I’m still digesting it’s already September. Visited Colmar, a town just an hour away from Strasbourg and navigated its little cobblestone streets filled with German, Italian and Spanish tourists in the sweltering heat. I’m learning all the Catalan I can before October so I can at least have some basic interaction with the locals in their language —not that they don’t speak Spanish, but still— and Duolingo has come in handy once more. A month to go!

Things I’m working on

Radiographista has been featured for the second time among the top 3 design Tumblr blogs by Creative Bloq; they did the same last year and that skyrocketed the visits and follow growth for the website. With this, technically every country with unrestricted internet access in America (the continent, duh), Europe and Asia have visited the blog and that makes me very proud.

I’ve come up with the first renderings of La Peninsular flag; I’d show them here but since I haven’t discussed them with the client they better remain under wraps. Things are moving, tho!

I have a big social gathering mid-September —it’s the Mexican evening on the 16th— and I ordered business cards for the occasion. Deciding what design to use was difficult and I just couldn’t settle for one, so I’m glad I opted for Moo prints and I can’t wait for them to be delivered.

Things I’ve enjoyed

Started watching Veep and I’m almost through with the second season. It has a vibe of Parks & Recreation without the mockumentary factor but still a relentless avalanche of one punch-line after the other. The writers are phenomenally talented and I’m glad I’m starting so late to watch it because it means I can binge on it right away.

A little while ago I watched Voyage of Time, by Terrence Malick and Cate Blanchett as the narrator; it’s more of a visual documentary with narrated poetry than a commercial film and even though it does feel very much like Malick’s earlier Tree of Life, the piece is lush and riveting, with a palpable awe for the universe we live in. A film that must be experienced on the big screen.

Things I’m struggling with

So now that I’m dealing with invoices within the European Union, I need a VAT Number so I can deduct the TVA from products I buy for my business. Unsurprisingly the French Finance Ministry has guaranteed there’s very convoluted paperwork involved, with complete disregard to questions addressed to them via email and no point in trying to set up an appointment because their website doesn’t work and they don’t book any via phone.

Things I’ve learnt

Vox released a video on the art behind fade-outs in contemporary music and it’s a good bit of education in music theory. What I didn’t know is that fade-outs have their origin in astrophysics and that bit blew my mind.

Things I’m listening to

Nothing necessarily new in essence but I keep learning new things and looking forward every new episode these two podcasts have.

99% Invisible talked about the creative process and actual paperwork behind creating a new emoji and which people control the whole thing. It’s rather fascinating. They even made a retelling of the whole piece using emoji, which is brilliant.