Sunday, April 30, 2006

Lazy Sunday Afternoon: Photos in the Park

So, it was such a beautiful day today, Michelle and I decided to take the camera down to River Forks Park here in Roseburg and take some photos. This is a park that I remember vividly from my childhood. It has some great things for kids to climb and play on, like the helicoptor and wagon pictured. There's also a fort with some metal teepees on the green grass outside. A couple of whales that during the Summer will have a wading pool of water surrounding them and will shoot water from their spouts. It was a favorite place from my childhood. Unfortunately, as you can see, most of this stuff has seen better days, they look like they have 30 years of paint peeling off, too bad. Anyway, enjoy the photos, I guess I have a thing for photographing signs too eh?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Jeff Andrews Design Wins NCCA Design's Oregon Tournament Bracket!

I recently became a member of the NCCA, which stands for the National Creative Competition Association. As a member you can upload examples of your work in three separate categories: Logo, Print and Web. During the regular season, visitor's and members alike can log on and rate each creative submission.

Here's a bit of info from the site to explain what it's all about:

As each piece is rated, its average rating is tracked and ranked within its peer group. The ranking value for each piece then populates the NCCA Design Poll area. Creative submissions are eligible for polling after 10 ratings. Polls are tracked in each category (logo, print, web) for the entire nation, your particular region and your state of entry. Upon completion of the regular season, polls provide seedings for the tournament bracket.

The top 64 pieces for each category will populate national, regional, and state brackets. These brackets will then be exposed to the members for match-up voting based on Poll seeding. Voting will occur in 6 total rounds - each round will run for a designated period of time. When the final round is complete, winners in each category (logo, print, web) for the nation, regions and states will be announced.

Today I was informed that one of my submissions in the Logo category had won the Oregon State Tournament Bracket. Here is my winning submission, a logo for the Outdoor Program of a Eugene area High School.

NCCA Design

Saturday, April 15, 2006

“Design” Inspiration Hits Home!

I guess it was inevitable. I recently "interviewed myself" for my design related interview blog “Design” Inspiration. Check it out and let me know if you enjoyed it....

I don't wanna know if you hated it. ;)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Did you know?

One of 2005's best blogs was this strangely familiar little site called....Design Inspiration?? Well I guess you haven't been reading the March/April issue of PRINT magazine then eh? Check it, and please try to hide your jealousy okay. ;)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Stupid Comics

Are you a comic fan looking for a new and fresh perspective when looking back at the comics from your youth? This is...well, I'm not sure what it is. But it does offer up a unique perspective. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Stupid Comics.

Three Thumbs UP!

My Buddy Von Glitschka has recently developed and started a new site dedicated to furthering the creative cause. A site that recognizes and applauds artistic expression, and gives its participants a venue to share their work.

The site is called Three Thumbs Up Award

From the website:
We at the 'Three Thumbs Up Award' are sick of looking at crappy art. We want to encourage and facilitate the pursuit of great art and reward it when we can. It's that simple. The 'Three Thumbs Up Award' is our way of giving props and kudos to the ones who create and facilitate art that makes us wish we had an extra thumb to raise. We also just like looking at cool artwork and we figure others would too.
Check 'em out, I think you'll enjoy what you see.

Sugar Frosted Goodness Redux

If you haven't checked out Sugar Frosted Goodness lately, you haven't checked out Sugar Frosted Goodness. A short reminder to check out that blog often. Alot of great work, alot of uber talented designers and illustrators. Big names too. Check it out....tell 'em Pedro sent ya.

Oh you have GOT to check this out....

Have you ever dreamed of walking into your office or library, living room or den, pulling on your favorite book in the bookcase to activate a secret passageway or hidden compartment??? Or twisting that candlestick on the mantle to see your fireplace swivel to reveal a secret room like on one of those Scoobie-Doo episodes??? Have you ever wondered where the ultra-rich went to to make those dreams come true for them?

Well, wonder no longer....

Okay, now who wants to help me make that dream a reality in my own home???

Monday, April 03, 2006


I've had the distinct pleasure to be involved on a couple of occasions in a really cool project with a number of other talented designers. The project is called the HOWieZine. You can learn more about the origins of the project and see previous incarnations of the finished product here.

This past HOWieZine, HOWieZine 6 used a theme that I had suggested, superheroes. So when it came to putting it together, I was elated to be able to design the covers. These are the inside and outside covers I submitted. Let me know what you think. At the bottom of the post is the subject I used for my inspiration. A small statuette I have of Superman. He made a great photographic model. I shot about a hundred photos of him in all kinds of light, turned out pretty good don't you think? For the inside front and back covers, I grabbed some of my classic comics from my collection, spread them out on the futon in my office and stood on a chair to photograph them. I like the effect, kind of a montage of great classic comic literature!

And here's the finished product...a hand-bound 'zine showcasing every contributing designer's take on the given theme.