DIAKADI GALLERY FEATURED ARTIST: JOHN HERSEY

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DIAKADI GALLERY FEATURED ARTIST: JOHN HERSEY

John Sherlock Hersey is considered one of the founders of digital illustration. He is the principal of John Hersey Illustration in Larkspur, California, where his clients include Sony, Bandai, Le Monde, Wired, the Times of London, Swatch, the New York Times, Newsweek, and Benetton. John has designed watch faces for Swatch, an Absolut Vodka ad, pattern designs for Esprit, on-air IDs for Nickelodeon, font designs distributed with Emigre, and various logos including the XM satellite radio logo.

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The Best Fall Sports Movies You’ve Never Seen

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The Best Fall Sports Movies You’ve Never Seen

Everybody needs inspiration from time to time.  Many of us athletes look to sports movies to inspire us as well as to entertain us.  However, watching the same movies over and over can be as dull as an hour on the treadmill.  To keep you focused through rest of the fall sports season, we have compiled a list of our favorite little-known movies featuring Football, Cycling, Soccer, Boxing, Martial Arts, and Hockey. Take a gander and see if one or two of these gems can help you get you out of a slump, inspire you in your training, or at the very least entertain you.

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FIT for HER: Raising Funds for Clean Water

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FIT for HER: Raising Funds for Clean Water

Every December I set intentions to strive for in the upcoming year. While writing my intentions in 2015, I had this desire to REALLY give back and spend time working with an organization that speaks to me. I discovered The Her Initiative through the power of Instagram seeing the lovely Jenna Kutcher talk about her experience. Since then I kept 'Her' on my radar and was inspired by their efforts, grace and compassion. 

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Are They Straight or Are They Out:  Foot Position for the Squat

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Are They Straight or Are They Out: Foot Position for the Squat

As  fitness professionals, we have been squatting for a long time. We learned to squat with “proper” form, and that form was reinforced by certifying organizations like NASM, NSCA, and CHEK.  As part of the certification process, we’ve been trained on not only how to squat properly, but how to evaluate other people’s squats.  And you know what?  Other people have different squatting forms—particularly with respect to their foot position—depending on the form their trainers or coaches or health gurus favored.  As a fundamental building block of fitness, you might think there was consensus as to how a squat ought to be done.  But, if you scratch the surface, you’ll find that the fitness industry has its very own “Cola Wars”, and depending on their background, trainers can be just as passionate about the correct foot position for a squat as any child of the ‘80s was about Coke vs. Pepsi.    

Some lifters position their feet straight ahead and others use some degree of external rotation (outward turn) for foot position.  How does foot position effect the mechanics of the squat?  In other words, should I squat with my feet straight ahead or should they be rotated out?  If you ask a panel of kinesiologists, physical therapists, and biomechanists—professionals who are best qualified to opine on form—you’ll find that even within disciplines there’s not a clear favorite.

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DIAKADI GALLERY FEATURED ARTIST: JENNY PHILLIPS.

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DIAKADI GALLERY FEATURED ARTIST: JENNY PHILLIPS.

This quarter, we proudly feature the art of Jenny Phillips. Jenny has been painting and print making for 30 years. She uses paper, wax, watercolor, oil, graphite and other media to explore the interplay between line-work, surface, and texture. Influenced by shapes and patterns found in nature, she creates subtle and meditative artworks, focusing on the evocation of mood rather than the depiction of form. She strives for an austere beauty, achieved through the use of a restrained vocabulary. 

"My work centers on feeling, rather than ideology. I am drawn to quietness, subtlety and understatement. I want to evoke the mood and luminosity that coastal light and organic form inspire, seeking a balance between simplicity and a rich sensory quality."

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