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Dec
1

Lots to Do This Week

I just wanted to make sure you were invited to all the awesome web and design happenings this week in Phoenix!

Tues, Dec 4th – Refresh Phoenix

Refresh Phoenix meets every first Tuesday of the month to discuss current internet issues and trends. The topics range from becoming your own boss to css frameworks to make your work more efficient. This month the topic is results from the 2007 Web Design Survey that was put out by A List Apart. This should be a very interesting conversation since there really has never been a survey of the internet industry.

When: Tuesday, December 4th 6:30 – 9:30 pm (come early to get some networking in)

Where:
Inza Coffee
8658 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale

Fri, Dec 7th – 16th Annual AIGA Art Auction

AIGA Arizona is holding it’s annual Art Auction event in Downtown Phoenix at MonOrchid Studios during December First Friday! AIGA Arizona is pleased to present over 100 original works of art (paintings, mixed media, photography, digital art, sculpture, jewelry, and more) displayed on sale in live and silent auction formats. Plus bid on a selection of special packages that include dining, entertainment and recreation. This year’s art auction will also feature the Mohawk Show.

When: Friday, December 7th 6-10 pm

Where:
MonOrchid Studios
214 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix

Sat, Dec 8th – BarCamp Phoenix

BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees. All attendees must give a demo, a session, or help with one. This is great because you can both speak and be an audience member.

When: Friday, December 8th 9 am – 5 pm

Where:
University of Advancing Technology (UAT)
2625 W. Baseline Road, Tempe

Nov
28

2010 Winter Olympic Mascots Unveiled

2010 Winter Olympic Mascots

Meet the new mascots of the 2010 Winter Olympics! Quatchi the Sasquatch, Miga the Sea Bear, and Sumi the Thunderbird. Aren’t they just adorable??

The mascots were created by Vancouver-based Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy of Meomi Design.

There are some mixed reviews out there, many Canadians think the mascots aren’t…Canadian enough. At least they’re cuter and easier to entice children, unlike the Atlanta 1996 Izzy.

Nov
19

Threadless Holiday Sale

Check out the SWEET holiday sale over at Threadless.com. Sweet, designer tee shirts for $10??!! SCORE!

Nov
18

Quarterlife and Internet Television

So I got a recommendation from Erin Enriquez at Terralever to take up watching the new internet series Quarterlife. The premise is basically this intern writer decides to take up video blogging about her two roomates and the two guys that live across the courtyard whom are all friends. It’s a pretty decent concept, but some of the writing smacks of your usual sitcom plot drama, he loves her but she’s dating his best friend type stuff. What I think is interesting is the whole site really isn’t dedicated to the show at all, its dedicated to the young creatives that the show is suppose to emulate. Granted, I personally connect with Dylan (the shows main character), but I dunno if I need another social network out there. It’s awesome to give young creatives a place to muse and mingle, and some of the talent on there is pretty crazy. Take for instance the Etchasketchist, yes… he creates all his art on the old school etch-a-sketches. Funky eh?

Anyhow, I’m going to take this a step further. I was reading some of the forum posts on the Quarterlife site and came across a post regarding how internet series were going to be the end of conventional television. I don’t see this as being quite so true. We always thought that the internet would be the end of printed materials, and yet here we are years later with just as many (if not more) newspapers, magazines and books. The simple beauty of media is that it all works together, and every time a new media is created, it just adds to our ability to share information in more ways than were previously available. However, the internet is truly unique at this time given the ability to share video, text and audio at speeds and over social networks and gaps that were previously impassable. The fact is, people are simply used to getting their media in a particular way, there is a reason a particular distribution method has worked for decades, and that method will continue to work. Take for instance newspapers, the first real news sheet was created around 59 B.C. in Rome, but we still use it today. Why? Because of the delivery device, ease of use, cost, user comfortability, etc.

Rather than count the days until you no longer own a cable box, appreciate the connection between the two media sources. Enjoy the fact you can catch the episode you missed last night on the web or submit your votes for your favorite episodes online. I love being able to go onto a show’s website after a show and get more information on the story they just covered. After all, you can only cram so much into an half hour or even an hour.  Unfortunately, since it’s still very new the coverage is still spotty, sometimes you can’t find the show you wanted more information on, sometimes they even TELL you it’s going to be on the website, and you go.. and it’s not. Once more and more users expect that connection to be there and the networks realize that they need to feed the addition to their shows online, the coverage will pick up and it will become just another arena for them to be competitive in.

