Archive for Category ‘Look‘

Western Spaghetti

Western Spaghetti is a new stop-action short by the filmmaker know online as PES. I ran across this film today during my morning session and found the use of materials enchanting. I won’t ruin it by talking more, so go watch it.


Ira Glass on Creative Work

This American Life is my favorite podcast, and these days one of the few pieces of radio or television media that I consume. The others are 60 Minutes, The McLaughlin Group, and Radio Lab. I generally save podcasts until I have a long train trip and then listen to several episodes consecutively. Typically because of the delay in weeks between the show’s production and my train ride, archived current events shows such as The McLaughlin Group are no longer relevant. This American Life remains current, if not timeless.

The following video is of the host of This American Life, Ira Glass, talking about producing creative work and the period where the output does not measure up to the creator’s standards of excellence. I have been at this point for several years now, and have recently decided to combat this syndrome with high volume.

via Lifehacker

bear and penguin

This is a comic about a bear and a penguin created by Jeremy Taylor.


Vienna Graffiti

The Donaukanal channels some of the waters of the Danube River south and through the center of Vienna. The banks of the wide canal offer a pleasant walk along a boardwalk several meters below the bustle of the city. Many residents walk their dogs or ride bicycles along this route. A few creative entrepreneurs have opened beached themed bars atop the boardwalk, complete with imported sand, Mexican beer, and sun chairs.

Though most of old Vienna is free from graffiti, the city apparently allows urban artists free reign on the walls flanking the canal.

Below are some examples.






Lines and Colors

If you follow just one art blog, make it Lines and Colors. Charley Parker is an art critic and a tireless blogger, who examines a featured artist almost daily. In truth, he publishes so much material that it is hard to stay current. In particular, I enjoyed this recent piece on John Singer Sargent, who like many artists, found himself somewhat marginalized due to timing and the ‘whims’ of the art establishment. Sargent’s greatest works were born as the art world shifted toward modernism and abstraction. He is widely regarded as a great painter, but less celebrated than his contemporaries who pioneered the new vogue. The detail view of the following painting illustrates Sargent’s skill much better than words.


link: Lines and Colors


The Life of American Vagabonds is a short collection of photos that depicts a group of young people living outside of the borders of society and off of its discards. The portraits are gripping.



Galveston Gold Mine

I am working on a design and integration project from a company that is involved in “natural resource procurement”. This firm is a start-up company and needs (among other things) staff to manage their operations and equipment. Oh, and they need big-ass trucks – lots and lots of million-dollar trucks.

One of the design challenges I faced was creating a careers page for the firm. They use this page to list available opportunities and allow engineers to apply for employment online. From a design standpoint, I could not use the standard photo of yuppies standing around cross-armed in starched white shirts looking smug. It just doesn’t fit the image of a team of sun-drenched Texans covered in oil and grease.

I looked at photos of guys working in oil fields, but most of them are not very artistic and convey some burden of back-breaking labor. Not exactly enticing imagery when our target prospect likely has a masters degree in geologic science.

I finally created the following graphic using Illustrator. The site is not yet launched (officially) so I cannot provide a link or specify the client. The image is of a man who works in the oil fields of South Texas near the bay at Galveston. I added the caption for the purpose of this post and is not included on the client site.


The Voice that Smiles

I designed this advertisement yesterday morning for my father, who is a radio announcer in North Carolina. The process was really enjoyable for me – in part because I had total control over the finished product, including the copy. I also established my time commitment to this effort early on, so I operated entirely under the idea that I would start and finish before lunch. The process of working on a design with a short time window leaves less room for endless minor modifications of subtitles which can consume hours.

Another time-saving approach was that I envisioned what elements I wanted to include and searched for exact matches to my vision on iStockPhoto, in contrast to the much more time consuming process of searching through an entire visual catalog related to “radio”. I originally intended to feature a smaller version of the hanging microphone so the entire mic would be visible. I made a mistake when cutting up the image in Pixelmator and ended up with this giant, very dramatic detail of the mic. I think is works better than my initial idea so I left it. This is the first time I have been involved in my father’s efforts to market himself, and he conveyed a great deal of enthusiasm about the result.



Tag Galaxy – Explore Photostreams

Tag Galaxy provide a rich interface to Flickr photostreams. Type a photo attribute such as “beach” and Tag Galaxy returns all photos from Flickr tagged with the word “beach” along with frequently related tags such as “island”, “water”, and “sunset”. The results are represented as planets orbiting in a microcosm of outer space. Planet sizes are relative to each other based on the number of photos returned.


A mouse click on a planet will zoom to the surface terrain which is composed of previews of Flickr photos.


Now if they only allowed searching by Creative Commons licensing, this could be even more practical for web and print designers.

Tag Galaxy

Mr Fish on Reverend Wright

This recent Mr. Fish cartoon is from Harper’s Magazine. I assume that they granted me implicit permission to publish it on MugMud because Harper’s is a great publication and Mr. Fish is a nice guy.

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