were writing the check when the broker got off the phone and told us someone had already put their deposit in. Our hearts sank, but she suggested try putting in a little more money and maybe that would help.

Well, you know what else would help? The building owner being in Israel for Passover and not doing any business and therefore not getting that initial deposit and then seeing our deposit.

So in the first few weeks of standing on our new deck looking out at this dumb city, I always wondered what buildings are what. So a year later, after renewing the lease…the questions are finally answered. The dumb Manhattan Skyline Index.

Here's an enlarged version where you can press back and forth to see all the dumb building names (i.e. The Wang Building).

This was taken in December 2016 and since then, a luxury condo high-res as large as the building on the far left has been erected directly in front of the Empire State Building obstructing everything.

New York City, man.

I also took another series of images in March during the day that I stitched together, but I didn't like how it looked. I mean, the sunrise image I used for the poster has the Chrysler Building's Shadow on the MetLife Building. And plus it's evidence that I woke up during a sunrise once. This one's just ok…couldn't get the sky to blend together, but you should see it anyway.

I also took another series of images in March during the day that I stitched together, but I didn't like how it looked. I mean, the sunrise image I used for the poster has the Chrysler Building's Shadow on the MetLife Building. And plus it's evidence that I woke up during a sunrise once. This one's just ok…couldn't get the sky to blend together, but you should see it anyway.

Latest Project: @Grey Instagram

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Every week, one employee gets to take over Grey's Instagram. By choice.

Since I was wrapping up my year with Ego's Deck Dream, I decided to apply what I learned from drawing an animal every day into drawing some animals for a week for my employer.

Below is my week's takeover along with process video and some commentary no one asked for.

Sidenote: Every person's takeover has to start with a selfie.


Monday, May 29, 2017 (AM Post)

At the Grey Centennial party, there was a bedazzling station that my friend convinced me to go get bedazzled after a bit of drinking. Yes I bring my selfie stick to the club. Everyone hates it until the next day when they want to see their faces.

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Monday, May 29, 2017 (PM Post)

I went to Dia:Beacon with my friend Casey the week before. It was a rainy day and I lost her in the Richard Serra installation cause she walked into the spirals and all I could hear were her shoes.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I come here when work gets to be unnecessarily stressful. 

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This was the second game of our second season and we won.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

I've never bought shoes from Flight Club in my entire life, but I stop into their stores often. Why I don't know.


Friday, June 2, 2017

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

This is my favorite bodega in the city. It's East Village Grocers on 9th and 2nd in my old neighborhood. They carry all sorts of stuff. Vegemite, Kinder Eggs, Ben and Jerry's Mint Chocolate Chip. Everything. They used to have a bodega cat but she passed away. 

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Sunday, June 4, 2017 (AM Post)

Also views from my old neighborhood.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017 (PM Post)

I had to bring a waterproof iPhone sleeve into the pool, wait for the kid doing the private swim lesson to get out of the pool so the next kid doing the private swim lesson could get in, so I could take my phone underwater and get a shot where there were no kids learning how to swim.

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Though I didn't break the social media engagement records that I wanted to, it was fun, but stressful. And if there's one thing I learned this week, it's that social media algorithms are the absolute worst.

Latest Project: Houston Astros Space Race

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While walking Ego, Mark and I were talking about one of our usual three things. This time, it was sports, specifically how the Braves have a Freeze race around the track.

Why didn't Houston have something like that? The Nationals have the Presidents Race and the Brewers have the Sausage Race. Shouldn't the Houston Astros have the Space Race?

I laid in bed thinking about this Space Race. Should it be a competition of the space dogs that were involuntarily flown into orbit? Or American versus Soviet space capsules? I couldn't sleep cause I was so excited about what this Space Race could possibly be, when it hit me.

I got into work the next day and spent my morning cooking this up.

Coming to you in 2018 after the Astros win their first World Series.

Latest Project: Valentine's Day Cards

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A couple years ago, my work partner asked our coworker who was walking by if she would hypothetically go out on a date with me. She laughed and said no. Then I asked her if she'd just gerrymander me out of the friend zone and into her heart. She just kept laughing as she walked towards the kitchen to fill her up water bottle.

