Archive for September, 2008



I talked to my brother yesterday and it turns out that both The Stampede and The Grizzly Rose are closed on Tuesdays… or so he claims. Oh well.



So, my brother will be riding the mechanical bull next Tuesday at The Grizzly Rose, not The Stampede. Regardless, I will be there with my camera. My brother says that some of his co-workers from the Vs. Channel will be there too, possibly filming a commercial promo for PBR, illustrating the difference between pro and amateur bull riders. My brother, obviously, will represent the amateur sect. Way to lose a bet, Scott!

By the way, Lorenz, that mexican place you took me to on Saturday receives a “thumbs down.” Sorry.


a little of everything

As I mentioned earlier, the world lost a great skateboarder last week. Van Wastell died only a week after turning pro for Krooked Skateboards. I felt obligated to buy his board when I was at the shop on Saturday. The proceeds of Van’s board sales will go to his family.

In other news, I have been attempting to brand myself with a design identity. It has been a challenge to say the least. My typical design fashion is very minimalistic and professional, yet the skateboarding market tends to lean towards more edgy designs and risky fonts. I think I found a nice medium tho. I have designed a letterhead, business card, and an envelope. I will get feedback from my peers tomorrow. In other news…I caught a cold this weekend, my friend Chad is going to Europe on Thursday, my roommate plays softball, and my brother lost a bet and now must attempt to ride a mechanical bull. Come to The Stampede on Parker and Havana next Tuesday night if you want to see it. I’ll be there for sure!


Van Wastell, RIP

I was saddened to hear this morning that professional skateboarder, Van Wastell, died on Monday. It is a great loss to the skateboarding community as Van was so amazing both on and off his board. He, like Shane Cross and Kennan Milton, were taken from this world much too early and will be greatly missed by so many people.

This is a sad reminder that tragedy can strike at any place, at any time. If you read this, take time today to talk to your loved ones and let them know how you feel because you may not get the opportunity… Rip In Peace, Van


Air Forest Installation

Last week, I went to check out the Air-Forest installation at City Park with my friend Bethany. I think we both came to the same conclusion: Pretty lame! Maybe it wasn’t completed, or maybe they were missing pieces of the installation, but something was definitely out of place. I thought I was at a carnival or a child’s birthday party. The whole piece is an inflatable nylon “forest” that runs for about 50 yards along the side of the pond. The nylon was bright and reflective, and the generators pumping air into the nylon were so loud that I could barely hear myself think. The installation was surrounded by inner-city youth who were, in my guess, voulenteered/punished to set this thing up. In conclusion, i was disappointed with the installation but i did have a blast running repeatedly thru that fountain next to the museum.


Pro-Bono work confirmed

So, I got a hold of the talented mind behind Pushmepullyoudesign, Eleanor Grosch. She was happy to tell me all about the pro-bono design work she did for the Girls Rock Philly (GRP) project that goes on in Philadelphia every summer. Eleanor broke down her method of problem solving for me and I was very pleased with the results. Here is what I learned:

Defining The Problem
Eleanor was working on poster and flyer designs for the Girls Rock Philly project. She knew she wanted something warm and inviting; something to attract young girls who were interested in music. Eleanor began working on three different designs, each one with a unique style and message. She had a good idea as to what to create since this was the second year she had designed pro-bono for GRP.

Eleanor created three original compositions and submitted all them. She says that three designs per project is pretty standard for her. Beth Warshaw, the director of the GRP, gave Elanor the feedback she needed to create the most successful design. Although Eleanor and Beth communicated about the project, Eleanor’s final design was completely original. As experienced as she is, when I asked Eleanor if she came across any problems during the project, she proudly answered, “none, really.”

Generating Value
Once her final work was selected, the project was out of Eleanor’s hands. Her design goes to press and is posted on the web. Thanks to her, the GRP project will have another successful year. Eleanor told me that she prefers being paid for her work, but there is still value in pro-bono design. She tells me that pro-bono design lots of fun and lets her experiment much more than other projects.

Thank you, Eleanor, for your help!

As luck would have it, I got a hold of another designer whom I’m quite fond of as well. His name is Micheal Seiben and he is an illustrator/painter who lives in Austin, Texas. I asked him about doing pro-bono work and he was thrilled to tell me more. Michael says that he loves doing work for his friends without charging them, and that work for different organizations is fun too. He brought up a specific project that he did for Peta2. They basically just contacted him and asked if he could create a simple design that would work as a t-shirt and a sticker. Peta2 advised him to pick a subject that he was passionate about, and go from there. From what Micheal told me, the whole process was pretty cut and dry. He defined the problem by choosing a subject he felt strongly about, he innovated only one design and sent it to Peta2, and Peta2 generated value by selling the t-shirts online and giving out the stickers. Michael tells me the personal value he gets from pro-bono work is supporting something you believe in and that donating time and work sometimes just feels good.

Thank you to both Eleanor Grosch and Michael Seiben for taking time to chat with me. Designing pro bono is a practice that successful designers must participate in from time to time. I learned that supporting causes that you believe in is its own reward and when organizations come to you for help, it’s gratifying to know that people enjoy your work.