Category Archives: Design

Let it snow

I could watch this all night…

And to think — it’s selling electronics in my neighborhood.

What they want

While I worked at Hallmark, we designed a line of greeting cards targeted specifically at the male consumer.

When it came time to name the card line, we brandied about many monikers. At one point, I suggested headlining the display “FREE BEER.”

Give them what they want, right?

I just passed this signboard at a new restaurant in my neighborhood:

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Great minds…

I see Christmas

christmas lights dressOh Christmas dress,
Oh Christmas dress!
Your lights are white and shiny.

Oh Christmas dress,
Oh Christmas dress!
I think I see her hiney.

But then, I kinda see her boobs
And legs and torso–navel, too.

Oh Christmas dress,
Oh Christmas dress!
Your finery is tiny.

 

 

 

 

 

Fortunate

wpid-20141117_140437.jpgOver the years, I have collected fortunes from Chinese takeout that spoke to me and placed them in a pocket of my Franklin Planner.

(Yes, I still have a Franklin Planner….and a Google calendar, too.  Just covering my bases.)

I don’t know why these crumbling, yellowed fortunes caught my eye today, but they did. And you can probably see why I kept them around.

It’s a very feel-good collection.

On my trip to Tokyo in July, I received the very aptly named ‘Best Fortune’ in return for a dollar and a prayer at the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa.

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How’s that for positive thinking?

This fortune has earned a place of honor on the bulletin board above my desk, a very cheerful reminder of all the good things I have in my life.

And possibly more to come?

 

Hang in there

You can find art — and drama — almost anywhere.

Case in point:

hang in there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, I still argue that the toilet paper (and the desperate couple pictured here) should be clinging to life on the back side of the roll.

That’s how I was raised. That’s how I roll.

Statistics say I’m in the minority with 80 percent of folks adopting the over-the-roll method.

Sad that so many people are wrong.

We have a winner!

This greeting card officially wins Halloween:

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Yes, it’s the only card I received in the mail, and my dog is a cockapoo…but I think most people will agree –

My friend Caroline rocks!

Monsters, of course

I saw Frankenstein at the Woodford Theatre Company in Versailles, Kentucky last night.

I was spooked.

Frankenstein

This production is an excellent reminder that local theater can get it right.

There’s death by every manner imaginable — hanging, gunshot, strangulation, beatings — and they all look amazingly real.  Give credit to the special effects designer and crew, and a cast that ‘dies on stage’ in the best way possible.

This is a serious translation of the original text — no campy Frank send-up here — and you have one more night to experience it.

Oh, and if you wonder about that one guy’s bloody, mangled face?

Red velvet cake. (I asked.)