Tag Archives: Portland

friday blinks – 4/20/12

20 Apr

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks. Looks like I almost made an all-video post without trying. Huh…

Portland Creative Mornings with Kate Bingaman Burt

Create. Share. Repeat. Draw every day. As you can see from the video, Kate is extremely entertaining and super energetic! I’m super excited to see her speak live at WMCfest 2012!
(via Adam Garcia/twitter) (via Kate Bingaman Burt/twitter)

Good Books “Metamorphosis”

An insanely-visual trip to a rather normal book website, Good Books. Also, the Behind-the-Scenes look from concept to completion. Concept by String Theory and directed by Buck.
(via Chris Allen)

Smokeable book for Snoop

Leave it to Snoop (with help from creative agency Pereira & O’Dell) to think up this doozy. A book made of rolling paper pages, a hemp tweed cover, and a matchstick striker spine. I don’t think this one will last very long in the public library system. Posted this on 4/20 without trying. Self high five.
(via Drea Zlanabitnig/twitter)

Erik Spiekermann puts the face back in typeface

This is always teamwork. Work in teams and change the place you live in. Get in there and break things open. Graphic design CAN changes lives. I hope I’m in the right place at the right time and work with some fantastic people as Mr. Spiekermann has.
(via Erik Spiekermann/twitter)

Prima Peaches packaging
Awesome 3-color packaging, label, and set of icons for southern California grower, Prima, designed/illustrated by Patrick Macomber.
(via Patrick Macomber/twitter)

friday blinks – 4/6/12

6 Apr

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

The Boneyard Project
Art exhibit mastermind Eric Firestone came up with this fantastic idea. Invite street artist to paint the decaying US Air Force planes in the Arizona desert. Some really incredibly-detailed themed planes out there.
(via Hannes Beer/twitter)

Portland Creative Mornings with Aaron Draplin
Dickhead mountain. Asshole Peak. Purple: don’t do it. Shitwhack. Draplin is awesome. A true inspiration that I want to see speak in person. Bad.
(via Matt Goold/twitter) (via Aaron Draplin/twitter)

Newsweek: Mad Men edition
Smart idea. Taking today’s ads and adding a 60s flair to them. I think most of the ads were successful now and could have been in the early 60s asl well.
(via The Creative Finder/twitter)

Go Media shares what they’ve been up to
I find this incredibly awesome. Showing the behind-the-scenes of everyday work for a rather small creative agency like Go Media is really nice, highlighting what everyone does over a month’s time, down to accounting and lunches. I also like that they do things as a group outside of work. Granted, this was celebrating time at their agency, but still. It’s great that relationships can extend past the time clock.
(via GoMedia/blog)

Make rubber stamp envelope liners
This is for you crafty folks out there who like to make the inside of your envelopes look nice. I hope that the people receiving the cards don’t open them like a bunch of savages. Now, it’s time to make a pattern stamp!
(via Megan Kirby/twitter)

friday blinks – 3/9/12

9 Mar

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

James Victore’s YouTube Channel
This dude is full of energy and I love it. It’s so refreshing to see someone who’s been in the game this long and still full of piss and vigor. Inspiring and impressive.
(via James Victore/twitter)

Glasgow Press’ Impressive promo
Glasgow Press just sent out a letterpress promo pack featuring 5 postcards with lyrics from songs by some of graphic designer Kerr Vernon’s favorite Glasgow-based bands. Awesome.
(via Creative Review/blog)

Interview with Adam R. Garcia
A beautifully-shot interview and with the very talented creative director, designer, and illustrator Adam R. Garcia, created by Portland-based designer Ryan J. Bush. “Move around. Be an idiot. Be a part of the community. Make things that are compelling and meaningful. Think about what you make.” Nice ending, too. It was nice to see Adam break out from those very deep thoughts.
(via Greg Fisk/twitter) (via Adam Garcia/twitter)

Camera + Drill = interesting view of our world
French designer Oscar Lhermitte straps a digital camera, filming at 15 frames per second, onto a drill that spins 20 revolutions per second. I could totally see this treatment as a title sequence for a movie.
(via Under Consideration/twitter)

Advice from John C Jay
Great list of 10 tips from Wieden+Kennedy’s John C Jay. I especially like #7.
(via Greg Fisk/twitter)

Free Font Friday
Practice Foundry, a Canadian-based, “independent type foundry and a collective space for showcasing the work of amateur type designers in Canada.” They want to beef up the Canadian typographic presence with a pay-as-you’d-like model. Pretty sweet idea, eh?
(via Dylan Moore)

friday blinks – 3/2/12

2 Mar

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Jumpman HTML5 site
WOAH! Super slick.
(via Chris Streger/twitter)

Triforce Tribute
Design + crafts + everything Zelda. I never played the game (ZELDA NERDS REVOLT!), but can get behind some serious geekery for the game. This show is sure to be very successful.
(via David Sizemore/twitter)

Jeff Rogers makes a font baby
Beautiful two-ply, hand-made font by NYC-based designer/illustrator Jeff Rogers.
(via Ryan Feerer/twitter)

