Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I recently dug this up and thought I'd share it today. It's an oldie but a goodie that I drew back in college. Colored pencil titled "The End of an Era". Husker fans will understand the title. ;-)

I don't draw anymore and I often wonder if I could even pick it up again. I used to sit up late into the night as a kid drawing and now it seems as if all creative time is spent in front of a computer. That wasn't even an option then. (holy crap, I'm dating myself) I wonder if that creativity is lost in schools now or if they still focus on fundementals?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Simply adorable!!

Ok, so this post really has no purpose at all, but my friend just had a baby girl so I kinda have baby girl brain today. I just had to share this photo. Part of my job is to wade through hundreds of stock photos until I find just the right one for the job. As I was searching for a children's image, I came across this little peanut and I just can't get over her cuteness factor. Seriously. How adorable is this child?

The photo was taken by Ekaterina Monakhova whom I found on iStock. (File #: 5241132)

Monday, May 24, 2010

The cutting room floor

Here are a few logo concepts I developed for the Minot Airport that hit the cutting room floor.

Found a little birdie on Twitter

I just found another great blog/designer chick (pun intended)....Birdy Blue. Take a look at some of her work. Very nice. I'm constantly amazed at all the very talented ladies out there.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Bounce Bounce Bounce

I've always been a fan of title nine's products, (and their clever barbell rating guide!) but I'm just loving their latest BOUNCE campaign. I received The Bra Book in the mail and had a few laughs at the 'tata' references. From the names of the navigation on their site, to the headers, writing and design, T9 makes it fun to shop for your shakers!  I just thinks it's a playful way to market your product. Kudos to the T9 gang!

....raisins, tankers, cowabungas, tamales, stacks, shakers, whoppers, mountains, bongos, coconuts, dunes, casabas, yayas, bazongas, the girls.....

Design your own fabric

Ask and you shall receive. If you recall this post I was looking for a way to turn my designs into textiles and now I've found a way! (Thanks KK) Check out Spoonflower! Now if only I could sew....

A comment from Ad Age article " A look back at 10 Ideas that changed the marketing world'

There is one, consistent theme that runs through each and every one of the campaigns listed above. Something that is in very short supply these days.


Courage on the part of the marketing and advertising professionals, but more importantly, the courage of the people running the companies who gave the green light for all of these ground-breaking campaigns.

Each one of these ads could have been killed at any moment by an apprehensive CMO, CEO, or Board of Directors (as they almost did with the Apple ad). It seems the current climate of our culture is to calculate and conform. To shy away from bold moves or the breaking of molds for fear of failure and ridicule. As if a fall from grace would be a fatal, unrecoverable defining moment for all involved. Which, of course, is ridiculous and proven wrong by every measure of history.

Every great individual, from sports heroes to paradigm changing scientists to cultural icons, all have the same story: Failure, failure, failure until that life changing success.

Now, some may say, "But I can't afford all those failures before the success." To that I say, "Then jump off a roof and get it over with!"

Life, ultimately, ends in failure. The failure of breathing, heartbeat, etc.

So, what will YOU do before that failure arrives? Play it safe and disregard the miracle of your existence...or take the life you've been given, and the hard work you've done to attain your position, and leave your mark on something other than the living room couch?

Courage. Posses it and you may fail, but you'll never be a failure.

Richard Todd Aguayo

original article here

Thursday, May 6, 2010

To the Moms and Dads

As I visited the doctor's office and ER this week with my sick kiddos, I came across this poem and have thought of it often. I have also thought of all the parents (not just moms) and grandparents of those kids that have to struggle everyday. Diabetes, cystic fibrosis, disabled and diseased children and the parents that care for them. You are angels and I pray that God gives you the strength each day to continue to support and love your children. I thought even more of my mom and the many sleepness nights she spent with me as a child as I grasped for each breath while having an asthma attack. How I never knew what that felt like until now, as a mom myself. 

All I had to deal with was a viral rash and a first trip to the ER. For those of you that go through so much more, I honor you. Much love.

author unknown

Before I was a Mom;
I made and ate hot meals,
I had unstained clothing,
I brushed my hair every day,
I had quiet conversations on the phone,
I slept as late as I wanted and I slept all night long.

Before I was a Mom;
I cleaned my house each day,
I never tripped over toys or forgot lullabies,
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous,
I had never been puked on, pooped on, spit on, chewed on, peed on, or pinched by tiny fingers.

Before I was a Mom;
I never thought about immunizations,
I never held a screaming child so the doctors could give shots,
I never looked into teary eyes and cried,
I never felt my heart break into pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt,
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.

Before I was a Mom;
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down,
I never sat up late hours of the night watching a baby sleep,
I never got up in the middle of the night to make sure everything was okay,
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.

Before I was a Mom;
I had complete control of my mind, my thoughts and my body,
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside of my body,
I didn't know that having something so small could make me feel so important,
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment, or the satisfaction of being a mom.

Before I was a Mom;
I never knew that something so small could effect my life so much,
I never knew that I could love someone so much,
I never knew I would love being a Mom,
I didn't know the bond between a Mother and her child,
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much.