Monday, October 29, 2007

The Superest




http://thesuperest.com/


This is a cool site, and a very clever concept. The Superest is a continually running game of My Team, Your Team. The rules are simple: Player 1 draws a character with a power. Player 2 then draws a character whose power cancels the power of that previous character. Repeat.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Holiday Inn Plans Company Brand Relaunch



Came across this tidbit of info this morning perusing Brand New. Brand New post logo rebrands, often finds the behind the scenes background info on the redesign and allows designers around the world to chime in with their opinions. One of my favorite sites.

Get the skinny regarding the relaunch here. IMO, one designer said it best, "typographic genocide".

Make My Logo BIGGER Cream


Now this is funny. Should be required viewing for all clients. Enjoy!

http://www.makemylogobiggercream.com/

My New Forum Avatar...



Vintage Halloween artwork I found on Flickr.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Birthday today...




Yeah....so I turned 40 today. Yipee! I'm gonna hang onto my childhood for a bit longer I think. Among other things, my wife bought me this for my birthday, she's the greatest. It's a 13" Shazam Collectible Figure. Very cool!



You can check them out here. Strangely enough, my buddy Von got this Flash figure the same day.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Halloween


Came upon this great photo of my brother and myself, Halloween of about '76-'77 I'd say. Yes, that's me the overly happy clown on the right wearing lipstick. I think I was ticked because I wanted to wear the Shazam! costume. ;)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Getting a little mileage....




out an older illustration. I whipped this up for the rotating banner over on SFG. Go check it out!

http://www.sugarfrostedgoodness.com/


Stay tuned for more holiday inspired artwork. ;)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Leisure Suit on Aisle Eleven!!!


I found a time machine. A veritable feast for the eyes of all things "vintage". A term that's bantered about a lot these days. Personally, I just think this stuff is cool. What can I say, I'm probably a bit too nostalgic for my own good.

The website is called Wishbook Web. A website dedicated to the Wish Book. In my household these were the best form of entertainment available come about October-November or so. Who am I kidding? Back then I'd never even have noticed the image above. This page below is way more me back then.




http://www.wishbookweb.com/

Monday, October 01, 2007

My website is soooo olllld.....


How old is ittttt???


Funny no? No.

Truth is...my website had seen better day, it was outdated and out of touch. It was time for a change. I recently took down the site which had served me so well and put up a great splash page with pertinent info regarding me and my business until I finish the new site redesign. Short, sweet and sooo long overdue.

Whatya think?


http://www.jeffandrewsdesign.com/

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bad Design Kills



A few years ago, Von Glitschka of Vonster.com, Glitshka Studios and a plethora of other sites on the web, quietly opened a unassuming little website which effectively took the design world by storm! Well kinda. The concept behind the site was simple, provide propaganda to aid in the graphic designer's fight against all things "bad design". As it happened, inexplicably the site went the way of the Dodo bird. Many speculate as to the reasons behind the website's peculiar and early demise. But until that particular book is written, you can quelch your BDK thirst and check out this link. It seems Von recently opened a Zazzle Shop to bring back his popular Bad Design Kills shirts. A great opportunity to get your hands on a mighty fine looking shirt.


I say....get 'em while you can. ;)

Click here to view and order your shirt.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Surgery

Tomorrow morning I'm going into surgery for a hernia that's been bothering me for a few years now.

My hernia is larger than normal, it's called an abdominal incisional hernia and has gradually gotten worse over the past few years. It's in the area I had an emergency appendectomy over ten years ago. Because my appendix had burst the doctor had to leave the wound open back then to drain properly and heal on it's own. The result of that is that the abdominal wall was never at full strength again.

I'm not asking for sympathy, just asking for prayers and positive thoughts tomorrow. For my wife especially as she's feeling a lot more anxiety over the whole ordeal than I am.

Thanks my friends.

Jeff

Update: I'm home now, recovering from the surgery, which went well. Still not 100%, but getting better every day. Thanks to all of you for your concern, prayers and well-wishes. Much appreciated!

Friday, August 24, 2007

SFG Blank Book Project



I've been completely remiss in posting about a brand new project we've started over at SFG! The Blank Book Project is a collaborative effort with my good buddy and colleague Steph Doyle.

For 500 days, a traveling sketchbook will be sent from Washington DC, headed west to 50 illustrators around the world. Once the book arrives, each illustrator has 7 days to complete a sketch and send the book on to the next illustrator. The book will reach its final destination approximately mid-December, 2008.