Annual report powered by the sun
Austria Solar commissioned the first annual report powered by the sun. Its content remains invisible until sunlight falls on its pages. Design work by serviceplan campaign. This is really cool.
(via David Sizemore/twitter)

Weapons Declassified: Jeff Finley
Weapons of Mass Creation Fest founder Jeff Finley gets featured, and talks about how WMC Fest came to be and the concept behind it. Pissed I won’t be able to make it up to Cleveland this year for WMC Fest. Next time, Gadget…
(via Jeff Finley/twitter)

Moveable Type Truck

26 Nov

On Friday, November 18, the Moveable Type Truck rolled into Roanoke, VA to share a lovely evening with the Ad2 Roanoke crew and anyone else who happened to walk by. Kyle Durrie, a letterpress printer from Portland, Oregon and the proprietor of Power and Light Press has been driving her converted 1982 Chevy step van/mobile letterpress print shop around the country sharing her love of letterpress with the masses. She’s been making stops at “libraries, community gardens, galleries, street fairs, farms, universities, back yards, and everywhere in between” since June of this year. Kyle’s plan is to continue the tour until March/April of next year, if not longer. I’m not sure how many miles she’s logged so far, but that’s going to be one hell of a cross country road trip!

As guests stepped into the van, Kyle met them with a smile and a greeting. There was a well-worn guest book next to the air-ride driver’s seat, and loads of printed materials were stuck to the sides of the interior with magnets. Guests came in, got a quick tutorial of how each of the presses (a Showcard sign press from the mid 20th century, and an 1873 Golding Official No. 3 tabletop platen press) worked, then were encouraged to print their own signs and coasters. On-lookers huddled in the van to see the printing in action, while others warmed up in a very cool vintage clothing store and coffee shop called Freckles or a grabbed a stiff drink at Lucky, the bar next door.

I was introduced to Kyle and asked if she would mind me asking some questions. She kindly obliged and I went on to fumble around with some questions.

Designblinks: What got you into letterpress?

Kyle Durrie: I randomly signed up for a class about six years ago. Because I was unemployed, I needed something to do. I had done printmaking and other kinds of printing in college, but never any letterpress. I took this class one winter and fell in love with it, stuck with it, did a few apprenticeships with different printers and started my own thing a few years ago. It was a little bit daunting (starting a new company), being that it was right when the recession hit, but I hadn’t had a business before the recession, so I didn’t have anything to compare it to.

Designblinks: Where has been your favorite stop so far in your travels?

Kyle: I never know how to answer this question. I’ve had a lot of really, really great visits. I’ve had zero terrible visits. I’ve had some that are less good than others, but nothing has been a total wash. I had a really amazing time in this town in Utah called Creek River. It had little to do with printing, but I just met some great people there who were really inspiring. I was Louisville last weekend and that was really fun. Every place is different. Sometimes it’s the people I meet, sometimes it’s the geography of where I’m at. I feel like every place has something really good to offer.

Designblinks: Have you ever felt the urge to abandon your trip and just head home?

Kyle: No, I had the urge to take a week off the other day. I felt that urge pretty strong, but I haven’t wanted to go home, just wanted a little time out. I kind of overbooked things on this trip, and have had very little time off and it’s catching up with me right now. But I don’t feel the need to call it quits. I’m still really excited about everything to come.

Designblinks: The first tour was funded by Kickstarter.com, correct?

Kyle: Well, this is the first tour. Kickstarter funded the first steps of the tour. It allowed me to buy the truck and to do all of the customization, then by the time I left to go on the tour, all that money was gone. I vastly underestimated all of that. Kickstarter gave me the seed money to get the project going. And now that I’m traveling, I’m basically funding it by selling my work, taking donations, and teaching workshops. It’s kind of just breaking even, but it’s breaking even, so it’s good.

Designblinks: What’s your current favorite artist or album you’ve been listening to, either on the road or while you’re stopped?

Kyle: I just realized that the CD player doesn’t stop, so this has played through about eight times tonight. This used to be a favorite, but I can’t listen to it anymore. I’ve been listening to a lot of old country songs. Those are good for traveling. Willie Nelson.

Designblinks: What do you hope people will come away with from this experience?

Kyle: One thing I’m excited about offering people is a chance to work with their hands and to make something. I think a lot of us get trapped behind our computers a little too much. I love my computer. It’s invaluable to me, but it’s a very different experience to just play with your hands, get a little bit messy, and make something. There’s a feeling of accomplishment or satisfaction. I’ve gotten some good feedback from people that that feels good for them, so I feel good about being able to offer that.

Designblinks: Do you think that’s what drives you, no pun intended, to keep going?

Kyle: Yeah, I think so. It never gets old.

Designblinks: Thanks for talking with me and thank you for coming to Roanoke!

Kyle: Sure! Thank you, my pleasure!

It was a fantastic evening. Designers and non-designers alike had a great time spending some time with Kyle and her awesome letterpress shop on wheels. Thanks again to Kyle for stopping in Roanoke and to Ad2 Roanoke for making it happen! To those of you out there that will be near an upcoming stop, you should really go. It was a great time. Best of luck to Kyle as she makes her way back to the west coast.