Sunday, February 25, 2007

Okay, so I'm not really going to do this, but someone should

Frustrated and annoyed, I decided earlier today that I am going to start caring a horn around with me when I go shopping for groceries. When I find myself stuck behind two girls gossiping about Britney Spears, instead of politely asking them to move, I will hold my horn in the air and honk it loud. Later tonight after the last stock boy empties his last palette, I will break into the grocery store armed with yellow and white road paint. Tomorrow patrons will find dotted white lines on one way aisles and yellow lines for those aisles wide enough to support two way shopping cart traffic. Customers will no longer stand in the way of my mac & cheese and the store will move like a well oiled machine. There will be stop signs installed and customers will be required to use proper turning signals with their arms. If customers need to back up, they will be required to loudly announce this with a "BEEP BEEP BEEP" noise. The deli will work as a drive-through with two windows (one for ordering your deli items and a second to pick up). The check stands will work like a toll at a bridge or turnpike. Customers will push their cart though a large scanner that will scan all the items at once. Then they will quickly pay with prepaid shopping passes and be on their way. This will revolutionize the grocery store industry, or get me arrested. Either way, it sounds like a good adventure!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Si Scott

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Im going to do it

Yes, I have been thinking about it for quite a while now. Today I decided that I am in a perfect situation to go for it. What is it?
An MFA in Alternative Media. Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 18, 2007


I went and got some chinese food to help me feel better. Yes, something about that orange chicken and greasy egg roll helped to ease my haunted mind. I feel somewhat uneasy about even posting this blog because it disturbs me so. So, there is a chance I will not post it. A chance it will be saved on my hard drive and never published.
I don't remember the course of events that lead to the situation I found myself in. I knew I was dreaming, but I couldn't wake myself. There was a woman in my apartment. She rummaged through my things and occasionally ran to my bed to try to wake me. I knew she was there. She was looking for something. She has been here before. The first time was about 6 months ago. I had just moved into my apartment. I was laying in my bed and having some crazy nightmares...happens often. I thought my eyes were open, but I knew I was still asleep. She held a cell phone up to my ear. I tried to move but my body felt paralyzed. There was a voice yelling to me through the phone. No matter how I tried, I could not understand. It was either a foreign language or she spoke too fast to comprehend. Then I caught the sound of velcro. You know the ripping sound it makes when you tear it apart. It was that sound I could hear coming from my living room. It sounded like there was someone fiercely tearing velcro—or doing something with a similar sound.
Then I woke up.
Last night my restless brain kept me awake until 3am. Then I went to work this morning at 10:30am. Once I got home from work, I found myself exhausted. My eyes shut. My brain sucked me into a strange world of fast talkers and indescribable landscapes. I wish I could remember my dream's storyline—or lack thereof. The only part I remember was pretty gruesome. I woke up this evening. Now I'm screwed as far as sleep goes tonight. I may just stay up all night.

Saturday, February 17, 2007


I am pleased to announce that nico is being featured on Designers who blog. If you are not familiar with you should really check it out. It's a fantastic collection of inspirational writing about design. I also want to thank cat for the complement on my blog. It's funny, sometimes I feel like my soul is drying up. Actually I think my soul did dry up. It morphed into a pile of gun powder. All I need is the occasional spark. Thanks for the spark!


I think that apple and nike should team up to create a new ipod designed for runners. It would work just as any other ipod works. What would make this ipod so amazing would be the addition of the random sound of footsteps closing in from behind. I noticed today while I was jogging that I ran twice as fast when I could hear another jogger behind me. I'm not sure how they would pull it off without it just being annoying- but the folks at nike and apple are pretty smart, I'll let them figure out the details.

Jacob Two-Two

Jacob Two-Two

Everyone should slow down for a half hour on a Saturday morning and watch this show. The animation is fresh and the story lines are actually quite interesting—even for adults. Well, for me at least and I'm often easily amused...
Jacob Two-Two is based off of a series written by Mordecai Richler.

