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What you see above is the official recap video from Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2012, released just today. While there will be a longer documentary (and speaker videos) in the near future, Aaron Freeder's short film perfectly encapsulates the scope and spirit of this year's fest. Using interviews, performances, lectures, and other footage shot both at the festival and around Cleveland, Freeder puts a rather elegant bow on what's become the go-to creative event in the Midwest every summer. Beyond my work as an organizing partner with the fest, I was honored to be one of five people providing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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I first encountered Allison Krumwiede's wonderful style when her illustrations of magazine contributors came at the front of a recent issue of HOW. I had written a story for them about Busy Beaver Button Co., and was amazed by Krumwiede's depictions, which you can see at the bottom of this post (Allison herself is there, too, to my left in the top middle position). Anyway, the California native has worked for, among others, BUST, Bloomberg View, The Village Voice, and The New York Times. Her work has a very distinctive style to it, and both her illustrations and her paintings... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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It's about time: What you see above is the official logo for our best little buddy Quigley, whom we rescued nearly two years ago. There isn't enough room in this space — or any space — to adequately describe how much Casey and I love our friend and how important he's become to our lives. He's our constant companion, our daily source of good times, and the proud third member of our little team. In short, he's the Quig. And he needed a logo. As in any logo project, I wanted to distill Quigley's essence into as simple a package... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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This was fun. I had the pleasure of getting to know the very talented Nate Utesch at last year's WMC Fest. It was there that I both snapped up copies of the first two issues of his Ferocious Quarterly and hatched plans with Nate to participate in the forthcoming issue, which just came out and is on sale now! If you're new to Ferocious Quarterly, the handsome publication is best described as "a curated publication that collects illustrators, graphic artists, short fiction authors and written text." Each issue has a theme, and those participating work within that theme and within... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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Casey's much-deserved and long-awaited new camera and lens arrived today, and what better way to break them in than some backyard shots of our little superhero? Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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Over at the brilliant A Continuous Lean, noted Ohioan (and fellow Bobcat) Michael Williams has posted a few wonderful photos from the recently digitized Department of Energy Oak Ridge's Office archive. The photos capture the day-to-day goings on a town of 70,000+ created from whole cloth by the government to assist in uranium production for the Manhattan Project. While the entire archive is impressive, I'd like to call attention to some really nice type and illustration. Take a look at these wonderful security billboards (these photos date to either 1960 or 1970, depending on the image): As a bonus, how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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I really love Highway, the new typeface by '70s historian, expressive typographer, and all-around young jerk Dan Cassaro. In Dan's own words, Highway "is an attempt to capture the charm of hand-done early to mid-century type, the kind of beautiful lettering that happens when a human hand tries to recreate something mechanical. Created during (and inspired by) a cross-country roadtrip, Highway may very well be the first typeface created in the back of a camper. Tons of alternate characters, ligatures, and OpenType sorcery make for endless custom lettering for logos, signage, and seminal prog-rock double albums. Roll on, Babes." Right... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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When I saw this amazing Flickr set of the billboards of Sunset Boulevard, 1974-75, I immedately thought of a bunch of folks - my father, chiefly - who would appreciate its gems. There's really so much to see in this set. It's a welcome trip back in time, when the music was better and the marketing - at least as seen through the lens of these billboards - took a few more chances. Enjoy. Via Los Angeles, I'm Yours. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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Cleveland-native-gone-big-time Timothy Goodman wanted to do something special this Valentine's Day. So the illustrator/designer got a stack of index cards, a bunch of markers, and set out to send a Valentine to each and every one of his 1,100-plus Twitter followers. The result? A Valentine Tweet Marathon! In Goodman's own words: On February 14, 2012, I attempted to draw a unique valentine for every single one of my Twitter followers between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM. By doing this, I responded to each follower’s handle/picture/bio as seen up top. The plan was to draw each one on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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On the heels of Taegan Goddard's Wonk Wire logo design - my sixth collaboration with the political authority - we teamed up again on a new site, Political Trivia. The mandate was simple: Incorporate Goddard's standard red and blue color scheme as well as his familiar U.S. Capitol dome icon. What you see above is the final outcome. While the dome is familiar, I sought to include Filmotype Fashion and Homestead, two typefaces that work rather well together. Futher, I felt the banner gave more heft to Goddard's name, which it needed. While this was the final logo, I was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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Last week was full of good news! First, our talented Melamed Riley team won two silver and six bronze Cleveland ADDY awards. And second, on the heels of that, I found out that one of my button designs was a finalist to win a Busy Beaver Golden Button People's Choice Award! The Busy Beaver team thought long and hard and came up with their 12 favorite button designs from 2011 - and now you can vote for the winner. So vote early, vote often, vote now until midnight Chicago time this Thursday, February 23. The winner gets a Golden Button... