Our blog wishes you farewell and happy travels…

December 23rd, 2011 by The Match Factory
After 2 year of TMF.com being a dedicated blog of our interests and work projects, with an eye toward an ever-evolving future, we are retiring from the blogging world. As new opportunities and challenges continue to present themselves, we're transitioning in 2012 and are uncertain what exactly that looks like. We just know we have lost interest in the whole "posting stuff we think is cool" thing. It's been fun while it's lasted. But new projects and situations now demand new responses. The Match Factory as an idea has always been outside the realm of our day jobs. We want it to continue to be. While we work with inspiring clients, we are artists to a certain degree, and have that urge to make art. In some form, that is what the Match Factory will continue to be. Initially, TMF.com will be our Big Cartel storefront. How it changes, well, that is still to be decided. In closing, we thank you for reading. And wish you farewell, good tidings this winter solstice, and happy travels. Until next time, Justin and Jason.

here’s to 2012

December 22nd, 2011 by Justin Kemerling
justin kemerling, designer

Top 10 Albums of 2011 (Justin)

December 18th, 2011 by Justin Kemerling
My favorite albums that came out in 2011. In no particular order: The King of Limbs by Radiohead Rise Ye Sunken Ships by We Are Augustines The People's Key by Bright Eyes Kiss Each Other Clean by Iron & Wine The King is Dead by The Decemberists Arrows by The Lonely Forest Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio Bon Iver by Bon Iver Bad As Me by Tom Waits Biophilia by Bjork Additionally, the following are albums that didn't come out this year, but were a big chunk of my listening in 2011 nonetheless: The Year of Getting By by Kill County Never Better by POS Forever and Counting by Hot Water Music The Story of the Clash by The Clash VS. by Pearl Jam Various Random Stuff by Macklemore The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan Finally, big props to the KEXP Song of the Day. Much love.

100 DAYS OF ACTIVE RESISTANCE :: the Book

December 18th, 2011 by Justin Kemerling
[caption id="attachment_5129" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="100 Days of Active Resistance"][/caption] 100 Days of Active Resistance is a beautiful compilation of images that "go deep in order to understand who we are, what the world is and how things could be better." On Day 87 you'll find the MAKE [THIS] BETTER poster. Buy the book.
  • In 2010 Vivienne Westwood and Lee Jeans launched an online manifesto-installation titled 100 Days of Active Resistance. The website invited people to submit an artwork, slogan or photograph responding to Westwood's conception of Active Resistance to Propaganda, in which she argues for culture's capacity to elevate humanity above self-destruction. It is not enough to follow world politics, see films and read the prizewinning bestsellers, she insists; this is superficial, you need to go deep in order to understand who you are, what the world is and how things could be better. This involves culture which can only be acquired by self-education: human beings should mirror the world. Starting on September 8, 2010, for100 days, one artwork was showcased online daily, ending with an exhibition displaying a selection ofthe best contributions. This volume gathers these works and commemorates the project.

A is for Aquifer

November 2nd, 2011 by Justin Kemerling
Bold Nebraska is leading the charge to protect the Ogallala Aquifer from a pipeline full of dirty tar sands. Protect Our Aquifer, No Oil In Our Soil.

OCCUPY TOGETHER (Free Posters and Materials)

October 31st, 2011 by Justin Kemerling
[caption id="attachment_4957" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="DOWN-UP | Power to the Poster {dot} ORG "][/caption] OCCUPY TOGETHER The posters provided on this page were graciously donated by graphic designers and are free for you to download, print, and hang up within your community, not only to promote local efforts, but the solidarity of all occupiers around the country.

Justice, Equality, Democracy, Opportunity, Community

October 25th, 2011 by Justin Kemerling
[caption id="attachment_4945" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Stronger Together"][/caption] Poster Show Friday the 28th at the New BLK. See you there! From the Nebraska Appleseed blog: Build A Stronger Nebraska Together

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

October 6th, 2011 by Justin Kemerling
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Welcome to the United States of Hungry

October 4th, 2011 by Justin Kemerling
A collaboration with TakePart.

Build A Stronger Nebraska :: Lincoln & Omaha Exhibitions

September 26th, 2011 by Justin Kemerling
[caption id="attachment_4910" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="LINCOLN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH"][/caption] October 7 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm The Ink Spot at Parrish Studios 1410 O Street Lincoln, NE [caption id="attachment_4911" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="OMAHA: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH"][/caption] October 28 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm The New BLK 1213 Jones Street Omaha, NE A poster show benefiting Nebraska Appleseed featuring art from: Paul Berkbigler Doe Eyed Ella Durham + Sam Rapien Justin Kemerling Peter Morris Oxide Design Co. Cathy Solarana Jake Welchert Historically, the poster has been a powerful means of communicating ideals and advocating for change. Nebraska Appleseed called upon leaders in the graphic design community to envision how we can build a stronger Nebraska through greater equality, opportunity and justice for all. We partnered with Justin Kemerling of The Match Factory and Lincoln screen printer Jason Davis of Screen Ink to produce an art exhibition with a collection of posters to inspire all people of our great state to work together to create a more inclusive, more vibrant community. These powerful posters - eleven designs, hand-signed and numbered, twenty-five prints each on 18"x24" silkscreen prints - give voice to Appleseed's core values of Community, Democracy, Equality, Justice and Opportunity.