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the Strength

7 Mar

the Strength (4800 x 3600)

For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack. -Rudyard Kipling (4800 x 3600)

computer wallpaper and print available


PBS-Stretching California’s Water Supplies

1 Nov

I abhor the modern mainstream media. It’s a slave to advertising and mass consumer markets, the underbelly of a capitalist scoiety gone amuck. The media’s top priority should be to objectively inform the public, fostering engaged citizenship. However, it is unmistakably clear that the media is solely focused on its bottom line and appeasing its advertisers. We’re being dooped by glistening smiles and fat conglomerates. It’s a sad situation.

But there is always hope and in the case of media, hope is tangible. America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) publishes quality broadcasts consistently. With the hundreds of channels available on the television, PBS is one of the few that has programs worth watching.

This month, KCET will be airing Huell Howser’s “Stretching California’s Water Supplies“. The program explores the organizations and technologies working to preserve California’s most precious natural resource. From motivated non-profit organizations to resource-conscious farmers, the program’s three segments will investigate the innovations behind California’s water conservation efforts and how they affect our everyday lives. I’m actually looking forward to watching it.

As the world’s supply of potable water is strained, it’s important to be aware of the issue through objective information. Not surprisingly, such information is not readily available in mainstream media. At least there’s PBS. If you’ve got the time, watch the show as it airs tonight (and throughout the month). If you can’t, at least you know there’s a problem- and knowing is half the battle.

motion design: text

7 Mar

A little exercise in motion design. The full speech (text and audio) can be found at American Rhetoric. I chose this speech because it is charged with ambient energy from the crowd. I attempted to capture the era through the use of a very simple font and color scheme.

we’re all pirates

8 Dec

Here in the good ol’USA when we hear mention of the RIAA, we all get the warm fuzzies whilst we recall grandmothers and children getting sued for copyright infringement – at least I do… But let’s shift our attention north to our friendly neighbors in the fine land of Canada where a slightly different manner of lawsuit is being played out now.

The headline from Ars Technica caught my eye: “Artists’ lawsuit: major record labels are the real pirates“. I nearly flipped my chair when I jumped out of my seat in pure elation. This was worth a read. A $50 million – $6 billion music infringement lawsuit has been filed against members of the  Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) and even our big four favorites: Warner, Sony BMG, EMI, and Universal. This case was opened up back in 2008, but more and more musicians are raising their voices against the labels.

Apparently the issue is founded upon the notorious “pending list’ which was established back in the 1980s. Canada refined its compulsory license law allowing record companies to use songs without authorization/payment to copyright holders as long as the song was added to a list of music pending said authorization/payment… so artists got to twiddle their thumbs while their work was exploited with only the promise of compensation.

Well you know how things go and how lists can get out of control. Let’s not get all up in arms over the fact that the record industry completely blew off artists,  and continued to add more and more songs to the pending list without compensation or authorization. I’m sure they were busy cashing in on compilation albums like “NOW That’s What I Call Music ∞!” or “BEST OF [insert exploited artist here]”. Apparently the infamous pending list is comprised of over 300,000 songs from major and independent artists- at least this is one area where the record industry is completely unbiased.

So now the Canadian music industry is getting slammed with the same lawsuit they’ve been advocating since the dawn of the digital age and music discovery sites like Grogster and Napster. This whole situation is dripping in irony and I’m soaking it up for everything its worth – which could be as much as $20,000 per infringement, the same standards used against individual file sharers in the past. Joy.

If you’re interested in reading the fine details, here’s the lawsuit.

musing over the google giant

2 Dec

The New York Times features an interesting discussion over the future of the internet giant we all know (and dare-I-say love) as Google.

What Should Google Fear? and Google vs. Government are covered in part 1, while part 2 considers whether Google is Good or Bad for Journalism? and Privacy Concerns.

Part 1 | Part 2

The internet has evolved since its creation and mass inception, so too has Google over the past 10 years since its founding. It’s an ever-changing environment and technology is pushing forward at a break-neck speed. That’s why the first topic, What Should Google Fear, immediately caught my attention. What Google should fear today is definitely not the same as what it feared yesterday or what it will have to watch out for in the future (if there is a Google as we know it 10 years down the road).

