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  • The hash tag. The tag(s). Embedded into our practice of Design, (yes, that's a capital D) is the desired intent to communicate an intended message to a specific and targeted audience. How do you do that?
    it's an art form. A brand that will engender the experience of a set of values and ethics. A designer who draws and produces iterative sketchs as part of the mapping of visuals into a sustained and mutual comversation– a broadcast system is a producer and an agent and the hand that draws will incite the eyes, the nose, the breath. 

    In undergraduate school the practice of design is just that. Practice. Discipline holds out for a daily practice. Living, breathing, eating, drinking, tasting, smelling, touching, feeling sustains the practice of design when a designer has fully immersed herself in the deconstruction of a creative practice-  she will re-engergize herself with the next assignment, the next project the next client the next solution. This leaves designers with the stark reality of problems. 

    We are brave. We are kind. We are designers and artists whose soul purpose in life is to confront the problems of our social, politcal and financial environment.

    http://www.designweekportland.com

    http://eroi.com

    http://mortalityofdesign.com

  • Horror Movie

    Horror Movie

    The Faculty.

    Not exactly horror movie and not exactly science fiction.

  • The Marbled Swarm and Period. Dennis Cooper.

    Re-reading Dennis Cooper's "Period" after his "Marbled Swarm" opened with sobering clarity. Don't you find reading an actual book a satisfying experience. It's like going to the movies. A good book was always the best GPS. Encountering the self with a mobile device meant to hypnotize, inform and mediate. An iBook is always already mediated by all the other things you can do electronically. Angry Birds can four fingered swiped when the electronic-ness of the meditative reading experience becomes even heavier than my eyelids. The book, bound by the scent of glue and paper sizing is so much more a picture that deserves going back to and sharing.

    Visit Dennis' website. Of course you are an adult and will require nothing but an open mind and taste for literature.

    http://denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com/

    http://www.dennis-cooper.net/

    Now that I am in a more spacious apartment I have access to all my books from storage. Here is my humble collection of DC's work.

  • Vacant. An empty nest is a fresh start.

    Vacant. An empty nest is a fresh start.

    After 7 long months my application was approved to rent at the brand new building known as Glisan Commons. On NE 100TH AVE and Glisan the property is secured and is designed toward a modern and fresh approach. A modern building with pletny of green friendly features. A cozy 621 sq feet the apartment itself feels spacious with it's "open" concept kitchen and living area. My unit is on the 2nd floor. Also on the second floor is a community garden and computer room with internet access.

    The property is managed by a community development  project called Reach in partnership with Human Solutions who together aim to provide affordable housing the Portland Metro area.

    Glisan Commons has it's grand opening in Feburary 2014 and quickly rented all the units.

    http://reachcdc.org/

    My old place and it's family of mice who avoided every trap over the course of three months this summer will not be missed.

  • Local Luv for Richard Thompson's Oregon Landscapes. Installation.

    The unveiling of Richard Thompson billboard installation is a wonderful and humble presentation of Oregon's rural yet urban architechtural landscape. At once a painting and advertisment or a staged mural, Thompson's image is a breath of fresh air and stands out as one of Portland2014's most solid conceptual pieces despite Thompson's status as an "oustider-artist".

    You can view the billboard at the corners of NE Grand Avenue & Everett Street in Portland, Oregon.

  • Ways of Seeing with John Hughes

    "you don't have any idea what you've made until you step back to it." John Hughes 

    One of the first bro-mance films I that I ever saw on the big screen. I was 14. I made it a point to play hookey from school to visit a museum with a friend. We skipped school but our absence was never noted. I'd like to think it was because we did something productive like visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in LA. Instead of bong-hits we discovered performance art and post-modern photography. 

  • Build

    "We help clients rationalise their challenges and verbalise their personality, and no matter what the size of project, it is always our aim to deliver beyond expectation." - http://wearebuild.com/

    Responsive logo for Bureau347 by Build from Build on Vimeo.

    Build is a design firm located in London, UK. Build specializes in providing services which include design and art direction, management and  production. Their website wearebuild.com was recently re-designs and features a very fine archive of some of their print work.

    In this example Michael C. Place (Creative Director), Nicky Place (Business Director), Joe Luxton (Designer) and Sophie James (Studio Assistant) create a one of the first "responsive" logos I've seen. Responsive web designs and layouts are much the rage and typically feature re-sizing of text, images and typically a collapsing navigation. The logo shown here successfully responds to the various size limitations of displays such as tablets, mobile phones and computer screens. The identity manifests as co-current branding experiences by defining Bureeau 347 as Digital Craftsmen indeed.

    Describing the web as "...landscape is shifting, perhaps more quickly than we might like.", A List Apart's responsive design article demans that designer's,

    Adapt, respond, and overcome.

    http://alistapart.com/article/responsive-web-design/

    For more information on Build visit their website, http://wearebuild.com/.

  • Martin Venezky's Adobe Wall Collage

    Martin Venezky is a San Francisco artist, designer and educator with a international profile as a insipired visual artist. His design work, methodology and philosophy often confound the principals of coroporate branding. His creative output can be seen at Martin Venezky's Appetite Engineers' website http://www.appetiteengineers.com/

    Venezky was a mentor and advisor duriing a difficult period of growth and solitude while attending the California College of the Arts'  MFA Design program, 2000-2002. Venezky is still a major influence on my thinking in terms of contemporary applications of design craft & theory culminating in a challenging practice of design as visual culture.