Friday, December 20, 2002

Sick. Been out of commission for the past couple of days. Still have to find Christmas presents for two of my closest friends. Still have to send out some Christmas cards as well. More to come later.

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Design Crazy Madness Fun Stuff!™

I'm working on the poster and visual identity for a conference that's going to happen in London next year some time. The conference is called: "Popular Print: Past & Present, Local & Globlal", and my concept for the poster requires examples of popular print.

One trip with Matt to the Wee Book Inn later...

The most lurid, wretched, raunch harlequin possible. We're talking gold embossed brush script typography, excessive pink, and a title unmatched: Prisoner of Passion. So amazingly sweet. Also? A western, a couple of comics (one of which looks like a Harlequin!), some Japanese magazine, and a magazine called True Confessions.

True Confessions has this very pleasant looking woman on the front cover looking placid and oh-so content. This happy, wonderfuly image is surrounded by the following titles:

"I shot my lover - and I'm glad!"
"Did my husband give me AIDS?"
"A sex goddess is after my man"
"Sex with my brother-in-law: that's the only way my husband can keep his job"

And:

"A Virgin's Nightmare: Raped by the football team"

It's utter trash! Wonderful! Anyway, at the Junque Cellar, Matt and I picked up a copy of Popular Electronics (November 1955) and Profitable Hobbies (June 1953). It was while leafing through these two magazines that I found a treasure trove of retro illustrations and hilarity.

And then, I stumbled across a harsh reality: apparently, I'm obsolete. I found this, scanned the entire ad (the version I've put up is only about a 1/4 of the original), and plan on making it into a nice large scale poster. Anyone want one?
Poster went to press this morning. I should be sleeping. Tomorrow (later today, technically) will be a wonderful day of wonderment when I give you more Design Crazy Madness Fun Stuff!

Friday, December 06, 2002

Just a brief one to tide you over until I get some sleep:

My boss loves the poster on the right. So much so, that he told me to submit it to the conference organizers! So there's a very real and possible chance that the printed version will be a beautiful hybrid of the two. Fantastic! Here's hoping...

Monday, December 02, 2002

Super Fun Crazy Poster Design Thing!™

I've been working on a poster for a conference that is being held here at the U of A. I took the project over when I saw the efforts of the English Master's student who was trying to get a poster design done. Anyway, the first is the poster as it is going to press. The second is the coolness that I would have gotten a kick out of sending to press. But it's not going to happen. Any opinons, people? Is postmodernism dead?



Sunday, December 01, 2002

Oh Good Lord.

Sarah Slean.

She was the most amazing concert that I have seen this year, without doubt. Sensual. Phenomenal. Energetic. Sexy. Beautiful and delicate. Delightful. I'm astounded. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life.

It was wonderful to speak with her while she signed my ticket and CD liner notes. Her concert made me realize something: I want to touch people with my art, my photography, the same way that she managed to touch me. Art seems so much more noble than design right now.

Monday, November 25, 2002

Holy Crap Update! ®

My boss, Gary, just dropped by about a half hour ago with some distinguished guests. He asks me if I've got enough work to do these days, and then drops a complete bombshell by telling me:

"I've signed you up to go to Italy."

A little background: there's a conference in Bologna, Italy. My friend Matt, the man responsible for my employment, is presenting at this conference on Streetprint, a site that he and I developed together. It's his brainchild, but my design. Anyway, so I guess that Gary thinks it would be cool if his designer went. It could still fall through, considering the conference is in February, but still...

Holy Crap.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

The First of Many Fun Things!

I'm totally in love with old aesthetics. The 50s B-Movies, the crazy psychedlic illustration of the 60s, the brilliance of film noir during the later 1930s. As a designer, I find it pretty damn cool to mimick these old aesthetics, and apply them to projects as I see fit. For Hallowe'en this year, I dressed up as the original Shaft, played by none other than Richard Roundtree himself. Anyway, I had a great time and it was a pretty wicked party.

My friend Ian and I are geeks, so we thought it would be fun to take some digital photos. So we did. And I, being even geekier, decided to take one of the excellent photos and (using my mad phat Photoshop skillz) turn in into a 1970s Blaxploitation movie poster, with a desktop resolution of 800 x 600! Behold…



Oh yeah - and that's my real hair. And, no, I didn't backcomb it or anything. I simply didn't use any product. Maybe I'll put on another pic which shows the true magnitude...
Quick update:

Finally: the VSO programme is off to press, and I haven't heard of any problems.

The Bachelor of Design and Fine Arts Silent Art Auction is tonight. Starts 6 pm in FAB on the 3rd floor. Should be fantastic and a great value as always.

