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19/12/2009 — Leave a comment

Last night brought a snowstorm the likes of which the City has not seen in years… in ’96 I spent a week snowed in during the big storm… today does not look much different, except the snow keeps coming so much faster

I live close to a state highway, here it is this afternoon– so empty you could sit down and have a picnic

The USPS lived up to their promise of “neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night” today, yay mail!

Fresh Roast

19/12/2009 — Leave a comment

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Float

18/12/2009 — Leave a comment

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Statuary

17/12/2009 — Leave a comment

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Living in the Balto/D.C. metro area and looking for something to do this weekend? Well then head down to D.C. this Saturday (19 Dec) for the fourth annual Holiday Booty Market! Featuring the work of twenty regional artists and crafters, the market is a great chance to find last-minute holiday treasures for your loved ones all while browsing among the beautiful furniture available at Design Within Reach. A few of the vendors featured Saturday include:

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60 bugs

de*nada

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Mary Ellen Doran

Mary Ellen Doran

Goshdarnknit

Goshdarnknit

Red Prairie

Red Prairie

Jaime Zollars

Jaime Zollars

The event will be held in Washington D.C. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adams Morgan Design Within Reach showroom. Checkout the event Web site for more details.
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Images: 60 bugs, De*Nada Design, Mary Ellen Doran, Goshdarnknit, Red Prairie Press, Jaime Zollars

Clove

16/12/2009 — Leave a comment

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Building on my recent talk of sketchbooks and organizational systems, now seems like an appropriate time to share a series which outlines a week in the lives of thirteen artists, designers and thinkers. Organized by I.D. Magazine to demonstrate the versatility of Moleskine’s new folio collection of sketchbooks, the series was exhibited this past April during the 2009 Milan Design Week.

Here are a few of the sketchbooks from the series:


Designer/illustrator, Marian Bantjes


Fashion designer, Han Feng


Graphic designer and author, Jessica Helfand


Industrial Designer, Ayse Birsel

What would a week in your life look like, dear readers?

Cavity

15/12/2009 — Leave a comment

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Tinkering

14/12/2009 — Leave a comment

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Unsingable

13/12/2009 — Leave a comment

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While catching up on news and blogs this evening after spending much of the last two weeks on the road, I came across a post by Seth Godin about branding that caught my eye. Over the last few months, my brand hat has been collecting dust on my career hat rack while I shift focus to more graphic art-intensive work; but ever the brand manager (Abranda, if you prefer), my ears usually perk up when the word ‘brand’ pops up on my screen.

In his post, Godin raises some interesting and valuable points about the breadth of meaning to brand beyond just the logo or visual touch points most of us associate with the word ‘brand.’ So often people seem to relegate branding to simply a function of marketing or design which is both frustrating and reassuring– frustrating in that the topic remains an uphill battle with some audiences, yet reassuring in that the need for responsible brand advocates remains strong. Godin summarizes the issue well when he states “Design is essential but design is not brand.

What do you think, dear readers? How do you define ‘brand’ or ‘branding’?

Field

11/12/2009 — Leave a comment

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Uniform

10/12/2009 — Leave a comment

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the road hopping from one major city to another. When traveling, I tend to pack light and it has oft been observed by friends, that my manner of dress somewhat brands me as a designer or artist in my tendency to favor mostly black. It is not my vocation, though that informs my choice in clothing, but a desire to remain crisp, tidy and simple while highlighting favored details– a colorful scarf, playful shoes, a vibrant jacket. Repacking my bag this evening, I am reminded of Sheena Matheiken’s Uniform Project:

What do you think of the Uniform Project, readers? Do you have a uniform of sorts? Do you think, dear readers, that you could undertake a similar project as Ms. Matheiken?

Onward

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Found these while on the road:

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Strategy

07/12/2009 — Leave a comment

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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of watching a documentary about the work and career of early French filmmaker, Georges Méliès.

His work is the sort of early silent film many of us have seen without realizing who the names behind the work were. He is the creator and mind behind the A Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la Lune):Y’know that one… the one Smashing Pumpkins appropriated as a concept for their 1996 video Tonight, Tonight single?

Yeah, THAT one.

Méliès began his professional life as a stage magician in Paris and in 1895, after a demonstration of Lumière brothers’ camera, became fascinated with film. Within two years, he had established his own film studio and was creating elaborate films. In the eighteen years before his company went bankrupt, he directed over five hundred films.

Here is an amazing piece from 1903, Le Mélomane— a marvel of multi-exposures:

Le Mélomane, 1903


Le Cake-walk infernal, 1903