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Psst!

11 Nov

I’ve been setting up a new site to replace this one, which has run its course. It’s not that interesting yet, but I promise that blogging will resume after the new year. I’ve learned much over my sabbatical, and I’m eager to share some new ideas….

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This blog is going on sabbatical.

25 May

But we’ll meet again. Promise. Until then (and I cannot predict exactly when), you have 130 archived posts at your fingertips.

Please enjoy your summer! And never stop investigating the world in front of you… there’s so much to see….

And this is why I require your name on the spine.

4 May

Here we go grading, here we go! {Clap, clap}


T-minus two weeks

21 Apr

{In the meantime, I’ll work on obtaining a better-quality file of this graphic….}

The center of attention.

7 Apr

Just in time for Design II’s music packaging project: a website devoted entirely to the labels found on the records themselves. These, of course, are the predecessor to the artwork printed on CDs. And for those who are about to do this project, I will offer a bit of good advice: do not wait until the last minute to design this element. I’ve seen too much of this sort of procrastination, and it’s depressing. After all, when you love a CD, which do you actively use more, the disc or the packaging?

The site, designed by one Simon Foster of London, also features a tightly curated section of album covers.

“How to steal like an artist (and 9 other things nobody told me).”

31 Mar

Check this out. It’s contains some of the best advice I’ve ever read on what it means to be a successful artist, writer, or designer — especially a young one. The credit goes to a Texas-based writer & artist named Austin Kleon.

Some of my favorite points:

Your job is to collect ideas. The best way to collect ideas is to read. Read, read, read, read, read.

You should wonder at the things nobody else is wondering about. If everybody’s wondering about apples, go wonder about oranges.

An artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there’s a difference: hoarders collect indiscriminately, the artist collects selectively. They only collect things that they really love.

In this age of information overload and abundance, those who get ahead will be the folks who figure out what to leave out, so they can concentrate on what’s important to them.

Bob Ross taught people how to paint. He gave his secrets away. Martha Stewart teaches you how to make your house and your life awesome. She gives her secrets away.

Eat by color

30 Mar

From a link sent to me this morning by my dear artist friend Diana Behl: An article in Good magazine about a public art project that uses color to promote the consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables. New York artist Tattfoo Tan created the Nature Matching System by photographing produce purchased at a local farmer’s market, then used the eyedropper tool in Photoshop to specify a bounty of vibrant good-for-you colors. Though I’m certain I see Cheetos orange in there somewhere….