• Promo: Los Muertos 2014

    The new cards arrived from Shutterfly. As soon a December you will begin to see them arrive in your mailbox. It’s a promo. Short for promotional and the fact that it arrives at all is due to marketing. Until a new client arrives and or an employment offer comes we are on a shoestring budget we have financial limits. 

    We hope that money limitations do not impact our creativity as so much of our work has been dependent on imagination and embracing what surrounds us. We commonly use what we already have and not what we need to do creative work. We reserve spending on what we require to live for and with, on what sustains us and finally what’s within our financial means. Prospective employers will value my values on unnecessary spending, strain on the environment and investment. Inks are gross. Paper is expensive. Digital print paper isn’t archival or recyclable. Pitch it if you must, but we do give where these go some thought, as many of these will end up in the trash. There are only 101 of them.

    In December, when it arrives, know that it was done with love. Decide. Choose. Or, without any thought whatsoever gift it to somebody who loves you and enjoy the colors and the shapes transfer to a new soul. 

    As I mentioned earlier the card is a marketing campaign for and myself Christopher Palacios. We’ve been designing since 1999 and love/appreciate the support you have given us over the years. 

    If you would like one I will tell you how if you shoot me an :email: If possible put REMEMBER in the subject line.

    Thanks to the folks over at Shutterstock for their 101 prints for free promotion which made this campaign possible. We trust that Shutterstock treat the environment with love, care and respect. 

    About the card:

    An alter/ofrenda is the primary focus– the ofrendas honor the deceased using flowers, sweets, imagery and handmade gifts. These offerings are gifts left for the dead to receive in the past, the other world or the present spirit. A candle is often lit as a ritual symbolized as death and rebirth. The ritualistic sacrifice is offered to those who have “passed”. La memoria/los muertos translates into memory/the dead and salutes the el dia de los muertos or the day of the dead. The color palette,, the shapes and requisite skull illustration hail The Day of the Dead Festival.

    Dia de los Muertos is a holiday observed throughout Mexico, the U.S. and North America. El Dia/The Day observes the community of family and friends who have died. Overlapping with the U.S. holiday of Halloween the celebrations occur on October 31 and November 1st and 2nd.

  • The Singular Experience

    The passing on of gifts is a device to prevent people from killing one another.

    -Milton Glaser

    As the holidays approach I will humbly approach work live life with exhuberance and vitality. I will set aside the stress and burden of limited finances. My gifts are not mine alone. I will be generous with my design spirit.

  • Frugality Will Never Go Out of Style

    Getting my first mac, was like getting my first automobile.

    In early 1999 I bought my first car shortly after I purchased the Apple Macintosh G3 that helped me earn enough income to acquire my first car, a Volkswagen Jetta. Don’t worry it was lease. Unlike my Mac, my Jetta required the expense of fuel, insurance at full coverage, maintenance. In San Francisco there was the payment for parking at the office, parking at home was free but it meant having to keep track of an evil street cleaning schedule: Midnight Tuesday and Thursday just in front of the SOMA live work space I was squatting in. Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 am. 11pm on Monday thru Friday at 6am and 5pm around the corner. Sunday’s sleepy weekend dreams before the morning of work was often interrupted by a dream encased panic, a bolt of lightning running up my spine causing me to sit straight up and putting my hands to my head Home Alone style. Inevitably the expense of parking tickets added to my car purchase. Whereas my Mac just kept me busy making money during the what was then the bomb in San Francisco’s South of Market hub. Owning my first computer was so much better than owning my first car.

    I loved spending money on my Mac. Why because when you love somebody you will do anything to make them happy. A digital camera came first. A large format scanner. A color inkjet printer. An upgrade of RAM, which I was able to install myself, unlike the oil filter on my Jetta. Back then no one was stupid enough to touch my computer or computer screen for that matter. No one touched my private parts. And my Mac was so much an extension of my private life that it occurred to no one to touch my Mac. 

    The automobile didn’t make it make it a year after the first wave of stock market correction occurred during March 2000. But my Mac was securely installed in my studio at CCA’s graduate level workspace. It was during grad school that I was reminded and re-educated in terms of finances. I learned to keep things simple. To treasure and interact with the tangibility of the object. A book or a T-Square. The lost and found. That which I could hold and behold becomes something to re-value.

    I’m currently on my fifth Mac. A 2012 Mac Mini, that I’ve already out grown. 

    Erik Spiekermann’s seminal text written with E.M. Ginger titled Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works is one of those objects that I acquired shortly before purchasing my G3 in 1999. I had been working for Kit Hinrichs at San Francisco’s Pentagram Design office. I was in charge of archiving their exhaustive collection of collateral. Additionally I was in charge of the studio’s library which shared a floor with the fabrication workshop, IT (where my office was cornered out of) and accounting. I bought many design books during that time but none so important and affirming as Stop Stealing Sheep. I picked it up recently after considering how I would set money aside to acquire a new Mac. And it is there on page 72. Frugality will never go out of style. Here here! 

    Check out what Spiekermann is up to lately.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.