What Inspires You? The Writing Process Blog Tour

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The Writing Process Blog Tour came to me through writer/performer/artist Annie Lanzillotto and it came to her through Angel Eduardo, who came up with the idea. If chain letters were truly rewarding and fun, the BlogTour would be it! I first met Annie Lanzillotto at the end of the 20th century (living in the 21st century, we can say that now!). I was reading in an event that Annie organized at The Kitchen called “The Global Poetry Slam”. While I'm not much of a slammer (I have only won one slam, … [Read more...]

Announcing the QEG: Happy Earth Day!

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QEG developments are a sign that Earth Day means more than lip service to some... While we think that the idea of going off petroleum entirely would be good for the 99% as well as Mother Earth herself, we have been convinced that it wouldn't be easy. After all, the light bulbs in your house are powered by generators that have to burn/combust something (like coal or oil or gas) to create a constant commotion because that's how we get energy. And solar and wind are great, but our present fossil … [Read more...]

If Everyone Told the Truth: A Personal Fantasy Through the World as We Know It

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What do you think the world would look like if everyone told the truth?  It would be wild, right? Imagine honesty falling out of important zipped lips in the highest places in the land.... If the President of the United States could tell the truth, he would say: “I made a mistake. I led the American people down the wrong path because I really don't have as much power as everyone thinks I do. I'm a pawn in a global game too, and honestly I would like Americans to begin to take more … [Read more...]

On Silk Stockings, Cigars and Turning 20

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My favorite 20 year old is celebrating an amazing history of creativity and commitment this year. And while I do know a lot of 20-year-olds, I'm talking about The Alternative Pick, the place to find edgy photographers, illustrators, multimedia and design since 1992. AltPick.com went live in 1995. It's bit of graphic design history in the making, you might say. AltPick has been attracting the freshest talent in the business from the start of it's youthful life. Founder Maria Ragusa wanted this … [Read more...]

Occupy the Heart in 2012

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At a client holiday party last week, talking to a marketing director at the bar and the subject of Occupy Wall Street comes up. "I've been working with a friend to create some Occupy graphics, maybe even sell them and give the money to the movement," I said to her. The marketing director responded, "Oh don't give the money to them, Give the money to the stores in that area that are losing business because of them. Stores in the area are being forced to close down." She was angry with … [Read more...]

2012 on Seventh Avenue

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Having been remiss from this particular arena of the cybersphere for a while, all I can say is that I've been observing what seems to be a lot of chaos around me and I've been trying to sort it all out. It seems of late, a lot of my friends have begun thinking about 2012. These are not the flaky, tree hugging types. The most practical and down-to-earth among them are feeling "something" is in the air. They watch  Doomsday Specials on the History Channel and call me during the commercials. "Is … [Read more...]

What Not To Change About Graphic Design

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Graphic Design and its extended family are rotating at a constant tilt these days.  Adobe upgrades about once a year now ; design programs you’ve invested thousands of dollars in are obsolete before you take a deep breath. Lots of technologies are going downstream - stuff that some of us even grew up with (like books !). Graphic Design has become a household word and a very popular Major in lots of universities. There are more "graphic designers" than ever…  the kid down the block with some time … [Read more...]

The Artist Has Left the Building: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

It seems there are a lot of issues raised with the film "Exit Through the Gift Shop": Was it a mockumentary? Is this Mr. Brainwash a "real" artist, or is he just conning the audience with a fake French accent and those dumb lamb chop sideburns? Is this art a joke on the art world? Is the art world a joke? Etc. etc. I thought the film was really provocative, but maybe not in the same way that reviewers are talking about it. And maybe it is a joke, on everyone, even the collectors (yeah) who are … [Read more...]

The Joy of Working for Non-Profits

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The pitfalls of working as a communication designer in the non-profit world have been well documented (I think). I even wrote an article for a trade magazine years ago in an effort to help younger designers avoid the holes on that street. (See link at the end). But things have actually improved since I wrote that list of warnings to the wise; and while I can't say that the value of graphic design is better understood by your everyday straphanger, it is certainly more visible. And non-profits, … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Teenage Vegetarian

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Some of us were "earthers" from way back but it was so much a way of life for us, a natural attitude, that it became integral to our lives and relatives or friends weren’t much interested in hearing about it. We ate our whole grains quietly in the back of the bus so as not to gather unwanted attention and avoid the inevitable annoying questions about why our lunch was so funny-looking. I was a young teen when the first Earth Day hit, but even way back then, some of us went out of our way to … [Read more...]