Sunday, August 30, 2009

Heat Wave Transistor HMK Mystery Stream Episode #106

Heat Wave: Irregular Frequency Netwerk Presents HMK Mystery Stream #106

Irregular Frequency Netwerk Presents HMK Mystery Stream: Heat Wave Transistor Episode #106 is now live on iTunes!

Subscribe Gratis to the HMK Mystery Stream in iTunes: HMK Mystery Streams

Goes great with coffee and a commute if you're not sipping on a cocktail instead.


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What The Font?

I just signed the IKEA, Ikea, Please Get Rid Of Verdana! Petition with this comment - you should too!

"C'mon IKEA, you guys are better than that! Verdana's a web font and dull as a fake Swiss Army Knife. Please stay classic and bring back Futura!"

More outrageous details: IKEA Sans replaced by Verdana.

Go sign it: Ikea, Please Get Rid Of Verdana! Petition.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Ubuntu Restaurant

Not that I'll be heading to Napa any time soon, but I've been following the incredible work of San Francisco architects Michael Baushke and Stuart Hills, founding partners of Apparatus, since 2005 after discovering them via an article in Custom Home magazine.

Their work, inside and out, is absolutely stunning.

Their latest gem is a new restaurant in downtown Napa, occupying a two-story volume in a 19th century stone structure. The space was transformed using sustainable and recycled materials to accentuate the inherent beauty of the existing building. There is no “theme”, only the natural textures and colors of essential materials, the activity of the open kitchen, and of course, wine.

Do yourself a favor and escape for a few moments: Apparatus Architecture.

The awesome photos are by Jen Siska.

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Association for Alzheimers in Guatemala: Lost

“If they could help themselves, we wouldn’t ask you.”

Wow. Powerful stuff from agency Wurmser Ogilvy & Mather, Guatemala.

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Thanks to I Believe In Advertising.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Elektro & Sparko

Two of my favorite things - Robots and Dogs!

Lots more over at these flickr pools: ROBOT and Vintage Robots.

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Design Management App

These go out to my friends, colleagues and anyone else lucky to have a job but sadly stuck in the throws of the advertising agency world...

Chicago art director Tobias Lunchbreath has been creating some super wicked insightful and dead-on funny weekly infotoons for the smart folks over at Core 77.

Don't forget to fill out your time sheet!

Enjoy! More Lunchbreath.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ruben V CD Release Party! This Saturday August 29!

New Ruben V CD!

Hot off the presses! I just finished the new logo and cd packaging for my buddy and blues guitar rocker Ruben V and his latest release: Come To Me.

Check him out LIVE at the CD Release Party: Josephine Theatre this Saturday night, August 29th!

More info: Ruben V at the Josephine Theatre.

Rock On Ruben!



I just registered and activated my Typedia account, a brand-new community website with a nice Wikipedia-meets-IMDb approach that both classifies and tells you just about all you need to know about typefaces.

I'm really looking forward to diving into this site!


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Thanks to Swiss Miss

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

VW 4Motion

Great concept and super nice Escheresque illustrations by Brian Harrison on these ads for VW via DDB, New Zealand.

There's a few more in the campaign over at Sir Fredericks. And speaking of Escheresque...

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Ponder This

Robot Tiki Mural Test 2

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin

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Illustrations by Emma Kelly

I'm really digging the fresh and energetic style of London illustrator Emma Kelly, I think you will too: I Like To Draw Things.

Really nice work.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Paris 3D

This looks really sweet. Soon to be released pending Apple approval.

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Redbone Guitar Boutique: Fly On The Wall

Mick, John and Paul during a Revolver mixing session.

Redbone Guitar Boutique.

Original photo of Mick, John and Paul during a Revolver mixing session at Abby Road, Studio 3, from May 26th, 1966 by Robert Freeman.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Design Pricing Formula

Considering the wide range of variables, pricing is a task a lot of designers struggle with. I prefer to work on a project basis vs. an hourly rate after the scope and timeline of the project is clearly defined.

