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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


Artcrank Interbike “Early Bird” Prints

Posted: September 25th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, design, posters | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

It was fantastic to be part of the first ever ARTCRANK Interbike Poster Show. There were some great designs and I’m anxious to see more photos from the show. In the meantime I printed an edition of 50 but could only send 30 to the show so for those who have expressed an interest there are a few posters for sale in my Etsy shop. They’re cheaper than they were at the show and you don’t even have to go to Vegas. Speaking of in the meantime more views of it are available here until the new BrainstormOverload website is developed.


Artcrank Interbike Sneak Peeks

Posted: August 31st, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, design, events, posters | Tags: , , , | Comments Off


Since the general public won’t be able to attend the ARTCRANK Interbike show it seems like a good idea to compile a list of all the sneak peeks provided by the artists. I’ll add more as they become available and update when new images are released.

Big Table Studios – Official Show Poster
Aaron Hansen
Adam Turman
Anne Ulku
Blaine Deutsch
Bobby Dixon
Chelsea Brink
Colby Brooks
Derek Ballard
Emory Allen
Eric Ruffing
Erica Birkman
Farizwan Fajari
Jason Craig
Jeremy Loyd
Jerome Daksiewicz
Levi McGranahan
Matt Giordano-Bibby
Pete Locke
Sarah Richardson
Todd Zerger
Tom Gundred
Victor Beuren


Artcrank Interbike Poster Show

Posted: August 20th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, events, posters | Tags: , , | Comments Off

The list of artists selected to participate in the first ever ARTCRANK Interbike Poster Show at the International Bicycle Expo “Interbike” in Las Vegas was just published. Artists were chosen from previous Artcrank shows around the world – hailing from as far away as the UK, Singapore and Brazil. I’ve added artists locations and links to their websites where I could find them. (If anyone notices I’ve got the wrong info or can fill in any blanks please let me know). Looks like a stellar line-up and I’m stoked to be part of it. A portion of poster sales will benefit People for Bikes – a worthy cause with a website designed right here in Minneapolis by folks I had the pleasure of working with at Colle+McVoy. You can follow the buzz on Twitter at @ARTCRANK and #artcrankINT. Also check out Jerome Daksiewicz @daksiewicz he’s been gathering artists’ twitter handles.

Aaron Hansen – San Francisco
Adam  Turman – Minneapolis
Alex Westgate – Toronto
Anne Ulku – Minneapolis
Angelina Elise
Axel Geittmann – Denver
Blaine Deutsch – St. Louis
Bobby Dixon – Austin
Chelsea Brink – Minneapolis
Chris Peel – UK/LA
Chris Piascik – Connecticut
Colby Brooks – Portland
Derek Ballard – Salt Lake City
Djohan Johari – UK
Douglas Richard – Brooklyn, NY
Doug Ross – Santa Cruz, CA
Emory Allen – Minneapolis
Erica Birkman – Salt Lake City
Eric Ruffing – So. California
Eyeone
Farizwan Fajari – Singapore
Greg Hubacek – Minneapolis
Hydro74 – Orlando
Jason Craig – Minneapolis
Jeremy Loyd – Dayton, OH
Jerome Daksiewicz – Chicago
Kirsten O’Laughlin – St. Louis
Laura Mensinga – Toronto
Levi McGranahan – Indiana
Matt Giordano-Bibby – London
Matthew Lolli – Connecticut
Matt Oxborrow – London
Mathias Valdez – Pueblo, CO
Paul Rogers
Peter Locke – London
Rachel Sleeman – St. Louis
Sarah Richardson – St. Louis
Stevil Kinevil -Soquel, CA
Todd Zerger – Minneapolis
Tom Gundred – Valencia, CA
Two Rabbits – San Francisco
Victor Beuren – Brazil


ARTCRANK-MN 2011

Posted: January 12th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, events, local twin cities, posters | Tags: , , | Comments Off

BrainstormOverload is delighted to be amongst the forty outstanding artists just announced for ARTCRANK Minneapolis. Show opening is April, 2 2011 at Shelter Studio. Time to crank the sketch book into overdrive.

2&21 CollectiveAaron PumortAdam TurmanAesthetic ApparatusAllan PetersAmy JoAngel BombAnne UlkuBjorn ChristiansonBrian Hartley SagoBryan DunnClinton LugertCourtney Billadeau • David Dresbach • Derrick Emory AllenDWITTEvan NaganJoanne Grobe • Joe Hasbro • Jordan A. Smith & Jared A. May • Karl MadcharoKelly MunsonLaura Brown • LovelyMpls • Maranatha WilsonMegan RademacherMettle VeloMilton UnPaper BicycleRobert PflaumRyan CarlsonSara LintnerSpencer HaughSteven JockischStudio On FireTerrence PayneTim Kramer •  Todd ZergerVadim GershmanZara Gonzalez Hoang

Check out ARTCRANK’S Flickr pool of past shows.

Also check out the Sheehan Photography blog for an ongoing, daily featuring of ARTCRANK participants.


Twin Cities Streets for People Blog Contributor

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 | Author: Cindy | Filed under: bikes, design, landscape architecture, local twin cities, urban planning | Comments Off

BrainstormOverload is happy to announce Cindy’s obsession with streets and non-motorized transportation has landed her square in the middle of another blog. Thanks to Carrie Christensen and Antonio Rosell of Community Design Group for the invitation. Head on over there to Twin Cities Streets for People to check out her first post on the local impact of Congressman Jim Oberstar’s national efforts. Thank you again, Mr. Oberstar, for your service and profound impact in the realm of transportation.


