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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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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


Scary Ink! Poster Artists

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters | Comments Off

As you gear up for Halloween and the much anticipated inaugural Scary Ink! Poster Show at Big Table Studio here is a partial list of participating artists to tide you over. The appropriately themed design above is by Sam Schuna. Hope to see you at the show.

Andy Singer
Bud Snead
David Dresbach
DWITT
Emory Allen
Erik Farseth
Sam Schuna
Joe Anderson
Johnny Quinine
Kelly Perlick
Nick Zdon
Sam Michaels
Todd Zerger


Scary Ink Poster Show

Posted: October 8th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Just finished my first glow-in-the-dark screen print. It’s entitled “10-31″ which will make more sense if you look at it sideways. At 13×13 inches it’s a small poster printed in a small limited edition on super black Skin 100 lb. cover from Curious Papers for the upcoming Scary Ink! poster show at Big Table Studio. There will be a big opening reception and sale on October 29th. I’ve heard costumes are encouraged. Hope to see you at the studio: 375 Wabasha St N., St Paul, MN 55102


Big Table Studio’s Big Opening Night

Posted: September 25th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters | Tags: , | Comments Off

Opening night at Big Table Studio boasted a great turn out not to mention some great poster art and delicious treats. The collection included prints from the Hamilton Wood Type collection and local artists like Adam Turman, Tooth, RedBlackBrown and many others. While the beer and Tank Goodness cookies are surely all gone it is worth the trip over to 375 Wabasha St N in Saint Paul to check the scene. Follow along via Twitter @bigtablestudio and stay tuned for the upcoming Halloween Poster Show.


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


Artisan Activist Show

Posted: April 23rd, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

The cold and wet spring evening didn’t dampen the spirits nor it seemed the attendance at the Artisan Activist Poster Show last night at the Aveda Institute in North East Minneapolis. There was a terrific variety of creative expression, printing techniques and even some cool creative reuse of paper that was in perfect keeping with the Earth Day celebration. I was surprised how many prints were not signed and numbered (meaning that technically they’re not limited editions). Just the same, there seemed to be a steady stream of eager purchasers so the Audubon Society should receive a solid donation which is after all the point. We came away with a lovely letter press print entitled “Nest” by Selina Larsen. Speaking of point my lovely wife who is standing in front of my print seems none the less to be pointing at something else… hmm.

Update: There are still some posters left which can be purchased here.

Seems like there are always a couple of cute kids at poster shows.


Artisan Activist Poster Show

Posted: March 21st, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters | Tags: , , | Comments Off

April is going to be a postery month. Three weeks after Artcrank 2011 the Artisan Activist show will open to benefit the Audubon Society’s Mississippi project. The show opens April 22, 2011 at the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis (7-10 p.m.) and will feature posters from 56 artists, designers and photographers. I’ve tried to compile a list of artists with links so you can get a preview of their work. The list includes the usual suspects (so you know the show is going to be incredible) but I’ll bet there are a few names you are not yet familiar with so it’s worth clicking through. Hope to see you at the show along with the very talented:

Kristian Bjornard
Jacey Braband

Genie Castro
Viet Do
David Dresbach
Eric Drommerhausen
Bill Ferenc
Dale Flattum
Carson Giblette
Alex Griendling
Erik A. Hamline
Margaret Hanson
Kevin Hayes
Jade Hoyer
Gregory Hubacek
Amy Jo
Craig Johnson
J. Zacharay Keenan
Ben Levitz
Katherine Lamm
Selina Larsen
Michelle Lee
Jason Lindke
Sara Lintner
Jason Loeffler
Justin Martinez
Alex Mekos
Sam Michaels
April Mueller
Chad Olson
Meg Olson
Travis Olson
Jeff Orluck
Sarah Osborn
Chelsey Paul
Andy Powell
Aaron Purmort
John Reichel
Lucas Richards
Jesse Ross
Natalie Schaefer
Eric Schlauch
Suzanne Schllissel
Chris Strouth
Peter Skwiot Smith
Kendra Sundvall
Aleksandra Till
Emma Trithart
Lisa Troutman
Anne Ulku
Tony Venne
Jessica Vollendorf
Nonnie Wong
Todd Zerger

To the best of my knowledge this is the complete list. If I’ve missed anyone or linked to the wrong site I hope you’ll let me know.

Updated 03.29.2011