Masthead (39k image)
Friday, March 30th

Are you ready, Dad?

Jon
03.30.07 @ 02:16 PM CST

entertainmentCenter (367k image)

Huh? Woodworking is fun for the whole family. wink

Thursday, March 29th

Graphic : EMS Week 2007

Jon
03.29.07 @ 10:34 AM CST

EMSWEEK2007 (32k image) So, it's not often that I get to do a graphic that is purely A (1) Graphic, to be used in a larger context. Usually it's a part of a larger thing that I am also designing. So, this one is rare, but I had some fun doing it, and I like it. It's going on the front page of ACEP.org.

Still in the Top 20...

Jon
03.29.07 @ 10:23 AM CST

I just looked at LogoPond.com, and found that both KeepOpen.com and Tidy Tom's are still in the Top Twenty, but the size of the site has increased significantly to...7,498 logos.

Hot damn.

I wish the site had better analytical tools. It'd be really cool to see how far into/close to the edge of the top 20 my logos are.

Although - It might also make it so people were more apt to monkey with the system to boost their rank. Anyway. It's still cool to be on top.

Tuesday, March 27th

AppleTV. Would I buy it?

Jon
03.27.07 @ 11:17 AM CST
feeling: I have to poop.



In a word, No. In three or four words? No, not right now.

What's that? Jon? Critical of an Apple product? See, here's the thing, I don't think it's done. I think it's got a lot of potential to be awesome, but I don't think it's there yet, so I'm gonna wait for a second-gen system and see what comes up. In the end, I am loyal to great products, not the people who make them.

What do I think is half-baked?
1. I think it's insane that you can't buy and download content directly from the iTunes Store. (Insane!)
2. I think it's NUTS that it requires a High-Def TV. Especially since it does broadcast High-Def content.
3. I think it's ca-ca-crazy that you can't hook up an iPod to it via the built-in USB port and play content from it.
4. I think it's a little ill-conceived that it not have an optical drive. Am I wrong to want to play DVDs in it? Perhaps. CDs? Hmmm. Maybe less so.

So, what would I buy?
Well, if you want to play DVDs and CDs and have iTunes and maybe Surf the Web on my Lo-Def 50" TV, then it'd have to be a Mac Mini. A refurb'd one to be sure, but it'd be awesome. And more expensive, absolutely.

I'd add on a wireless keyboard and mouse, and I'd use the video adapter to S-Video or composite video to my 50" bohemoth. It makes me curious whether or not I can use it in variable resolutions, and what the highest practical resolution for use on a TV is, but that's how I'd do it. Then, I could use my Picture in picture to surf the web while I watch TV, or I could use it to watch TV while I do a little work on my bigscreen.

If, however, I want to do the things that Apple TV does do, I would just get a video cradle for my iPod. Apple makes one, although I understand that it does not have on-screen controls. Boo. Griffin makes one which boasts on-screen display, but in fact, it seems that none of the iPod docks out there do something that I would think to be simple and awesome, display your iPod's F'ing Screen on a TV.

So, for roughly half the money you can do the stuff that the AppleTV does, essentially. Although it ain't sexy, and of course, that assumes that you have a $300 iPod.
or
For roughly twice as much money you can do everything the Apple TV does, and a whole lot more, and you can annoy your spouse by designing web sites on your TV instead of playing Greg Hasting Tournament Paintball...when you are supposed to be doing laundry.

Tough call. wink

Monday, March 26th

Today I Pushed Out a New Baby...

Jon
03.26.07 @ 05:36 PM CST
feeling: Tired

L4TC_Final (46k image)

I know, I'm a professional designer, and maybe I shouldn't be getting so excited about it...but I do. This afternoon I uploaded a brand new baby website to its server.

I've been working on this one for a couple of weeks now, and it's high time that it left the nest. It's pretty cool too, because I use some techniques that aren't the norm, but it's all compliant code, and it works in all the relevant browsers, and it looks really freakin' cool.

Anyway. If you are so moved, visit Live For the Cure.

Friday, March 23rd

slow home- fast home= slow food- fast food

Nicole
03.23.07 @ 08:10 AM CST

Check out slow home (google it) it is was started by a canadian architecture (and interior design, and furniture, and manufacturing, and construction) firm, called House Brand. They are interesting. And if you know what the slow food movement (or anti-McDonald's movement) is than you should get the general idea---making you want to go that much more. wink

Thursday, March 22nd

I haven't been sleeping well lately...

Jon
03.22.07 @ 12:00 AM CST
listening to: Top Design

...and I have been working really hard.

Net result? I am really tired lately.

Why haven't I been sleeping? Well, I've been really busy working on projects, and I have projects lined up for a long time into the future. That's good. And I also have projects that just refuse to wrap themselves up...like that Legacy Capital Energy Group ID package and web site.

