16 Things that Didn’t Suck in 2016

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Since so much has been awful about this year, the least I can do when recapping it is not indulge in the “things sucked overall, but my life was great!” approach that I did for 2015 and 2014. So I’ll just say that for me, the following items were fulfilling and/or fun in personal and/or professional ways this

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50+2 Project Wall Art

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My 2016 social media “50+2” project wrapped up this weekend, and y’all better believe I’ll be milking it for all it’s worth. For now, I’m gonna start with some basic wall art print-on-demand goodies from Redbubble, but individual state prints of the best ones might be coming in 2017. Stay tuned. Original project description:  As a

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AIGA Santa Barbara Q3-4 2016 Event Recaps

Spastic end to a huge year: a hit film screening, highest-attended SLO event, surprise conference for me in Vegas, a pub quiz that got eaten by the World Series, a canceled illustration event, and a wrap-up at the SB Maritime Museum. “Design Disruptors” Film Screening (9/29/16) Cultivating a Creative Culture (10/6/16) AIGA Design Conference (10/17-19/2016)

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The History Mix #11: Rushing The Miracle Man

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It took almost 20 years, but I finally barfed out a solo release: the ambient, bass-heavy Rotten Miracles E.P. (2015). Good designers will tell you that they don’t make art; they solve problems. They will think creatively and often apply artistic principles, but their goal isn’t artistic self-expression. Many artists don’t last long in design,

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“You’re from Orange County. Why are you a Cubs fan?”

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It’s a reasonable question. Well, in 1984 when I was a 7-year-old little leaguer, the Angels were bad, the Dodgers were the team for almost everyone else I knew, and the Padres were my best friend’s team. So when cable blessed us with baseball from the exotic lands of Atlanta and Chicago, I chose the Cubs

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The History Mix #10: Don’t Call It A Comeback

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When the Mojo Wire reunited as Radblaster, and when Honey White reconvened too, we recorded it all for the Corridan and Hecho En Naranjastan EPs (both released 2011). These days, band reunions seem to be clichés wrapped in cash-grabs sprinkled with nostalgia and the slight stink of desperation. So many have happened in the past

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50+2 Project Update

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Preview of coming attractions: I’m adding this here for #SXSL at the@whitehouse, which many others would deserve to attend more than me, but still, it’s worth a shot, so I’m nominating myself: . This is the 50+2 project, a work in progress. As a professional designer, local @AIGAdesign chapter president, and map lover I’m combining

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The History Mix #9: The Soundtrack Of Your Life

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How many wannabe authors write pseudonymous soundtracks for their mediocre self-published novels? I’m guessing just me, for The Weapon of Young Gods by Low Tide (2008). I don’t live in the moment. I’ve never understood phrases like “stuck in the past” or “nostalgia is death.” I love history, and I’m fascinated by patterns and parallels

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Reviving The History Mix

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Ten years ago, I wrote some essays about each Mojo Wire and Honey White album released up to that point, and dubbed it “The History Mix” series. Because I have a thing for numbers and anniversaries, I decided to re-link them all here because 1) I can, and 2) more are coming. That’s right—my goal

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AIGA Santa Barbara Q2 2016 Event Recaps

Totally bonkers awesome: back-to-back events in April, one in May, the annual leadership conference in June, plus a workshop postponed by fire. Convert Like Crazy w/Lianna Patch & Julia Sevin (4/15/16) Portfolio Day 2016 at Brooks Institute (4/16/16) The Designer Behind the Design: Showcase Exhibition (5/20/16) Open: AIGA Leadership Retreat 2016 (6/9/16) Indigo Dip-Dye Workshop (6/25/16) This

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