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Solstice

Posted: December 22nd, 2010 | Author: Cindy | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

We were a little sad not to be able to see the lunar eclipse on the solstice here in the Midwest, but imagine our delight to see our very own Aurinko tea light holders arrive in time to light on the darkest night of the year.  Thanks, Todd, for this wonderful addition to our home. They will be enjoyed for many years to come….


Carlson – Swanson Wedding Invitations

Posted: December 13th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: design, output | Tags: , , | Comments Off

The beauty of being more or less snowed in at the moment is that we’re catching up on a few things like posting about the wedding materials (save the date card, invitation and program) we did for Geoff Carlson and Tina Swanson. The beauty of posting about it is that we are reminded of that lovely, warm afternoon in the upper peninsula of Michigan surrounded by the trees that served as a big part of the inspiration for our design. Working on the design was a tremendous pleasure; as was the wedding itself and we were delighted to be a part of both. More images are available in the graphic design section of our portfolio site.


Happy Winter Solstice 2010

Posted: December 12th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: artifacts, design, downloads | Tags: , , | Comments Off


Our fourth annual Winter Solstice card is done just in time for the blizzard that hit the Midwest. We’re celebrating the longest night of the year because it means the days will once again start getting longer (we confess it’s the Summer Solstice we love best).

In this year’s design the arcs of color represent the amount of light and dark in hours and minutes as converted to degrees around a circle. Though the circles are nested, their thickness is adjusted so the surface area of each arc is also an accurate measure of hours of light and dark. Sunrise and sunset are indicated in their relative positions around the circles with midnight at top and noon at bottom. The moon will be full on the Winter Solstice ensuring that even the longest night will not be all together dark. All times are relative to Minneapolis which is at 44 degrees latitude and Central Time.

We had 75 printed, which obviously isn’t enough to send one to every single one of our millions of readers worldwide. So, we hope you’ll download the pdf version and think of us on December 21st while you’re enjoying a warm fire, warm food and warm company.

Check out the graphic design section of our portfolio site to see all four years in the series.


Your Good Fortune

Posted: December 6th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: design, local twin cities, output | Tags: , , | Comments Off

The RedBlackBrown Collective 2011 screen printed calendar is on sale now. This is our third annual, hand-made, limited edition calendar so we can reasonably call it a tradition. Once again we’ve proven a heady mixture of six designers and 12 fortune cookies is a powder keg of creative possibility. The calendar is featured on notcot.org, materialicio.us and benign objects so we’re hopeful this year’s edition of 100 will sell out as quickly as last year’s. Visit the RedBlackBrown shop to order and for additional photos including the designs by Todd Zerger Bill Burns, Jessica Hall Burns, Peet Fetsch, Zara Gonzalez Hoang and Colleen Meyer.  This year I designed the covers and the months of February and July shown below.


Sanna Annukka: Aurinko

Posted: December 3rd, 2010 | Author: Cindy | Filed under: artifacts, design | Comments Off

Sanna Annukka‘s latest divine creation. Perfectly timed for the winter solstice. Even if it is just minutes at a time, we celebrate the return of aurinko to our skies.


Walter’s in the Hood

Posted: December 1st, 2010 | Author: Cindy | Filed under: events, input, landscape architecture, local twin cities, urban planning | Comments Off


Photo: Heidi Schumann for the New York Times

Back in May of 2009, I posted about landscape architect Walter Hood, his work on LaFayette Square in Oakland, California, and musings on my own hopes for as relevant a career as his.

I’m happy to share that as part of the Next Generation of Parks lecture series Walter is in our hood. The former chair of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning program at the University of California, Berkeley, Hood is thought-provoking in word and deed. If this recent article is any indication of what he may describe as 21st Century Parks, we’re in for a great event. I highly recommend the article, and would venture to say the lecture is mandatory for those interested in our public realm.

From Dan Macsai’s article, “…This is public space as Hood believes it should be: multitasking, respectful of the land, rooted in — and watered by — the community. “Think about the history of civilization,” Hood tells me, as if I’m one of his students at UC Berkeley. ‘The agora, the piazza, the theater, the street, the Colosseum — we define ourselves in the public realm. And in America, our public realm is sad. We have to be told how to act.” He deepens his voice. “Sit here, look there, understand this, don’t walk here, don’t do that. It’s crazy.’”

Lecture is at 7 p.m. tomorrow, December 2nd at the Walker Art Center Cinema. It’s free thanks to the co-presenters Minneapolis Park Foundation, College of Design, and Walker Art Center. Get there early as I suspect the cinema to fill as it did for the High Line lecture. We hope to see you there!


No Coast Craft-O-Rama

Posted: December 1st, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Artists have been starving since long before the recession and this is your chance to help. This weekend (Dec. 3-4) the No Coast Craft-O-Rama returns to Lake Street to bail you out of your gift giving quandary. Every dollar you spend at this spectacular, cosmopolitan event held at the Midtown Global Market will stimulate the local economy, benefit talented local artists and impress friends and family who were dreading another bit of lead-based-plastic-disaster imported from the land of cheep labor at great expense to the environment. Don’t wait for hope and change – go get it and celebrate a life well designed, well crafted and well lived.

Poster by Too Many Suitors.