Undeterred by a hypothetical rejection to a hypothetical question, yet still hurting from the rejection and harboring the feelings inside, I finally got around to making the Valentine's Day card I'd been meaning to make since that day two years later.

Click to download

Click to download

Anyway, she's dating another coworker now, so this card is for any elected official who's fighting voter suppression.

Latest Project: Project Notebooks

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I make a lot of loose projects for whatever stupid reason and sometimes, I need to go back into this stupid projects and make adjustments but when I open it up, there's all these tiny details that I forget about or adjustments like fonts and whatnots and I can't keep track because these projects are stupid and meaningless but damn it, I still care about them, so I made a project notebook to keep track of things like versions, layers, location it was saved and other stuff.

And whenever I've made enough dumb projects, I'll probably make more and print them out professionally instead of printing them at Kinko's and cutting them out myself at home.

These are those covers recycled from previous paintings that served no purpose.

See? Sometimes I need to go back to old projects and that's why I need a notebook for them.

Latest Project: Skyline Paintings

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The evenings out on our deck have been nice, laying slow and working slow and all. But after taking, like, 20 pictures of the thing, I needed to change things up while getting back in the habit of working on the iPad and Procreate app. Daily schedules and habits have changed after the move.

So I'm keeping a diary of sorts, chronicling the skyline and things that happen around it.

To see the every deck dream, visit the Instagram or full gallery.

Latest Project: Lone Star

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In the past, I've made things to commemorate Texas' Independence Day. And as the organizer of Grey's Texas Meet-Ups, I made another thing for Texas Independence Day.

Happy 180th! 

Happy 180th! 

I took this picture when I was in El Paso for my Home project, and I'm beginning to wonder if that entire 50-state trip was to take a bunch of stock photos for my other projects. 

Latest Project: Sports Clock

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Years ago, I made a sports calendar chart and hinted that baseball season was boring.

The people did not like that. And the tennis people didn't appreciate that the tennis season was just the four major titles with no tournaments in the middle, so I remade the chart.

This chart is wrong and inaccurate. Please don't download this. Get the correct one  here .

This chart is wrong and inaccurate. Please don't download this. Get the correct one here.

This chart is not well designed. Please don't download this. Get the correct one  here .

This chart is not well designed. Please don't download this. Get the correct one here.

Did the people like this one more? I suppose so. Friend of the blog, I Love Charts, asked if I'd like to include my the sports chart in their upcoming book.

If you don't want to download the JPG of the poster  here , you may buy the book  there .

If you don't want to download the JPG of the poster here, you may buy the book there.

Since then, I decided to make this into a real calendar. My old watch had a dial that took a year to make a full revolution and I wanted this sports chart to have the same mechanic.

Surely that thing had to exist on Amazon? No.

Ok, but surely it wouldn't be too hard to make? I seeked help on Craigslist and it was definitely hard to make.

After a little more searching, I found a Kickstarter where a guy did just that and called it "The Present". I waited patiently to buy his clock because it was out of my price range for $200, so in the meantime, I printed out the chart and attached it to the box it'd be glued to with rubber bands. Here are some things that happened in those three years:

  • Updated the chart and cleaned it up (2013)
  • Went to Boston to see the Houston Texans play the New England Patriots play in the Divisional Playoffs (2013)
  • Dwight Howard became a Houston Rocket (2013)
  • Visited all 50 states (2013)
  • Started a job at Grey (2014)
  • Got dunked on in Tompkins Square Park (2014)
  • Helped lead the Grey volleyball team to a 2-8 losing record (2014)
  • Warmed the Grey basketball team's bench (2015)
  • Tore my ACL and meniscus while playing basketball elsewhere (2015)
  • Watched the Houston Astros beat the Yankees in a Wild Card game and got food, insults and slurs thrown at me (2015)
  • Houston Rockets went to Western Conference Finals while I was in Thailand (2015)
  • Houston Cougars became AAC Champs and beat FSU in the Peach Bowl (2015)

Finally, a tweet promoting a Black Friday sale gave me the opportunity to buy The Present. When it came, I admired the artistry of the thing then gutted it for its parts and repurposed it for my thing. Everything is a remix.

Now as the days, months and sports season go by, I can know not only which hat to wear before leaving the apartment, but when to expect extremely boring ESPN Top 10 highlights. (It's July. Baseball highlights are boring, guys.)