So until next time tune in, tune out and log on.

Nov
15

Steam Crow Release Party for After Halloween

What do goblins, witches and beasties do after Halloween? Why they get jobs of course!

Come check out the third book release from Steam Crow Press, After Halloween: An Alphabet Book at Red Hot Robot this Friday.

I’ve been a fan of Daniel Davis’ work since I first met him at Refresh Phoenix. When we first met, he had Caught Creatures under one arm and a Klawberry plushie  in the other hand. He’s an amazingly dedicated guy with a TON of talent, not to mention spooky things in his head! So if you love things that go bump in the night, come join us in releasing this spooky new book into the world, while supporting an amazing Phoenix artist.

Where: Red Hot Robot
14 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
NW corner of Camelback and Central

When: Friday, November 16th 7 pm

Nov
4

If You Love Threadless, Check out Blik

By April Holle  //  Art, New Idea!  //  No Comments

If you love funky, designer tees check out Threadless.com, not only can you score some threads, you can submit designs to be printed and score other designs! I love having control over what could be printed next, not to mention, being able to submit your own designs into the running.

If you already love Threadless already, check out Blik! Think of it like Threadless, for your home, office, or anywhere else you can use surface graphics. They have a bunch of different sets for you to choose from and each set comes in a variety of colors. The sets are also VERY affordable, coming in around $25 – $50 a set depending on the complexity. And the best part? Most of them are remove and re-stick so you can use them in your rental!

Super cool, eh?

Oct
28

Internet Stars are Viral Video

If you spend any time at all watching viral videos online or are into viral marketing, you NEED to watch this video!

The team over at Cakke has mashed together some of the greatest viral moments (online and off) into one amazingly funny video. It’s really interesting to note just how many of them you have personally seen. Sometimes we don’t even know we’re participating in a viral activity, but this video really drives it home how many times we’re touched by this marketing magic.

In fact, I’m virally promoting this video right now… weird huh?

Oct
27

Layer Tennis: Grats to Jason Santa Maria!

Game, set, match! Every Friday Coudal Partners, hosts a live weekly match of layer tennis.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with layer tennis, it’s a design game where two elite designers are pitted against each other in a design-off. Each designer has an allotted amount of time to return his serve, in Coudal’s matches it’s 15 minutes. They are given a topic by a referee, and must keep elements of the last serve within their design. At the end of 10 serves a winner is declared by a forum of spectators.

This week’s topic was of course Halloween! The opponents, Jason Santa Maria and Brian Taylor. The competition was fierce, the topic one both opponents know and love. The match was narrated by freelance writer Matthew Baldwin, who described the blow by blow action in gripping detail. By the end of the match we had been horrified by the best, with images of blood, flies, clowns and blood-sucking zombambis. Declaring a winner was difficult for the onlookers, but finally Jason was declared the ultimate layer slasher.

For photos of the gore and more information on the players and narrator check out the full match.

Oct
11

Couture Book – Build Your Own Photo Book

Terralever has recently finished a flash application addition for Couture Book that allows the user to personally design they’re own one off luxurious photo book. The books feature hand-bound stitching as well as a slue of personalized options such as torn page edges and photo framing. These books are a great way to showcase personal photography, special moments in your life, or as family keepsakes.

The flash appilcation we’ve created allows the user to pick cover options, upload photos, select personalized options, review their book and then purchase. The usability of the application makes this so easy anyone could create they’re own personalized photo book. Also, the page display for the review of your book includes turning and shadows to make you feel as if you’re really flipping through your creation, so you know what you’re getting before you buy.

Couture Book and some of the application highlights was recently showcased on Fox 10, check out the video clip. After you see it, go pull those photos out from under the bed or out of the closet and make your very own Couture Book. 🙂

Oct
9

Self Portrait through Trash

I was surfing some of my more design-related RSS feeds when I came across a very interesting artistic work featured on Quipsologies.

Tim Gaudreau has made a huge photo collage out of all the trash he’s thrown away in the last year to make a statement regarding America’s waste and energy consumption. After 365 days of photographing everything he threw out, he amassed over 5,000 photos of his own trash.

Check out his website to learn more about this interesting artistic expression of America’s consumption. Perhaps we can all take something away from this personal experiment and use less.

Self Portrait as revealed by trash - Tim Gaudreau

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