Fireflight T-shirt (and Totebag)
30 January, 2009, 11:25 am
Filed under: Design, Music

Not too long ago, I did a shirt design for the band Fireflight. The design has finally popped up on their merch page, where I discovered they also printed the design on a tote bag. I think I actually like the tote bag better than the shirt. Although, a small part of me wishes they would have kept the band name and one heart/house icon above it in the lighter color to keep the concept of the design consistent. But then again, I suppose, the band’s name might not pop as well/ have as much contrast on the lighter background. Ah, well…


deux mois pour le départ
27 January, 2009, 12:20 am
Filed under: Lacoste, School, Transit

Yesterday marked two months until my departure for Lacoste, France. Since the last bit of news about Lacoste, I’ve paid some more money, got waivers signed and officially applied for classes. I should be getting an email with my flight itinerary any day now.

‘haven’t learned a lick of French, yet. ‘better get crackin’!

New Work 01.21.09: CUDM
21 January, 2009, 9:20 am
Filed under: Design

‘just finished up some posters and shirts for the annual Columbia University Dance Marathon. CUDM is an event held at Columbia in NYC every year to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in general. I did some work for them last year and was happy to be involved again this year. HIV/AIDS awareness is something near and dear to my heart, as my wife Megan spent several years of her life working for nonprofits and being an activist for AIDS awareness.

various thoughts on music (or “got my rock pants on”)
8 January, 2009, 10:22 am
Filed under: Music

Krautrock/Motorik – Stay with me on this one for a bit. Recently I’ve been enjoying the sounds of the very excellent Maserati. Their drummer, Jerry Fuchs, used to play in the incredible Turing Machine. TM have a very obvious krautrock/motorik influence. In fact because of Fuchs, I think Maserati has begun to have some of that influence as well. Anyway, after continually rocking the Mas’ and the Machine, It’s gotten me in the mood for some Neu! and Can, as well as inspired me to further explore the genre. Harmonia and Manuel Gottsching, anyone?

National Skyline – Most people who know me know that I love 90’s indie rock, particularly that which has roots in Chicago. From the ashes of great bands Castor and Hum came National Skyline. After 3 great releases, Jeff Garber worked on various projects including the way under-developed Joy Circuit. Anyway, after a few false starts, National Skyline is set to return with a new full length that, according to Garber, has a bit of a Castor sound to it – due in part to ex-Castor bass player, Derek Neidringhaus, appearing on the record. New single “Revenge” can be heard here.

The part where I play “Crotchety Old Man” – Disagreeing with something posted to Pitchfork is definitely nothing new. For some reason though, I found myself taking particular offense to a few comments in their review of the latest Don Caballero record. (Which, to their credit, I at least agree that it is the band’s least inspired effort.)

Statement-of-offense #1: “Math-rock was definitively obsolete, and Don Cab could neither escape it nor rejuvenate it.”

I really tire of thoughts like ” this particular style of music isn’t cool anymore” or “that band’s sound is so 2005.” As if to say that if a record wasn’t by one if the current flavors of the month – it no longer mattered. I also take issue with their proclamation that “math-rock” can’t go any where. Don’t worry though… ten years from now some band will come along that is basically a re-tread of Don Cab and their “ilk” and P-fork will hail the Nu-Math revival as the new “it” sound.

Statement-of-offense #2: “But for the most part, this is an instrumental rock album, and diehard fans of the genre– people who read gear magazines and have a high regard for technically proficient pastiche– will find plenty to enjoy.”

Wow Pitchfork! Thanks for stereotyping me and pin-pointing exactly what is it I like about “Instrumental Rock.” WRONG! Oh and God forbid I actually LIKE MUSIC and give a crap about the equipment that goes into the making of music. Not to mention, care about any sort of “proficiency” in being able to actually perform music. Never mind that there are “instrumental rock” albums that aren’t highly technical affairs mapped out by a bunch of obsessed gearheads. Personally, I enjoy certain music because it sounds good to me.

But I digress… I’m just a diehard fan of the music that resonated with me at one point and refused to abandon it because it wasn’t cool anymore.

Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool.
5 January, 2009, 9:53 am
Filed under: Lacoste, School

(photo by: yours truly)

Winter quarter at SCAD begins today. Break seemed a little short, but I guess it’s time to get back to it. I’m not totally pleased that all of my classes this quarter take place at 5pm or after. But, maybe this will be a blessing and a curse, in that I may have more time for freelance projects, etc… during the day. We’ll see. I’m taking Typography 1 (Can I get a “hellz yeah!” from all the type-nerds in the house?), Vector & Raster Graphics, and History of 20th Century Architecture. The other crappy part about my classes being so late is that Megan and I will be seeing each other a lot less during the week. I guess that’ll be good prep for not seeing each other for 10 weeks straight in the spring?

(By-the-by: the title of this post is a reference to the movie Billy Madison and is in no way a swipe at my pops.)

Recent Work 01.02.09
2 January, 2009, 8:58 am
Filed under: Design

TSG Poster GiftCardGiver Theory 8 Records

Here are some of the projects I’ve worked on over the last month. You can click on each image to get a larger preview of the work.

The Sincerity Guild – This is a band I used to play in and the people who play in this new incarnation of the band are very near and dear to my heart. So when given the opportunity to do a show poster for them, I jumped at the chance! Limited to 25 hand screened and numbered posters.

Gift Card Giver – GCG is a community of people collecting gift cards and other small donations to give to friends and organizations in need in creative new ways. I’ve been working with the organization on and off and recently completed some print materials for the next phase of their campaign.

Theory 8 Records – Home to many great artists and headed up by the always-very-suave Mr. Aaron Hartley. The label decided to put together a sampler of their music available for free download over the holidays. I designed a “cover” for the digital release. Included in the download file was a PDF of an envelope users could print, cut out, and assemble to place a CD of the burned music from the sampler inside of.