926 East McLemore Avenue

Unless you’re familiar with American addresses, 926 East McLemore Avenue may not mean an awful lot to you, but when you discover the address is in Memphis Tennesee and has welcomed the likes of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & The M.G.’s, you’ll realise 926 East McLemore Avenue is the home of Stax.

926 East McLemore Avenue

 

New adventures in Javascript

The time it seems has come to take the Javascript ‘bull by the horns’ and learn this most essential (if not hugely intuitive to me) scripting language. Over the last few years I’ve flirted with books, and dipped my toes into various courses, but never really felt comfortable around the code. I sometimes look at a bit of Javascript and think, “Yes, I know what that does”, only to realise that if I look away for a second I would have no idea how to write something that does the same thing.

The answer to this is of course is to learn javascript from the bottom up. I know there are libraries like JQuery and MooTools, but I’ve a feeling there’s probably no substitute for rolling my sleeves up and starting at “Hello World!”, then keep on going until I’m a master. So here goes. Hopefully what will follow in the coming weeks and months will be a series of lightbulb moments culminating in membership of the Javascript Hall of Fame. Failing that, a slightly better understanding of how it works and the ability to cobble together a few things together with the confidence that it will work, would probably also be acceptable.

alert (“Here goes nothing!”);

 

Bob Dylan posters

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APR 11

Here are some fantastic Bob Dylan posters that date to the original Isle of Wight festivals in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It’s no secret I’m a big Dylan fan and I particularly like these for the way they look and present Dylan as the artist he was at the time.

Bob Dylan posters

 

#1D4D

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APR 11

Today is oneonedayfordesign.org day an open, global dialogue on the meaning and future of design, and on the meaning and future of professional design associations. Designers are sharing their thoughts and ideas and some really interesting debates are being had.
#1D4D

 

Time to keep a sketchbook again

29
MAR 11

I’ve recently bought the excellent new book by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers, and it’s reminded me just how important a sketchbook is, as a record of your visual thoughts and ideas. Time to keep a sketchbook again

 

Ideas of march

27
MAR 11

In a recent tweet by Jon Tan, he referenced an idea by Chris Shiflett, a colleague of his at Analog. Chris’s idea is to encourage designers and developers into a blog reveival. The increase of the use of twitter in the past few years, has moved debates away from blogs and in his view “there are fewer quality conversations and debates taking place as a result of this transition”.
Ideas of march

 

The “Disaster=Poster?” debate

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MAR 11

A recent tweet from Eye Magazine linked to an interesting article written by the London Design Consultancy Johnson Banks, about graphic designers and our reactions to significant world events. It seems that as disasters or catastrophes play out through our 24 hour news media, the immediate thoughts of the graphic design community turn to the creation of prints and posters in a bid to raise funds to help.
The “Disaster=Poster?” debate

 

Jimi Hendrix statue at Dimbola Lodge

23
MAR 11

If like me you’re a Jimi Hendrix fan, you may or may not know of a statue of Jimi at Dimbola Lodge in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. The statue is to commemorate Jimi’s appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. The festival took place a short distance away from Dimbola Lodge at East Afton Farm and drew a crowd of over 600,000 people, greater than that of the Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, held the same year which he did not perform at. Jimi Hendrix statue at Dimbola Lodge

 

Rediscovering graphic design

06
MAR 11

When you do something on a day to day basis, it’s very easy to forget what it is you love about doing it. External pressures of delivering to deadlines, pleasing customers and simply remembering to do everything, not to mention maintaining standards and personal quality levels in your work. It’s all too easy for the days, weeks or in my case, years to pass, before you stop and think about why you started doing it in the first place and what it means to you. Rediscovering graphic design

 

A little time out

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FEB 11

I’ve not been as active in the last 8 weeks or so as I’ve been taking on a new project. I started something similar back in 2009 and that one’s been going pretty well so far. My new project, like the other one is a lifelong undertaking which should develop into something special. A little time out