Archive for March, 2010

Tugboat: Year 2

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1572" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Tugboat Poster Packs. On Sale. 12 Posters for $100"][/caption] This April at the Tugboat Gallery begins the third year of their space in the Parrish Studios in downtown Lincoln. Part of the First Friday Gallery Walk every month, these exhibitions are quite an expression of a flourishing downtown art scene while bringing people together for a night of community and celebration. To go along with each exhibition, I work with owner Peggy Gomez to design a poster and do a print run of around 75. All totaled we’ve done 25 different poster designs that have become the voice of this non-commissioned art gallery visible on the streets of Lincoln throughout the year. For the two year anniversary we're offering the hand-screened posters from this year. 12 posters, 100 bucks. You can reserve your set now by emailing Peggy. You'll also be able to purchase a set at the gallery walk this Friday from 7 to 10 at Tugboat. [caption id="attachment_1581" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Yours And Mine | Video Stew"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1575" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="New Masters & Mentors | Triumvirate"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1580" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="American Bust | So... How Have You Been?"][/caption]

um… internet explosion (#1)

Monday, March 29th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1640" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="http://www.good.is/post/can-animation-help-stop-climate-change/"][/caption] This marks the inaugural post of what will be referred to as the "um... internet explosion" section of our Match Factory blog. It's a trail of breadcrumbs really, when the lackadaisical wanderings around your tried and trusted places on the Internet suddenly turn into something mind-altering. It's truly a magic feeling and I hope everyone knows what I'm talking about. It's what makes the Internet such a joy, as it goes from "waste of time" to "conscious altering" in a matter of moments. Enjoy. Can animation help stop climate change? A network of artists and film-makers thinks so. And 30 minutes later, I'm convinced they just might do it. BEGIN HERE: http://www.good.is/post/can-animation-help-stop-climate-change/ --> http://coalitionofthewilling.org.uk/ --> http://www.knife-party.net/# --> http://philosophyforchange.wordpress.com/ --> http://loyalkaspar.com/bbwd/ [caption id="attachment_1645" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="http://coalitionofthewilling.org.uk/"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1644" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="http://www.knife-party.net/#"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1646" align="alignnone" width="527" caption="Knife Party Selected Work"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1642" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="http://philosophyforchange.wordpress.com/"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1641" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="http://loyalkaspar.com/bbwd/"][/caption] And there you have it.

The Haiti Poster Project

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1632" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A collaborative effort by the design community to help effect change."][/caption] My wife and I like to make time to work on projects together. She's more of a writer, myself more of a designer. Together, we're a force to be reckoned with. Recently, as tragedy struck Haiti, and the world scrambled to find ways to help, we wanted to spend some of our time together making something that could be part of the effort to help the people living through such a horrendous situation. With the goal of raising $1,000,000 for Doctors Without Borders, The Haiti Poster Project was conceived as a collective effort by the design community to unite and effect change. This collaboration of artists and designers from around the world benefitting victims of the earthquake in Haiti was an effort we whole-heartedly support. And we made this poster together for the effort. [caption id="attachment_1596" align="alignnone" width="488" caption="Limited Edition 3-Color Silk Screen"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1607" align="alignnone" width="488" caption="140C Pop-Tone Sno Cone French Paper"][/caption] The site launched March 23. You can purchase the posters beginning on April 5, 2010. "When others are in trouble, we feel it in our hearts. And it's with our hearts, we reach out to help in any way we know how. 'Compassion to the Rescue' is a phrase that can ring true to anyone anywhere. This whimsical, hand-drawn design is meant to bring smiles and inspire action. With a little love, we can do anything, especially help all those people who are hurting in Haiti." --Katie Kemerling [caption id="attachment_1633" align="alignnone" width="488" caption="All money raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders."][/caption]

‘We Did Not Fear Our Future, We Shaped It’

