Archive for October, 2008

30
Oct
08

Andy Jenkins interview

Slap Magazine just posted an awesome interview with The Art Dump’s creative director, Andy Jenkins. He is awesome! Read it.

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30
Oct
08

Guest Lecturer

On Tuesday, we had a guest lecturer come talk to us about his design firm and how he got there. Eric Hines of Honest Brothers Design came and chatted about his current works, past experiences and he even gave us some constructive critisizms on our current web page designs. Here are some notes I took during his presence:

Thanks for the tips Eric. It was nice to see another professional showing his/her way of working. I like how Eric was really focused on having a solid concept behind each of his projects. It is true that concept is the backbone of any design, and Eric Hines is living proof of that.

27
Oct
08

for all the Wizards…

I designed some cool new teakettles with original “beer logos” draped upon them. It is my homage to all the Wizards out there in skateland. Build strong!

Have you ever heard the song “Woodstock” by Matthews Southern Comfort? Pretty cool, check it out. I guess it was originally written by Joni Mitchell but Ian Matthews rules it in this version.

17
Oct
08

reflection and strange mail

I found this random thank you card on my mailbox the other day. Not in my mailbox, but on it.

I think there is a bit of sarcasm being expressed in this card. Dee is lucky she didn’t receive this.

In other news, we took another field trip on Thursday. First we went to Anabliss Design Studio. That place was really cool. The whole team was real layed back, they had a dog named Boxer, and a sweet upstairs/downstairs studio. They were working on a web-site comp for a homeless foundation. The design so far looked really tight. I observed the team as the firms director talked about the studio. A female lead designer was AIMing the whole time. I thought that was kind of funny.

Afterwards, we headed down the street to Ironton Studio and Gallery. This place was really cool, too. They had a gigantic iron studio where a gentleman was working on a sculpture that would be going in the Lowry area. Jill Hooper gave us a tour of the studio and her office. She is an illustrator who does work for Westword, and the New York Times. It was interesting to hear her talk about her work, especially the three hour project she had to do about the failing value of the dollar.

Both studios we visited were awesome. I liked that we got to see two design professionals who work very differently. I think the people at Anabliss had a more professional edge to them while Jill had more of a free-flowing work style and ethic. Her office looked more like a painters studio where Anabliss had an office feel. Both were pretty bad-ass though.

09
Oct
08

don’t tell me “there’s always next year”

The Cubs got “pink-slipped” in an embarrassing three game defeat by The Dodgers last week. Ouch! very upsetting.

For class, were designing functional web pages to display our working portfolios. I have a few sketches that I’ll run by my classmates this afternoon. I hope I remember how to operate Dreamweaver. Leister gave a lecture in Boulder last week about video and 3D animation. He also brought in this cylindrical device that outputs wierd sounds when you get near it. Totally psychedelic! The field trip was fun but too bad it was in Boulder. I hate that town!

I’m going to San Francisco for New Years in December! I have never had fun on New Years around here so I decided to outsource. Toots, Emily and I are very excited to see Vic Ruggiero and  The Slackers play at Slim’s on the 31st. I can’t wait.

02
Oct
08

what went wrong?

The Cubs blew their first game in post season. I am upset.