The truth is that nobody can really tell you what you should be charging as a designer and this design pricing formula from David Airey helps explain why.

David Airey shares his thoughts and some pricing articles that are definitely worth a look: Design Pricing Formula.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Good Comedy

These are awesome. Check out the rest of Marc Johns' ever growing Post-it Note Drawings.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

All Hail The Cheese & Burger Society!

Ladies and Gentlemen - this is how you sell cheese!

Humorous voiceovers, mouthwatering photography and engaging navigation add to the overall interactive experience on this unique and memorable site as it pays tribute to the 30 greatest cheeseburgers of all time—made with Wisconsin cheese.

Dig the awesome Cheese & Burger Society site built by the amazingly talented folks at Shine.

Hungry yet?

Do yourself a favor, cut to the chase and bookmark the San Antonio Burger Blog. While they don't have my favorite local burger listed yet, the Black Angus burger from Boudros on the our fabulous Riverwalk, it's a great resource for anyone in quest of the perfect burger and I'm sure they'll get to my favorite eventually!

And just so you know, Boudro's only serves this burger at lunch and it's not on the menu - just ask and they'll hook you up.

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Thanks to: Communication Arts.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials

Sweet! Just in time for the premier of Mad Men season 3 next Sunday!

Check out AdViews, a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.

These commercials were created or collected by the quintessential "Mad Men" ad agency, Benton & Bowles or its successor, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B). Founded in 1929, Benton & Bowles was a New York advertising agency that merged with D'Arcy Masius McManus in 1985 to form DMB&B. Major clients included are Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Schick, Vicks, and Post, among others. Commercials will be added in phased batches over several months in 2009.

The commercials are a part of the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles Archives found at the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History in Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.

And I really digs the fact that you can either view these via the Duke University AdViews website or stream, download and subscribe in iTunes!

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Gracias to Design Observer.

Friday, August 07, 2009

The Flight Chair

The Flight Chair design concept by Matthew Weatherly would look perfect in my house or just about any chiropractor's office.

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Thanks to Design Milk

Thursday, August 06, 2009

How Do You Spend Your Day?

This is how most people over age 15 spent their time in 2008.

Using data compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this New York Times Infographic: The American Time Use Survey asks thousands of American residents to recall every minute of a day.

I think I might need to add a bit more orange to my day...

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The Price of Entry

This is an excerpt from an awesome interview/discussion between smashLAB's Eric Karjaluoto and Blair Enns, founder of Win Without Pitching.

Eric: Every industry has its clichés. Tell me about the blunders that most creative companies unwittingly make that limit them.

Blair: Thinking that they can fake deep expertise across an impractically wide area. Thinking that they are in the service business. Thinking that they cannot let an opportunity pass them by. Thinking that they can win business by compromising their principles then somehow fixing it later. Thinking that their firm is somehow exempt from the laws of supply and demand economics. Thinking that they’re not really in it for the money.

Eric: Are there any marketing catch-phrases and terms used by designers that you’d like to see bombed to Oblivion?

Blair: I hate the word ‘branding’ as a claim of expertise. An expert is someone who has a deeper knowledge of the subject than others trading in the area. I wonder if there’s even such thing as a branding expert. There are just too many people in it and very, very few that have meaningful knowledge that others do not. A designer claiming expertise in branding is like a fish claiming expertise in swimming. It’s not expertise; it’s the price of entry.

Exactly. Some really nice insight and wisdom in this piece - continue reading here if you agree and want to learn more or here if you already know it all...

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Thanks to Blair Enns, founder of the Win Without Pitching movement and a business development adviser to marketing communication agencies and Eric Karjaluoto from smashLab.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Today In Beatles History

This is bad ass and should be an app: Today In Beatles History.

August 1st, 1962 Performance at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Mersey Beats.

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