U2 Live at the Forum, 5/26

What with zipping off to Michigan for AIGA the next day, I didn’t get much of an opportunity to soak in the first U2 show I’d attended in 10 years. Short review is: the band is kicking ass, the set and performance for my particular show (the first of five in Inglewood) was great for

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Design a Song, May 2015

At long last, the final four: Week 49: Yet another quickie, for Elliott Smith’s 1997 song “Say Yes,” but I couldn’t help myself in this case. Em had just discovered Elliott when we met 18 years ago, so you can guess how happy she was, as a longtime fan, to finally take her turn at

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AIGA Santa Barbara Portfolio Day 2015


My first student portfolio day review as AIGA SB president is in the books. I won’t lie, it was a big event, and I feel a lot like I used to after gigs with my bands 10-15 years ago—exhausted and ready to get drunk. More here on the AIGA SB site.

HFITF X: “How Far is the Fall” Turns 10


All this week and next at mybandrocks.com: the “HFITF X” series, focusing on the 10th anniversary of “How Far is the Fall,” Honey White’s only full-length studio album and one of my favorite creative experiences. Today is “best song on the album” day, where all 4 of us unanimously choose track 5, “Blacking Out.”

“Doodles & Brews” with AIGA SB

Only finished two doodles and as many brews at tonight’s AIGA SB “Doodles & Brews” mixer, which means we have to do this again very soon. Two of the contest themes were “What’s in Your Cup?” (Messie Nessie, a Scottish stout) and “Clients from Hell” (“make it pop!”). Super fun event artwork by Jennie Jacobs, too.

Design a Song, March/April 2015

Slogging on… Week 41: a derivative slapdash mash for “Handshake Drugs,” my favorite one by Wilco (2004). If I can’t sit through the fake fake debates on House of Cards, I’ll never endure the real fake debates between Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 2016. No, I don’t think Jeff Tweedy wrote this about

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Warping SB with Ventucky, Pt. LMCXVIII

As the first Ventura-based AIGA SB president in many years, I consider it my moral duty to warp Santa Barbara with as much Ventucky as possible. Doing our 2015 Portfolio Day at Brooks’ Ventura campus is definitely a good start. The artwork above is my variation on the cool theme (a type treatment of our

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AIGA Santa Barbara Q1 Event Recaps

Just wrapped the third AIGA event of 2015 this past weekend, so I get a little breather before the next two in late April/early May. I’m gonna try and recap every event we do this year over at the AIGA SB site, and if I can do them all like these first few then it should

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Happy Monday, Times Square Edition


I’m told that some of my design work was up on the Times Square screens for about 15 seconds of fame today. Client is Curvature, a global IT company based in SB.