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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.

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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.


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.


Today in the Studio Garden (08)

Posted: July 1st, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: downloads, local twin cities, photography | Tags: , | Comments Off

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Now that monsoon season seems to have passed and the sun is again in full splendor the daylilies have exploded like so many fireworks – particularly when the filtered morning light shines through them.

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Today in the Studio Garden (07)

Posted: June 2nd, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: downloads, local twin cities, photography | Tags: , | Comments Off

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Currently the studio garden is dominated by blues which makes these yellow iris stand out like a forest of little light houses as the morning sun filters through them.

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The Competitive Landscape

Posted: May 27th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: artifacts, downloads, events, landscape architecture | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

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Thank you to everyone who attended the ASLA-MN seminar “The Competitive Landscape – Insights to Help Landscape Architects Use Marketing to Define the Terrain”. It was a pleasure to meet you. I hope you learned a few things and came away enthused about the opportunities to market yourself or your company in exciting new ways that benefit both you and your audience. Please feel free to download the presentation so you can continue the conversation.

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Today in the Studio Garden (06)

Posted: May 18th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: downloads, local twin cities, photography | Tags: , | Comments Off

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I always enjoy working on the studio garden but today is one of those spectacular days when I could grab my laptop, sit in the shade of the Lilac and enjoy working in the studio garden. I know I shared Anemones yesterday but the light seemed to be particularly interested in them today. Besides, they’re Cindy’s favorite.

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Today in the Studio Garden (05)

Posted: May 16th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: downloads, local twin cities, photography | Tags: , | Comments Off

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It was a rainy week weather-wise and a busy week work-wise so the glorious weekend was quite a relief. After their long drink the Snowdrop Anemones are blooming in profusion and reaching for the sky like somebody yelled “Jesse James” at a banking convention.

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Today in the Studio Garden (04)

Posted: May 4th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: downloads, local twin cities, photography | Tags: | Comments Off

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I was surprised to see these miniature Iris up already. Perhaps simply because they don’t have as far to go at just about five inches high but I prefer to believe they are just eager.

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Today in the Studio Garden (03)

Posted: April 29th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: downloads, local twin cities, photography | Tags: | Comments Off

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There was a brief window of beautiful filtered light this morning before the forces of evil gathered enough power to cloud the sky in an ongoing effort to make sure my parents (who fly in today) never see Minnesota at its best. So even though it is gray outside you can have a sunny spot on your computer occupied by this Vinca Minor which is one of the few things in the garden that seems to grow slowly.

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