As a middle-age skateboarder, and a professional designer practicing in the area of branding, I always have an eye to industries that enter the skateboarding space. Especially major shoe/clothing companies. As a "purist", I fought (in my mind only) the rationale for many years as to why companies …
October 1, 2023
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Having a toddler, I am currently going through the animated movies phase of his interests. It's a nice mental journey back to my youth. We have watched all the classics and some newer ones. Movies like Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Moana, Super Mario Brothers and the like. What …
September 1, 2023
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As a fan of architecture and interiors, over the years I have found my way to appreciate industrial and product design as it relates to furniture and other lifestyle items. One local Chicago studio of note that I have run across in this area of practice is Studio …
August 1, 2023
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I love pizza. Who doesn't?! I do try to eat it at least once a week and have no shame in saying so. I love all styles and toppings. Yes, even Hawaiian. I tend to circle back to thin crust more often, and classic flavors such as Margarita …
July 1, 2023
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With the fairly resent resurgence of "maximalism" and experimental digital typography in graphic design, I was reminded of one of my earliest influences — The Designer's Republic out of Sheffield, England. With their formative aesthetic from the early 1990's being a shotgun blast of pixels, logo sampling and …
June 1, 2023
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I am always on the prowl for design inspiration — especially new type foundries and faces. I recently ran across this foundry called "TypeMates" based out of Germany. Their font offerings are pretty diverse running between body and display styles, as well as stencil and other decorative experiments. …
May 1, 2023
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I like a wide variety of music and pride myself on having an eclectic taste. However, there are certain bands from certain eras that I must confess have had a profound impact on me. This is one of them. Not so much for their full catalog, but for …
April 1, 2023
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Growing up in the 1980s and liking art, I was easily influenced by pop art super heroes like Keith Haring. His super identifiable line art style and iconographic symbols makes his work unique and simple. However, don't let the "fun" style sway you. His subject matter was many …
March 1, 2023
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If you live in the Chicagoland area and ever need a day trip idea to get out of the city and clear the mind and soul — I highly recommend the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL. Only about an hours' drive from the city, you will enjoy …
February 1, 2023
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In a past life I wanted to be a dj. Growing up in and around Chicago, I would often find myself seeking out stores that sold (vinyl) records to play and mix. One of the best places to ever come into my life was Gramaphone Records. It is …
January 1, 2023
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I have been a fan of (and inspired by) Jennifer Sterling's work for as long as I have known of her. I believe it was way back in the late 1990s (or possibly into the early 2000s), that I formally became aware of her work while she was …
December 1, 2022
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To say Steve Jobs was a complicated man is an understatement. The world of course knows of his business acumen, marketing savvy, and technological innovations. We all also now know how difficult of a personality and human he was in regards to his relationships both personally and professionally. …
November 1, 2022
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