Tuesday, September 30, 2008

HMK: Soul Doubt Show

So psyched!

Thanks to curator Chuck Ramirez, I’m excited to announce a dream come true - my first official show at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center! Each piece comes complete with it's own soundtrack, Click Hear: HMK: Mystery Streams.

HMK Soul Doubt Show Invite 5x5 A

HMK: Soul Doubt Show
Opens First Friday October 3, 2008

Gallery 4
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
Members Opening Reception 10.02.08 6-9pm
First Friday General Public Opening 10.03.08 6-10pm

Gallery Hours:

116 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204

The show runs throughout October – if you're in San Antonio I hope you can make it!

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Who's To Blame?

We are being hypocritical. We are all to blame.

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Above: Alberto Frias' Sleep Pod.

I've always found that after any long period of intense study or problem solving that it's best to just stop and move on to something else while I let the smart part of my brain figure it out. I like to think of this as part of my thinkubation period. Taking a quick 15 minute nap when I'm stuck or need to quietly gel for a few moments almost always seems to help reboot my thinking and approach, thus improving the final result, which is the other part of my thinkubation period. When a quick nap doesn't do the trick and if time allows, I simply forget about it, give it a few days and let my smarter and much more intuitive subconscious find the most effective and creative solution.

Mowing the lawn, walking the dogs or a taking a spin around the neighborhood on my bike seems to work wonders as well, but there's something special about giving your body something it needs to truly function properly - rest.

Steven P. Jobs, the chief executive of Apple, once defined creativity as “just connecting things.” Sleep assists the brain in flagging unrelated ideas and memories, forging connections among them that increase the odds that a creative idea or insight will surface.

While traditional stories about sleep and creativity emphasize vivid dreams hastily transcribed upon waking, recent research highlights the importance of letting ideas marinate and percolate.

“Sleep makes a unique contribution,” explains Mark Jung-Beeman, a psychologist at Northwestern University who studies the neural bases of insight and creative cognition.

Some sort of incubation period, in which a person leaves an idea for a while, is crucial to creativity. During the incubation period, sleep may help the brain process a problem.

“When you think you’re not thinking about something, you probably are,” says Dr. Jung-Beeman, who has a doctorate in experimental psychology.

Check out the rest of Leslie Berlin's insightful piece: We’ll Fill This Space, But First A Nap.


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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bummer News

Paul Newman Dies at 83.

I remember going on a "date' with my mom to see The Sting back in 1973 when I was 12. Being the oldest of six boys it was pretty rare to get some quality one on one time with mom. And oh how she loved Paul Newman and Robert Redford...

Bummer news... Rest In Peace Paul!

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Sound Wave

The Museum of Arts and Design, formerly the American Craft Museum, moved to its new home at 2 Columbus Circle in Manhattan in September 2008.

The Museum of Arts and Design’s first exhibitions opens tomorrow and one of the exhibitions, “Second Lives”, includes Jean Shin’s awesome piece entitled “Sound Wave”.


Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary features work by 50 international established and emerging artists from all five continents who create objects and installations comprised of ordinary and everyday manufactured articles, most originally made for another functional purpose. For a complete artist list, Click Here.

Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary Opens September 27, 2008 - February 15, 2009

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Thanks to Roberta Smith's New Your Times article Using Old Materials to Put a New Face on a Museum.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

You Are What You Touch

For a campaign with a lot of fingers, this one looks like it's Absolutely got legs.

Nice stuff for Purell from Agency JWT in Sydney, Australia.

Creative Directors: Jay Benjamin, Andy DiLallo
Art Director: Michaela Brown
Copywriter: Allie Buckle
Designer: Jeffrey Oley

Looking forward to more!

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Thanks to AdMad!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sweet! iPhone Cupcakes

Congrats to Nick and Danielle Bilton! They're the new Grand Champions of the NYC Cupcake Decorating Championships.

I wouldn't mind downloading a couple of these.


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Thanks to Bre Pettis

Saturday, September 13, 2008

This Coat Hanger Is For The Birds...

Perhaps it's because we just recently watched Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds the other night, regardless, I'm really digging this coatrack designed by David Potts.

Check out more from the creative folks over at Workshopped.
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Thanks once again to Design Milk!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Backyard Prefabs

Photo by Michael Falco for The New York Times
Cheyenne and Greg Morris, (with Jimmy), installed a Kithaus K4 aluminum shed in their Brooklyn backyard.

Three years after renovating their 1903 brownstone in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, Greg and Cheyenne Morris turned their attention to their backyard, which contained an odd assortment of disused items — sinks, toilets, Virgin Mary statuettes, wheels from street vendor carts and a moldering stucco garden shed. They cleaned up the yard, made preparations to demolish the shed and asked an architect to draft plans for a free-standing studio to be used as a bedroom and office.

