Coltrane cover art reimagined

I’m sure if any Coltrane purists are reading this blog, this imagined album/poster art might be for you.

I used InkChamp from Dustin Lee to get some of the effects. Enjoy!

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Cleveland Rose Recipe Card

Ah, I’m such a sucker for good-looking fonts. And for fun, I will break that rule of never using two to three fonts for a particular project….especially if it’s meant to be play on hipster themes. (Oh, wait..am I being ironic now?) Here’s an example – a recipe for the Cleveland Rose cocktail as served up at The tango Room (with some possible differences).

Serve up a nice cocktail with this recipe
Serve up a nice cocktail with this recipe
 
 

Cleveland Postcard

Inspired by a recent DesignCuts deal for vintage/hipster design resources and a promotional tutorial, I decided to design a postcard for all those who still consider Cleveland the heart of rock n’ roll.  It took me two evenings to get this done.  The first image is the final design and the second is a mock up. (Not sure how this will look on screen…)

Final Cleveland Postcard
Final Cleveland Postcard
The mock-up for the final postcard design.  I like the grungy word -- it goes nicely with the vntage postcard backside.  (2 Lil' Owls made that available to folks via DesignCuts.)
The mock-up for the final postcard design. I like the grungy word — it goes nicely with the vntage postcard backside. (2 Lil’ Owls made that available to folks via DesignCuts.)
 
 

Street Photography

Here are two very different examples of street photography. I took the first photo and Xiaojing took the second one.

The first one is “The Dress and The Chinese Army – Shanghai, February 2005”

Communism versus Pretty Dress - score one for high fashion.
Communism versus Pretty Dress – score one for high fashion.

I was in Shanghai shortly after Chinese New Year (February 2005).  My best friend and I had written a screenplay which we were trying to get made into a movie based in Shanghai.  One afternoon, I was out on the Bund and spotted these three middle-aged Army women (all officers, I believe) admiring the window displays for the Giorgio Armani store that had just recently opened. Even though I knew it was a bad idea, as a foreigner, to take a photo of some Chinese PLA officers, the social commentary a photo like this would provide was just too alluring. I snuck up fairly close — maybe 15, 16 feet away — and waited for them to pass by me.  They didn’t even notice me. The one officer nearest to the window was mentioning to her colleagues that she wished her husband could afford to buy her a dress like that.  (If I remember correctly, the dress was at least $1200 US Dollars at the time. So, in 2005 Chinese Yuan that would have been around 10,000 RMB!)

The universalness of this photo needs no translation.  But let’s face it: no matter where you go in the world, women just love window shopping and nice dresses.

The second photo is “Philly Drifter”:

So, we see this drifter waiting at a bus stop....
So, we see this drifter waiting at a bus stop….

Last Memorial Day weekend (2013), we took a family vacation to Philadelphia.  After spending the day in the Old City and Chinatown, we took the long way back to our hotel.  I don’t remember where we were exactly when Xiaojing took this photo but I do remember as we were stopping at a stop light, this guy leaning against a fire hydrant while smoking his cigarette.  An old duffel bag, just jammed packed, was resting at his feet. He just seemed like a drifter to me, for some reason.

Without missing a beat, Xiaojing whipped out her iPhone and got this street photo.

 
 

Second Etsy Store

It’s been a long time since a post.  But we’ve been busy.

We opened a second Etsy store, that is still developing, but it has more of a typographical poster niche to it.

Down at the bottom of the page, you can see our mini Etsy widgets.

 
 

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