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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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Pyramids and Totems

Posted: November 21st, 2010 | Author: Cindy | Filed under: illustration, input, photography | Comments Off

I looked out over Pyramid Lake.

Todd did a little airplane concepting.

Surely the trip to California for work and good family fun will be inspirational if this was just the beginning.


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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Bicycle Portraits: South Africa

Posted: June 11th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, photography | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

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Speaking of South Africa (which is currently on the lips of every soccer fan on the planet) photographers Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler are trying to publish a book called Bicycle Portraits chronicling their travels across South Africa. It’s tough to get a book published so in an effort to make it to print they are looking for pledges. Check out this fascinating and new (to me at any rate) approach at Kickstarter. Great portrait photography is a really challenging art form requiring both technical and social expertise. Get a preview of these wonderful portraits on the day one publications website and you’ll see what I mean. Then drop by Kickstarter and pledge your support or post an encouraging comment.

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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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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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Today in the Studio Garden (02)

Posted: April 28th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: downloads, local twin cities, photography | Tags: | Comments Off

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It’s another lovely day and the crabapple tree in the bsol studio garden is in full splendor. Here’s a new desktop background you can download to help you celebrate Spring wherever you find yourself.

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