The blog of Ready State, a creative agency
The Sounds of Chinatown
On recent walks through Chinatown, we captured the sounds of the neighborhood through which we walk to work—and in which we grab lunch and happy hour drinks.
The sounds of North Beach
The identity of where you live is in large part how it looks, feels, and smells. It's also in how it sounds, many of which we tune out. Here's what our North Beach neighborhood sounds like, from tai chi in the morning to the clubs at night.
How to live in Herb Caen’s San Francisco
The late San Francisco Chronicle culture columnist, who made “three dot” journalism famous while articulating the city's unique qualities, loved North Beach and knew how to experience it.
A trail of words: Literary life in North Beach
The Beats and beyond. From Trieste to Vesuvio, The Godfather to The Dharma Bums, Coppola to Kerouac, take a poetic tour of Ready State’s San Francisco neighborhood.
Of flying books, pianos, and appliances
Sculptural artist Brian Goggin’s imaginative installations light up corners of several San Francisco neighborhoods, including Ready State’s.
Was our North Beach office really ever a barn?
We at Ready State have discovered that “The Barn” was once a nightclub featured in a 1950s film noir, and it hosted a famous sculptor and an influential magazine editor.
New SF: Re-creating old photos of North Beach
Armed with OldSF’s interactive map, which lets you tour historical images of San Francisco, we snapped photos at the same North Beach neighborhood spots and then compared the two.