Ego models my assortment of lucky hats.

Latest Project: Space Patches for the Houston Rockets

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In the second grade, an astronaut visited our class. I got some space patch stickers out of it and I wish I got to collect more. I didn't but it's still below my childhood bed in a box.

Then a couple years later, the Houston Rockets won their first championship. And another one after that. 1995 was my moon landing.

I decided to put the two together and make space patches of some notable Rockets seasons so some kid somewhere can collect fictional space patches for a sport.

Some research

Some research

Some sketches

Some sketches

There were a lot of great seasons to choose from but I made my favorite nine.

If you can guess what each patch is for, then you win a Larry O'Brien Trophy too!

Finally I made them into patches. Not because it was easy, but because it was hard.

Please note that not once during these project did I say a derivative of "Houston, you have a problem," joke because Houstonians don't say that.

Latest Project: Redoing NYC's Heat Regulation Chart

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My landlord is a slumlord. And I'm sure most of New York's landlords/slumlords are also scumbags.

And though there's an infographic to make in those two sentences, that wouldn't help anyone. Instead, I made remade this chart because I'm always having to check the NYC's 311 page and look at this image to see if it's time to report Eric for not turning the heat on.

Eric's a real scumbag, guys.

Eric's a real scumbag, guys.

It always takes a minute for me to figure that thing out. I mean…I know looking into your neighbor's apartment is a New York tradition, but a 311 chart is not the place draw a lady brushing her teeth through her bathroom window. In fact, that's probably something that would warrant a call to 911.

So I made this and printed out some copies for my neighbors living in the gentrified slums of New York. Get yours in the /downloads.

Knowledge is power. Power is energy. And energy is heat and hot water.

I grew up in Alief, so I live by the "Snitches Get Stitches" rule, but I make an exception for Eric.

Latest Project: I'd Rather Die Than Diet poster

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I'd Rather Die Than Diet, 2015. Sour belts on paper.

I keep snacks at my desk and coworkers like to swing by. Sometimes to talk, but mainly for the snacks.

One time, my frequent friend Amanda swung down and turned down some snacks cause she was dieting and one of us said, I'd rather die than diet.

Thus, these pages of sketches like this were drawn in my notebook:

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Next step required buying bags and bags of sour belts from Lower East Side's Economy Candy and lay it all out.

Touch-ups include: softening shadows and removing lines, stray candy pieces, and pins

I made some prints and gave it to some friends and coworkers, including Amanda. I'd even put it in the office kitchen but I'm certain it'd be removed fairly quickly

For the record, I'd rather diet than die, but perhaps a diet of Ben and Jerry's is the best way to go.

Latest Project: HOUSTON

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I have some paintings and a proposal I need to finish, but this idea popped in my head. This is what procrastination looks like.

I outlined the Sam Houston Monument in Illustrator and placed it on a photo of Houston I took in 2011 when I was on my way to Colorado.

Used the bottom one. Not the blue one.

Used the bottom one. Not the blue one.

I can't resist a good opportunity to run the gradient through some hue adjustments. This is what procrastination tastes like:

City of the Candy, according to Houston's own, Mike Jones.

Latest Project: White Elephant poster

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For three years now, my dear friend has been hosting a White Elephant party. To make up for the quality of the gifts I've wrapped for the past two years, I made this poster for her.

A lot of people wondered why it's a photo of seals. Is it because they're all fat and lazy, they audibly wondered? Well no.

They're elephant seals. I could have used my other photos of elephants but they're circus elephants and that's just too sad.

Anyway, Merry Christmas.

Latest Project: Kitchen Art

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If Cannes gave awards for stupid signs in the kitchen, I think I'd get shortlisted. Or someone would pay for my entry, at least.

July 28, 2014: No microwaving Salmon or Bass in Grey's microwave. (Removed 12 hours later)

July 28, 2014: No microwaving Salmon or Bass in Grey's microwave.
(Removed 12 hours later)

June 27, 2012: A friendly reminder at Leo Burnett NY to bump fists by closing the fridge door all the way. (Remained for months.

June 27, 2012: A friendly reminder at Leo Burnett NY to bump fists by closing the fridge door all the way.
(Remained for months.

