Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Signs Of The Times

I'm finally clearing stuff out of my old office and making room for the stuff I'm going to keep. The above is one of the old signs I rediscovered yesterday while clearing out my shed. I'm totally digging the yellow/bule/orange color palet!

I've posted some of the other gems I've unearthed so far over at my flickr site: Old Signs.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Can You Name The Reference Movie?

Good Evening. if you can possibly manage the time I recommend that you view these stills from various episodes of the The Simpsons and their reference movie stills. You'll be glad that you did.


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Monday, September 24, 2007

Hippo's Deli Murals

Hippo's Deli Wine Wall
Hippo's Deli Wine Mural
Hippo's Deli
Hippo's Deli Produce Wall
These are two of the four murals I did for Hippo's Deli & Grocery on the Riverwalk here in San Antonio.

And here's the 5' x 21' Produce graphic.

I'll post the other two as soon as they're up!

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Sunday, September 23, 2007


Agency: Struck.
Art Director: Brandon Knowlden
Copywriter: Rich Black
Letter Press: Athenaeum Press

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Thanks to Ad Goodnes

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Apple's Secrets of Success

It's no secret that Apple continues to create amazingly successful products. ComputerWorld shares the top 8 most important reasons as to why:

• Engineering supports design - no exceptions.
• Fewer is better.
• The experience is the product.
• The product is the product.
• You can't please everyone, so please people with good taste.
• Leave the past behind.
• Product names are important. Really important.
• Group affiliation is the driver.

Check out Kraftwerk's Computerwelt as you read the whole thing: Apple's Secrets of Success.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Think Big!

Check out the cool gallery of more Muffler Men over at: Neato Coolville.

I'm hoping to use one of these guys in conjunction with a project I'm working on...

Stay tuned.

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Thanks to Mayor Todd Franklin

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Destroy Them Before They Evolve

Nice concept and imagery for Exterminex from Saatchi & Saatchi, London. Art Director: Steve Carlin, Copywriter: Joel Bradley, Illustrator: Steve Carlin.

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Thanks to 2wenty 4our.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Cadbury Chocolate

Ok, I've watched this at least 5 or 6 times and I'm still not sure A) why I totally love it or B) what the hell it has to do with chocolate... but man, this is pretty cool...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A True Texas Legend Passes Away

My buddy Kevin Paetzel, a wicked funny and creative guy, sadly lost his dad, Ed "Chill Lee" Paetzel, last month.

The following obituary, written by his son Kevin (who happens to be a senior writer at The Richards Group in Dallas), gives us a clear and insightful understanding of what it really means to be a True Texas legend and character.

EDWARD GUSTAV PAETZEL passed away on Wednesday, August 22. Known by many as Ed "Chill Lee" Paetzel, the Texas Chili King, he was born on October 2, 1932, in Savannah, Georgia.

After attending Carlisle Military School in Bamberg, South Carolina, and serving in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War, the promise of a better life beckoned Ed to Texas. He loaded up his woody wagon and drove west to Austin, eventually earning a business degree at the University of Texas (where he gained the distinction of being the first student ever to wear short pants in class). (Go Ed! HMK)

His business career was in human resources in the hotel industry. But his passion was crafting the perfect "bowl of red." Ed backed up his self-proclaimed title of "world's greatest chili cook" by winning the Texas State Chili Cook-Off twice as well as countless other chili cook-offs.

The envy of other chili cooks and hero of hungry fans, Ed traveled the world demonstrating his chili prowess for royalty, celebrities, and television audiences (his favorite TV host was Tom Snyder who could match Ed beer for beer).

This Lone Star legend also developed a chili product for General Mills and opened a restaurant named Crazy Ed's. His service as a great ambassador to the State of Texas was recognized by the governor with the appointment of Admiral of the Texas Navy. And in recent years he was commander of the Admirals of the Brotherhood of Admirals of the Admirals of the Texas Navy.