Check it out at http://sfgblankbook.com

Pictobrowser Tryout: Monsters




Thought I'd try out a new feature I discovered that allows you to post numerous photos to your blog or website via your Flickr account. I did have to adjust the width of the application to work correctly within the confines of my blog but...very cool! Looks like it works great!

Lucas in Love!

This is hilarious!

Ever Wonder?

This morning I was contemplating song lyrics. Often times during the day I'll find myself listening to an oldies station. The songs I've grown up listening to...even singing along on occasion. Today a realization hit me...I'm probably not singing the correct lyrics to a number of the songs I've known since childhood. Case in point: Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Blinded By the Light. I'll spare you my rendition. I was surprised to find out the real lyrics after having looked them up online. Too funny really. This ever happen to you?

For your enjoyment--

Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Madman drummers bummers,
Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin' kinda older,
I tripped the merry-go-round
With this very unpleasin', sneezin' and wheezin,
the calliope crashed to the ground
The calliope crashed to the ground
But she was...
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Some silicone sister with a manager mister told me I go what it takes
She said "I'll turn you on sonny to something strong,
play the song with the funky break"
And go-cart Mozart was checkin' out the weather chart to see if it was safe outside
And little Early-Pearly came by in his curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride
Asked me if I needed a ride
But she was...
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
She got down but she never got tired
She's gonna make it through the night
She's gonna make it through the night
But mama, that's where the fun is
But mama, that's where the fun is
Mama always told me not to look into the eye's of the sun
But mama, that's where the fun is
Some brimstone baritone anticyclone rolling stone preacher from the east
Says, "Dethrone the dictaphone, hit it in it's funny bone,
that's where they expect it least"
And some new-mown chaperone was standin' in the corner,
watching the young girls dance
And some fresh-sown moonstone was messin' with his frozen zone, reminding him of romance
The calliope crashed to the ground
But she was...
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
Madman drummers bummers, Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin' kinda older,
I tripped the merry-go-round
With this very unpleasin', sneezin' and wheezin,
the calliope crashed to the ground
Now Scott with a slingshot finially found a tender spot and throws his lover in the sand
And some bloodshot forget-me-not said daddy's within earshot save the buckshot, turn up the band
Some silicone sister with a manager mister told me I go what it takes
She said "I'll turn you on sonny to something strong"




And I found it here by the way.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

So my newest addictions...

My newest addictions are a couple of internet based networking utilities. The first, Facebook describes itself as...

a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.


The second, LinkedIn says this of itself...

LinkedIn is an online network of more than 12 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries.

When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.


Needless to say, the two...along with Twitter have kept me entertained of late. It's been fun networking with old friends and new acquaintances alike.

Here are my respective profiles....

Facebook
LinkedIn

Sunday, July 08, 2007

12 Breeds of Clients and How to Work with Them

Ran across this article recently and really appreciated it. I hope they don't mind that I've reposted it here, but I believe something like this deserves the biggest audience it can get.

Enjoy!



There are loads of different types of clients out there and chances are at some point you’ll get to meet all of them. So let’s take a look through some typical clients and see if you recognise a few of your own in there!

Client Breed #1
The Low-Tech Client

The Low-Tech Client

How to spot one:
Looks confused and disoriented when discussing anything high-tech, calls rather than emails, wants everything to be faxed. The Low-tech client needs to go through everything twice to get it, but will then happily take your advice.

The Highs:
The Low-tech client will rely solely on your sage wisdom for all things technology related. They will look to you as your technology saviour and will stroke your ego with their reverence of your knowledge and advice.

The Lows:
The low-tech client will need to be handheld through everything from setting up their email to opening up PDFs. Charge accordingly. They can also be particularly frustrating if they decide to ‘work it out themselves’. A Low-tech client’s idea of how a website should work for example is often not pretty.

How To Work With One:
The low-tech client needs to be handheld. Make sure everything technical about a job is in writing for them to reread at their leisure. This will save you a lot of time explaining things repeatedly. It’s also best to just accept that you will not be using a lot of the technology that makes our lives easier these days (email, online project management etc) and should instead budget in time for phone calls, faxes and face to face meetings.

It is very easy to start to patronize your low-tech client unintentionally. As you can imagine, this can damage your relationship and even worse hurt their feelings. Make sure you balance the playing field by asking for their input in the areas they know about – their business. This will keep them happy stop them feeling the need to weigh in on your area of expertise – which can waste everybody’s time.