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1551" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="HuffingtonPost.com at 9 AM on Monday March 29th, 2010"][/caption] So. Fourteen months after Barack Obama came to Washington, change has now come to America. Just look at those huge, red, all-capped letters from HuffPost. I have to admit. When the House passed the goods, "holy shit" were the first words I uttered. Say what you will about the process. It was ugly. Unfair. Stupid. Secretive. Pathetic. Infuriating. Open. Democratic. Optimistic. Inspiring. Hopeful. All and everything wrapped up into a spectacle of governing. But today, we are finally starting to say that universal health care is something we value as a society. It's seen as important. Something this country should make sure all of its citizens have in the name of dignity, fairness, equality and justice. It's an expansion of our common humanity that we actually give a shit about each other.  32,000,000 each others. We've now proven we can actually do something to make things happen. It's a good feeling. Pre-existing conditions. Recision. Dropping the sick. All of it no more. Of course, I live in a conservative state so I've heard lots from the right about the destruction of America if this passes. About how our premiums are going to go up. Government takeover. How Canada sucks. Pretty much all of the sound bites I've gotten first hand. Hearing it all leads me to the conclusion we all have to stop worrying about something getting taken away from us. Instead we need to start envisioning how we can give of ourselves to make this place better. We need more of that "we've come to shape the future" attitude. And a big group hug after all of this. C'mon people, hug it out. It's a new day. We've taken on health care. Next up: climate change, immigration, worker rights. We'll sure need more civility from here on out. Everybody now!

Rome. Florence. Venice.

Friday, March 19th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1510" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Rome"][/caption] Speaking of cities… in the fall of 2009 my wife Katie and I took a trip to Italy. We went to three cities. We took a lot of photos. (A lot.) Here's one photo for each city, very representative of our time in each place. From the celebration of being together, to the grit of "old as modern", with an eye to the what next, always looking for the unexpected and the beautiful. Enjoy. [caption id="attachment_1511" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Florence"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1512" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Venice"][/caption]

From Sea To Shining Sea

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1504" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Posters from The Heads of State"][/caption] Speaking of America... those outstanding designers at The Heads of State have released this wonderful series of travel posters highlighting some of America's greatest cities. Only thing its missing is a Nebraskan representative. I nominate Weston. Via.

What do you collect or what is something you obsess over?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
I was asked this question the other day. It caught me off guard. I really haven't thought about "collecting" anything since the baseball, basketball and football cards I feverishly acquired in grade school. Today though, I don't really collect anything or think about things in terms of collecting. But obsess? Yes, I think I do. How about this. I obsess about the idea of America. Strangely enough I always come back to this thought: just what the hell is this place, this thing, this idea that's called America? Most of the people I've met in my life live in America. Most of the news, information and entertainment on television is about America. Pretty much all of my entire life has been spent here, in America. So what is it? Is it going somewhere? And is it taking us with it? I don't know. I have no answers. So I'll probably just keep obsessing over it. I do know one thing. A nice series of "America the Trading Cards" sure would be nice right about now.

This Is What EQUALITY Looks Like

Friday, March 12th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1428" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by DAILY DUJOUR"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1427" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by DAILY DUJOUR"][/caption] Manifest Equality. In Los Angeles. March 2010. The event wrapped up on the 7th. I didn't make it out to the gallery but found some great photos of the event by NOTCOT and DAILY DUJOUR. As a visual spectacle, it was a powerful statement for equality in America. It was our culture creating momentum for change. And the work to make our place we call home a little more equal and just, goes on [caption id="attachment_1432" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by NOTCOT"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1431" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by NOTCOT"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1429" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by NOTCOT"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1430" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by NOTCOT"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1453" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by NOTCOT"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1433" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by NOTCOT"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1426" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by DAILY DUJOUR"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1425" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by DAILY DUJOUR"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1423" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by DAILY DUJOUR"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1454" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by DAILY DUJOUR"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1434" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Manifest Equality Gallery: Photo by NOTCOT"][/caption] "We are gay and straight together, we are fighting for LGBT equality - but we stand as part of a broader, deeper, larger struggle across this planet...for all of us." -Cleve Jones, human rights activist See more gallery photos by NOTCOT and DAILY DUJOUR.

D.I.Y. America – On Selling Out

Thursday, March 11th, 2010
Wieden + Kennedy has a new episode of their D.I.Y. America series online. This one is about skateboarding and selling out.

Kelsey Brookes on Creative Lives

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
I've been a fan of Kelsey Brookes for awhile now and this video is a great peek into his story. He's an inspiring artist, not only in his work, but also in his attitude.