Saturday, March 31, 2012

Yahoo bypasses my Article

Yahoo! front page must have passed on my story, Common Mistakes That Can Get You in Trouble with Your Boss for Nine things never to say to your boss.

Chances of Winning Lottery

I enjoy informational designs like this one posted on

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mega Millions Billions

The Mega-Millions lottery is up to $540 million and counting... Soon enough they may have to change the name and logo...
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pepsi Next

Pepsi Next is launching this week with 60% less sugar and fewer calories than a standard Pepsi. Sucralose and aspartame will act as sweeteners.

Based on its packaging, Pepsi Next appears as if it could be more successful than Pepsi's previous spin-offs, Pepsi One and Pepsi Max. They distinguished themselves as low-calorie alternatives to regular Pepsi by using black packaging to indicate this difference. By keeping Pepsi Next's packaging simple, clean, and using a lighter/cooler variant of the Pepsi blue it maintains the overall Pepsi brand while appearing crisp, refreshing, and light.

I guess it really comes down to if the stuff tastes good and similar enough to Pepsi...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Sketchpad - WordPress

The Sketchpad is now available at Wordpress.

Update 04.02.12
I do not want the confusion of an exact duplicate of the same blog, so I am removing The Sketchpad at WordPress.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Doodle

Today, Google honors Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a German architect of post-World War I.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Make Free Phone Calls From Google+

I was talking about this last week, and the same day I saw this article explaining how to place free phone calls through Google+. I tested it out using my speakers and a microphone.

Here's the article with instructions...
Make Free Phone Calls From Google+

One Size Smaller

I love being able to help small business enhance their brand image, but there are plenty of frustrations along the way. Instead of trusting my design experience, clients tell me what fonts to use (papyrus/times new roman are among their favorites), revert my design back to their orginal Word document design (some tiny image they found on the web), want me to copy someone else's logo, and downplay my design consulting (make it bigger!).

I often do oversized graphics, and very frequently get "make it just one font smaller/bigger" All this means to me is make it smaller/bigger. What do they think it means? Here is Myriad Bold 250pt next to Myriad Bold 249pt. Is this what they were looking for? :)
An image that pops up in a lot of Word documents (Make this my logo)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Outdoor Soccer


I have played organized soccer since I was about three, but it's been a while since I have played outdoor soccer. What a breathe of fresh air.

My cell phone camera has somehow become even worse

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nike Pro Combat NFL Uniforms

What the League's Uniforms Could Look Like in 2012
From the Bleacher Report
View Gallery of 32 NFL Teams

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

I enjoyed the movie and the DVD it came on. At first I thought the design was going to be only for design sake, but it actually did relate to themes in the movie (which made it much better.) It's been done before. Reminds me of a music CD by System of a Down called "Steal This Album."


Friday, March 23, 2012

Where I Live

This illustration was so ugly I had to take it down...

Interesting Ad

This ad appeared on the side of my blog. This contraption appeared without an explanation...

Here's what I found when I clicked on it...
The Alaskan Gel Master System

The Alaskan Gel Master (gel ice pack filling machine) is a compact, portable, easy to use machine that dispenses just the right amount of gel crystals and water into each bag then a sealing machine seals the bag tight.


If you are starting a site/blog--Use WordPress! So much better than Blogger.

Juan Gris Doodle

The 125th Birthday of the "third musketeer of cubism."
Portrait of Picasso,
1912, oil on canvas, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Common Mistakes That Can Get You in Trouble with Your Boss

These Mistakes Can Get You in Trouble with Your Boss
Be careful not to commit these business faux-pas
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Wearing a Sweater Vest

[Also, called the Santorum look.]
There is nothing more frustrating to a boss than an employee who comes to work wearing a sweater vest.

Kalvin Gloppe of Gloppe Industries, Inc. said his IT worker did exactly that. "Oh, I can't tell you how much that pissed me off. As soon as he walked through my office with that damned sweater vest, I told him to take it off and pack his things." Gloppe continues, "We can't handle that lack of professionalism here."

Other irks include puffy vests, penny loafers, and fun ties.

Embezzling Funds

While it may not sound like a big deal compared to wearing a sweater vest, stealing money from the company isn't favorably looked upon.

Phil discovered this when he stole money from the supermarket's cash drawer he worked for to buy drugs. Phil said he thought no one would notice the cash was missing, but when his boss Larry found an empty register he suspected Phil because he had been using crack to treat back pain.

"I understood Phil had a drug problem, but there were plenty of other people he could have robbed besides my company," said Larry.

