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Something old is new again

The Masonic Temple in Downtown Salina has long held a fascination for me. In recent years, it's been sad to watch as Masonic groups moved out, activity in the building declined, and it slipped towards abandonment. In June 2017, I did a Facebook post about an article...

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Type Safari

I’m hunting for the letters of the alphabet in Salina Downtown in an adventure I'm calling ‘Type Safari.’ When I started (sometime in 2018), I wanted each of the letters to be vintage and maybe even historic — no post-1960s-urban-renewal signage allowed. Eventually, I...

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Mapping Downtown

Salina Downtown asked me to create an illustrated map to highlight attractions in the area. The map was to be printed as well as serve as an online resource, showing the ever-changing construction zones. As we finished the stage with all the major attractions, the...

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Naked ladies!

I’ve been obsessed with all the Naked Lady Lilies (Amaryllis Belladonna) blooming for the past month or so. I did some mixed media experiments, with mixed results. The one on the far right is still in process.

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Even legends get dumped

Remember a while back I made some comments in a post about a new branding campaign for Rhode Island tourism? It was created by design legend Milton Glaser, and the campaign was not received well. I wasn’t crazy about it either, and now Rhode Island has scrapped it....

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#CreativeSprint

Recently I attended an AIGA talk by Noah Scalin at Wichita State University. He discussed his Skull-A-Day project from a few years ago, which he started out of frustration about losing his creative edge (here’s the skull he made with students from WSU). He and his...

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I’m lukewarm on this logo…

...but not on Milton Glaser’s coolness.At almost 90 years old, Milton Glaser is still a dynamic force in the design world. His firm is responsible for the new identity promoting Rhode Island. Despite the designer’s reputation, reactions to the logo are mixed. Many...

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Human error or bad design?

Remember the poor guy who got blamed for mistakenly sending the alert about the incoming ballistic missile? It’s not all his fault. Bad design is at least partly to blame.The emergency alert system in Hawaii apparently is tested by selecting the correct message from a...

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Gettysburg Address

Have you watched Ken Burns’ documentary, The Address? The film tells the story of a boys’ school in Vermont where each year students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address.Burns challenged all Americans to learn the address by heart,...

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