Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Finally, they're alive! It's weird to think that I've managed to design two pairs of real skis... what happened?! Ha. 

Can't wait to check my birds out in person!

 Thanks again, Parlor!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ugly pretty... or just ugly?

Time to spice things up a bit! I've decided to go for the ugly aesthetic today, and what I ended up with was this somewhat-artsy, bad-90s-videogame-graphics thing that I have very ambivalent feelings toward. When I look at it, I get this weird taste in my mouth that usually only appears when I'm surrounded by lots of gray-colored objects (e.g. those ugly tiles with lego texture, gray walls, etc.). Ahhhh make it stop!

"Ski free"

Monday, July 22, 2013


A lot of people I know are really into road biking. This is something I will never understand, as I hate both biking near cars and driving near bikes. If there are any hills involved, forget it. The stress! The anger! The crotchal pain! And those leotard... costumes... You freaks.

Anyway, from the most unenthusiastic cyclist ever to the most hardcore one I know -- happy belated, R! 


Thursday, July 11, 2013


I'm trying to juggle so many things right now. Everything's a colorful blur -- it's like looking through a kaleidoscope!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Thanks for the kind messages -- I can't wait to crush it out on the slopes with my very own pair of Parlor skis this upcoming season! :)

I wanted to share some of the Heron and Sparrow iterations I went through before we decided on the final designs. I got overly-attached to some (ok, maybe all) of these... I figured I'd showcase them so they'd at least live on in the internet world. 

Man, I really thought I'd barf if I had to look at another heron or sparrow graphic again, but I'm already getting a bit nostalgic for those days of design-induced hair pulling and forehead pounding. Ha.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Parlor Skis

When I first started this blog, I had vague notions about becoming a mega-successful, ultra-powerful, real-life ski designer (ok, maybe not as vague as they were pompous). I always tend to get carried away when I start out on a promising project or endeavor (e.g. when I started re-learning how to ice skate at age 17 and got complimented by the instructor on my "great sense of balance", I immediately had visions of competing in the next Olympics). However, these farfetched imaginings have inevitably faded as time after time, I realize that I don't have the ginormous resolve required to make them come even a little bit true. 

This time, things haven't taken the usual, fizzling route. A few months ago, thanks to a series of fortunate events (such as meeting my dear friend MARY!), I was put in touch with the guys behind Parlor Skis. Parlor is a small, passion-driven company that's new to the ski game, and its attitude toward the skiing experience really coincides with my own. 

Blah blah blah, I'll get to the point: One fine day, the Parlor dudes, for one reason or another, decided to give me a chance. They had recently decided that their demo fleet for the upcoming ski season would be based on birds, and as such they asked me to do some bird-related mockups. At the time, I didn't know if this would amount to anything, and I decided to treat it as a fun (and immensely exciting!) challenge. Then I got super panicked because I had never actually done real design work before. And because I was in the thick of my Surgery Rotation, notorious for its 4 am mornings. Yeah, I felt really dumb. 

In any event, a zillion man hours and panic attacks and revisions later, I've completed two designs for Parlor, and they are both in production. Yes people, I've managed to design some real skis!!! I wanted to wait until both skis were completely finished to announce this project, but I just couldn't help myself anymore. 

Dun dun dun....

Meet Heron: 

And its real-life counterpart: 

Meet Sparrow: 

I don't have any photos of Sparrow IRL yet, but will share when one becomes available.

My deepest gratitude to Mary and the Parlor guys for making this gal an OFFICIAL SKI DESIGNER! WHOOOOOOOOOOT!

Party party party. 

Have a great weekend, 

Dr. Quinn, (Ski-Designing) Medicine Woman

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!

Hi all, happy July 4th! Hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy some fireworks/sparklers/cake tonight. 

Check back tomorrow for my big announcement! 

"The 4th"

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


I have an exciting announcement to make soon! I've been dying to share, but wanted to wait until everything was in place.

Here's a hint... it has something to with birds... 

Stay tuned!

"Bird brain"