April 11, 2011: All the creative interns were put in the kitchen, so there were busy bees and angry bees. (Removed a couple days later)

April 11, 2011: All the creative interns were put in the kitchen, so there were busy bees and angry bees.
(Removed a couple days later)

Latest Project: US Soccer in the World Cup

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I love the World Cup and the Olympics because three times every four years, different countries with differing politics come together to a predetermined location and violentlessly battle it out according to predetermined rules until someone goes home a winner and everyone else a loser.

We, as humans, can't even agree on how to prevent melting polar ice caps, end modern slavery or settle border disputes, but somehow we,  as the same aforementioned humans, can agree on when a ball is out of bounds.

That's incredible.

And if we can somehow apply this binary, objective logic to the world's more important issues, who's to say the planet wouldn't be a better place? Surely Space Jam is a good case study on settling matters on the court for the sake of humanity.

Throughout the World Cup, I made things to support our soccer players on social media, besides the Soccer-Spangled Banner.

Stars and Emoji Stripes:   twitter.com/nathanhoang/status/478668415402389504  Before our first match versus Ghana, June 16, 2014

Stars and Emoji Stripes: twitter.com/nathanhoang/status/478668415402389504
Before our first match versus Ghana, June 16, 2014

What's more American than math that adds up to a rapper who goes by "2 Chainz?" June 17, after Brooks scored a goal in the final minutes to put USA up 2-1 against Ghana.

What's more American than math that adds up to a rapper who goes by "2 Chainz?"
June 17, after Brooks scored a goal in the final minutes to put USA up 2-1 against Ghana.

Pre-Anthem tweet for the USA vs Portugal match on June 22, 2014.

Pre-Anthem tweet for the USA vs Portugal match on June 22, 2014.

Dug into the archives for this one, before the USA vs Portugal match on June 22, 2014

Dug into the archives for this one, before the USA vs Portugal match on June 22, 2014

Banner Yet Waves June 26, 2014. Before the deciding USA vs Germany match that would get us out of Group Stage

Banner Yet Waves
June 26, 2014. Before the deciding USA vs Germany match that would get us out of Group Stage

Before the USA vs Belgium match on July 1, 2014

Before the USA vs Belgium match on July 1, 2014

After the USMNT's early exit in the Quarterfinals after the Belgium game, July 1, 2014.

After the USMNT's early exit in the Quarterfinals after the Belgium game, July 1, 2014.

Latest Project: Annotated Résumé on RapGenius

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I'm not a big fan of LinkedIn. It's like eating quinoa. You know it's good for you, but you just can't get behind it.

So I put my résumé on RapGenius and annotated it with the work I did along with a little background information.

I like a clean, minimal résumé that doesn't go much into detail, and I liked Bill Simmon's insane approach to footnotes in The Book of Basketball, so this combines those two likes and gets retweeted by RapGenius, which results in a little chaos.

It also helps memorialize Ocho, the first dog I ever really cared for, when I took him out for walks around Montrose during my first post-college job.

Rest in peace, Ocho.

Latest Project: Soccer-Spangled Banner

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Germany’s language is like their flag: unpleasant.

English is a Germanic language, sure, but at least when Betsy Ross put the Star-Spangled Banner together, she picked an awesome color palette and an awesome pattern.

I’m a little early for Flag Day and (Founding) Father’s Day but with the World Cup underway, this one’s for Team USA.

A couple years ago, I made a patterned flag for Team USA while they competed in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and hung it over my building's roof so our neighbors wouldn't get our allegiance mixed up.

Pattern-Spangled Banner , 2012.

Pattern-Spangled Banner, 2012.

This year, we have new neighbors (I think?), therefore, this.

Latest Project: NBA Rookie, Troy Daniels' Twitter Profile Picture

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After the Houston Rockets' first-round, game-four, 2013-04 playoff game loss, the Trail Blazers' deplorable Mo Williams started beef with Rockets rookie and hero of Game Three, Troy Daniels.

Nobody really knows the back story between the two guys with pluralized first names as last names (not even Troy), but when Troy Daniels put up better numbers than Mo Williams in Game Five, I made this:

The Rockets ended up losing the series in a heart-breaking, last-second shot but there were a lot of good takeaways from the season, specifically the series. One of which, include the time when Troy Daniels used this image for his new Twitter profile picture.

Way to go, Rookie. See you next year.