Finally if you work in technology, make sure that your Low-tech client knows how to use whatever product you give them!

Client Breed #2
The Disinterested Client

The Uninterested Client

Thanks to one of our commenters for pointing out my negligence in writing ‘disinterested’ rather than ‘unintererested’ which would have been correct! It is now fixed.

How To Spot One:
The uninterested client is a strange beast – where most clients can’t wait to get involved in your work, the uninterested client just wants things done with as little effort from them as possible. You’ll spot an uninterested client on first meeting when you ask them questions about their business and are met with the minimal response. The uninterested client will rarely provide requested information or materials and will often ask you to complete tasks outside your area of expertise because they “don’t have time”.

The Highs:
An uninterested client will give you a lot of creative freedom, mostly because they have no interest in being involved. Their insistence that you “take care of it” may broaden your skill set and your ability to delegate to outside contractors. You may also gain experience making it work when you don’t have the information or materials you need.

The Lows:
The uninterested client will ask you to take care of everything from copywriting (when you’re a web designer) to flyer design (when you’re a copywriter). Sadly they will often not realize that this should incur extra cost. The uninterested client sometimes marries their lack of interest with wanting things done a certain way producing a very hard to deal with client.

How To Work With One:
It is best to get into good habits early with your uninterested client. A freelancer must be pushy with an uninterested client, so get used to calling and emailing repeatedly. A friendly and humorous tone is a great help when trying to push them along. An uninterested client generally isn’t trying to be rude and unpleasant, most of the time they’re very stressed and crying out for a little help. If you can be straight with them that extra work costs extra money, either take on that extra work if you can or use it as an opportunity to outsource.

A uninterested client is a tricky client, but if you manage to take care of them they often become very loyal, happy to have someone that ‘takes care of business’. Just make sure you are straight about costs, and be clear with yourself that nagging is unavoidable.

Client Breed #3
The Hands-On Client

The Hands-On Client

How To Spot One:
The hands-On client is a frustrated artist, as soon as they walk in the door they will be telling you about their skill as an artist, illustrator, photographer or writer. The hands-on client already has a very specific idea about what they want and usually has very little interest in your thoughts on the matter.

The Highs:
If you’re happy to just do exactly as they ask no matter what you might think of it, a hands-on client can be a good little earner. Almost always there is little confusion as to what the client wants to see and this can make these jobs easy.

The Lows:
If you feel you have an ethical responsibility to point out the flaws in your hands-on client’s directions, you are headed for conflict. Hands-on client’s secretly believe that they could do their job much better than you and that there is little or no specialist knowledge you could possibly impart.

One oddity about working with a hands-on client sometimes occurs when you give in your creative ambitions and agree to do it their way. All of a sudden your hands-on client may accuse you of making them do all the work or not doing your job. This can go as far as baulking on payment. Naturally this is highly infuriating.

How To Work With One:
When you find a hands-on client, the best thing to do is go with the flow. If you try to fight it you usually lose and the job winds up a lot harder than it needed to be. If your hands-on client knows exactly what they want, then power to them, recognise that and give it to them.

Often its a good idea to explicitly tell them that they seem to have a very specific idea of what they want and that you will be following their direction, however make it clear that if they would prefer; you are more than capable of doing it without their input.

Client Breed #4
The Paranoid Client

The Paranoid Client

How To Spot One:
The legal papers come out almost immediately and are elaborate to say the least. A paranoid client will often not want to even discuss their project without getting you to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and be prepared for drafted agreement to be heavily pitched in their favour.

The Highs:
If you work with a paranoid client, any legal agreement you sign should also be protecting you. So as long as you don’t breach any part the agreements you sign you should get paid.

The Lows:
You MUST get any major legal agreements looked at by a lawyer (and not the lawyer that works for them). As you would imagine, this can cost a lot of money that your client may not be willing to pay. Often within these documents are a whole list of grounds for the client dismissing you without payment. Grounds might be that you miss a deadline for whatever reason (even if the paranoid client is at fault).

From personal experience, I have always found the most paranoid clients are the ones who seem to have the most problems as well. This happens because they are always on the lookout for evidence that they are being ripped off or taken advantage of. Needless to say this means that you can easily wind up trying to straighten our points of legality with them rather than doing your job.

How To Work With One:
It is not worth working with a paranoid client for a small or low paying job. The risks far outweigh any possible gains. Besides, a personalized legal agreement is very expensive, so if they’re willing to spend a large sum on protecting their interests they should be paying you equally well.

