Sunday Design Tidbits of Fun

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Thank you to all who voted for my shirt designs at Storyville Apparel! I got the designs in before the voting ended, though I thought I had a few more hours of voting. But to those that tried and couldn’t, I thank you for your effort and support as well! I will find out tomorrow morning at the Storyville blog whether or not I won. Even if I didn’t, Storyville has some very cool items for you to check out!

I read the other day on Steven Heller’s Print Magazine blog that there is a new book about one of my favorite typographer/designers coming out soon! Long past due, this new book at Herb Lubalin will be out in August, and I cannot wait. Pre-order here.

Shepard Fairey is on the move again, with a new mural up in Paris called “Rise Above Rebel.” Check it out at Street Art News! And in other Shepard Fairey news, the VMFA in Richmond currently has one on view. The link is a little unclear as to whether it’s a new acquisition or is on loan, so you better check it out sooner than later just to be safe!

Yesterday I took a trip out to Culpeper, Virginia to see the property my dad has recently acquired. On the way home I stopped into Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park to see some of the National Park Service wayside panels I designed about 10 years ago! From what I understand, it took them about 6 years to produce and finally install the pieces, but that’s still no excuse for waiting so long to see them in person.

And my husband ordered himself some new business cards that he designed himself this week! I’m either rubbing off on them or he’s been holding out his design skillz on me – I love them!

And my last little tid bit of design news for the day is that the Music Box musical architecture experience in New Orleans has seen it’s last big events before they will disassemble and begin work on a permanent structure. Check their blog in the next few days for sound and video clips of the work and talks – they are fantastic about uploading parts of all the amazing events that have taken place. I’m sure they will update the weekend’s events as well. But for now, they have plenty of interesting clips to keep you busy.


TEDx coming to Richmond and Other Odds and Ends

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Hello team,

So, things have been totally busy at the day job, totally busy on the freelance front, and since I’m a glutton for punishment, I’ve applied for and received a TEDx license to hold an event here in the good ole RVA. Very exciting indeed! It will be TEDxHullStreet (@tedxhullstreet), to be held in the fall at Plant Zero. I’m busily gathering all sorts of presenters on design and art, roots media, community involvement, music, branding, sustainable food, urban agriculture and other topics. Richmond has so many great, out-of-the-proverbial-box things happening right now that can make a difference on a much larger scale if we can just spread the ideas. I’m really excited about this project and cannot wait to give you all updates.


In other news, as a follow up to my previous post about New Orleans’ Music Box, I’ve heard that there are now sound clips on the Dithyrambalina blog if you want to check them out. They recently held a benefit show at the Music Box, and let me tell you, it did not sound like that when I played the instruments. Beautiful.

Also, I went down to the RVA Food Cart Derby yesterday with a good friend from work and she told me about this cool project in Detroit, called the Heidelberg Project. Maybe I’m a little late to the game, but this was news to me and I find it to be fascinating. Similar in theory to the Music Box, this project creates something new and beautiful out of blighted homes and it involves the community in a new, inspirational, innovative way.

Happy Monday folks!

New Orleans Street Art Fun

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I’m back, fresh off the heels of an amazing trip to Jazz Fest with a great friend and some brand new friends. We stayed at a historic bed and breakfast on Algiers Point and I spent two days surrounded by the diverse and incredible sounds of the musicians and artists at Jazz Fest. The other days, I spent wandering around town, having cocktails, eating delicious food, bumping into brass bands on the street and finding hidden art treasures. I found these guys on Magazine Street. Love. Anyone know the artist?

Friday, I headed over to the Bywater area of New Orleans to see the musical/art/architectural installation called the Music Box, a Shantytown Sound Laboratory. This temporary installation is the precursor to a permanent sound house that will be called Dithyrambalina. The project is a collaborative effort between the street artist called Swoon and New Orleans Airlift. Swoon is a Brooklyn-based artist specializing in images and pastes of people, all over the world. The New Orleans Airlift strives to bring innovative and exciting art adventures to New Orleans. If you can get down to New Orleans before the installation closes at the beginning of June, I highly recommend it. However, the permanent installation shouldn’t be too far behind.

The installation is a collection of found objects from Katrina refuse and other odds and ends around the City. The objects have been assembled into structures that serve as a series of housing for musical instruments of various shapes and forms. Basically, each structure is in itself a piece of musical equipment, and each structure/instrument can be operated on an individual basis or they can act together as an ensemble. The pieces were clever, fascinating and beyond innovative. I don’t even know what to say about it other than that. It’s truly an experience that cannot be described. Though I got to play many of the instruments and see/hear some of them demonstrated, I only wish I could have heard one of the performances that have been held there. I would have loved to have heard what a full house could do. Enjoy some photos below and more on flickr.