Design Drama

documenting the delicate dance of design

FGF – Halloween Edition October 31, 2008

Filed under: FREE,HA!,history,I'm jazzed,inspiration,time waster — Beth D @ 2:38 pm
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DUH October 29, 2008

Normally August is my busiest month of the year – has been consistently every year since I’ve been doing freelance graphic design. This year saw a downturn. And it’s not just me, it’s all the freelancers I’ve talked to.

Apparently, it’s just now hitting the big boys


FGF – “In The Air Tonight” October 24, 2008

When I was in 3rd grade, the groundbreaking television series Miami Vice premiered.
I’m reliving the series as of late, with the arrival of the DVDs in the mail this week.

I watched it religiously with my parents every Friday night.

Now, mind you, in other areas, they were rather strict. But for some reason I got to stay up to watch Miami Vice and even Johnny Carson at a very young age. I still don’t get it, but I’m thankful. Further proof that being exposed to violence & drug use at a young age has very little bearing on a person’s outcome.

The premiere of Miami Vice was during the earliest years of MTV – cable TV had just come onto the scene — Having 13 or less channels was hell. We didn’t have remote controls either at that time in our household – I remember sitting 18 inches from the television set (in order to flip channels) and all the while hearing how I was ruining my vision sitting so close – that’s a myth as well, as I still have perfect vision. I consider sitting that close as preparation for sitting in front of a laptop screen most of my adult life.

Back to Miami Vice — the show was originally pitched as “MTV Cops” — And I was sitting, at 8 years old, watching this amazing television show – a show that influenced art, architecture, fashion and music. Who can forget the pastels, neon, loafers with no socks of Sonny Crockett, Armani & Versace suits, fast cars, and dialogue. It influenced my life – through the music married with amazing images that popped off the screen. I think all of that visual stimulation led me toward the direction of an art career.

This series was the first time that music truly was married with a television series. It was the venue where artists came to premiere their music. Way before MTV’s “Real World” or “The Hills” showcased an artist in a television show – this was 1982-83 – there was Miami Vice. As this was 25 years ago, I’m feeling slightly old here. I hate to think what Don Johnson & Phillip Michael Thomas are feeling.

Looking back, I had zero business watching this television show at the age I was – 2nd grade — but when I asked “what is a vice cop?”– my parents just said “oh, someone who arrests people who sell drugs” — to which I responded “what are drugs?” — they answered “the stuff that make you sick” — I guess in my 8 year old naive mind, that was enough for me. As my Mother is a nurse, I acquired a realistic understanding of sickness and the things that cured it at a very early time in my life. I guess I didn’t question much at that age… I still wonder about that.

One of the most vivid pop culture memories of my childhood is of sitting in front of the television, watching these luxurious sports cars shooting down the streets of Miami. The sleek iconography of automotive design married with the soundtrack showcasing the emotion of the moment is why I chose Phil Collin’s “In The Air Tonight” for my FGF music. The following is a clip from season 1.


Wisdom October 22, 2008

Filed under: artistic angst,history,inspiration — Beth D @ 11:49 pm
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Via Yewknee I found this gem on the web.

It couldn’t have crossed my path at a better time.

In a society that places so much emphasis on youth & the culture of the under twenty-five crowd, the thing that struck me is how no one in this film is under 50.

We have much to learn. We just have to listen to those who have come before us.


Quote of the Day October 21, 2008

Filed under: artists,HA!,time waster — Beth D @ 9:43 pm
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“. . .famous designer is like famous electrician.” – Chip Kidd


I love Craigslist. And I hate Craigslist. October 20, 2008

I think I wrote a post a while back about how every couple of weeks, I click on Craigslist to see what’s going on in the job market.

I saw this posting today:

I need someone to draw/create a one frame cartoon or animated picture that can will be approximately 3″ x 4″. The job pays $50.00 and your resume should be a Sunday cartoon type sample of your choice of human character. i.e. Send a sample and I will choose the style that I like. I will pick one person on Friday Oct., 24th.
At that time I will send to you the subject around which the drawing will be based.

* Location: XXXXXXX
* Compensation: $50.00

Posts like these are laughable and irritating to me.


Ok, say you go to grocery stores A, B & C. You get a steak from each, telling the cashier at each grocery store “I’m going to take your steak home. I’m going to cook it & eat it, and if I decide your steak is best, I will pay you for it, but not your regular price, I only want to pay $2.”

They’d laugh in your face.

That’s how I feel about postings like this.

This is insulting.