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Monday, March 31, 2008

Hein


Fantastic paintings by Jeff Hein.

His work is outstanding, but be warned that the site will resize your browser window — a feature I can always live without — nevertheless, the work is well worth the inconvenience.

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    Punc’t!


    Dear Mr. Foot Mark,

    I realize you were huge during the days of the mechanical typewriter and early word processor, but unfortunately, your time has come and gone. Don’t get me wrong, you’re still a handy fellow, engineers and architects couldn’t live a day without you — but please, for the love of typography and proper punctuation, stop stealing my thunder.

    It’s typically not my disposition to kick a brother when he’s down, but you look like crap. Why do you insist on constantly showing up uninvited and underdressed? It’s like arriving at prom wearing cheeky shorts, a bib and a paper crown from Burger King — it just lacks class. You’re like the embarrassing uncle who thinks he’s the cat’s meow. I’m sorry...but you’re just not cool.

    So stop this nonsense, and please tell your designers and editors at ESPN.com to pick up a friggin’ style guide every decade or so, in hopes that one of their several hundred employees might say, “Huh, that headline looks kind of weird, are we certain that punctuation is correct?” Please, I’m begging you.

    Your Friend and Successor,

    Apostrophe

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    Friday, March 21, 2008

    Water Works


    Okay, I needed to cleanse my palette following the squirrel and deer disemboweling art, so here is a beautifully manipulated photo of Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen wearing a water dress.

    You know, back in the good old days, we didn’t have these fancy-schmancy water dresses, we had a garden hose, and if you were lucky, it had a flesh-searing jet-stream nozzle on it. We weren’t concerned about what we didn’t have, it was fun enough making the neighbor kid run home crying with water in his eyes — and life was good.

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    Thursday, March 20, 2008

    You Might Be A Redneck


    Back in graduate school we discussed the merits of both low and high art, how to distinguish each, and what qualifications were necessary to help classify individual works.

    It’s a downright shame the topic of redneck art was never brought to our attention, because honestly, I would have enjoyed debating the merits of a deer butt alien head, and would have been downright giddy to highlight a sentence as poetic as, “When preparing a deer butt alien head the old fashioned way (from scratch), it’s important to tie off the anus with a piece of string so that the white tail area does not become soiled with deer doo-doo when you cut-open your treasure.”

    Fantastic.

    When you’re in the need for creative inspiration, look no further than Don Burleson’s craft tips on how to make redneck art...Enjoy the link, and remember, “Make sure to tie-off the hiney hole.”

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  • Edit Alert...

    Oh hell, now I’m in a redneck state of mind. I might as well add a bit of class to this post, with a couple of topic appropriate snapshots…Y’all get in the truck, we goin’ into town.


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    Tuesday, March 18, 2008

    SAMURAI


    I love the homepage navigation used by Kashiwa Sato — a Japanese designer, and founder of the “SAMURAI” creative studio. The site offers a supersize helping of work, which, in my opinion, has more than enough substance to edit down to the strongest pieces, and still have plenty to showcase. Regardless though, I think I could look at the navigation for hours — well, at least a minute or two.

    (Oh, and the image is not the navigation, I didn’t want to ruin the goodness)

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    Friday, March 14, 2008

    Always Bet On Black


    I have doubt that a computer monitor will vary its energy use, due to the predominant color being displayed.

    But then again, I’m also suspicious about how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? Because really, who actually licks a Tootsie Pop? You stick the thing in your mouth — maybe move it from the left to the right, with a quick stop in the middle, then after a few minutes, you look at your tongue in the mirror to see what color it turned.


    Nevertheless, this is the concept behind Blackle...umm, the energy use, not the Tootsie Pop. Blackle utilizes Google’s Custom Search software, but offers a black interface instead of Google’s recognizable white background. This is done under the premise that if Google were black, 750 Megawatt-hours per year would be saved in energy cost — or so they claim.

    Anyway, if you have strong inclinations towards environmental responsibility, fiscal responsibility or you’re just a treehuggin’ hippie looking for a cause, you can check out Blackle (or one of its competitors), and possibly save a watt or two.

