Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Last night AIGA hosted an event at Portland's Art Institute. It was a "rare and unequaled selection of short typographic films...from Portugal, the Netherlands, Argentina, Bulgaria and the US" and it was awesome. Punchcut, a user interface design company out of San Francisco sponsored it. They are also awesome.
What we saw was pretty mind-blowing. For instance: type made from bacon and potato frying in a pan, jello letters bouncing around the screen, a Baskerville documentary, letters being used to communicate without them to making words. (I know, you're saying, "Huh?". I'll explain. It's like how Sesame Street shows little videos and there are letters jumping around, but they're personified....the 'O' is a large rolly-polly man, the 'S' is a slithering snake-like creature, the 'X' is a little being that seems way to excited about something...and they all interact and act out some story line. It's fun.) We saw the lives behind design, super refined letterforms, super degraded writing and....what I was most impressed with: When driving becoming writing.What do you get when you combine a software developer, 4 large colored dots, a smart car with a 'font driver' and two european font designers named Pierre and Damien? Oh my gosh. You can view it here (and you don't even have to pay $10 like I did). I try not to 'should' on people, but really. You should.
Happy Friday! I got the cutest invite in the mail yesterday...here's the story:
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
You might have seen my call for help last week. I needed to get all my ducks in a row ASAP for an art show: 'Voices' at George Fox University. It's an alumni art show. Obviously, I studied there. I'm so honored they've asked me to come back with several projects in tow. After sifting through countless files and print samples (see above photo), this is what I settled on showing:
- French Press Wall Art #1, 2x2’
- French Press Wall Art #2, 2x2’
- 2008 Rosey Awards Call for Entries Poster, 28x40”
- Livengood|Nowack Snowboard, 6' snowboard
- A Business Card Series of 6
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Mark Terry's show was up in Azusa last month. Mark filled me in this morning. It was a big hit! He said, "The critic for whom I have the most respect had one simple word to say about the show. He stood there open-mouthed, and then waved me over to take a close look at his arm, simply saying... 'Goosebumps!' " What a high, high compliment.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Here's the deal. I'm a part of an upcoming art show and have to submit my bio to accompany my work. It's so hard to write about myself! Therefore, I'd love love love some feedback and/or edits from all of you lovely followers. Help!
Designer and owner, Megan Clark, works out of her home office in a little 80-year-old bungalow in the Pacific Northwest where coffee’s always brewing and her very large, lazy Great Dane can usually be found sleeping by her desk.
Megan grew up in the Midwest as a pastor’s kid. She always had an inclination for artistic endeavors, but knew from the day she won Michigan’s Corn Festival Coloring Contest that she was destined to be an artist. That was in second grade. The following years held many art classes, toothpicks, popcicle sticks, paint fumes, pens, charcoal, kneaded erasers and ModPodge®. More formal training was received once Megan entered George Fox University, majoring in Art with an emphasis on Graphic Design. During the time she was at George Fox, she attended numerous conferences, design panel discussions and networking events. She obtained design internships on and off campus and registered StudioM as a business to accommodate freelance work.
Fortunately, all of the time and energy she invested in herself paid off; Megan received and accepted a job offer from a Portland advertising agency only two weeks after graduation. The ad agency, Livengood|Nowack, was a modest size, but offered a wide client base to work with and learn from. Sadly, the agency went bankrupt in September of 2008. This turn of events accelerated Megan’s plan to eventually work for herself. She immediately updated her portfolio and StudioM’s promotional materials, had business cards printed and hit the streets on a mission: help others grow and profit through design. Oh yeah, and keep the bills paid.
So far, so good. Megan is still running her own design shop and loves (almost) every minute of it.