I think about them in the middle of the night.
In my sleep I am coding the interface for my next website.
In my sleep I am playing paintball (I am playing paintball in Jocie's sleep too).
In my sleep I am testing software.
In my sleep I am arguing the merits of Mixed Case Lettering in comic books.
In my sleep I am walking out of the Apple store with my new laptop, which would let me get some of this crap done at home.

Well, to that end, I did get a new gadget that, although I cannot actually do graphics work on it, I can use it to stay more organized and stop forgetting things I am supposed to be doing. I got me a Nokia E62. That's a smartphone. It's also on that list of new phones that Apple just added iSync capabilities. That means that I can sync my iCal and Address book items, including To-Dos with my phone in a really handy little device. If I felt like paying for a Data plan and everything, I could get my e-mail and all that jazz on it too...but I don't feel like it. Nope. Not even a little. Well, maybe a little. If I could get it in a cheap smallish plan I would, but I can't. So I won't. Well, maybe if I start making a LOT of money or something. ;-)

Anyway. I really like it so far. I've only had it for half a day, but I've already got it all set up the way I like it, and I'm already getting pretty fast at typing with my thumbs. I'll let y'all know how it goes.

Thursday, March 15th

Design for Live for the Cure...

Jon
03.15.07 @ 05:43 PM CST
feeling: Sassy!

live4theCure_Template_x75 (99k image)

Wednesday, March 14th

I [Heart] Boobies

Jon
03.14.07 @ 05:11 PM CST

I_heart_boobies (6k image)

Nancy asked me to design a T-Shirt for our group at the walk. There's a contest...but I didn't know about it when I started working on it.

Anyway. This is the emblem I designed for the shirts. It's my little homage to both Milton Glaser and his I Love New York logo and Paul Rand and his parody of his own IBM Logo.

Milton Glaser's I Heart New York and Paul Rand's Eye Bee M logos. (9k image)

So, there you go. I [Heart] Boobies! And Milton Glaser! And Paul Rand!

While You're Here

Jocelyn
03.14.07 @ 09:26 AM CST
listening to: Arcade Fire
feeling: Nice

Don and Bernie, The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk is during the weekend you are here. We have registered to do the walk. Would you be interested in joining us for a 3.2 mile walk? It's early Saturday morning in Fort Worth. Mom, dad, Linda or team member, are also going.

Monday, March 12th

Positive Feedback...

Jon
03.12.07 @ 03:29 PM CST
feeling: I don't feel good today.

So, I have been getting my daily affirmations from a site called LogoPond.com lately. It's a community of logo designers that upload their work and comment on each other's stuff and vote on the ones they like and dislike. I currently have two logos (out of 6800) in the top 20, and I'm feeling pretty good about it, so I've been posting new work to their as well. Although none of them have landed in the top twenty yet, they are getting some positive comments, and I feel like bragging, so I thought I'd take some snippets and post them up here:

Iron Chef

Jocelyn
03.12.07 @ 09:39 AM CST

Iron Chef Tarrant County. Croney vs. Sandruck. This is the first challenge between the Croney Clan and the Sandrucks. The secret ingredient will be Chocolate! Terri, and Keith will be the judges and Jeremy is serving as an honorary judge. The winner of the challenge will then become judges for subsequent challenges and also choose the secret ingredient. I will not be posting any ideas for the chocolate recipes, however, anyone that wants to reccomend ideas, please email Jon or me. We will be doing an appetiser, entree, and dessert. As in Iron Chef, we get up to 10 points for taste, 5 for plating and 5 for originality. We'll add details after we win the challenge. smile

Sunday, March 11th

wanting to visit

Nicole
03.11.07 @ 08:03 AM CST

So it is spring break, clocks have moved forward and Kev and I are visiting with his mother (and her new boyfriend) and while I know that we have a lot to do and it must be of a 3-d nature, it would have been nice to get down to Texas like we did last year.

I can't wait until May, for many reasons: 1- School will almost be over, 2- life will be getting back to normal 3- we will have time to visit with friends and family again 4- we can pick up cooking for enjoyment again (since I will be a cheif now instead of an architect) 5- planning for the future can resume and most importantly 6- Jon and Joc are coming for a visit (while you guys are family you aren't part of the monthly rotation for visitation so you get your own catagory).

But in the meantime it is nice to not be a working stiff yet. satisfied

Saturday, March 10th

Weekend Projects

Jocelyn
03.10.07 @ 03:35 PM CST
listening to: Michael Chiarello on the TV making a white bean soup
feeling: Nice

Spring is officially here. I have my evergreen clematis blooming beautiful white fragrant flowers. There's new growth on shrubs, plants and some are even blooming! It's going to be a beautiful show once everything blooms. I've grown veggies in the past in various locations and have done OK with it. Not great. This year, Jon and I are building a raised bed. We bought the lumber, soil and amendments today. I have tomato pepper and basil plants I raised from seeds. I hope they can make it out there. If we get the bed built today then the next two weeks I'll start planting the assortments of veggies and herbs. It's going right outside of the kitchen window. We'll take pictures!