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    Thursday, March 13, 2008

    “Straight cash, homey.”


    Hmmm...How can the U.S. Government protect itself against the all too common five-dollar bill forgery? BAM! With a huge, purple san serif numeral 5.

    Your plot to infiltrate the U.S. economy with fake five-dollar billage has been thwarted — take that you evil counterfeiter.

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    Friday, March 7, 2008

    Traveler IQ


    These games are my new favorite waste of time on the intertubes.

    I should also like to take this moment to publicly apologize to Africa and South America, as my knowledge of your geography would embarrass the average 8 year old...my bad.

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    Thursday, March 6, 2008

    TheDieline.com


    All packaging, all the time.

    If you’re into a quality-made bottle, get excited about a clamshell or blister pack, then TheDieline.com is a blog you may want to probe.

    Devoted entirely to package design, the blog was founded by Andrew Gibbs, a senior packaging designer in Southern California, and features a wide array of work that encompasses all forms of packaging — including a reader submission category. So, if you are in the market for packaging inspiration, you might run across a dandy like the Blossa bottles by Blidholm Vagnemark Design, based in Stockholm.

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    S.O.S. ART 2008


    (Stephen Geddes’ church and state, S.O.S. 2005)

    I recently received this call for artist participation from Saad Ghosn — who is a wonderful supporter of Cincinnati’s visual arts, and the organizer of a yearly exhibition of sociopolitical expressions for peace and justice. S.O.S. ART is one of the most anticipated and well-attended shows of the year, so if you are a Cincinnati artist, I encourage you to participate. Here is what you need to know:

    CALL TO GREATER CINCINNATI ARTISTS

    “SOS ART 2008”, May 30 – June 8,
    The Art Academy of Cincinnati
    1212 Jackson St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    1) “SOS ART 2008”, a group art show and event of sociopolitical expressions for peace and justice, in its 6th consecutive year, will take place at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, May 30 – June 8, 2008.
    2) Greater Cincinnati Artists of all expressions (visual, verbal, musical, cinematographic, etc.) are invited to participate.
    3) Below (as a “word” attachment) is an artist submission form geared to the visual art component of the event. Artists of other expressions, please submit your proposal by an e mail return message.
    4) Deadline for receipt of application is May 12, 2008.
    5) All submissions will be considered and all works will be included provided they adhere to the theme of the show, are inclusive and space permits.
    6) If you need additional information, have questions or suggestions, please contact: saad.ghosn@uc.edu or at 216 Erkenbrecher, Cincinnati, OH 45229.

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    Monday, March 3, 2008

    In Search of Vinyl


    I am currently working on several large-scale paintings, that when finished, will exceed 10 by 5 feet each. As part of this new work, I am incorporating record albums and their cardboard packaging, and as it stands, am currently trying to get my hands on as much vinyl as I can.

    If you happen to have any 12-inch (78 rpm) vinyl albums, complete with their original cardboard sleeve, collecting dust, or packaged in a box, never to be used or seen again, please consider donating them to my project. Good music, bad music, it really doesn’t matter, I will take anything you would like to rid yourself of. For your generous donation, your name will be listed alongside the completed piece anytime the work is exhibited.

    If you are able to help out with an album or two, send me an email — Much thanks, Tom.

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    Sunday, March 2, 2008

    Pot O’ Gold


    I have to admit, I was downright giddy to learn that General Mills had released a line of retro cereal packaging — including the Lucky Charms box from my early days of Big Wheelin’, Wiffleball playin’ and Voltron watchin’.

    Perhaps I’m just a purist and minimalist at heart, but this hand-drawn illustration is far superior to the gradient-ridden, 3-dimensional, computer-aided illustration of today’s packaging. I would compare and contrast, but I’d rather not stink-up a perfectly good post, just to demonstrate my point. If you need to see the contemporary package, click here; otherwise just enjoy the goodness of a positively wonderful throwback to yesteryear.

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