Ed lived life to the fullest. And in his last days, he said his only regret was not retrieving a time capsule he claimed that he and Colonel Tom Parker buried one night in 1964 - the contents including a bottle of Scotch, a silver belt buckle, and an autographed photo of Ann-Margret (its exact location he had forgotten, just that it was roughly five miles off the Vegas Strip).

Ed is survived by long-time wife Scotty Owen; children, Kim, Kris and husband Gabriel, Kevin and wife Angela, Karl and wife Kristin; grandchildren, Audrey, Hailey, Maximilian, Parker Rose, and Savannah; and Labradors, Hank and Gracie.

In lieu of flowers, Ed would have preferred you buy Pearl beer to enjoy while visiting his Web site: The Texas Admiral.

Happy Trails Ed!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Coney Island Bin Laden

Reflecting on the 9/11 attacks, six years later, can seem masochistic or manipulative.

It's perhaps more interesting, or more useful, to look back at our initial reactions.

Great read from Rob Kimmel and the smart folks over at Design Observer.

And just so you know, here's a gallery of Terrorist Organization Logos.

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The Day That Changed Everything

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Nice Blow Out

Bazooka Joe Still Rules!

Agency: Duval Guillaume, Brussels.
Creative Director: Katrien Bottez, Peter Ampe
Art Director: Christian Loos
Copywriter: Raoul Maris
Photographer: Marcel Veelo

Now that's good comedy!

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Hip Options for the Armchair Traveler

I'm always a sucker for a hip chair like the Bibliochaise I featured back in August.

The above shot is another variation, the Bookinist, designed by Nils Holger Moormann complete with a wheel to move around and take advantage of the right light. Go to the site and you can check out the smart hidden compartments under the armrest.

There's something exciting and mysterious about the Time Machine/Library look of these creations that, for me any way, seem to reinforce and enhance the notion of escapism that comes with reading a good book.

This chair is an in-progress shot from industrious That's Right reader and teacher Shaun who just completed his very own Bibliochaise for his classroom. You can view the finished project and then some over here.

Thanks for sharing Shaun.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Human Locator

This crappy still image grab does absolutely no justice to Human Locator's awesome interactive visual system developed by Freeset and designed expressly for advertising.

Drawing on cutting edge computer visualization techniques to track full body movement in real time, it allows consumers to actively participate in and interact with the images.

This would be an amazing way to display a menu in a restaurant or as a map for an information kiosk- check out the demos over HERE!

Have a great weekend.

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Thanks to Swiss Miss.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Uplifting Soundtracks

I'm really digging one of flickr's newest co-op partners, Zazzle.

Whether you're looking for custom short run items from your photos or shopping for some fresh, hip & unique gifts, do yourself a favor and check out Zazzle next time you want to suprise someone with a totally cool and virtually one of a kind gift.

The above is one of my illustrations, "Uplifting Soundtracks" on a smart looking coffee mug.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Hello Applebucks!

Lots of iPod news today - upgrades and improvements abound!

And I got my wish - an iPhone without the phone! So as of today, I can surf the internet with my iPod!

I'm also digging the fact that the new touch screen wi-fi iPod, dubbed The iPod Touch, enables shopping for songs using Apple's iTunes service wirelessly in Starbucks stores.

And according to the Keynote today, the wi-fi at Starbucks is now free with the iPod Touch and iPhones.


The service starts in New York and Seattle on Oct. 2 (my birthday!), and will be rolled out in other cities later.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

These Times They Are A-Changin'

In anticipation of tomorrow's Apple event, The Beat Goes On, here's a little dweebie designer Apple news.

Going sans 3-D and replacing the old school Garamond with the new iPod era and easier-on-the-eyes font Myriad, check out this flickr pool of signs fresh from the Apple campus in Cupertino.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
It's September again

And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' now
What it's name is.
For the video now
Will be even more thin

For the times they are a-changin'.

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Big thanks to Bob Dylan for the song and Morgan for the nice shots.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Zune Spelled Backwards

Wow - it's amazing how the graphic reinforces the type - Brilliant!

Reminds me alot of the cool merch concept over at the brand spanking new National Lampoon Hoax site.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Thanks to Leander Kahney over at Cult Of Mac.