Archive for December 2009

Have a Deep-Fried 2010

December 31, 2009


The 2010 Calendar from Deep-Fried Creative


I think I can speak for all of us when I say 2009 was a heck of a year! We had many wonderful things happen to us and I hope 2010 is just and happy and lucky.

A couple of months ago, a group of us at Deep-Fried Creative got together to make something special. Each member designed a month of our very own 2010 calendar.

You want one for yourself, you say? I don’t blame you; it’s pretty awesome. The 8.5″ x 11″ PDF is available for download! Click here.

Enjoy, and Happy New Year from all of us at Deep-Fried Creative.

Spelling with Flickr

December 31, 2009

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I came across Spelling with Flickr while scoping out another blog for Bouncing Around the Blogosphere. You type in whatever you want and it sources the letters from Flickr images. If you don’t like one of the letters provided, just click on it to get a new one. An HTML code is provided at the bottom so you can stamp it wherever you want. Fun stuff!

The ABCs of Branding

December 15, 2009

I spied this foil stamped and embossed poster by Jason Dean over on Sub Studio, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it for the longest time. My favorites are the Target bullseye as the “O” and the Volkswagon logo that stands in for both the “V” and the “W.”

I also thought it was neat how some of the letters are removed from the context of their original logos, but they are so iconic you can still tell which brand they belong to.

Art House

December 8, 2009
I don’t recall how I first came across Art House. It was about two years ago, and they were hosting their first collaborative art exhibit called The Sketchbook Project. The first 100 or so participants to sign up and pay a $13 submission fee received a sketchbook to doodle in or whatever they wished. After a few months, sketchbooks were mailed in to be displayed in an exhibit hosted by Art House, with artists having the option to sell their work or not. I thought the idea was intriguing, and so did Adam, who signed up to participate. He really enjoyed the creative experience.

The Sketchbook Project was a huge success, and Art House has grown by leaps and bounds ever since. They’ve even started using submission fees to fund grants to help artists complete bodies of work. And The Sketchbook Project has since become a recurring event. Now in it’s fourth iteration, it is amassing a collection of sketchbooks that will tour galleries across the country. Art House has  also launched several other initiatives. Here are a few of the latest:

Artists create a work in their style with only one color as a theme. Submissions will be exhibited and included in a 4-part book. For more details, click here.

The Self Portrait Project is Art House's effort to create the largest portrait exhibition ever. Simply create an 8x10 drawing, photo, collage, etc., that represents you. For more details, click here.

This international scavenger hunt/social experiment will explore how artists around the globe visually interpret the same items. For details, click here.

And for us writer types, there's the first ever Fiction Project, a companion to The Sketchbook Project. The ultimate goal: Create a narrative book that fuses the visual and written arts. For stuff, click here.

Sign up for Art House's Weekly Projects e-mail for a little creative boost. Just e-mail your response or visual, and they'll post the results to their blog. This week's creative exercise: What would you do with 5,000 ping pong balls. Hmm... For ya know, click here.

To see others’ project submissions, stop by

Good Gift for your Photo Friends

December 2, 2009

“28 Camera Drawings” by Christine Berry, 10″ x 8″ print for $20 at 20×200

Typography Gift Guide

December 1, 2009

I spied this Typography Gift Guide over at designworklife, another spectacular design blog. Dear Santa, I’ll take one of each!