Friday, May 29, 2009

Typography Enhances the Message...

I remember a project in design class was to trace a typeface. What was the point? To get familiar with the anatomy of type, the conscious aesthetics, mechanics and fittings that make type work as a family, and create a visual voice on the pages of a book, paper, the screen monitor or other literal surface. It's comforting to know there are still designers out there who can match the typeface to the message.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Targeted Ads, Focused Message works.

Like it or not, Proposition 8 has been upheld by the supreme court. Strictly as a campaign, proponents of the proposition had sufficient fuel to promote their message and work the missteps by the opposition to their advantage. It was a targeted and strategic campaign that worked.
Relive the ad campaigns and read about the opposition shortcomings over at the Huffington Post.
BTW: Proposition 8 was the most expensive proposition on any ballot in the nation this year, with more than $74 million spent by both sides.

Post Memorial Day

These clearly bizarre posters are lovingly created by
David Manuel:

I found myself cruising the web for inspiring and creative things. I never know what will hit or tickle my fancy until I see it. Ever see a Victorian Flea Circus?

BTW: if you didn't know already I'm a Twit.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Accidentals 1

The Accidentals 1
Originally uploaded by bchristo99

I am currently holding a Bike Art show in downtown San Luis Obispo. This is one of many pieces hanging. We have over 30 artists presenting their interpretation of bicycles in their preferred medium. I wish I could own all the art.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Good article on about Spec Work and Crowdsourcing. Though I have thought about doing this, I agree with the writer that it doesn't pay off. I have been a graphic designer long enough to know that my knowledge is worth the time and effort developing real and meaningful design. Both the client and their customers benefit in the end. Professionalisim and business sense are as much a part of the equation as the final design.

Friday, May 8, 2009

I am a micro brewer. I love rich hoppy recipes. I love the labels, I love the craft. Here is a Flickr site that celebrates the beautiful beer cans of the past.
>via the Lost Blog

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Looking Back - MacPublisher

Bob Doyle is a computer guy that has been around for a long time. He developed the first wysiwyg publishing programs for the Macintosh. I remember how cool it was not to have to compose using Letraset.

MacPublisher was the first Desktop Publishing program. It was introduced in 1984, the year that Apple introduced the Macintosh computer. DTP competitors Ready,Set,Go! and Aldus PageMaker were introduced in 1985 when Apple delivered the 512K Macintosh.

Check out what he's up to now at