Archive for July, 2008

The One Flag

July 31, 2008

Design is at war with itself. We are taught that design is about finding solutions. But the success of these solutions is judged so narrowly – Did it ooze desire? Did it shift units? – that we find ourselves implicated in problems far greater than the ones we solve.

The time has come for a radical shift in priorities. We are now faced with some of the most daunting global challenges in human history. These are real targets, worthy of our problem-solving skills, ripe for our intervention. Yet those who have the vision to rise above national and political boundaries still have no symbol to rally under. You’re invited to create a flag – free from language and well-worn clichés – that embodies the idea of global citizenship. A symbol that triggers pride and cohesion, whether worn on a backpack, displayed on a door, or flown on a flagpole. A symbol for anyone to declare membership in a growing and vital human cooperative. Prove that design has a real role to play in the fate of our world.

Submissions will be critiqued by a panel of prominent design professionals, then featured in Adbusters and supporting design publications. The winning flag will go into production, ready for flying by the patriotic citizens of Earth. Deadline for entries is December 1, 2008.

Submit your entries here.

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who’s who

July 28, 2008

I’d like to return some love to my top three referrals of all time by recognizing them in Utobia2.0’s list of Who’s Who. Thanks to everyone for dropping by and keeping up with all these silly posts and making me feel like I have something worth blogging about. Afterall, we’re all in this together.

#1//*theblogstar (Chad Jarnigan, rock star extraordinar)

#2//Into the Substance (Kari Slusser, the coolest young mother of two)

#3//Anam Cara (Shelia Mullican (relentless pursuer of beauty and truth. Check out her new tat!)

when dog imitates art

July 25, 2008

This morning Diesel and I were wrestling and I sometimes will use a shirt or towel to cover his head and play with him. This time I tucked the shirt under his collar to make it a little more difficult to come out from under it. With the last flip of his head he sat down and looked at me as if to say, “…really? really.” I immediately grabbed my iPhone and took this picture. It reminded me of the “Green Eyes” girl on the cover of National Geographic circa 1984. Ok, well…sorta.

Discovery Channel Promo

July 24, 2008

There’s nothing I like more than a well edited montage. This comes from the newly re-branded Discovery Channel. It seems to be the only channel I watch anymore these days. At any rate, if you’re a fan of said channel then this is guaranteed to make you smile.

Oh the irony, part 2

July 23, 2008

IT HAPPENED AGAIN!

I can’t believe it. This time it’s Community Baptist Church. Man, those Baptists are persistent.

Hmmm. Can’t really say I’m interesting in “Neighborhood Bible Time”. I have issues with this on many levels. What are they? I’m glad you asked.

1.) This is targeting parents with kids. I’m not a parent and and I don’t have kids. Although kudos to them for doing their homework. This area is FILLED with parents and kids. Welcome to my life in Spring Hill…

2.) The copy is totally irrelevant for today’s culture. “Anyone up for Bible Time?” ” Golly, dad. I sure am!” Seriously? In the words of Kevin McCalister, “…I don’t think so.”

3.) Aaaaand they don’t have a website listed on their door hanger. Really? It’s 2008. My MOTHER has a website.

4.) IT’S HANGING MY BY NO-SOLICITING SIGN!

I have a feeling this will be an ongoing series…Ugh.

Sweet Motion Graphics

July 22, 2008

All eyes are on China with the opening of the Olympics this summer and its emergence as an economic superpower. Design and production company Imaginary Forces (IF) created the main titles for “People’s Republic of Capitalism,” a four-part documentary in the Koppel On Discovery series that focuses on China’s new role in the world.

The program shatters stereotypes about China, dismissing the old-fashioned idea of a dull drab Communism and showing modern China as the “Wild Wild East” — an engine of economic growth moving at breakneck speed. What is happening in China affects us here in the US and globally. The futures of both countries are undeniably intertwined.

Spearheaded by creative director Karin Fong, “People’s Republic of Capitalism” is the 6th show that IF has done for Koppel On Discovery. The title sequence is an explosion of China chic — lush, intricate and colorful engravings, inspired by Chinese money, tweaked with symbols of present-day industry, fashion, and culture. In his review of the China series, Tom Shales of The Washington Post writes, “The extremely handsome animated opening credits are worth noting…”

“We brought the results of nearly a year of research, reporting and production on our China project to Karin Fong and the Imaginary Forces team,” says Peter Demchuk, a producer for Koppel on Discovery. “And we offered a title we hoped would capture a sense of the transformation and contradiction we discovered there. Karin came up with 45 seconds of visual poetry that sums up perfectly our four-hour documentary series. Both elegantly simple and richly layered, the sequence creates the perfect frame for our program, but stands alone as its own remarkable piece of work.”

Read more here.

Oh the irony…

July 21, 2008

Is it just me, or has anyone else out there noticed an influx of door-to-door solicitors? Being that I work from home, I’m always here so I’m always available to answer the door when they come by. I’ve had everyone from the Bug Man to the Baptist coming to my door to get me to buy into what they’re selling. I’d say I get about one a week. That I work in a creative profession means I can’t always be bothered and just drop what I’m doing to listen to the benefits of, say, Islam.

Enter the “No-Soliciting!” sign.

I realize, yes, that 1.) this is a commercial sign and not a residential sign and 2.) that I’ve become “that guy” for having it. But I don’t care. Enough is enough. It’s MY time they’re taking. It’s MY distraction they’re causing. It’s MY house they’re invading.

Sounding a bit selfish? Sure. I make no apologies. ESPECIALLY after I found two business cards tucked behind my VERY OBVIOUS “No-Soliciting!” sign. I couldn’t believe it. It’s as if my privacy is not respected. No, no…not “as if”. It’s NOT respected. At least not by Joe Harris of HomeShield Pest Control. Soooo I gave him a call and described to him what “No-Soliciting!” means. Fortunately for him, I got his voice mail.

But really. I mean REALLY. I don’t care if you’re selling Jesus Christ or Jelly Beans. I’M. NOT. INTERESTED!

Greg Laswell: How the Day Sounds

July 11, 2008

About a week or so ago I went to Exit/In here in Nashville to see Ingrid Michelson. As it usually is with shows there she had two opening acts before she went on to perform. The first guy was a bit forgettable (as I have actually forgotten his name or music), but the second guy, Greg Laswell, was AMAZING.

His EP, “How the Day Sounds” is remarkable. I was really impressed with his live performance. There was one song that tasted a bit like Sufjan Stevens’ stuff with the trumpets, etc. (That song is not on “How the Day Sounds”; however, I thought I would make the comparison for those of you that like Sufjan’s stuff)

The whole EP is excellent. Greg Laswell - How the Day Sounds - EP - How the Day Sounds

ALSO, he covered “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” Greg Laswell - Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Single - Girls Just Want to Have Fun. It’s amazing how sad that song actually is. Maybe it’s just the way he did it that makes it seem sad…no, it’s actually pretty sad. You’ll love it.

BANKSY! London Graffiti Artist

July 9, 2008

Some pictures of elusive graffiti artist, “Banksy”. See more HERE.