Dead tired still. I need to get to bed at a normal hour one of these days. Maybe tonight. Or, I could go dancing at Halo with cool people from the Department of English. Hmmm....

More later. And fun stuff to be hosted soon! Oh, and Kelly - you're not intruding.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

I woke gently this morning, after only brief hours of slumber, to the soft and muffled sounds of an electric shaver. Knowing that this meant the bathroom was occupied, I spent another 10 minutes blissfully napping and lying in bed, enjoying the warmth – a feeling that cannot compare to anything else.

I was even spared the lengthy bus ride; instead, I enjoyed a pleasant and quick car ride. I arrived at work, which happens to be school for most people, and finally managed to make Quark comply and turn into a PDF. It's sent to the client. Now all I have to do is wait for changes.

I hate Quark.

It is a wretched, vile piece of excrement. The industry's dependence on this inferior, sub-par, buggy program is comparable to how most people continue to use Windows – absolute idiocy. Let us only hope that InDesign will continue to gain support and Quark will die quickly, without honour.

Blue Rodeo was brilliant. Absolutely fantastic. And though yesterday my level of coherent, intelligent thought was at an all-time low, I still thoroughly enjoyed the concert.

Monday, November 18, 2002

Suddenly decided to see Blue Rodeo tonight.

I'm worried though - I haven't been able to think today (stayed up until 4:30 am last night), and as such, forgot that I have to get this damn programme for the VSO to proof tonight so that I can get it to press tomorrow. And Jon's gone missing from the office, causing me great delay.

Oh - and my copy of QuarkXpress is messed.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

Uggh. 3 am. And I have a ton of freakin' housework to do tomorrow.

Currently working on production monkey work for the Victoria Symphony. It blows.

Will update about the greatness that is Bryce, the Grumpy Nov. 13th post, and basically everything.

Saturday, November 16, 2002

Couple of things:

1) Saw Harry Potter last night
2) Feelin' rough after sleeping in
3) Bryce Kulak's show tonight at the Winspear
4) Going to post on something Kelly has been talking about, and that ties into my Grumpy Nov.13th post.
5) Talked to the men responsible for the music for my super sneaky trailer. Should be next week!

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Right. So it's 6:16 pm and today has become a grumpy day. Couldn't really tell you why. I picked up tickets to Sarah Slean today, and plan on going downtown shortly to buy Harry Potter tickets. So, in theory, all should be good. Insteady, I'm grumpy.
Quick update - the trailer is done. Hopefully. All that is left is for the score to be written and then implemented. Should be up by this weekend.

Speaking of this weekend: Bryce Kulak show at the Winspear!

Monday, November 11, 2002

Man, I feel rough. It's 2:30 pm and I'm finally becoming active. I ended up getting to bed last night at about 4:30 am. For the record, I would like to note that I actually woke up at noon, but due to sheer laziness, stayed in bed until about 1:30 pm.

And now? Design. More of the super slick trailer for that super secret project to be hosted on a super sneaky site. Oh yeah: lunch too.
Alright - It's 3:36 am and I've just halted work on a super slick trailer for a super secret project. Will be hosted on a super sneaky site when it's done, but I think I'll also put it on here.

Friday, November 08, 2002

Man,

The BMW short films are phenomenal. I admit it. I'm a complete junkie. As soon as I heard there was a new one, I had to check it out. Big name directors (Guy Ritchie, John Woo, Ang Lee), famous producers (David Fincher, Ridley Scott), and beautiful BMWs. Check it out.
I'm always designing custom desktops at work. So I've decided that I'm going to put these online here so that those of you who know me can indulge in my sick humour. Now, to download an FTP program and get it all figured out...

Issue:

So I spent $127.33 (after taxes) on a stick of 512 megs of RAM. Now this is a great price, and my gorgeous Quicksilver G4 (appropriately named Mac Monkey) now runs blazingly quickly with 1.2 GIGS of RAM. At least you would think so. So, I install the RAM, boot up, run Photoshop, and it promptly crashes on me. Illustrator? I'm permitted to open one document and then it crashes. Quark? Well Quark is a piece of crap anyway, so I didn't even bother.

So I shut it down – only to get the dreaded Bomb message error, which means that I have to restart manually and then shut it down. So I call my tech support friend Matt, and he tells me the RAM might be bad, but to try switching slots. I do that, and it seems to work. But, last night, I go to shut down, and the freaking bomb shows up again! So, one e-mail to Matt later, it seems that indeed I do have bad RAM. Needless to say, it's time to talk to the bookstore people.

Thursday, November 07, 2002

Word from the Monkey.