Design a Song, Weeks 11 to 17

Catching up (again) with my social media feeds, because they rule the world these days. Here’s weeks 11-17: Design a Song, week 11: “Goin’ Against Your Mind” by Built to Spill (2006), a great tune with plenty of room for all possible emotions in its propulsively epic 8 minutes. Original photo of yours truly by

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AIGA SB “Three Questions” Series


One of the fun things I get to do as AIGA SB Communications Director is introduce our membership to each other with a fun series called “Three Questions.” I ask AIGA SB members about their relationships with design, creativity, and their careers, and let them be themselves. So far I’ve got to do it six

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Design a Song, Weeks 3 to 10:

Slacked off a bit in posting the Design A Song images I’ve been doing, so to catch up, here are the entries for weeks 3 to 10: Design a Song, week 3: “An Ocean In Between the Waves” by the War On Drugs, from 2014’s “Lost in the Dream” album. Favorite song on favorite record

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Nostalgia Wall, 2009-2014

Just the past 5 years condensed into little filter-tinted squares, like I always do: Nostalgia Wall 2009-2010 (Ventura): BBM&D + Fiction + Radblaster Nostalgia Wall 2010-2011 (Ventura): BBM&D + Radblaster + Honey White Nostalgia Wall 2011-2012 (Ventura): BBM&D + AIGA + Radblaster + Honey White Nostalgia Wall 2012-2013 (Ventura): BBM&D + AIGA + music + baseball Nostalgia Wall 2013-2014

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Baseball Stadiums I Have Known, 2013-2014*

Major updates to the DuBois Baseball Tour: we hit 4 stadiums recently: 1 in 2013 and 3 this year: #10. Phillies beat Boston on back to back homers from Ryan Howard and rookie Domonic Brown. We were in town for the AIGA Leadership retreat. #11. Finally made it down the yellow brick road to Wrigley

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Keir’s All-Star Spring Concert Series, 2014

Sequel to Keir’s Summer Yuppie Concert Series 2009: posting other people’s photos from the shows Em and I saw this spring: St. Vincent (Wiltern L.A., 3/27), The War On Drugs (Troubador L.A., 4/5), Neko Case (Orpheum L.A., 4/17), The National (S.B. Bowl, 4/26) and Elbow (Wiltern L.A., 5/28). More shows are coming up in the

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Design A Song #2: Cracker, “Big Dipper”


I have many favorite songs by David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, but this one tops them all. It’s Lowery’s paean to the Santa Cruz of his young adulthood, and it first appeared on Cracker’s 1996 album The Golden Age.

Things to Do in Denver When You’re Designer

My voice is an octave lower from talking to everyone and my veins flow freely with the koolaid. Must be check-out day. Had a grand time in Denver for my 2nd AIGA Leadership Retreat. It’s settled: I’m in for life. Honor roll: Billy and Marika for driving down from Boulder to meet me for dinner,

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The Mojo Wire, “Seaside Hamlet Skids XV”


This coming April 20, my first band’s third “album” turns 15 years old. It’s not a big deal to anyone except us, and me in particular I think, because despite its ramshackle quality, this recording still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s endearingly low-fi. I wrote more about it much better several

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