Design, Art and Chalk

This article popped up on social media in the last few days, and every day since I saw it first I can’t help but go back and look at the art that these two kids create every week. They have become my ultimate hand-lettering crush (besides Jessica Hische). Such talent and such dedication—that’s passion!



Andrew Bird – Oh No (live)

On the CD this song has a perfect little 30 second instrumental song (up until he starts to sing) that I am going to use for the sound effects/music for my kinetic typography video. It’s a little more drawn out in this video but you get the idea. Also, this video is great for anyone who hasn’t seen Andrew Bird doin’ his thing.

Second Saturday Art Walk at Wazee Union

Second Saturday Art Walk

I have a friend who just started renting a studio space at Wazee Union in Denver. She graduated from the Oregon College of Art & Craft. She uses half of her studio space for creating her magnificent textiles and just opened the other half as a gallery to show and sell artwork of local artists. It’s called Maker Studio Gallery, so check it out if you please. She invited my friends and my boyfriend and I to come to her studio opening and to check out the rest of the artists in the building. It was such a strange place. A warehouse, haphazardly sectioned off into tiny little studio spaces for local artists. There were rope dancers, abstract painters, and strange animated unicorn fornication videos That same artists also did unsettling dioramas of naked clay figures involved in tortuous psychological experiments inside of mason jars…eeeehhhh.

I did appreciate the work of a select few artists. There was a silk-screening company (I believe Derailed-Ink) who worked out of one of the larger studios. Also, a young woman with the tiniest studio I had ever seen (I was tempted to ask how much she paid for it) did crafty artwork of french bulldogs. Almost like really nicely done scrapbook page collage paintings. I—as well as my boyfriend—appreciated this work.

I was mainly interested in everyone’s marketing techniques, I took as many business cards and postcards as I could. I was underwhelmed by most of them…ususally because of the cheap paper. Most were really light weight paper and one sorry soul even used the generic fake parchment paper.

We also took advantage of the large variety of free alcohol provided…

More icon ideas for infographic


I almost forgot the most important thing about the redwoods! I have to incorporate this “fun fact” in my infographic. The speeder bike chase in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was filmed in the redwood forest. Here comes a homemade potato stamp of an ewok and a speeder bike (very stylized of course…) I will use the schematic below to carve the basic shape of a speeder bike into my potato.

This seems to be the most recognizable stance of an ewok. I will probably make a very simple stamp using this stance. I’m thinking my stamps are mostly going to look like silhouettes. So, creating recognizable but very stylistically simple icons (using a potato!) will be interesting.