For a large job with a big client you may wish to consider going for it, but even then factor lawyer’s fees into your quote. Most companies have legal agreements because they want to protect themselves or sensitive projects, but some paranoid clients use them in a predatory way. Remember that the paranoid client paid more to be protected, so you should quote more to make sure you get a fair deal.

Client Breed #5
The Appreciative Client

The Appreciative Client

How To Spot One:
The appreciative client will shower you with praise and make you feel special – gosh I love an appreciative client!

The Highs:
The appreciative client will make your life very easy as they’ll often pick the first version of the first draft and declare it perfect. They’re very enthusiastic and generally a delight to work with.

Even when the appreciative client does not like something they often word things in ways that make you happy to continue work on the project to get it pitch perfect.

The Lows:
They’ll make the rest of your clients look bad.

How To Work With One:
Sit back and enjoy the glory. Make sure you get them a very nice Christmas gift and throw in a freebie every now and then. An appreciative client is like gold to a freelancer, so do your best work and make them feel like a VIP.

Client Breed #6
The Get-A-Good-Deal Client

The Get-a- Good-Deal Client

How To Spot One:
The get-a-good-deal client is a wheeler-dealer and believes that the price you first give is just a starting point for negotiations. You’ll know you have a get-a-good-deal client on your hands because agreeing on a price and job description always involves a bit of to and fro. Often times get-a-good-deal clients are successful entrepreneurial types who have haggled their way to wealth.

The Highs:
Get-a-good-deal clients are often great for getting repeat and referral work having their fingers in lots of pies and you can sometimes make deals that payoff well for you as well as them.

The Lows:
If you aren’t a good negotiator or you don’t recognise a get-a-good-deal client soon enough you can wind up feeling taken advantage of as they take whatever there is to be had. Unethical get-a-good-deal client’s are usually up for ‘no harm trying’ mentality that can see them trying to get out of paying for certain things or at their worst bullying you for more work or discounts.

How To Work With One:
The best way to deal with a get-a-good-deal client is to fight fire with fire so to speak. Taking a get-a-good-deal approach back on them usually negates their strengths and ensures that you cut a fair deal. This means coming in high and then lowering your prices and being very assertive on points of payment and workload.

Client Breed #7
The I'll-Know-it-When-I-See-it-Client

The I’ll-Know-It -When-I-See-It Client

How To Spot One:
The I’ll-Know-It-When-I-See-It client shares much in common with the uninterested client except in a more frustrating way. Their indecisiveness and inability to articulate what they are after makes them one of the few clients that it is generally best to steer clear of.

The Highs:
If you can produce the “It” for this type of client you can possibly win them over and turn the I’ll-Know-It-When-I-See-It client into a very appreciative and trusting client who rejoices in having found someone who has their same ‘vision’.

The Lows:
If you don’t produce the “It” this type of client can quickly become highly frustrating as you stab franticly in the dark while worrying about blowing your budget and timeframe.

To make matters worse the I’ll-Know-It-When-I-See-It client often becomes agitated or unhappy with you if you don’t magically produce “It” leading to strained relations and a project that rapidly goes south.

How To Work With One:
In order to work with a I’ll-Know-It-When-I-See-It Client you need to remember two things:

- First be VERY clear with how much revisions cost. If you don’t do this you WILL blow your budget
- Second unless you can produce “It” you could be in for a rough project, accept this fact.

Client Breed #8
The Always-Urgent Client

The Always-Urgent Client

How To Spot One:
All their emails are ‘highest priority’ and their couriers are always red-hot. They work on weekends and late into the night and think that everyone else does too. Additionally the always-urgent client often seems to think they are your only client and that their job should therefore be your highest priority as well as theirs.

The Highs:
Since there is never any room for prolonging a job the always-urgent client will usually okay jobs relatively quickly. They often won’t have time to okay a quote so you end up charging by the hour.

The always-urgent client generally knows when they are being unreasonable and will do their best to pay you quickly, which is handy for cash flow.

The Lows:
The always-urgent client adds stress to your life, and if you want to keep them you may need to work late nights or over the weekend. You may also endure repeat late night phone calls and nonchalant requests that you build websites, organise photoshoots and produce detailed illustrations in oh… say a few hours!

