Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holiday cheer

Perhaps the beginning of a new tradition, I sent out CDs with MP3 files for 11 albums released in 2008 that I found myself listening to over and over throughout the year, and a drawing to accompany the disc.
Albums on the disc in order of release date: 
City and Colour–Bring Me Your Love
Bon Iver–For Emma, Forever Ago
Born Ruffians–Red, Yellow & Blue
The Dodos–Visiter
The Tallest Man on Earth–Shallow Grave
Andy Dixon–The Mice of Mt. Career
Langhorne Slim–Langhorne Slim & the War Eagles
Fleet Foxes–Fleet Foxes
Haley Bonar–Big Star
Wolf Parade–At Mount Zoomer
The Dutchess and the Duke–She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke

Monday, December 22, 2008

Music City, USA

I took a weekend trip to Nashville, TN to visit a good friend of mine. I got a great taste of the city in just a couple days as the weekend was jam-packed with sight-seeing, excellent food and drink, awesome music, and new friends. My little point-and-shoot takes decent pictures (sometimes)..here are a few.

Opryland Hotel:

Hands down best pancakes ever:
Parthenon replica/art museum

entertaining awning:
Phil Hummer & The White Falcons at the Full Moon Saloon
Determined to see a show here in the future:
Vic is an excellent tour guide.
car dealership ferris wheel?
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

A cat found us near the hill overlooking the city
Awesome signage painting on the side of a building. I wish I had a better photo of it.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Rockin' screen saver

A screen saver I made in Quartz Composer based off imagery from an animation I'm (STILL!) working on for Motion Graphics. The semester is over, but the animation still needs work, so I'll post it when I feel like it's up to par. The rocking chair man rocks back and forth, the frame displays the current date and time, and an RSS feed of upcoming Minneapolis concerts scrolls from behind the radio. I'm posting this from home and somehow when I opened this up again in Quartz, the feed switched from Minneapolis to Cedarburg...weird. It knows where I am...but I'm not quite sure why that happened. Oil Can Harry at Circle B tomorrow, anyone? haha.

The Meaning of Life

This book was the final project for my Publication Design class. Much of my focus this semester has been on how the internet has changed the way we interact with others and understand the world. I decided to take life's obligatory unanswerable question, 'What is the meaning of life?' and display the results as an "answer" according to Wikipedia and Google image search. The Wikipedia article entries at the beginning of each image result section are meant to be informational, while recognizing that Wikipedia results can be misconstrued. The words put into Google image search are taken from the 25 linked words within the first paragraph of the Wikipedia definition for "meaning of life." Each word is represented in a section, divided by blue half gate-folded pages. The images range from humorous and naive to surprising and curious. The forward to the book is an excerpt from Thomas Friedman's book The World is Flat. In the back of the book there is a section representing disambiguations, or popular culture references for 'The Meaning of Life.'

Snowed in

The reason I'm not leaving for Nashville today:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Old school

I was browsing the local news sites from my hometown and I came across the website of the high school from the next town over and decided I should check out my own high school's website since I haven't looked at it since I attended school there. I was pleasantly surprised that the design of it is pretty clean and easy to navigate, unlike Grafton's, the next town over, which is kind of hideous (note the awesome Christmas tree type). On my high school's website, there was a link to the Cedarburg Education Foundation and I remembered that they use my logo that I designed as an assignment for my "Commercial Art/Graphic Design" class my senior year. The links are broken on the homepage (LAME!) but I did an image search for CEF and found my SWEET logo! (note my sarcasm.... although I'm sure I thought it was cool at the time).

Sunday, December 7, 2008

More birthday art

The boss man, Tyler, is 32 today. I love birthdays because they give me an excuse to make art for myself and give it as gifts. Here's the card I made for Tyler.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Lazy / Sleepy

I've been listening to these two songs over and over. As I sit here placing captions in the "Symbolic Meaning" section of my book about the meaning of life according to Google, the titles of these two songs resonate in my head as to my projected state of mind after this Friday.

Great video...I've been watching this one over and over as well.
Passion Pit - "Sleepyhead"

Silversun Pickups - "Lazy Eye"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

#24 should be...

...You read this list and immediately post it on your blog.

Another 23 Signs You're Becoming a Design Geek

Learn to spot the warning signs in time – you know you're becoming a design geek when:

1. You smile that spanking-kind-of-smile when you use the CSS property: padding-bottom.

2. You know exactly what I'm referring to when I say "Make my logo bigger".

3. Every now and then you go through a ‘herbal tea’ phase to try and reduce your dependence to coffee, but you always go back to the inky demon eventually.