Right now, there is definite pressure from social networks and alternative gateways that provide niche environments ripe with relevant and quality content. These spaces provide a much more focused environment than Google (or any search engine) results that could have you skimming thousands upon thousands of links. Depending on your purpose, going to a dedicated social network or gateway could save you a lot of time and provide you with a much better “user experience” than using Google.

on words

19 Oct

the last physical book i purchased was shelley palmer’s “television disrupted:” – a required reading not available in digital format. i can’t remember the book i bought before that, although i’m sure i went for the “buy 4 and get the 5th one free” deal at commercial retailer a summer or two ago…

don’t get me wrong – the number of books i’ve bought is a poor measure of the amount of literature i’ve read recently, but rather reflective of the physical to digital shift. i’m an avid reader- swapping books with friends, borrowing from the archaic yet fundamental public library, and downloading e-books. while e-books are nothing new to the literary playing field, the electronic library has grown exponentially in recent times and is causing quite an uproar in the traditional publishing industry.

with e-books and readers proliferating the market and the google library project looming over our heads- books don’t seem to have the same weight that they once did. readership is shifting to the digital world and book sellers are scrounging to stay competitive this holiday season. two retail giants, walmart and amazon, are slashing prices for hardcover books as well as e-books in a price war whose casualties may be the very books and authors these retailers are trying to sell.

while the big retailers may be able to offer too-good-to-be-true discounts, independent booksellers are going to have to rely on loyal customers who value the whole book experience of staff recommendations and store events just as much as price. however, as more customers get wooed by the retail powerhouses and online options offering low prices and convenience, it could ultimately affect what gets published by structuring the industry around a few buyers deciding what gets published with best sellers dominating the market.

oh sure, there’s nothing like sitting down with a good book and flipping through its pages, immersing yourself in another world… but how much are you willing to pay for the experience and can the book industry survive off of that number? what does it do when new books have their prices slashed and how does this affect a books’ future in the market? perhaps the discounted prices will have a positive short-short term result, but will the discount effectively kill a book’s future sales?

final project, media practices:design

5 May

For the final project you will need to select an issue or organization you would like to work with and submit four different images that promote your organization in some way. All of these images should feel like part of the same collection. You should not simply repeat the same image in four different sizes. Each image should be its own but they should all relate to each other either through color, theme or visual language.

You need to create a:
POSTER – something that you might see hung on a bulletin baord for example. Most likely this will be the size of a piece of paper 8.5 X 11.

1 Poster

1 Poster

WEB BANNER – the narrow rectangles that advertise things online. Think something around 2 inches by 6 inches.

2 Web Banner

2 Web Banner

POSTAGE STAMP – those things that keep going up in price. These vary but are rarely more than an inch and a half square or so.

3 Postage Stamp

3 Postage Stamp

STATIONERY – basically the letterhead that might be used for this organization or issue. This needs to be in black and white or greyscale for an additional challenge! This should be on the top and perhaps side or bottom of an 8.5 X 11 piece of paper.

4 Stationary

4 Stationary

poem by design

4 Apr

in one gust
the last leaf decides:
Robert Henry Poulin


poem by design

poem by design

initials please

30 Mar


Take two of your initials (can be first and last, first and middle, or middle and last), and use these two letters to create 4 separate designs. You can scale letters up and down, rotate them, move them anywhere on the page, make them run off the page, and combine them together. You can’t skew or stretch the letters beyond their original proportions, and you can only use two letters but you may duplicate them. You will use serif letterforms for 2 of your designs, and sans-serif letterforms for 2 designs. You must use only black letters on a white background.

here... and here.

here... and here.

so what did you do last wednesday night?

17 Mar

oh, nothing much- just mixed 11 minutes of madness and compressed it like woah so it could be uploaded and posted here. cute. you know i’m busy when i start deviating… (3/12/09)