Exploring San Francisco

December 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Is it possible to explore every block of a 7-mile by 7-mile city? I intend to find out!

A couple weeks ago Cassidie, Esther and I were walking around Russian Hill and found a cool little alleyway. I started wondering how I could discover every hidden gem in the city, and how I could track where I’ve been. I’ve already documented my fascination with maps, and this is another map-focused project.

As a byproduct, if you want a really huge map of San Francisco (12,000 x 10,000 pixels) compiled from Google Maps screenshots, here you go.

First, here’s a map of San Francisco showing the three places I’ve lived and where I work as a reference for the other maps:

I’m sure my cell phone and the NSA know everywhere I’ve been in the city, but I don’t know how to access that info. The best I can do is look at exercise apps and credit card statements. I used the Nike+ app to pull up every running route I’ve taken in the city since last summer:

You can see that hills and traffic lights make some parts of the city less runable than others. I’ve spent a lot of time on Market Street, on the Embarcadero, and in Golden Gate Park (as well as the Panhandle east of Golden Gate Park and the Wiggle which connects the Panhandle to Market).

Next is my biking map compiled from rides recorded on Strava:

The biking map is less adventurous than the running map. It’s mostly the 5.6 mile ride from the Sunset to work that I make ten times a week, once again connecting Golden Gate Park to Market via the Wiggle. There are a few other rides, like our ride to church last summer when we lived in the Mission. Next month Esther will be 9 months old, the approved biking age for a baby. I’m hoping our biking adventures spread out once we can go as a family.

I also looked at credit card statements (and racked my brain on cash purchases and work lunches) to see where we’ve dined, shopped, and otherwise spent money in the city:

The blue dots are restaurants, the green dots are grocery stores, and the orange dots are everything else. The bigger the dot, the more times we’ve been. There are clusters around our apartment in the Sunset, our former apartment in the Mission, and my office. You can see that we’ve made our way around the city in search of greasy things that make us poor.

Here is the combined map for running, biking, and spending (click the image for a bigger view):

Now to figure out everywhere I’ve walked…

Hi Maddy

December 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm

After the success of Bobo’s welcome home sign, we were asked to make another Cupmunicate for Bobo’s sister, Maddy, who came home from an LDS mission this month.

I didn’t bring my laptop to Utah, so I had to go old school with the design:

But it turned out great! And we managed to set it up without getting run over by the train.


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The font Dude helped us capture those desert vibes.

Aladdin Sane Spreadsheet

November 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

Mosaics are fun, especially when done in the most inefficient way possible. Here’s a spreadsheet where every cell is filled a different color. Put them together and what do you get? David Bowie! You have to kind of squint and scoot back a little. Or just take my word for it.

Edit: RIP Bowie

Red Pencil League

August 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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I made a logo for the first annual Red Pencil fantasy football league here at work.

EDIT: I didn’t win the league. It was all for naught.

The logo is all Good News Sans all the time.

Esther of Puppets

April 14, 2015 at 11:42 pm

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There’s a new addition to the Designer-in-Law family! She hasn’t twisted our minds or smashed our dreams, but she does know how to pull the strings. Sure is cute though.

The image uses Tide Sans and is, of course, a Metallica rip-off.

Poeltl Power

March 22, 2015 at 12:48 am

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Utah Football has had an amazing couple decades, and I can’t wait for Jim Harbaugh & Co. to visit Rice-Eccles Stadium in September. But I grew up watching Keith Van Horn, Andre Miller, Michael Doleac, and The Big Sweater. In my mind, Utah will always be a basketball school. It’s been awesome to see Coach Krystkowiak turn things around on the hill, and Jakob Poeltl is going to be dominating fools next season.


March 17, 2015 at 1:33 am

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This post, like so many of my posts, goes out to a set of t-shirts that will probably never be printed. Long live the Andersen Tax running team!

Click through to the larger image to see the many faces of Good News Sans. Wow—what a font! And of course, a big thanks to the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Same As Last Year

March 15, 2015 at 12:44 am

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The four most important words for any new accountant.

Rice-Eccles Revisited

February 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm

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I’ve updated my old Rice-Eccles Stadium into a set of wallpapers available at www.dahlelama.com.  There is now a Clean version (above) and a Subdued version (below).  Check out the site to pick a size and download the wallpaper.

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J. Reuben Clark-o-Lantern

October 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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The great J. Reuben Clark was immortalized in pumpkin form to promote the SBA’s Halloween Party. Here’s the animated version:

The typeface featured is, what else, the Danzig font!