Richler is a Canadian writer—born in MontrĂ©al.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


I was always a super star student in college. However, I did not do well in every subject. English Lit was one of them. I don't remember where I read this quote- all I remember was reading it my English Lit class (one of the few things that stuck with me):

Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.

~ Socrates

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

i'm flashing you

So I finally got my new site up! It still has a couple things I need to work on— but it is getting there. Take a gander if you dare... lettodesign

the google guys said it all with this one.

Ben Wilson- he's local and ridiculously talented. Check out these posters

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

I love my Jean


Monday, February 12, 2007

The Good Citizen's Alphabet

Make mine black- no wait throw in some sugar & ink

A couple weeks ago I designed stickers to promote a concert. These stickers were then stuck on thousands of coffee cup lids. They are now literally under the noses of many consumers who only really wanted their morning coffee. Today I watched this video.

Watch people get stressed out about relaxing

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Food for thought.... damn it now I am hungry

Lascaux- the first graphic designers

Saul Bass- found a new medium in which to create art.
"My initial thoughts about what a title can do was to set mood and the prime underlying core of the film's story, to express the story in some metaphorical way. I saw the title as a way of conditioning the audience, so that when the film actually began, viewers would already have an emotional resonance with it." -Saul Bass

Paula Scher

I like umbrellas and logos that do more than just look pretty. Plus this would be really easy to put up on a readerboard which is my personal test for strong logos.

Nouveau Salon des cent, Hommage a Toulouse-Lautrec.

Paula brings us back in history to this guy:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Jane Avril Leaving the Moulin Rouge

Someone once told me that he was the founder or maybe the father of graphic design. Toulouse-Lautrec struggled with alcoholism and a crippled body due to the inbreeding of his family. It seems all the great artists had their demons. Van Gogh struggled all his life only to sell one painting and commit suicide before he could ever know of his impact on art.

It's getting late and my brain is getting lame. Good night

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Old Man by the River

The second time I tried to paint him, I couldn't. Maybe I need new paint. I carry my paint in a large yellow home depot tool box. Maybe I need a new tool box. Or perhaps its the surface. Yes, the surface is all wrong. I need a new surface to paint his portrait. The photo reference is old and the detail was lacking. I should fly back to Quebec and take another photo. I will need a new camera to really capture his essence. I will also need to wait for a sunny day in March—so that the lighting will be exactly as it was. I will need 6 feet of snow on the ground, deep enough that it nearly buries the parking meters in the nearby parking lot. The St. Lawrence River will need to be partially frozen as well. The ambiance must be perfect. I will wait for everything to be perfect and then I will try a third time.

Friday, February 09, 2007

So I just discovered something absolutely fantastic. I can type faster when I drink! Or maybe it's that my brain moves slower and that makes the words look like they are being typed faster. Either way its kinda fun. It makes me wanna write. I just watched the movie "The Night Listener". I am still digesting it. I don't know.
So now the Wallflowers are playing on my itunes and I just had the realization that I cannot go out tonight. Wait, wait- switch that to Brighteyes. He is fantastic. Especially when mixed with a bottle of Cabernet. There is this really good winery called Blackstone. I have loved everything they make. "Your the yellow bird that I have been waiting for.... now I'm drunk as hell on a piano bench... the sound of loneliness makes me happier..." oh yeah and Paolo Nutini is absolutely amazing- fantastic!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

sing, dance, play, learn!

I knew he could see my reflection in the window. So I really tried hard not to laugh, but the combination of his vibrato and erroneous U2 lyrics were just too much for me to handle. His ipod was turned up loud enough for me to sing along—but I was too busy trying not to laugh. He was working out on the elliptical next to me and we both faced a large reflective window. I really do think he was just trying to make me laugh. I should have called him out on it.

So I have two requests for the rec center:
1) Allow me to wear sleeveless shirts—it's no longer 1950.
2) Bring in louder elliptical machines so they drown out the sound of the overweight self proclaimed american idol using the machine next to me.—although that was pretty funny!