I designed shirts for my acroyoga friends to show unity at the Divine Play festival in San Francisco.
The delay between when I work on something and when I can share it with the internet is sometimes pretty long. I created the web images for the Oregon Ducks’ football jerseys a couple of months ago, but had to keep them under wraps. Now that they’ve released all five colorways I can show you what I did. I made all 5 colorways from a single image capture and added the numbers. The graphics were particularly difficult since I had to show some of them in reflective and glossy inks.
I finally have photos of a few of my older paintings. You can check them out on my “Art & Illustration” page, or here are the links to the thumbnails:
Om (maybe NSFW)
Every new job or project I work on requires me to wait until the final product gets released out into the world before I can show anyone what I’ve done. In this case I’ve had to wait more than 4 months before I could show off the NFL jersey images I worked on for Nike’s Licensed Apparel group. These things were so under-wraps that we were told not to show them to anyone – not even other people in our building. Most of the jerseys looks very similar to the ones the teams wore last year, with the exception of the Seahawks. The main differences are in the construction and tailoring.
Here’s a sample of how I transformed the original photographs into the images that are now up on the web. I worked on many different jersey styles and teams, but I’m chosing to show the Bengals’ Elite jersey because it was by far the most difficult. I had to completely change the color-blocking, edit the seams, and figure out how the tiger stripes were supposed to go onto the shoulders.
After a small hiatus from making any significant work of the “fine art” variety, I’ve promised myself to be much more productive this year. Last month my big accomplishment was finishing this multimedia art piece:
LeviaGan is the first of three cryptozoological pieces I’m planning to make in the few months. It’s a cross between a giant squid and a mastodon, and is named after the Leviathan and Ganesha. Not only is it a hybrid animal, the artwork itself is a hybrid piece. For years I have painted, drawn, made collages, and taken photos. Whenever I wanted to put some sort of show together I ended up with a bunch of pieces of various media that didn’t seem to fit together stylistically. I’ve decided to remedy that by making pieces that involved all four media. For this piece I glued one of my photographs onto a wood panel, pasted various collage pieces on top, painted over it all with oils, painted the animal, and then drew in added details and highlights with various pens.
I designed a 404 error page for Webtrends’ new website. Webtrends new branding for the site is very reminiscent of Massimo Vignelli’s design for the NYC subway system. Since the 404 page is generally something you see when you’re lost on the site, I made it look like the map Vignelli designed in 1972.
Here are some graphic icons I did for Webtrends that never got used for anything. I still like how they turned out.
Today was decoration day at the studio. After our big studio remodel everything was clean and white and we needed a little more personality. Today we added a bit of flair: a giant Post-It Pac-Man with some ghosts on the wall, and Space Invaders above the windows.
One of my coworkers is obsessed with internet memes. I replaced the three generic images on her glass cube paperweight with 3 of her favorite memes.
If she’s mad she can turn it so it shows Y U No guy.
And if she can’t decide what mood she’s in she can choose “Why not Zoidberg?”
I designed a “Social Media Survival Kit” to be given away at the Webtrends booth at OMMA Global last week. The idea was to grab conference attendees’ attention by giving them objects that they would have to collect instead of a cliche postcard or brochure. The Social Survival Manual had a checklist that explained what the different objects were supposed to teach you about Social Media. I designed a click finger, a target, a tabloid newspaper, a temporary nyancat tattoo, a 30 billion dollar bill, and a “Webtrendo” controller.
Webtrends was a sponsor at Connections 2011 in Indianapolis. I designed bingo scratch-off giveaways for the booth. This was a fun project for me because I love developing games and fostering real, human interactions. I developed the game mechanism, and designed the cards based on lottery scratch-offs. There were three ways to win. If you got a horizontal or vertical bingo you won a free App from Webtrends Social. If you got a diagonal bingo you won an iTunes gift card. If you got all four corners you won the grand prize: a Jawbone Jambox.
This subject keeps coming up for me, so I’m reblogging it so no one has to dig through my blog archive. Not that you shouldn’t dig through it – there’s great stuff in there.
For years it has bothered me that the area called the “Midwest” includes states like Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Geographically, that just doesn’t make sense. The term “Mid” implies that they should be near the center of the country, and “west” implies they should be west of that center. But what is the “middle” of the U.S.?
The Mississippi River has always served as the unofficial border between the East and West of the U.S. However, the population center of the U.S. is in southern Missouri. The geographic center of the lower 48 states is in northern Kansas. The center between the two major continental divides is about halfway between those two points. The borders of 11 states seem to make up a very distinct border between East and West – Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas on one side, and Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana on the other. I would argue that those 11 states should be considered the “Middle” of the country. Anything east of those states should be considered “Eastern.”
