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We’ve Moved

Posted: April 11th, 2012 | Author: Todd | Filed under: advertising, architecture, artifacts, bikes, chocolate, competitions, design, downloads, events, food, illustration, input, Interactive, interiors, landscape architecture, local twin cities, opinion, output, packaging, photography, posters, resources, transportation, type, urban planning, video | Comments Off

We’ve incorporated our blog into our new website. Same unique combination of posts about chocolate and bicycles, design and architecture but in a shiny new wrapper: brainstormoverload.com/blog We hope you’ll drop by and linger as long as you like.

We've moved our blog


Artcrank Minneapolis Artists Announced

Posted: February 8th, 2012 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, events, local twin cities, posters | Tags: , | Comments Off

Year after year Artcrank gets bigger, better and crazier. But, it isn’t getting any easier to be selected as an artist so we are beside ourselves to have made the list for 2012. Here is the stellar company we find ourselves in. Check out the links, it really is a dizzying array of talent. Hope you’ll join us all for the show April 14, 2012 at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art.

Aaron Purmort
Adam Dennis
Adam Turman
Aesthetic Apparatus
Allan Peters
Amy Jo
Anne Ulku
Andy Wood
Big Table Studio
Bill Burns
Bjorn Christianson
Brian Geihl
Crystal Jensen
David Paul Seymour
DWITT
Emory Allen
Erik Johnson
Gabriel Gathmann
Geoffrey Schley
Ian Davies
Jason Craig
Jessica Hall Burns
Keith Williams
Kirsten Swank
Kyle Coughlin
Laura Brown
Lindsey Aho
Mettle Velo/Scott Shore
Michael Lizama
Mike Caguin
Nate Johannes
Rachel Roddy
Ross Bruggink
Sam Michaels
Shark
STEAKMOB
Steven Jokisch
Studio On Fire
Todd Zerger
Vadim Gershman


Nothing Says Thank You Like Chocolate

Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: Todd | Filed under: chocolate | Tags: | Comments Off

It’s been awhile since we’ve conducted a dark chocolate taste and packaging review. You know you’re busy if you fall off that bandwagon! We’ve resolved to pick up the habit again for 2012 starting with the limited edition Silvestre bar by the Upper Midwest’s own Rouge Chocolatier. We’re hoping it is as tasty as the lovely Sambirano and Hispaniola bars we sent to clients over the recent holiday season.


Stop Internet Sensorship

Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, video | Comments Off

Visit FightForTheFuture.org/pipa to write Congress and tell them to vote against the Protect IP Act. Also, consider joining us in solidarity and protest by blacking out your website for the day.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.


Winter Solstice Card 2011

Posted: December 20th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: artifacts, design, downloads | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »


We just got our fifth annual Winter Solstice cards back from the printer and are excited to sit down and write notes to family, friends and clients. Since we can’t send a card to every amazing person out there we are also happy to carry on the tradition of sharing the design here. Please feel free to download the print quality pdf (trims to 4.25×5.5 inches to fit an A2 envelope) for your personal use with our best wishes for a happy solstice and a terrific new year.

Here’s how we arrived at this year’s graphic: The total number of minutes of light or dark for each week in 2012 have been added together and turned into an equivalent line length. Months are colored (blues for night and warm tones for day) to evoke seasonal color shift and changes in the quality of the light. Each line is divided into segments with a full segment equal to 1000 minutes of light or dark. Note: All the times are relative to Minneapolis, MN. Because the moment of the solstice is at 11:30 p.m CST if you find yourself east of the central time zone Winter Solstice will actually arrive on Thursday the 22nd.


Scary Ink! Poster Artists

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters | Comments Off

As you gear up for Halloween and the much anticipated inaugural Scary Ink! Poster Show at Big Table Studio here is a partial list of participating artists to tide you over. The appropriately themed design above is by Sam Schuna. Hope to see you at the show.

Andy Singer
Bud Snead
David Dresbach
DWITT
Emory Allen
Erik Farseth
Sam Schuna
Joe Anderson
Johnny Quinine
Kelly Perlick
Nick Zdon
Sam Michaels
Todd Zerger


Studio Sweet Studio

Posted: October 22nd, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: design, interiors | Tags: , | Comments Off

I suppose I’m late to the party on this but I just discovered Studio Sweet Studio. It’s a fun little site put together by Meg Lewis in Minneapolis and Tuesday Bassen from Minneapolis seemly to fuel our micro-studio day dreams and my secret desire to be cool (Cindy is already cool so I don’t think she has that secret desire). The site features the studios of designers and interviews with all sorts of creative types. They seem to favor women and illustrators – but hey… we like both of those things. Always cool to see the work spaces that nurture other designers and small studios and learn more about their processes.



The Race Has Begun

Posted: October 15th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: artifacts, design, events, local twin cities | Tags: , | Comments Off

It was a beautiful Fall morning for a 5k and great to see so many participants running in the official shirt. Now wear them out among the unsuspecting public and our plan will be complete (see previous post). Also, have to give a shout out to our good friend Tom Flint who took time off from deadlines at GdB to play at the run with his band.

Our shirts were popular with the cool kids.

And the little kids (some of them preferred to wear them backwards).

Father and son teams liked the shirts.

They were also a hit with the girls.

Speaking of hits – someone get Tom and the band some shirts!


 


Runnin with the Law

Posted: October 14th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: artifacts, design, events, local twin cities | Tags: , | Comments Off

We just executed step two (delivery) in our evil plot to inject over 400 long sleeve Runnin’ with the Law 5k shirts into the wardrobes of Minnesota runners. In step one we designed a blue and blue on blue design that we hope will flatter even the potentially pallid complexion of midwesterners heading into winter. We hope the fun, dare we say handsome, design will inspire frequent wear long after the race to insure massive spread. The kid size shirts (on black) are super cute so in addition to running clubs and offices we expect that our design will find its way into elementary schools. Think of it, an entire generation will develop a new appreciation for design. They’ll grow up demanding it for every event and BrainstormOverload – in addition to becoming world famous – will achieve its goal of becoming the most powerful design force in the Universe.

The final step (distribution) will happen at race check-in which is at the Lake Harriet band shell and starts at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15th. The race starts at 9:00. Hope to see you there. We’ll be the ones laughing maniacally and photographing the design outbreak.

 


Scary Ink Poster Show

Posted: October 8th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Just finished my first glow-in-the-dark screen print. It’s entitled “10-31″ which will make more sense if you look at it sideways. At 13×13 inches it’s a small poster printed in a small limited edition on super black Skin 100 lb. cover from Curious Papers for the upcoming Scary Ink! poster show at Big Table Studio. There will be a big opening reception and sale on October 29th. I’ve heard costumes are encouraged. Hope to see you at the studio: 375 Wabasha St N., St Paul, MN 55102