Punching Their Mother in the Throat

Fred recalls, "This b***h got all up in my s**t, so I decked her in the gullet."

Like many Americans, Fred is talking about the time he punched his supervisor's mother, Betty Johnson, in the throat. In this circumstance, Fred was given a warning because his boss didn't care much for his mother visiting the workplace.

Most of the time a situation like this will land you in deep water with the boss.

Growing a Moustache

A full goatee, five o'clock shadow, or sideburns can give you a distinctive, but still business-like appearance.

However, a moustache alone can kill your relationship with your boss. The growth of a moustache is among the top silent reasons a boss fires an employee--male or female.

So, either don't shave at all, or shave it all to avoid the mistake of moustache growth.Wearing glasses and having a moustache are grounds for an immediate termination.

Data Charts

From NPR

Another interesting article/concept. I like his use of charts for mundane daily activities such as these. It's a very scientific, but visually artistic view. It reminds me of the use of people's DNA sequencing as enlarged framed prints. This gives me ideas...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Junkyard of Floors

When I originally caught a glimpse of this commercial I thought it was a joke. Junkyard of Floors? Leopard prints? Half-nude man spread on the floor? Check, check, and very check.

Spring Flowers

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Water Match


The Ten Best Draw Something Pictures We've Seen
It's not all sad stickmen.

View IGN's Gallery

I guess they haven't seen my "garden"...

Monet's Garden

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination

from NPR books
An interesting talk on All Things Considered yesterday.

NPR/iStock Photo
Lehrer defines creativity broadly, considering everything from the invention of masking tape to breakthroughs in mathematics; from memorable ad campaigns to Shakespearean tragedies.

Mouse in the Snow

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Spring Doodle

Monday, March 19, 2012

Adobe CS6

From WinBeta

CS6 is expected to be a major release compared to CS5, with the inclusion of several new enhancements such as a new interface, improved content-aware pixel manipulation, integration with Adobe's cloud services, improved 3D editing, layer filtering, file searching, and more.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day--inventor of the alcoholic beverage IPA.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Willie's Sports Bar

I hooked up Willie's with logo ceiling prints from all the local sports teams and stations. In addition, did their 700 WLWstation's frosted glass (whether I agree with the politics or not :) ). Check it out...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Origami Google

This seems appropriate since I posted my origami portfolio headers the other day. See Headers

Akira Yoshizawa 101st Birthday by Robert Lang

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

15 Photoshopped Transformations of Celebs and Models

An article making the rounds... However, some of them just look overly smoothed.
View Gallery:
15 Photoshopped Transformations of Celebs and Models

If you’ve ever wondered what people really look like before being Photoshopped, a new software tool developed by researchers at Dartmouth College reveals the answer.

Are video games art? Draw your own conclusions

From USA Today

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, which houses such masters as Georgia O'Keeffe and John Singer Sargent, steps right into the middle of the argument with a new exhibit, The Art of Video Games. It begins a six-month stay at the Washington museum Friday before going on a national tour.

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Video Games in the Smithsonian

We were having this discussion a couple of weeks ago at work. I definitely think video games are art. One of my "top-secret," under development gallery exhibitions focuses more in-depth on this concept. However, our topic was regarding a game a co-worker has been playing called "Skyrim." Every screen capture he took from the actual gameplay was worthy of being a framed piece of art. So, he took his high-res screen captures, blew them up, and did exactly that.

Happy Little Trees?
Only Missing Two Figures  :)

Erased de Kooning Drawing

From NPR
Another interesting concept... I like de Kooning's take on this project just as much as Rauschenberg's original idea.
Read the Article:
Two Ways To Think About Nothing 

Monday, March 12, 2012


Put this together real quick (not streamlined precisely) for a viewing party March 25th. It is high-res at 4 feet, but I scaled it down to a usable size.

Underwater Bodies

Love this concept... I've experimented with the idea of nature taking over art, so the art becomes the infusion of both; as I did with the final product in

These sculptures work with nature (coral reefs.)

William Siemer's The Sketchpad

These were the headers for a reworked version of my portfolio site. They will not be used in this form because they are a little to grungy. I decided I wanted something that appears cleaner, streamlined and more corporate for displaying my commercial work.

Last week I was slammed with design work, so much I couldn't make as many updates. Hopefully I can post some soon, but there's always that period of confidentiality with them being concepts in development. On top of that, my design update ideas (I send to my phone from my phone) were deleted by the service technicians at Sprint without notifying me.

In other news, I have reached over 20,000 visitors.