Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Tread Water 061 HMK

An Evening in Provence Art Sale Preview Tonight 5:30 to 7:30 @ Southwest School of Art & Craft. Featuring brand new work from artist Henry Stein, Gary Sweeney, Chuck Ramirez, César A. Martinez, Cynthia Myers among a host of other great artists + one of my latest speaker pieces, above, Tread Water 061.

I'm excited and honored to be included with such amazingly talented folks - hope you can make it - it's early and free!

Southwest School of Art & Craft, 300 Augusta, in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas.

More info: Southwest School of Art & Craft.

And a special grande muchas gracias to Lydell Toye at a US Signs!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Jackie Earle Haley Rules!

Jackie Earle Haley

Wow. Crank the volume for this - Freddie's voice is freaking chilling!
I'm most definitely gonna watch, man!

Rock on Jackie!

A Nightmare on Elm Street in HD

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

RIP William Safire

Sad news. Mr. William Safire died at a hospice in Rockville, Md. this morning. He was 79.

My first real introduction to the New York Times was William Safire's On Language column during my senior year at Madison High School in San Antonio. Our teacher, Mr. Bob Richmond, sent me to the office one morning with a progress report stating that I was the master of the double entandre.


After looking the meaning up in the dictionary I talked to Mr. Richmond about how I'd always been facinated by lyrics with double meanings, slang and word origins. That's when he pointed me to the New York Times and Mr. Safire's column.

After reading today's NYT article I was suprised to learn that even though William Safire was a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who also wrote novels, books on politics and articles on language, he was also a college dropout.

Read the entire article over here: William Safire NYT.

Happy Trails and rest in peace Mr. Safire and thanks again Mr. Richmond!

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Optimizing Websites for iPhone

The iPhone browsing experience is quite different than the regular browsing experience. The buttons and hyperlinks have to be bigger because our fingers are not as sharp as the mouse pointer. Optimizing a website for iPhone is not rocket science. It’s the same HTML, CSS and JavaScript that you already know. The only real major difference is the screen size.

Smashing Magazine is featuring a nice showcase of websites specifically optimized for iPhone. You'll also find some useful tools and tips to help you optimize your website for the iPhone.

One of my favorites so far is iPhoney.

iPhoney gives you a pixel-accurate web browsing environment—powered by Safari—that you can use when developing web sites for iPhone. It’s a perfect tool to see how your web creations will look on iPhone.

Good stuff!

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Thanks to the smart folks over at Samshing Magazine.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Terrazzo Prosecco

Excellent use of type on this packaging for Terrazzo Prosecco, from the Veneto region of Italy, imported by Monarchia Matt

Check out more recent and excellent work from New York-based graphic design firm Louise Fili Ltd, one of my absolute favorite designers specializing in food packaging, restaurant identities, logos, and book design.

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Thanks to the smart folks over at The Dieline.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Deli Branding

This is really nice work from design studio Rethink Communications.

La Charcuterie is a Vancouver deli/restaurant hybrid known for serving up sandwiches filled with awesome deli meats. To play off this, business cards were created to look like cold cuts then were strung in netting similar to the way salami’s and other cured meats are hung in delis.

Rethink also printed meat stickers for the letterhead and envelopes made of butcher paper - the same paper they wrap their sandwiches in.

Smart stuff with an awesome execution - can't wait to visit this place and get my hands on both some samples of the new branding as well as a one of those sandwhiches!

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Thanks to the fabulous Swiss Miss.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


These are so awesome!

Check out the rest of New Zealand illustrator and designer Toby Morris's daily drawings on his life in Amsterdam. I really dig his man on the street perspective of everyday life in one of the world's most amazing cities.

He does these when he's not designing gig posters, eating cheese and drinking beer in sunny Amsterdam.

Good stuff, rock on Toby and thanks for making me laugh!

Klik hier voor meer: Toby Morris.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's About Time

Ok, my laptop is officially dead and I am officially behind and will probably remain so for the next few days while I scramble to get back up to speed. Fortunatley I knew this was coming and I have everything backed up! It was, afterall, an almost 7 year old iBook G4 that's literally been around the world and survived two, count'em, two motherboard transplants.