Friday, March 9th

Live for the Cure Logo 2

Jon
03.09.07 @ 10:58 AM CST
feeling: Fine. I suppose.

live4theCure_2 (6k image)

So, this is the strongest of the ideas I've had on this logo.

Of course, I just found out from the client that someone internally has "designed" a logo that they want to use. Miscommunication. Something. Who cares. Like I've been saying, don't take it personally.

I like this one a lot, and I might submit it to something for an award or something. Most award winning logos are, believe it or not, fake. Or freebies. Or ideas that would never otherwise see the light of day because the client hates them.

Thursday, March 8th

New Work: Logo

Jon
03.08.07 @ 03:57 PM CST
listening to: Don and Mike...

live4theCure_1 (19k image)

So, this is a logo I am working on now for the Chronic Disease Fund's spin-off group, Live For the Cure™. This is just one idea that I am working on, but it's turned out okay, so I thought I'd put it up.

Constructive comments only, please. Jerks. wink

personal

Nicole
03.08.07 @ 08:46 AM CST

So in business people make themselves think that they can say and do what is "necessary", even if it hurts others because after all it is not personal, its business.

Well I say that is a load.

People have feelings. In the design world it is not uncommon to get overly attached to your work, but that is hazardous to the success of yourself as a designer because typically things don't go your way and very few people have really good taste.

In my attempts to not allow things to get personal I must allow myself to not care for anyone else, but when you make that decision you can feel not joy in complements but there is still pain.

And just in case you are wondering where this is all coming from, My mid-review was last night...

Architects ego's have gotten so large that it keeps them from hearing properly.

Tuesday, March 6th

I am a Good Logo Designer...

Jon
03.06.07 @ 10:05 AM CST
feeling: Ecstatic

Well, Ladies and Gents, look about half way down that page below. It's the Tidy Tom's logo I did for Jon Walker back in January. And what's that say next to it? Member's Top Twenty? So, what's that mean? It means that out of the roughly 6800 logos that have been uploaded to LogoPond.com, I have a logo in the top 20, as rated by other designers. That's the top .294%, or the 99.7th percentile for the site. BOOYAH!

logopond.tidyToms (515k image)

So, that's pretty good news, right? Well, buckle up, because there's more. KeepOpen.com's logo is in the Top 20 as well! Double BooYah! Check it out on the archive page. There's a part three too, so click the link!

Monday, March 5th

Customer Service

Jocelyn
03.05.07 @ 07:44 PM CST

Today I had two different experiences with customer service. Due to an oversight I have made, MCI has over $400 of our money for service they did not provide. When I called customer service today i was on hold for a good 20 minutes, transfered to someone else, where I was on hold for another 5 minutes. I now have to fax over some report that I can only get at the bank and wait 4-6 weeks to get our money back.

The second much nicer experience with customer service was through Apple. I mistakenly left my computer on sleep while the battery died, which is bad. Long story short, we made an appointment at the local Apple Store, brought the computer up, and a cute guy gave me a new battery and sent me on my way, no questions asked. Now THAT is customer service.

Personal Update: Aunt Terri is now in her new house 1 mile away from us. It's so exciting to be with someone when they move into their first house. It was a great and very long day.

We plan on having an Iron Chef Challenge. Jon and I vs. Mom and Dad. Terri and Keith with be the judges. They are alsot he ones to come up with the secret ingredient.

Weather is now warming up. I have a good 30 tomato plants grown from seed. I hope at least 5 of them mature. I'm also having good luck with green peppers and basil by seed. Crocus have already bloomed, daffodils are out, and all of my perenials are starting to grow again.

The End.

Cool Feature on AIGA.org

Jon
03.05.07 @ 11:42 AM CST

screenshot (451k image)

So, I know most of you won't care, but it's very cool for me. I've long thought that it'd be great if the AIGA had an online exhibit of award winning work, to help promote good design, and not the "misaligned lowercase type on a gradient" that tends to pass for design on most of the web. ;-)

Anyway. Check it out. There's 3600+ pieces on there. Very cool to go through.

What is Graphic Design

Jon
03.05.07 @ 11:28 AM CST
listening to: LoveLine

From here: http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/guide-whatisgraphicdesign

"...Graphic design is a creative process that combines art and technology to communicate ideas. The designer works with a variety of communication tools in order to convey a message from a client to a particular audience. The main tools are image and typography..."

Read

Friday, March 2nd

Design Is...

Jon
03.02.07 @ 12:46 PM CST

"I would show my jobs to my mother and she would always say the same thing: "That's nice dear." And then she would say, "Did you write it?" or "Did you do the Drawing?" or "Did you take the Pictures?" I'd answer "no," then I realized the problem. My answer was then, "I made this happen. It's called Design."

Brian Webb