AIGA Santa Barbara Fall 2015 Event Recaps

More AIGA SB event recaps! Members Meeting: What’s in Your Head? (9/23/15) Sarah Berger: Stand Out. Stand for Something. (10/15/15) Classic Letterpress Workshop (11/7/15) Also got to help out AIGA NOLA with a map for the Design Conference in October, included here.

Portfolio Presentation at SBCC


Yesterday I got to reprise my guest speaker gig in Jennie Jacobs’ Intro to Design class at Santa Barbara City College. This time I actually prepared, so it went much better than last year. I talked about my career, creative philosophy, and work—presenting some of my best stuff from over the past 12 years. I’m

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New Music! “Rotten Miracles” EP by Keir DuBois

(Cross-posted from Finally, after months and months of half-assedly cruel neglect and public broken promises, it’s here! My first solo release, a demo EP called “Rotten Miracles.” Listen to it right here (and buy on Bandcamp and soon, iTunes!): Rotten Miracles by Keir DuBois Twenty years into an expensive hobby called “music,” I’ve already

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DLTA+DTLA+WeHo+Traffic+AIGA = Worth It

Forgot to post back in July that I enjoyed two AIGA Los Angeles events within a week of each other: “Writing for Designers” at the Unique Space (with Irene Hoffman from AIGA SB) and “Music + Design” at the Downtown Independent. Re: the former, writing + design = two big chunks of Keir catnip. Re:

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AIGA Santa Barbara Spring/Summer Event Recaps

Catching up with my AIGA SB event recaps for spring, summer, and fall (so far): Doodles and Brews at Captain Fatty’s (4/20/15) Portfolio Day 2015 at Brooks Institute (5/2/15) AIGA Leadership Retreat in Grand Rapids, MI (5/28-30/15) Ben Jenkins: Live Slow, Make Fast (6/25/15) That’s not even counting our “Inside Out” mixer in July and

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Baseball Stadiums I Have Known, 2015


For stadium #14 on the tour I returned to Denver with Em in tow and it was a blast, especially the part sandwiched between two Red Rocks concerts (Avett Brothers and Wilco): a stop at Coors Field to see the last-place Rockies sweep Atlanta, 11-3.

New Design Time-Suck: The Ventura Flag Project


I think I’ve arrived at a new old-man-hobby: I’ve lived in Ventura for 11+ years, but in all that time (or ever, if my slapdash googling is accurate), the city has never had an official flag. Oh sure, there’s an official seal—but that’s not a flag, and anyway according to vexillologists seals shouldn’t be on

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Post-Mortem: Design a Song, a Truly Dubious Venture


When I originally started this “Design A Song” project in May 2014, the idea was to make it a weekly vehicle to keep my design gears moving by illustrating one of my favorite songs and/or lyrics. I felt like my design skills were atrophying as I took on more and more project management at BBM&D

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AIGA Leadership Retreat 2015


Home from the land of beer, rain, and well-designed furniture. The AIGA Leadership Retreat just gets better every year. These people are the best and I can’t wait for 2016. As before, I did a more substantial recap on the AIGA SB website here. TL;DR: Third time was definitely the charm.