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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

Davis Co-op’s Got Spunk

Posted: November 21st, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: design, food | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

What fun to travel 2000 miles only to find the work of Minneapolis design firm Spunk Design Machine spicing up my home town Davis Food Co-op. Spunk (with contributions by fellow redblackbrown creative genius Peet Fetsch) reworked the signage, printed material, canvas bags, t-shirts and more. Davis is also one of the few places a co-op would find it reasonable to brand bike trailers and a bicycle six-pack carrier. Gotta love this town. I’m particularly fond of the beverages sign and the logo for P6. The designs are fun and whimsical without being kitschy or cartoonish which is appropriate because people here take their food seriously but aren’t above riding in the pouring rain to get it.

Savory Creations

Posted: March 5th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: chocolate, food | Tags: , | 1 Comment »


Three different kinds of chocolate (regular, Mexican and Dutch processed), two different kinds of milk with a dash of vanilla and cinnamon. Topped with fresh whipped cream and shavings of Sharffen Berger Asante 65% from the chocolate maker’s series. Of all the stuff that we make at BrainstormOverload the signature studio hot cocoa is possibly my favorite creation.

Too bad there’s not an award category for that. Cheers.