Friday, September 26, 2008

New camera

Ok, I want a new camera and I am going to save my pennies to make it happen. I must purchase a new camera. The only problem is that I'm not sure which direction to go. Obviously I can't go top of the line, but for a great mid-line, should I go with Nikon or Canon?

Someone with more knowledge about this, please enlighten me!??!

Canon Digital Rebel or Nikon D60 or something totally different???


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

More Cowbell

Since I've been known to rock the cowbell a little myself, I bring you this great site where you can add more cowbell to any song in your music collection. Classic!!

Check out the widget on my sidebar to hear a little sample and then try your own at

For those of you that don't reminisce about those
classic SNL moments, here's an explanation for you:

The history of "more cowbell"
"More cowbell" is an American pop culture catch phrase originally derived from an April 8, 2000 Saturday Night Live comedy sketch about the recording of the song "(Don't Fear)The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult. The sketch featured guest host Christopher Walken as music producer Bruce Dickinson and Will Ferrell as fictional cowbell player Gene Frenkle. In the television special Saturday Night Live: 101 Most Unforgettable Moments, this sketch is moment number five. (snagged from morecowbell.Dj)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Love, love, love

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A local logo I like

I just ran across a local photographer's site and I had to comment on her logo. It isn't often that a local company has a logo that really captures my attention, but I really like the type treatment. Simple, elegant, classy...The only thing I noticed was the vertical scale had been stretched on the logo on the website vs. the logo on the blog...not sure what's going on there. I think the blog logo makes a much stronger statement. Anyway, the MC in the circle is ok, but the typography of this mark steals the show.
Do you have a favorite "local logo" that is designed well? I would love for you to share it!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Dale Brown at the Dome

Minot YP is bringing Dale Brown back to the Magic City! MSU graduate, former LSU basketball coach and current motivational speaker, Dale Brown will be presenting "We are all in this together" on the campus of Minot State University, Monday, September 22nd. The event is free to the public and is the kick-off event for YP's new Unity in Our Community campaign. This event is also in conjunction with MSU's homecoming so we are all invited to the bonfire following the presentation! Should be a fun night for all!
image snagged from

Friday, September 12, 2008

The FedEx Logo

I was reading a blog about the all-time best logos. The FedEx logo is a strong logo, but have you ever noticed the arrow that forms between the E and the X? I feel a little silly admitting that I'm just discovering this now. (DUH moment) I'm sure this is one of those segments of designerly knowledge as common as the Nike logo being designed for $35. Well, this designer is humbly admitting that I missed this one and it just goes to show that you learn something new everyday.

Here's an excerpt from the designer, Mr. Lindon Leader
snagged from this complete interview

If you put a lower-case “x” to the right of a capital “E” (Ex) you can begin to see a hint of an arrow, though it is clumsy and extremely abstract. I thought that, if I could develop this concept of an “arrow” it could be promoted as a symbol for speed and precision, both FedEx communicative attributes. And, by the way, different kinds of arrows were utilized with some of the other semi-final candidates, though none of those were “hidden.”

Test your color IQ

Thanks suffix.abuse for posting this fun color test. The point is to re-arrange the color squares according to hue. As you can see, I'm not perfect, but a 4 fared well in my age/gender category. Try it if you need a break in your day!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 911

Take a moment today to reflect and remember the lives lost 7 years ago.

They will be dedicating the Pentagon Memorial today. It was designed by Minot native Keith Kasemen and his partner Julie Beckman.

More on MSU NotStock

MSU NOTSTOCK / Music and Poster Event rocks the Beaver Dam
(unofficial press release)

MSU will be hosting four nationally-known rock poster artists, Miss Amy Jo, Punchgut, DWITT, and Aesthetic Apparatus. All of the artists are published in The Art of Modern Rock and create work for the most popular alternative bands.

On October 28th, 29th, and 30th the artists will be silkscreening all day in the Student Center Beaver Dam. Students and guests will be assisting in the production of posters, editions, and experiments in screening. Live music from local bands will accompany the artists. (Please visit for event schedule and band and artist links)

In addition, there will be a special roundtable presentation by the artists at 7:00pm on Wednesday evening in the Beaver Dam, followed by a reception in the student atrium. On Thurday, October 30th, Dan from Aesthetic Apparatus and Miss Amy Jo will present The Artist As Entrepreneur from 12:30-1:30 in the Metigoshe Room.

All of the events are free and open to the public. The artists will have posters for sale and will be available to sign other collected works.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Great event coming to Minot State!

Reminiscent of **Flatstock, Minot State's art department is holding its very own MSU NotStock event featuring poster designers and local musicians. Should be an awesome opportunity for the students and public to experience some great works.
Scheduled so far.

Last year, MSU's design department brought in Jay Ryan, another great talent. Check him out, too!

These people make my head spin with all their creativity and talent!!

**The FLATSTOCK poster show series is presented by the American Poster Institute (API). It is an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring the work of many of the most popular concert poster artists working today.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

iFinally bought an iPod

I know, I know....about time I entered the year 2008, right? Hey, can I help it that the majority of my money goes toward buying fruit treats, goldfish crackers and diapers?
It was actually a gift for my hubby, but as I debated between this and an electric razor, the choice was clear. Hmmmm, guess who's desk it is sitting on right now? I'm so sneaky.
image snagged from Apple iPod Nano

Monday, September 8, 2008

Kinda fun. Try it

Yet another social application, but the visual DNA is kinda fun. It figured my personality pretty well.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Counting your blessings

In honor of my anniversary, I'm sharing one of my many favorite Uppercase Living expressions.
Happy Anniversary P!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

When logos look alike

A very real challenge we face as graphic designers is to come up with an original idea or design when it seems that it has been done before. I've faced this challenge many times. When designing a logo, sometimes I'll step back and look at it and think that it reminds me of something, but I just can't quite put my finger on it. Perhaps I've seen a treatment or style and I've subconsciously mimicked that style. Whatever it is, with the millions and millions of logos and imagery saturating the world, perhaps complete originality is obsolete.

I found a great post today on logodesignlove. Check it out.
Also from logodesignlove...

Wise words
Tell yourself at every step in the design process that someone has undoubtedly already thought of this and what can you do to really set it apart. In design, and particularly logo design, the pessimistic axiom that “everything has already been done” is becoming more and more true, and it is only the virtuous designer who can continue to stand out in a sea of sameness.

-Mike Davidson
images snagged from logodesignlove and their respective companies

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ignorant statement

It's time for me to vent a little. I ran across a really ignorant statement from a former high school classmate of mine. Here's the scenario:

Classmate A is living in Colorado, getting married and has a wedding website, compliments of a free template.

Classmate B is now living in North Carolina I believe, views the website and makes the following comment in the guestbook.

"This is sweet, never seen one like this before. But yet we are from minot, and so theres not too many people with Broadband yet, im sure!! Ha,ha!"

There are so many things about this statement that really chaps my a**. First of all, HELLO?!?!? You've never seen one like this before? Where the h*** have you been? I had my own wedding website five years ago. One I designed and built myself. My wonderfully talented programmer friends added every feature this one has, including online RSVP, etc. etc. Thank you very much.

Second of all, not too many people in Minot with broadband? Give me a break. These people that move out of ND for 'bigger and better' and then dis Minot need to get real. I've personally been in the web industry for 11 years and yes, we in North Dakota do view our sites through a broadband connection. I would love for Tom at SRT to school Classmate B on all the advanced services that companies in ND do provide.

I wish Classmate B would read this blog post, but since I'm from Minot I may have to hand write it with my quill pen, get on my horse and deliver it to the local Post Office.