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Proper Print Signing

Posted: March 19th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters, resources | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Despite my excellent introduction to print making at the capable hands of Doug Minkler and Wayne Thiebaud college was a long time ago and I’ve been struggling to remember the accepted standards for numbering and signing a limited edition set of prints. It’s not something people ask about at parties nor is it something that comes up in the course of the interactive design that’s dominated the last ten years of my career so my brain seems to have filed it accordingly. But careers change and I’ve been trying to orchestrate my return to more general design and to print making so I figured I’d better refresh my memory. Enter the interwebs. Faster than I could dig out my old school books I turned up a great explanation that is thorough but concise. In short the edition goes on the left, title in the middle and signature on the right. But, take a quick look at the article on About.com for the nuances and then sharpen your pencil to identify those Trial Prints (TP), Artists Proofs (AP) and limited edition prints I look forward to seeing at the upcoming Artcrank, Artisan Activist and Poster Offensive shows.


IE 6 Death Watch

Posted: March 7th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: Interactive, opinion | Tags: | Comments Off

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 has been the bane of interactive designers and developers for a decade. A quarter of my life marred by the phrase “We can’t do that (insert cool idea) it isn’t supported on IE6.” At last the United States can apparently boast a level of user sophistication sufficient to drive IE6 penetration below 3% and a death watch has been established by… wait for it… Mircosoft. Huh? Well, to be fair The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown doubles as an effort to move remedial intergooglers to version 9 which would be an improvement – though I’d encourage you to switch to Firefox, Safari or Chrome instead. That said the countdown is a nicely designed info graphic and Microsoft is to be congratulated for taking the extra step to clean up their mess. Perhaps more to the point this site constitutes a data source for a pretty legitimate counter-argument and solution to lowest common denominator design and development decisions championed by clients fearful of alienating users stuck in the way back machine.

P.S. China, what’s up with 34 percent? You’re vigilant about pirating the latest versions of Microsoft Word… IE9 is free and they want you to have it. Push the update button.


The Illusionist – Classic Animation

Posted: March 4th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: illustration, local twin cities, video | Tags: , | Comments Off

Computer generated animation has come a long way but there’s still something about old-school, hand rendered, animation that takes me back to my earliest movie-going days. Having partially nurtured a love for drawing I can’t help but gape at the mind boggling effort and skill required to create a feature length animated film. If, like me, you grew up when Disney was better known for Bambi than for Bieber then take a look at the trailer for The Illusionist. If you like what you see you’re in luck. The Illusionist is currently playing in Minneapolis at the Riverview Theater. Granted it’s showing at 4:00 p.m. but admission is only 2 bucks. So, call in sick, gather some loose change from around the house and go pretend you’re a little kid with imagination gears that mesh perfectly at 24 frames per second.


Ah, the Days of Disneyfied Speculation

Posted: February 12th, 2011 | Author: Cindy | Filed under: transportation, urban planning, video | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Currently my days are filled researching communication techniques and visualization tools employed in the realm of transportation, and my work brought me to this gem of a video, an excerpt from the 1958 Disneyland TV Show, Magic Highway USA.

Perhaps you’ve seen it, or perhaps this will be your first time to witness the awesomeness. Yes, the paternalistic mindset is a bit vexing but it does hail from over a half century ago. I breathe a huge sigh of relief that many of the speculative technologies and ways of transport have not become part of our urban (or rural) vernacular. (And thank goodness my day is not filled with taking Junior to the mall for “effortless window shopping on a moving walkway.”) But, I also smile and give a silent cheer in support of those who dared to speculate. Where has that gone? Why don’t we see crazy futuristic imagery like in the days of Bucky Fuller or Frank Lloyd Wright?

Wright, F.L. 1958. The Living City. New York: Horizon Press.

Is it that we have more access to information than ever before, making us all arm chair speculators? If access to information has increased, is there no need to employ Disney to visualize these grandiose ideas by planners, landscape architects, engineers and the like? Or perhaps our speculation has turned to different matters, like smaller technologies and communications? We’re all ears if you have some thoughts on this matter. Darn if they didn’t get some things right in this, like some safety features and increased commuter radius (code for suburbanization). Enjoy and let us know what you think.


If St Nick Can Switch To Santa So Can We

Posted: February 8th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: local twin cities, opinion | Tags: | Comments Off

I am now taking resumes for a replacement patron saint for our city. West Coast experience a plus. Dabblers in single digits need not apply.


Home Office Style

Posted: February 1st, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: interiors | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Katherine Yaphe has collected some lovely examples of stylish home offices on her Oliver Yaphe blog. She confesses most of her work is done on a laptop so she’s not seeking a true micro studio capable of accommodating screen printing equipment, flat files, paste-up table and the like. None the less it’s a nice collection of inspirational work spaces sure to give you some ideas for your own creative lair.


Micro Studio Style

Posted: January 20th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: architecture, interiors | Tags: | Comments Off

A few photos from Swedish style blog victor.blogg to fuel micro studio daydreams.


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.


Solstice

Posted: December 22nd, 2010 | Author: Cindy | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

We were a little sad not to be able to see the lunar eclipse on the solstice here in the Midwest, but imagine our delight to see our very own Aurinko tea light holders arrive in time to light on the darkest night of the year.  Thanks, Todd, for this wonderful addition to our home. They will be enjoyed for many years to come….


Carlson – Swanson Wedding Invitations

Posted: December 13th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: design, output | Tags: , , | Comments Off

The beauty of being more or less snowed in at the moment is that we’re catching up on a few things like posting about the wedding materials (save the date card, invitation and program) we did for Geoff Carlson and Tina Swanson. The beauty of posting about it is that we are reminded of that lovely, warm afternoon in the upper peninsula of Michigan surrounded by the trees that served as a big part of the inspiration for our design. Working on the design was a tremendous pleasure; as was the wedding itself and we were delighted to be a part of both. More images are available in the graphic design section of our portfolio site.