4. You've caught yourself more than once hitting CTRL or CMD+N when you need a coffee refill...

5. Sleep and nighttime are no longer irrevocably linked.

6. You have woken up in the middle of the night your sleep and started recreating the dream you just had in Photoshop.

7. When getting up, you wish you had a healing brush/patch tool for those unsightly blemishes and undereye luggage.

8. Your keyboard could definitely be someone’s grocery list - you're eating there constantly.

9. You know several Photoshop shortcuts that require 4 fingers
(Shift+Ctrl+Alt+K anyone?).

10. Whenever you see fog on a forested hillside, you think, nature is making a gaussian blur.

11. You're sitting in the movie theater watching the movie titles, shaking your head at how badly they're kerned.

12. Your biggest fear is Papyrus becoming the new Comic Sans.

13. If you could go back in time you wouldn't go back to see the rise and fall of civilizations, you'd go back in time to destroy Comic Sans and Papyrus.

14. Your most romantic date was when you went to see Helvetica by Gary Hustwit.

15. You've considered naming your children things like 'Kern', 'Pica', 'Bézier', 'Nyala', and 'Serif'.

16. You are trying catch the post-it notes at your monitor with your cursor.

17. You know that, by default, if three designs are shown to a client, your least favorite will be chosen - or any combination of worst components of each.

18. You also know that if you ask for more copy it will be sent as a Jpeg; If you ask for images they will be sent as PowerPoint presentations; if you ask for a vector logo, it'll come in the form of a Gif – from their website.

19. You have an uncanny ability to automatically see when something is lined up properly without the need for tools or devices, for instance if a shelf is straight, and where the center of the wall is to hang a picture.

20. And as a direct cause, get an almost uncontrollable urge to adjust a painting that's tilted ever so slightly.

21. And when in doubt, you automatically think CTRL or CMD+;

22. When girls are picking up Vogue and Cosmopolitan drooling over the latest trend in eye makeup and trying to figure out how to accomplish the the same effect, you're drooling over the most amazing 2 page advertising spread you've ever seen - trying to figure out how to accomplish the the same Photoshop effect...

23. You actually understand this post and pass it on to your fellow geeks friends.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Yerba Maté

Drinking Yerba Maté has become a daily ritual. Ben bought us gourds and bombillas to make the experience more authentic.Even Einstein knew the glory of Maté.

Monday, November 24, 2008


A still from my kinetic type animation to the Beastie Boys' Body Movin'...full animation to come in a week or two. Stay tuned.

What is wrong with the world?

Awful Myspace banner advertising. Seriously??

Monday, November 17, 2008


Terese left me a found gift in my studio, a YO! MTV RAPS Beastie Boys 'ProSet MusicCard' trading card from 1991. Uh-mazing!

Friday, November 14, 2008

A midday monarch dream

I just had a bizarre dream. Although I'm interested in what my dreams mean to me, I often make my own assumptions and don't consult dream anaylsis, but I would be interested in what the experts have to say about this one.
I just woke up from an hour-long nap on the futon in my living room. During that hour, I dreamed that hundreds of monarch butterflies started to appear the room where I was sleeping, and throughout my apartment. (I wasn't sleeping in the dream). Butterflies have always made me squeamish...like most other insects with wings. I hate them landing on me. They're beautiful, but I can't handle them being anywhere near me, especially my face. So in the dream, my dad has given me a gift of a live tree for my apartment. Right now, I have a fake tree in my apartment, and the live one from the dream looks just like that one, but not made out of plastic. Along with the appearance of butterflies on the ceiling and walls mostly, a number of ants also start to appear. Someone, who had no identity, but I think represented a close friend, suggested that the insects were coming from the plants in my apartment, especially the new tree. So we were convinced that was the problem. But before I could remove the plants, I had to get rid of the butterflies. I figured out that if I held out my bare arm, the butterflies would cling to it and stay there long enough for me to move around with them. This was the LAST thing I wanted to do, have them land on me, but it had to be done, so I held out my arm and the first round of monarchs attached. In the dream I could feel the wind created by their wings flapping rapidly and their disgusting little legs moving around all over my arm. With my face turned away as much as possible and arm outstretched, I carried the first batch outside into the hallway, then out the front door of my building, letting them get blown away with the wind after which I quickly shut the door. I came back to my apartment and held out my arm again to gather more monarchs. This time I'm pretty sure for some reason I wasn't able to let them go alive. In the dream, there was another method by which I could get rid of the butterflies but it meant they would have to die. I can't tell you exactly how this was done, but I know I had to do it to at least one of the batches of butterflies. While all of this was happening, my friend pointed out to me that the hamster that I have in that same room of my apartment had turned into two hamsters! My hamster had somehow given birth and the other hamster was almost exactly the same size as it already, and somehow I hadn't realized it. I must have taken the new hamster to the vet, or somewhere, because someone with rubber gloves then examined the hamster and told me its sex, which I don't remember. The dream ended after that.

I had no idea that monarch butterflies actually do exist in colonies of hundreds of thousands/millions.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Amazingness from wandaaaa's Flickr

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ode to the 70's

Ode to the great-looking fanny...

Ode to the Service Bureau...
Ode to vegetarianism...

Ode to mary jane and monarchy?...
Ode to Mucha...
The research for Phil's American history class always leads to wonderful finds. I can't for World Film: Art Films and Independents class with him next semester. 4 weeks left! yessssss