Photo by Derick McKinney on Unsplash Photo by Derick McKinney on Unsplash

Santa Monica sunset

Hidden in plain sight from Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains offer easy access to surprisingly wild places.

Beaches along the Malibu coast include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach. State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador.

The Santa Monica mountain range extends approximately 40 miles (64 km) east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County. The western mountains, separating the Conejo Valley from Malibu, suddenly end at Mugu Peak as the rugged, nearly impassible shoreline gives way to tidal lagoons and coastal sand dunes of the alluvial Oxnard Plain.

The mountain range contributed to the isolation of this vast coastal plain before regular transportation routes reached western Ventura County. The eastern mountains form a barrier between the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles Basin, separating “the Valley“ on the north and west-central Los Angeles on the south. The Santa Monica Mountains are parallel to the Santa Susana Mountains, which are located directly north of the mountains across the San Fernando Valley.

Photo by Derick McKinney shot with iPhone XS was published on August 10, 2019.

Print to Web, LA edition

Spread from Stoned magazine
Spread from STONED #03 magazine

01 Notes

This week's design was inspired by STONED zine a surfing lifestyle magazine published in Seoul, Korea.

Design by Young Seok Hong 홍영석 who also is the editor in chief. I discovered Issue #03 Far East Movement while shopping for magazines at Hennessey + Ingalls bookstore in downtown LA Art's District.

The color gradient screen on text idea was inspired by a tweet originating out of the Stuff & Nonsense studio in Flintshire, North Wales from creative director Andy Clarke who wanted to style columns for an inspired design, Dan Davies another trouble-maker designer | developer and new friend in Holywell, Wales came up with the Print to CSS idea, added z-index to stack content in a grid column and Dave Cross, in Calagary, Canada suggested trying mix-blend-mode on a pseudo element. I added a linear-gradient to my layout.

Pretty amazing how inspired design decisions can seamlessly move across the globe—from LA to Seoul to Flintshire to Holywell to Calagary and back again. Surfing the web. So begins my print to web 52-week project.