Design Drama

documenting the delicate dance of design

Must Read – Designing Thru The Recession January 11, 2009

If you’re a designer, especially freelance, go read this now


The 2008 Lockeland Springs Christmas Tour of Homes December 4, 2008


I’m a big fan of East Nashville, although I’m no longer a resident there. For the past 3 years or so, I’ve designed the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Newsletter as well as the book that accompanies their annual Tour Of Homes.

The 2008 Lockeland Springs Christmas Tour of Homes is Saturday December 6th (5-9 pm) and Sunday December 7th (1-5 pm).

Advance tour tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at and at Sweet 16th Bakery and Alegria (both at 16th St & Ordway) and East Garden (at 16th & Russell). Tickets purchased during tour hours will be $12 and will be available at Alegria and Pied Piper (114 S 11th St).

In addition, the Lockeland Springs Christmas Tour Party will be Friday December 5th at the Top O’ Woodland (1603 Woodland). The party is open to all neighbors and tour goers from 7:30-10:30 pm and includes food, wine & beer. Party tickets are $30 and include food and all beverages at the party & admission to the entire weekend’s Tour of Homes. Tickets for the party are available for purchase at all advance ticket sales locations and at the door starting at 7:30 pm Friday evening (cash or check).

* The Tour Poster was designed by Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing. These can be purchased at Alegria.


A Public Service Announcement July 29, 2008

I’ve written on this blog a few times about my love affair/addiction to Flickr, a photo sharing/upload service.

Although I still find the site to be wonderful, as all things on the internet, a few screwed up people ruin things for the rest of us.

Without further rambling, I’ll direct you to Newscoma’s first hand account of her experience with the perverts that surf the web.

Click HERE for more info


Is today’s ease of communication and creation a blessing or curse to the next generation? April 11, 2008

I’ve been thinking lately about the digital age and our methods of communication — the whole thought process stemmed from this post regarding the fact that we have so many forms to instantly connect with the people that surround our friendships and professional lives, yet even as we are so readily available, and always connected, these “convenient” methods of communication cut us off as we now communicate via words, rather than the sounds of voices.

In emails with a cousin of mine to exchange photos of family and learn about the genealogy, I recently acquired some of my paternal grandparent’s letters — they sit here on my desktop, scanned in – I never knew them, but reading the letters and viewing the handwriting tells me that my dad’s handwriting evolved from his dad’s and that my grandmother was a very strong woman as she was already out in the field tending to the corn crop less than one month after giving birth to my father. I’m incredibly lucky to have these letters, but it’s due to the time they were written, (May, 1936) the lack of technology — in that age, snail mail was the main exchange medium of the day. Those letters and their survival started me thinking about how our current forms of communication could be lost — how many emails that will be crucial to the next generation – my grandchildren, should i have them? Will they be able to view these one day? Will they be in a database for my grandchildren, and their grandchildren to download?

Will my grandchildren and their offspring be able to one day access this blog and have some understanding, some semblance of the person I was, even if they never met me? Will the external hard drive that I back stuff up to one day be passed down from one offspring to another, to sort through all the stuff sitting on there? Will it be a wealth of information as to the person I was and the life I led?

What about all the electronic versions of art? Just think for a second how much art today is being produced that is disposable? How many artists, in a fit of “this sucks!!!!!” will hit the delete button only to dispose of some great masterpiece that would otherwise be meaningful to the world at large? And those pieces might have been the one element of artwork that would inspire the next great artist to create the next electronic version of Guernica or Mona Lisa? I find that really sad… in that the digital palate not only enhances our ability to create art, but it also limits our ability to edit ourselves in a manner which cheats the next person from viewing, or the next great artist from being influenced. I’m a big believer in “there are no mistakes” in the creation of art. That is, a really crappy design can somehow give birth to something really incredible, as ideas are constantly evolving.


Warhol & Rockwell – what if? April 10, 2008

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I signed up for a Netflix account about six months ago and have been totally engrossed in catching up on movies I’ve never seen as well as some old favorites.

One of my favorite movies of all time, “Basquiat”, showed up in the mailbox this week – if you haven’t seen it, pop it in your queue – it’s the story of Jean Michel Basquiat – his rise to fame from a little known NYC graffiti artist to darling of the art world, friend of Andy Warhol and struggling heroin addict who died in 1988 at the age of 27 from the toll of the drug use.

The movie started my thought process about artistic communication – we’re all familiar with the famous Warhol quote “in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” — seems this quote gets more and more prophetic with the endless stream of personalities becoming famous for nothing more than appearing on a sex tape or a bland reality series.

In this day and age of MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, how would Andy Warhol and his predecessor, Norman Rockwell utilize the medium of the internet age?

Norman Rockwell is most famous for his illustrations of the Saturday Evening Post. The SEP was the media standard of it’s day, reaching countless subscribers. What would Rockwell paint today? Would he design backgrounds on MySpace? Would he submit his illustrations for the mastheads of CNN, MSNBC or the DrudgeReport?

As for Warhol, in addition to his soup cans, what brand would Warhol make into a pop culture phenomenon? The Apple logo or a limited edition iPod? Limited edition Nike sneakers? – in his heydey, Warhol used his own Interview magazine to spread his pop art manifesto. Of course, he would have a blog, and I imagine that he would have other people write it for him. As much as has been documented about Warhol’s love of gossip, I’m sure he’d have Perez Hilton bookmarked. Warhol had his own type of Twitter language in his diaries… his constant documentation of his day, even down to the amount he spent on taxi rides and magazines – this is in addition to the “time capsules” – countless numbers of cardboard boxes in which he collected items that passed through his daily life. How would all this artistic communication evolve with the advent of text messaging, iChat and the ability to publish with a click of a mouse?

Rather than “Elvis 11 times” or the famous portraits of Mick Jagger and Marilyn Monroe, would Andy paint Paris Hilton or those girls from “The Hills”? Would Studio54 have it’s own Flickr pool to display the photographs of the throngs of people waiting to get past the velvet rope and the photos of the wild nights experienced by the fabulous people?

All questions to ponder… but one thing is for sure, Andy Warhol would love the 21st century.


Twit Twit TWEET! April 8, 2008

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I’ve joined the revolution and have drank the kool-aid. I’ve joined Twitter.

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– occasionally I say something entertaining. Perhaps even funny