How To Work With One:
The always-urgent client must be taken with a grain of salt. Everything will be desperate so you must decide when it is worth the inconvenience to yourself and your other clients. You must make it clear to the always-urgent client when their requests are unreasonable, right from the beginning. As always, keeping this light-hearted and jokey is the way to go, thereby defusing situations where you might otherwise come off as aggressive.

The always-urgent client is similar to the disinterested client in that they both require extra care. You may need to chase up the always-urgent client if you know a job is coming up in order to give yourself more time and as with the disinterested client, if you take care of them when it counts they will be loyal to you.

A word of warning though, having multiple always-urgent clients can lead to severely stressful situations as everything is needed now, now, now! So unless you thrive on pressure, you are advised to limit the number of this type of client you engage.

Client Breed #9
The Decision-by-Committee Client

The Decision-By- Committee Client

How To Spot One:
Usually inhabiting the world of large corporate clients, the decision-by-committee client can still be found in smaller operations where they share their decision making with a spouse, neighbour or dog. The decision-by-committee client is one who lacks a single point of authority and for which every decision must be approved by many people.

The Highs:
Since decision-by-committee clients don’t have anyone making firm decisions it is sometimes possible to just do whatever you think and sneak it through under the radar. This can easily backfire though, so be careful.

The Lows:
The decision-by-committee client at its worst is achingly slow to work with and when many people have thier pet peeves you can wind up with a highly inferior product to show for the work. Decision-by-committee client almost always reduce to the lowest common denominator and if there is one person who dominates they are usually the one person you wish *didn’t* dominate.

How To Work With One:
Unfortunately decision-by-committee clients are a fact of life when it comes to working with large corporate clients and this is one reason why it is important to charge high when dealing with the big guys.

It helps to be firm and quickly identify the stronger members of the committee and target them for responses while trying to win them over by conceding lesser points and sticking to your main guns.

Client Breed #10
The Doormat Client

The Doormat Client

How To Spot One:
The doormat client is the client who puts up with anything and just keeps coming back. They are usually very unassertive and seem to be content waiting for ages for you to get back to them or accepting less than perfect work.

The Highs:
The doormat client is often also very appreciative which is always nice. Its also relaxing to have a client who doesn’t mind waiting around.

The Lows:
Unfortunately doormat clients often bring out the worst in freelancers. Without the pressure of a potentially angry client a freelancer can easily become laissez-faire about their work and wind up taking advantage of the client’s passive nature.

How To Work With One:
The doormat client requires great discipline to make sure that you stick to your timeframes and deliver the goods. If your client doesn’t protect themselves then it is up to you to do so for them.

While you may wish to take advantage of their generous nature on occasions when you are stressed, you should try your best to treat them the same as every other client.

Client Breed #11
The Budget Client

The Budget Client

How To Spot One:
Every client is on a budget, but some clients just seem that much tighter than the others. The budget client can be the result of doing a friend or relative a favour, or equally just a regular client who never has any cash.

The Highs:
Budget clients are sometimes appreciative of the work they are getting done so cheaply - though unfortunately this isn’t always the case.

The Lows:
Budget clients are cheap and at their worst still expect the same service and workload as their higher paying brethren. This makes them both annoying and bad for business.

Budget clients are at their worst when they exhibit traits from other clients such as ‘Always-Urgent’ or ‘Paranoid’, in which case its just not worth it.

How To Work With One:
Make sure your budget client realises they are on a budget and that therefore their work may not always be first priority and that you probably can’t get those extra changes or revisions in because it simply doesn’t make good business sense. If your budget client gets aggressive or manifests other negative traits, accept that they aren’t worth it and let them go.

Client Breed #12
The You-Should-Be-So-Lucky Client

The You-Should- Be-So-Lucky Client

How To Spot One:
The you-should-be-so-lucky client is much cooler than you and they know it. They generally have a cool but low paying project for you and are in an industry everyone wants to work in…think music, film and fashion industries in particular.

The Highs:
The right you-should-be-so-lucky client looks great in your portfolio, and your friends will think you’re cool. You’ll make some handy contacts and your professional credibility will probably benefit. You’ll also be hanging out with the cool kids – TAKE THAT HIGH SCHOOL!

The Lows:
You won’t be paid much and the you-should-be-so-lucky client will act like they’re doing you the favour, not the other way around. If you do enough jobs for a you-should-be-so-lucky client you will start getting jaded about the industry and feel mistreated for your efforts.