When was the last time you backed up all your important stuff? Do yourself a favor, save some time, frustration and money and do it now!

Speaking of time...

Successful time management can be challenging, especially to those who are new to freelancing or being self-employed.

When you have a boss telling you what to do and when to do it by, it’s much easier to prioritize and figure out what needs to be done and when. But when you’re not only dealing with client deadlines but also all of the day-to-day parts of running a business, on top of trying to maintain some sort of life outside of work, time management gets a whole lot trickier.

The smart folks at Smashing Magazine are sharing sixteen tips to help you better manage your time and find the time to participate in the things that are important to you. Also included are some further resources to improve your time management.

If you've got the time, or if you're in need of some, this is a great place to start: How To Find Time For Everything.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Nixie Concrete

The vintage Z560M Nixie tubes, used in former East-Germany in the mid 20th century as numeric displays, were the inspiration for the design of Daniel Kurth's Nixie Concrete.

The Luxembourgish designer enclosed the shiny orange Nixie tubes in a reinforced rough concrete body which can optionally be wall mounted. The strength of this design lies in the application of 'retro technology' and its interesting combination of components and materials, where one is easily fooled as to what is old and what is new. All electronic components in this fully functioning prototype are assembled by hand.

Unlike other clocks that make use of Nixie tubes, this one does not read like a traditional display. Kurth experienced that clocks - regardless of their esthetic value - sometimes form a disturbing factor in one's house, since being constantly reminded of the time can be stressful. By rearranging the display, one can enjoy the playful interaction between the 6 different tubes without realising straight away what time it is. A short focus will however allow you to use it as a 'normal' clock. The time in the picture reads 10:23:54.

More on Daniel Kurth and his awesome Nixie Concrete Clock.

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The 100 Greatest Bands You've (Probably) Never Heard

SPIN Magazine has a sweet little list of The 100 Greatest Bands You've (Probably) Never Heard and they totally nailed it with the closest thing Taco Land ever had to a house band with San Antonio's answer to the cement city Beach Boys, the mighty Big Drag!

Directly from SPIN:

A trio from San Antonio who embodied neighboring Austin’s slacker ethos to a fault, the band melded the Jesus and Mary Chain’s fuzz and the Ramones’ three chords to sunny surf pop to create three-minute koans in the early 90s. Making believers of Yo La Tengo when they rolled through town, YLT appropriated Big Drag’s cover of the Beach Boys’ “Little Honda” (right down to the one-note guitar solo) for their own I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One.

To be continued...

For the complete list of 100 artists, check out the August 2009 issue of SPIN.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

God Bless America

WTC Cross
Religion is an outrage when an outrage is done in its name.
Mahatma Gandhi

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Be Nice

I think my almost 7 year old laptop is on it's last leg making me an unpleasant person to be around today.

If I was mean to you today I'm truly sorry. I missed lunch too...

You can find this sweet poster at: Concrete Hermit.

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Happy Labor Day!

As Joe King Carrasco once sang:

Do what you gotta do to do what you wanna do. We all gotta work.

The above video features reasons 1-25 as to why I could never and will never work in a corporate environment. With all it's challenges and against all odds of ever being rich, whatever the hell that means, I truly love the freedom of working from home. And it's a good thing that I've always liked PBJ's and grilled cheese!

Sure, we all have our Monday mornings regardless of where or what you do to keep your lights on and days that never seem to end due to something technical, mechanical, unforeseen or having to do with dealing with clueless idiots that just can't quite grasp this thing we call communication and never miss an opportunity to drop the ball at the worst possible moment.