People For Bikes

Posted: October 5th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, Interactive, opinion | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Bikes Belong is a national bicycle advocacy group with an initiative called People For Bikes (developed locally by Colle+McVoy).

They’re not asking for your time or money and you are welcome regardless of the type and amount of riding you do. In fact all you need to do is hit this url http://www.peopleforbikes.org/page/s/pledge and pledge that you are for bikes. Whether you race regularly or only use your bike for fair weather grocery runs we will all benefit by uniting in a shared voice.

Minnesota is currently ranked 8th in pledges. It’s not a competition of course but this is an easy opportunity to demonstrate why MN is home to Bicycling Magazine’s top Bike-Friendly City. After you’ve pledged take a minute to share your story and spread the word using the links to Twitter and Facebook… or go nuts and post a blog entry. Then skip out of work early for a ride in the gorgeous fall color.



We can do better, Saint Paul

Posted: October 4th, 2010 | Author: Cindy | Filed under: bikes, landscape architecture, local twin cities, opinion, urban planning | Comments Off

Bike infrastructure is becoming more and more important in cities given the resurgence of cycling as a recreational opportunity and as a viable mode of transportation to work and other destinations. That said, investments that are sub-standard and piecemeal only hurt the effort to increase a city’s bike facilities. Bike infrastructure just for the sake of having bike infrastructure is can be a costly mistake. It negatively impacts peoples perception cycling, cyclists, and of future investments. More importantly, poorly designed projects are just plain unsafe for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.

In May of this year we reported a step forward in Saint Paul bicycle infrastructure; the very first bike boulevard in Saint Paul slated to happen on Jefferson Avenue. We were darn excited, and watched for signs of implementation all summer long. We want to stay behind the Jefferson Bike Boulevard. Really, we do. It has the potential to become a solid connection in our vastly deficient and under-connected system. But, in its watered down version and substandard design, we’re afraid we’re going to end up with a serious backlash from some residents and major safety concerns. Case in point #1: the traffic diverter and refuge at the intersection of Jefferson and Cleveland.

While we fully support a true diverter and refuge (this is a test), it will not be safe without additional elements like signage, continental striping, or a change in pavement color through the entire intersection. Ideally, we’d like to see the diverter AND Jefferson Avenue raised and seal-coated with a different color. That would result in a tabletop along Cleveland. Bicyclists and pedestrians would have priority and people would have to slow down. Here’s a good example of what could be done as well as the refuge:

Case in point #2: Sharrows today, noarrows tomorrow. Sharrows (share the road arrows) were part of the original bike boulevard design, but in the section from Snelling to the Mississippi Road, the sharrows were too much for the opposition and the City conceded. But, come implementation time, sharrows appeared on the road between Snelling and the Mississippi River Road (42, to be exact). We were excited for about two days, and then we saw the asphalt version of whiteout because SOMEONE suggested the City couldn’t maintain them (read: people complained).

We wish we had a happy chapter two of the Jefferson Bike Boulevard, but damn if we’re not frustrated by this underwhelming turn of events. We’ve emailed public works and Councilmember Harris (that someone), and we suggest you do, too. Feel free to use this letter about the test diverter and submit it to Public Works (pw-testmedian@ci.stpaul.mn.us) and that someone (ward3@ci.stpaul.mn.us).

Dear Public Works,

I am one hundred percent behind your efforts to consider various modes of transportation in your projects, and I applaud the designation of Jefferson Avenue as a bike boulevard.  While I support the idea of traffic calming on Jefferson and I support the idea of making it easier and safer to cross Cleveland, I’m not sure that the median is the entire answer. Please implement the diverter, but do so with other design elements such as good road striping, a change in seal-coating color, and very visible signage. I suggest you consider some of the other of the various pedestrian crossing road safety devices and configurations well-documented as successful, safe investments. Here is a link with great ideas: thecityfix.com/zebras-puffins-pelicans-or-hawks-for-pedestrians/. A very, VERY visible intersection crossing is the only way to actually make people on foot, on bike, and in cars safer through this area.

Thank you for all your efforts for Saint Paul, I hope to see the Twin Cities region become the most bikable metro area in the U.S. We need you to do better to make this happen.

Sincerely,

Your name
Your address

Author’s Note: You do not have to be from Saint Paul to voice your opinion – this is a regional issue!


Bike Film Festival Goes MIA

Posted: July 14th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, events, local twin cities | Tags: , | Comments Off

Cycling and the arts will once again demonstrate they go together like chocolate and peanut butter as Twin Cities cyclists descend upon the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on Thursday, July 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for an evening of high style bike-related events including selected shorts from the Bicycle Film Festival. (The full 2010 BFF opens Friday at the Cedar Cultural Center).

The entire event is free including bike valet service provided by Freewheel Bike Shop and Dero Bike Racks. The work of Minnesota frame builders will be on display. You can pose with your own bike for photos or create a classic bike poster. Enter to win a Surly Long Haul Trucker bike; a hand-built Traitor Cycles Luggernaut frame, Chrome, and Banjo Brothers commuter bags, Twin Six gear and Nutcase helmets. Linger and listen to the music of ‘A Night in the Box’ or just plan to people and bike watch.
More on the artsmia.org website.
There is a group ride that will leave Gold Medal Park at 5:00 p.m. Or you can ride from wherever you are. Just point your bike in this direction:
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(888) MIA ARTS (642-2787)