How To Work With One:
The you-should-be-so-lucky client can be a great asset to your portfolio, but that will be the main reason to do the job. Because everybody wants this type of job (until they’ve actually got some) there are many talented but green freelancers more than happy to work for almost nothing. If you are a student this can be a great thing to do, but for a seasoned freelancer it can impact your cash flow. So pick your you-should-be-so-lucky clients carefully and use them sparingly to impact your portfolio or break up the monotony of corporate jobs. And of course, make sure you enjoy being that damn cool!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Logo Book Submissions

I've been collecting and submitting logos to this book, Really Good Logos the past few days or so. It would be great to get a submission or two accepted, but I've learned not to get my hopes up. A lot of disappointment this past year or so regarding this subject.

From the website--

In “Really Good Logos, Explained”, some of today’s top creative minds critique and appraise over 500 examples of truly exceptional logos, and explain what makes them work.

The insight provided by the four contributing authors will be - like the logos themselves - succinct, specific and effective. Comments will range from explaining what makes each logo especially effective, to offering ideas on how the design might be further enhanced. The result will be a rare and insightful glimpse inside the mind of top creatives.

By understanding the logistics of good design, we are better prepared to create it. This book helps explain those logistics, by asking:

  • What elements do truly effective logos have that others are lacking?
  • What makes one logo more powerful - more attention-getting - than others?
  • What tips and strategies can be captured from these examples, and used to improve current projects?

By providing short, specific and to-the-point observations from top creatives, "Really Good Logos, Explained" answers these questions and more.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Nice Father's Day Present....

So yesterday, my mother calls me up and says she has something to tell me. She proceeds to tell me how she's bought this motorcycle for my dad on the spur of the moment. She bought it from the father of a girl she works with. He was a mechanic so it's very well preserved and cared for. Anyway, if you knew my parents, it's totally not what you'd expect. My dad hasn't owned a motorcycle since I was really young. Needless to say he was reportedly in shock when he got it.

Here are some pictures of the new acquisition...






And here's a picture of my mom and my sister on the motorcycle he had back in the day. Guess he's sticking with the red theme. lol

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

London Olympic Logo Unveiled to Mixed Reviews



June 4th, 2007

The logo (pictured above) for the London Olympic Games of 2012 was unveiled Monday, June 4th 2007 to what one could only describe as "less than desirable" reviews. Designed by Wolff Olins with a pricetag of almost $800,000 US, the buzz surrounding this logo is so intense in fact that there is now a petition to either redesign or replace the logo with the bid logo.

Personally, I subscribe to the camp calling for a recall. I don't see anything particularly inviting or intriguing in the new mark. it doesn't evoke anything in me except puzzlement and quite frankly disgust. It's horrible! I think the designer, in an effort to be avant garde and trend setting, gypped the Olympic committee and citizens of Great Britain. If it represented me, and my country I'd be outraged.

There are a number of great reads online regarding the logo and the public unrest. Here are just a few of the links I rounded up. Enjoy!

http://www.london2012.com/

Calls for new 2012 logo rejected

MPs call for Olympic logo rethink

and of course...

Speak Up

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A few recent jobs....




These are a couple of jobs I've done recently for my "day job." we do a lot of logos for local sports teams, school and businesses, and then the screen printing or embroidery department will implement the designs as well. I'm learning a lot about that part of the business, which is cool.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Jeff Andrews: Action Hero!




Thought this was fun. My buddy Tommy Kane had posted a hilarious one here, so of course I had to try my hand.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Design Inspiration mention on Drawn!



It dawned on me after seeing several new comments on Design Inspiration that there must have been some press somewhere I hadn't been aware of to drive people to the site. A little covert detective work quickly turned up the explanation. My buddy Ward, one of the contributors over at Drawn! had posted a quick mention. Very cool! Ward and his family just moved from Georgia to Portland, which is about an hour north of me. Sounds like it might be time to take the man out to lunch in repayment.

Thanks again Ward!

More Charlie...





Definitely a Charlie theme going the past few posts eh? Be on the lookout for some new business card designs soon, and hopefully a nailed down website design soon after.

Thanks!

A couple of new things I can share...





The first is just an illustration I threw together on my lunch hour a few days ago. Maybe I'll finish him up sometime.

The second is the last logo comp I completed for Fusion Juice. They ended up going with a different color scheme, but this is the one I liked the most.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007

SFG Tee Photo Shoot

Last Sunday we met with Ashli, the new official face of SFG's clothing line, “Wearable Goodness.” Here are a few of the results. Ashli was a pleasure to work with and could not have had a better disposition the entire time. We all had a lot of fun.