The above is my version of Hell. Not because of the fact that all this poor guy wanted to do was print out a copy of the page on his screen. As we all know too well - technology can be totally frustrating at times. The Hell to me is the opening shot. From the sterile, energy sucking bland white wall Orwelian environment, complete with fluorescent lighting and 24-7 cameras monitoring your every move to the cubicles, recycled air, unhappy coworkers, battling lame radio stations, gossip, nebulous deadlines, egos, upper management hacks, time sucker meetings, politics, bad coffee, long pants, ties... Ahhhhhhhh! That's right, Hell!

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
Blessed art thou among women, and
Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen

I am feeling so lucky and blessed to be doing what I'm doing and where I am doing it right now. For anyone still stuck, remember, there are options.

Sure, the cubicle you spend 40-50 hours a week in means financial security, but really, how secure is anyone's job/career/life right now? Once you do the math - adding in your commute time, you begin to realize that out of the 5 days or 120 hours that makeup our ridiculously wasteful 5 day work week that you are in fact spending at least 65 of those hours (2.7 days!) every week doing something, being somewhere or spending time with people you pretty much dread!

If you like what you're getting, keep doing what you're doing, if you don't like what you're doing....

There's never been a better time to reevaluate everything, that's right, everything right now and follow one of your long forgotten dreams. Make a plan, including some hard cold sacrifices and take the first step to taking some serious control over your life - you can do it and trite as it may sound - Life really is too short to be anywhere that makes you unhappy.

Anyway... Don't forget to fill out your time sheet!

Peace and Happy Labor Day!

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Oldbook Vintage Masking Tape

Very cool idea from Esty shop Nothing Elegant. I'm really digging this way cool ephemeral looking masking tape made from traditional Japanese "washi" paper.

This unique multi-use masking tape looks flat-out gorgeous. Ideal for color coding, labeling, school and art projects.

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Thanks to Design Vagabond.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Stencil It In

The Sabas Trio
I love stencil fonts, always have. And according to Steven Heller, one of my favorite design gurus, stencil lettering never really went out of fashion, yet it’s coming back in style.

In the same way that booming martial rhythms have been incorporated into classical and popular music, stencil-lettering style has long influenced sophisticated typography and graphic design.

The top logo is something I did back in 2001 for the Sabas Trio featuring my friends Joe Reyes, Greg Norris and Mark Rubinstein. The District 9 poster is by Ignition Print and below is the poster and GUI for the iPhone app I did for the Rackspace Cloud Lounge Party. This was in collaboration with the wicked smart and cool folks at 2 Pixels + GetApp for SWSW this past March, 2009.

SXSW Rackspace Lounge Party Invite + Free iPhone App

Learn more about stencil fonts from Mr. Heller's latest design article for the New York Times: Stencil It In.

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Steven Heller, a former art director at The New York Times, is a co-chair of the M.F.A. Design Department at the School of Visual Arts and a blogger and author.

Guinness Pool Cue

Me likey. Makes me want to drink pints and play darts.

Guinness Pool Cue ad from Tank Communications, Chicago.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I'm Apt!

Finally! Searching through the 50,000 + apps in the iTunes app store is much easier when you’re not using the iTunes app store.

Freshly launched today, aims to be what iLounge is to the iPod and serve as the Go-To site when it comes to safely and effectively guiding you through the deep, dense dark jungle of the app discovery process.

The site uses its own system of algorithms called “AppRank” to make it easy and fast to find the right app for certain tasks. Search results appear in a easy to navigate center column along with options to refine your search.

With a couple of apps in development I'm apt to visit quite often.

Learn more:

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Thanks to Leander and the wicked smart folks over at Cult Of Mac.


I love Dutch design! Kubikids is an inflatable, square bath tub for children. It works by placing it in the shower stall, and then filling it with air, water and children, in that order.

It’s not uncommon for tiny Dutch apartments to lack a bathtub, in which case this device could add a luxury to an otherwise cramped place for at least part of the family.

The site is in Dutch: Kubikids.

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Thanks to 24 Oranges.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Wine Steles

The Wine Stele, available exclusively from Design Spray of Germany, is a minimalistic wine rack with a capacity to hold up to 18 bottles; that’s equivalent to three cases, which the slender column can pack into a really tight space.


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