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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Recently, I had worked with frequent collaborator and political heavy-hitter Taegan Goddard on the logo for a site he was thinking of starting, Wonk Wire. The site, which never made it off of the drawing board, was to be a more policy-oriented version of Goddard's must-read Political Wire. Still, even though the site didn't become a reality, I'm really proud of the logo exploration. To that end, here are some of my favorites: If that final logo looks familiar, it's because I used the same pocket protector as part of my submission to the To Resolve Project. That's actually one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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Everybody needs a good winter project, right? And for most of the creative folks I know, that winter project - among many side gigs - is crafting a healthy cold-weather beard. A few weeks ago, I put out the call to some friends to send updates of their winter beard progress, and I'd like to report back with the findings. Without any further ado: You know what, Mikey Burton? If you didn't look so much like a mustachioed Morrissey in this picture, I'd take points off of your score for not only failing to follow directions, but also shaving what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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I recently posted some process pictures from Darren Booth's work on the Kathleen Edwards single Wapusk. Earlier this month, Edwards released her fourth album, Voyageur, a truly remarkable and honest collection of songs. As with Wapusk, Booth illustrated the artwork. He's posted some of the process behind his Voyageur work at his blog. Check it out and, if you haven't already, scoop up Voyageur. You'll be glad you did. Here's some of Darren's work: Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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In digging through Kris Henry's amazing Vintage Tools and Toolery gallery, I found this gem: There's a great deal to love here - the color scheme, the type, that script face, the images. But look closer! It's Mr. Lead Screw: Isn't that great? I love discoveries like this, little things that make a huge difference. Above all else, though, I'll never not love seeing reminders of this state's proud industrial heritage. We used to make so many things in Ohio. And we can again. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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Here's Kris Henry coming in hot with a great find from his great Vintage Tools and Toolery gallery. Some heavy-duty stuff right there. Made in Cleveland. Don't you love that background? Thanks, Kris! Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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I've noted before how much I love the opportunity to combine my passions for design and progressive politics. So it was a real pleasure to work with my friend Pat Lang - who is running for U.S. Congress to fight for Ohio's middle class families in the 15th District - on his campaign identity. Lang is a son of Appalachia who, like me, attended Ohio University. He was elected to Athens City Council as an undergraduate. After graduating law school, Lang served as an assistant county prosecutor before beating a 30-year incumbent to become Athens' Law Director. His opponent, should... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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Full disclosure: I'm completely ashamed that I only came across Cleveland-based illustrator Julia Kuo's work just yesterday. Better late than never, I know, but come on. What talent! Kuo has worked with, among others, the New York Times, Capitol Records, and Little, Brown and Company, and is also part of The Nimbus Factory, a small paper goods concern. There's so much to discover in every one of her pieces. Kuo's attention to detail - especially what to include and exclude - is met by a remarkable use of color. To get a closer glimpse at the scope of Kuo's talent,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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I've been asked to participate in an upcoming issue of Ferocious Quarterly, something I'm beyond excited about. What you see above is part of the final product, something I've been busily working on over the holidays. For other sneak peeks, head on over to my Dribbble page. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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St. Louis-based interactive media designer Annie McCance traveled to Cleveland last summer to attend WMC Fest. While there, she took visual notes of the lectures she saw and the time she had. She's placed her notes online - you should definitely check them out. Here's a sample, taken from my talk: Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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I love working on logos. Each project presents another opportunity to distill a concept to its most essential core. But what happens when you take key parts of logos out of their context and, therefore, their intended meaning? I thought I'd give it a try. Below, abstracted from some recent work, is the result: Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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Here's Quigley, looking relaxed in his new bed. And here's Bea Arthur, hanging out in her favorite spot near the register (new bed not pictured). Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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My niece, looking as adorable as ever in a candid from Casey's recent holiday shoot: Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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We're in love with our new Inspector Stamp, the latest product offering from the official letterpress printer of Northcoast Zeitgeist, Cranky Pressman. The stamps are small (the live area is a little less than .75"), portable, self-inking, and are available in three colors. And they're now for sale - for the nice price of $23. We've already been putting our stamp to good use. They're perfect for the return address area of an envelope, as seen above. They're also going to be helpful in editioning limited runs of artwork - much nicer than my terrible handwriting. Keith and Jamie at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Northcoast Zeitgeist
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I got to know Jana Kinsman at WMC Fest last summer, as she was in Cleveland to speak in her role as one-fifth of Quite Strong. Well Jana's got an updated website and it's really worth your time. As you'll see, there's a lot there, a testament to her talent and Midwestern work ethic. Something else I appreciate about Jana's work is that there's a definite wit and style to it. If your own work has a style - meaning there's no mistaking who's behind it when you see it - it's a great day when people begin coming to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Northcoast Zeitgeist