Friday, January 30, 2009

Mad Men groupie

This is an appropriate post because this is a studio blog for an advertising agency, and below are pictures of me and/or my husband, Thurston, with actors/actresses that play characters who work at an advertising agency. (And I will shamelessly use anyway possible to show people these pictures)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cut Paper

Paper. Not just for writing on anymore.
Generator.x 2.0 And you thought CAD wasn't an artisans tool.

Stefana McClure creates these 11" balls of sliced paper from old maps, composition paper and comic books.

Kinsey Hamilton who was featured on design sponge and mint (local) makes these incredible hand cut cards.

Friday, January 16, 2009

I have not seen Star Wars.

But we can talk about that later.
I haven't seen Star Wars, but neither has this girl. And without people like us, this halairous video would not exist.

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.

On cold days like this I dream of Fire Island

Thursday, January 15, 2009

tx me l8r if u want

I'm guilty. I text almost as much as I talk. I like it because it's so casual. Effortless. Easy to communicate with someone without imposing and easy to decline an invitation without hearing disappointment in the invitees voice. (I assume anyways, because people turn me down all the time with texts - I'm starved for friendship (j/j). And up until lately, I typed shorthand with the best of them. C = see, U = you, @ = at, 2 = too, to, or two. But now with my new phone, there's an entire keypad and it's just as easy to type out the whole thing as it is type in shorthand. So now, this encourages me to use uppercase and punctuation where appropriate. Which has, in turn, spilled over into how I write emails. Which is good because I'm already terrible at spelling and grammar, and texting was just taking me further down.
I have a friend who's a high school English teacher and she says she gets papers all the time that are written in short hand. She says the kids freely replace 's' with 'z' and write out acronym after acronym of perceived gibberish.
Until I came across this article I had no idea there was so much short hand out there. It's pretty daunting. And maybe it's because I'm no spring chicken and texting has only entered my life as an adult, but a lot of this short hand just annoys me. Oops, there went my few remaining cool points. I've officially entered the "uncool, lady zone" as far as teens are concerned. I may as well perfect my battle cry, "Turn that music down!" lol!
Here's a grain of examples from the sands of shorthand and acronyms.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

No Acid Required

check out the Ganzfeld Procedure.
and you, too, can hallucinate in the comfort of your own home.
Flying Lions and Fireworks and Bea... No Unicorns, ...Oh My!

Monday, January 12, 2009


This Tostitos spot is completely hilarious. And just ever so slightly even mentions Tostitos. The colors, the characters, the dialog, all just tickles me death. Which is exactly what NOLAF would want. Death by tickling. Well done, Chicago based agency, Element 79. I sent the DOOP A FRIEND gag to at least a dozen of my friends. "Putting the FU in FUN." Awesome.
Check out NOLAF for yourself.

I love Tina Fey

If you haven't been watching 30 Rock, you should. It took me a few episodes to realize exactly how clever and hilarious it is. But now, there's no going back. It won three Golden Globes last night, best TV comedy and best comedy actress and actor for Tina Fey and co-star Alec Baldwin

Friday, January 9, 2009


Work's been kind of slow for me this past week. I know as soon as I type this someone will come by with a huge project, but I'll take my chances. Anyways, thanks to my recent work pace I've come across tons of awesome websites and articles. One being the graffiti artist Banksy. I had seen his stuff before, as I'm sure you have, but didn't know how illusive he was until I watched this interview on you tube. It's hard not to love a social commentary presented in humor and artistic talent. And rats. Don't forget the rats. But my favorite works are the ones he done that incorporate the existing environment. It's one thing to sneak out paint a stencil on a high profile wall, but another to see a blemished wall, or scene, and realize what it's missing. Then go home and make the stencil, come back and make it right. I love that. I love Banksy. I may just have to get buy his book today. Here are a few of my favorites.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Color Fun

I came across this website called Multicolour Search Labs, that extract the colors from 3 million Alamy Stock Photos. With their visual similarity technology you can navigate the collection by a customizable color scheme.
Here's my collection based on the new colors of the blog.