Hey! I’ll be out at this great fresh2design event tonight, benefitting people affected by Hurricane Harvey:
You can see my idea for a pin design for the show here (but I ran out of time and missed the deadline :).
Hope to see people there tonight! It might snow, so stay safe out there.
CREDIT: JOHN VOGL, 2017
Another year, another MondoCon! Fourth year volunteering. Met some great people this year, and since my walls are full, managed to only buy two posters. Definitely got some other swag though, including this great shirt and print by John Vogl of The Bungaloo. Check out the detail on the eyes; just a touch of white. I think I own every iteration of that viking pin on the left, too (old print on a shirt, new print on a shirt, pin… it’s so good, can’t get enough). Speaking of pins, I bought a lot this year… They’re back in vogue, and out in full force.
Had a great time visiting with some of my other favorite artists and designers: Erica Williams, Kevin Tong, Aaron Draplin, the couple behind Landland, etc.
Small story behind one of the posters I bought… Kevin Tong recently came out with an amazing Pixies print. I told myself I wouldn’t buy it unless an Art Print came out (no text), more to prevent me from buying another poster I don’t need than anything else. So guess what he did; fans in his Facebook group rallied, and one guy (who apparently does this fairly often) politely requested an AP. And he did it, and released it at MondoCon!
Detail shot of the beautiful poster below. The glass shards from the car are clear varnish, so they glint in the light.
ARTWORK BY KEVIN TONG, 2017; “COLLISION”
See y’all out there next year!
Third year of MondoCon, third year volunteering! One of my favorite events, and loving seeing the same people coming back every year (volunteers and attendees!).
Aaron Draplin did this year’s identity for the event; merch, shirts, program, beer can, everything! I even saw a baby onesie. This was his second year back, and I’m a huge fan of him and his work, especially since meeting him at Design Ranch a couple of years ago. I may have offered to be his personal assistant for the event… was I joking? A mystery.
One of my only purchases from the event was the MondoCon version of the Wall-e print from Tom Whalen. Pretty thrilled with how this print looks, especially since I didn’t care for Kevin Tong’s take on the movie poster back when Mondo did their Disney show. Nothing personal to Kevin Tong; I own some of his gorgeous work as well!
I also got some shirts (including the Industry Print-designed volunteer shirt), a few enamel pins (quickly becoming my new addiction), and stickers galore. Oh, and some AWESOME bar-b-que for lunch, from Micklethwait Craft Meats.
Here’s a great photo recap from MondoCon.
See you guys out there next year.
I went to a great talk this week. I think my tweet about the event put it pretty succinctly: “Two things I love: beer packaging, and listening to people more talented than me.”
The even consisted of Christian Helms, Mike Van Hall, and Jessica Deahl.
I asked Helms during the Q+A (my original question got asked before I got called on) what the next color of Austin Beerkworks was going to be, but he’s playing it pretty close to the chest. I’m betting purple.
Today I volunteered at/attended the AIGA Brad Woodard talk. I’ve been following his work for years (and forgot he was involved with this great brush pack that I own). He was a very funny and humble guy, and as a result he gave a great talk. Apparently he moved to Austin a couple years back.
Also, this is the first time we had to start turning people away; Lewis Carnegie was absolutely packed!
I’ve seen many Miyazaki films thanks to some friends when I was younger, but I jumped at the chance to see many of these films in theaters when Alamo Drafthouse announced that February is going to be Miyazaki month! I’ll be seeing (again) Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke. New viewings for me will be My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (a documentary about the studio and Miyazaki).
Alamo keeps adding movies and screen times, so maybe there will be more as the month goes on! These are all wonderful movies, and I highly recommend people go see them.
Also, check out the trailer for February; really good use of music and cutting together great parts of many of Studio Ghibli films. Loved seeing it every time in theaters.
I volunteered yesterday at a portfolio advising event hosted at St. Edwards University. I basically was an assistant advisor to Will Chau, someone I’ve looked up to in the Austin design/advertising community.
After a panel discussion, the students were split into small groups with a panelist, and we discussed big ideas and the type of work that should go into a portfolio. Will has a advertising background, so I tried to provide a more generalist point of view (which is basically my career so far).
I admired the students that were at this event. I definitely would have got to an event like this when I was in school. I also learned a few things myself.