I find that the various sports teams I join inspire me to create a lot of things – especially logos. My most recent team “Disco de los Muertos” has inspired me more than most. I created a logo for the team, and then made a hand-painted version that we screen printed onto our uniforms.
One of our team members had a birthday and I wanted to make something special for the party, so I made a Disco de los Muertos piñata. It was the first one I’d ever made, but I think it turned out pretty well. It was a huge hit with the team.
Webtrends is reconfiguring its Social Media offerings on a brand new website: Webtrends Social
I designed the layout and graphics for it.
Some friends and I were sitting around at a party and realized that all of the artists had ended up at the same table. We decided to take advantage of the opportunity to play Exquisite Corpse. Here’s one round of the drawings. Thanks to Damon Eckhoff, Julia Himmelstein and Kyle Mayfield for their contributions.
Every time I go looking for a stock photo to use at work, I end up with some really weird images that not only have nothing to do with my search terms, but make me ask “What were they thinking when they took this?” There are some seriously bizarre images out there that need to be shared. So my co-worker and I have created lolStockphoto, a home for the little gems that we can’t help captioning. We’re just getting started, but we hope to add more as we find them. It’s an open forum, so please submit your own.
The other images I posted on theymightbehipsters.tumblr.com are now up:
These are the quick little things I made that inspired my “Fingertips” poster. I hadn’t realized how many I’d made until I saw them all up there on the site.
In 1990 I became a huge fan of the band They Might Be Giants. You’ve probably heard of them. They did Particle Man, Instanbul not Constantinople, and the theme to Malcolm in the Middle. My friends and I listened to their album Flood endlessly. At one point we tried to sing the whole album beginning to end and actually got pretty far. As the years have passed, though, I’ve thought about them less and less.
But then I came across the Tumblr blog They Might Be Hipsters, that “takes lyrics from the songs of They Might Be Giants and pairs them with completely unrelated pictures for the ensuing hipster fun.” I’m not sure what hipsters have to do with it, though. I guess hipsters sometimes use Holga cameras, or set their DSLRs and iPhones to add a funky, 70s-look to their photos, and most of the images have that kind of feel to them. What I like is seeing the TMBG lyrics out of their usual context and reading them again for the first time. It reminds me of why I thought Linnell and Flansburgh were such amazing songwriters back in the day. I was inspired to submit a few of my own They Might Be Hipster images, but they haven’t been posted on the site yet. Apparently there’s a huge backlog of submissions so it may be awhile.
They Might Be Giants were notorious for having short songs – most hover around 2½ minutes in length. In 1992 TMBG released Apollo 18 which included a group of really short (mostly 5-20 seconds) tracks, usually referred to as Fingertips. They were designed to take advantage of the Shuffle feature on CD players and show up randomly in between other songs. I didn’t get a CD player until 1993, so I first experienced all of the Fingertips tracks strung together at the end of my cassette tape. I thought they would lend themselves really well to the They Might Be Hipsters project, so I put together a poster with 21 photos and the lyrics to all 21 tracks in order. Since Isabelle from TMB Hipsters says she’s swiped most of her photos off the web, I decided to “borrow” images from Flickr in order to go with the flow. I figure it’s probably okay since: 1: I’m not using them for commercial purposes, 2: I’ve used artistic license to heavily edit them in order to make them more “hipster-ish,” 3: I’m providing links to each of the original images on Flickr to give the original photographers credit for their own work, and 4: If any of the photographers take umbrage to me using their images I’ll happily take their photo out of the poster, replace it with something else, and re-post. I’m hoping if they ever see this they’ll consider it as a compliment.
Here are the links to the original photos I used from Flickr in order:
Ground Kontrol completed a massive renovation project a few weeks ago. Their space looks really great now and there seems to be a lot more room for gameplay.
Unfortunately it seems they got rid of the duplicate machines of my favorite game, Ms. Pac-Man. Now I have to wait a really long time to play whenever I go in. However, they added a great new game that more than makes up for the loss. There’s a new 4-player Versus Pac-Man tabletop machine. In each of the five rounds, up to four players compete for dots, fruit, and power pellets while avoiding the ghosts. The crazy new twist, though, is that eating a power pellet temporarily doubles the size of your pac-man and allows you to eat your smaller opponents. Each round lasts until only one pac-man is left. I love it!