The plans were drafted, but faced with the prospect of more construction, they chose to buy a Kithaus K4, an 11-by-17-foot prefabricated room designed by Tom Sandonato and Martin Wehmann. It arrived within three weeks of their mailing a deposit check, and took a week to assemble, without the hassle of permit applications or unexpected construction costs.

By late July, it sat handsomely beneath maple and pine trees at the end of the yard, a miniature modern pavilion. They celebrated on the evening of its completion by stepping inside to eat popcorn and watch “Freaks,” the 1930s cult classic.

Read the entire Heidi Schumann The New York Times' piece: Instead of Trading Up, Adding a High-Style Shed.

And if you dig the above you'll love: The Tiny House Blog and The Green House.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Backstory Cafe

The lucky folks in Chicago have a brand spankingly fresh community-based initiative in the form of a new cafe within the walls of Experimental Station thanks to spearhead Sara Black of the artist group Material Exchange and others.

Backstory's mission is to be a small coffee/tea house and cafe and neighborhood meeting place, a site for social engagement.

"Backstory is an infoshop and used bookshop (offering titles suggested by local artists, activists, environmentalists, educators and religious leaders) all supported by a small cafe serving in the spirit of slow food in Chicago. We are dedicated to conscientious consumerism, transparency, and ethical alternative business practices. We aim to provide a judgment-free zone that will encourage, produce, and facilitate a thoughtful exchange of ideas, respectful discussion, and productive social activity. We are a community-based initiative that aims to provide a convivial space for meeting and function as a resource center for local non-profit initiatives, and neighborhood-based projects. We facilitate the archiving and presentation of promotional materials that will allow a broader audience to access local, social service, cultural, and educational initiatives thereby promoting more actively involved citizenship. In addition to being your neighborhood cafe, we hope be a source for independent media, live music, literary readings, film screenings, round-table discussions, interviews, self-education initiatives, and more. We believe the act of engagement is an end as well as a means to achieve our purpose of growing a more critical consciousness within our community."

Oh how we need a few of these down here in San Antonio. I'd love to be involved with something as smart and cool as Experimental Station and Backstory Cafe.


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Thanks to the smart folks at Eyebeam.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Intrastate Commerce

This one's for my good buddy, Dr. Jazz, Sir Bobby J. Another visual study of classic retro signage, neon cocktails and roadside temptations. Grab yourself a cold one and enjoy the Society In Decline Project: Intrastate Commerce.


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Monday, September 08, 2008

500 XL Speakers

Now these are pretty dang cool looking. Imagine your iPod earbuds 500 times the actual size and you've got the 500 XL Speakers.


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Friday, September 05, 2008

Ponder This


Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

– Calvin Coolidge

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Art & Sound of Vintage Travel

Here are just a few of my favorites from Tom Schifanella's amazing collection of vintage hotel, luggage and travel labels.

No extra baggage fees, no delays, just grab yourself a big glass of your favorite, sit back, relax and enjoy The Art of the Luggage Label!

And if you really want to escape and get into the traveling mode, checkout my HMK Mystery Stream Special Edition: Ambient Passport: 001. An exclusive, hour long soundscape and journey to a place that never really existed, until now - the perfect audio companion to The Art of the Luggage Label.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Original Rolling Stones Logo

Image copyright: Max Nash / AFP

As if we need another reason to visit the amazing Victoria & Albert Museum.

The V&A Museum has paid slightly over £50,000 ($92,500) at auction for the original drawings of the Rolling Stones logo, devised by British designer John Pasche in 1970, it announced last night.

Pasche was studying at London’s Royal College of Art when Stones frontman Mick Jagger, disappointed by the designs put forward by record label Decca, began looking for a design student to help create a logo.

The logo was commissioned for £50, but the Rolling Stones were so pleased with the design they gave Pasche a bonus of £200.

We all got our first look at the now iconic Lips Logo in 1971 with the April 23rd release of the Stones Sticky Fingers' album which was conceived by Andy Warhol and photographed by Billy Name and it's been used by the band ever since.

So I guess it does pay to save your old mechanicals...

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Thanks to: Logo Design Love.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Color is the ultimate tool a designer has at his or her disposal to communicate feeling and mood. Cymbolism is a new website that attempts to quantify the association between colors and words, making it simple for designers to choose the best colors for the desired emotional effect.

Although they've only got 155 words in the word bank, it's a nice concept that seems to be off to a great start: Cymbolism. Good luck.

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Thanks to Swiss Miss.