October 3, 2011

Look Ma, I’m on Tumblr

Let's Go Native

Since all the cool kids seem to be on the Tumblr these days, combined with the fact that my Flickr account has become a catch-all, I’ve created a Tumblr page for my photos and what-not. I’m going to do my best to upload a new photo everyday, so be sure to get over there and follow me.

Check it out at Let’s Go Native!

September 3, 2011

Unwinding With Neko

Lady Morgain - Park City Mountain Biking

As a kid I used to get lost in the woods armed with only a bike and my dog… 16 years later not much has changed.

September 2, 2011

James Victore

The way you learn to eat shit…
is a little at a time.

— James Victore

I’ve always been a big fan of James Victore’s work, and recently picked up his book Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss?. The book serves as a greatest hits collection from his illustrious career, and as with all things containing the Victore stamp, is a thoroughly entertaining and colorful read. If only all designers would use their powers for such good, myself included.

August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs on Creativity

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

— Steve Jobs on creativity from the Wall Street Journal

August 8, 2011

Park City Zombie Apocalypse 2011

PC Zombie Apocalypse 2011

The days are already getting shorter here in Park City. Pretty soon temperatures will be dropping, the Aspens will begin to yellow, and zombies will be taking over Main Street. Are you ready?

July 15, 2011

Spring & Summer Adventure’n

little grand canyon, Utah

I finally got around to editing some of my photos taken from earlier this spring and summer. To view all, please visit my photostream on Flickr. Above is Kassie & Neko taking in the morning before a 16 mile bike ride alongside the rim of Utah’s Little Grand Canyon. The ride is fairly mellow, but what the trail lacks in terms of challenge, it certainly makes up for with stunning vistas.

June 26, 2011

New in the Shop: Old Town Bicycle Co. T

Old Town Bicycle Co. T

This shirt is for people who love bikes. Whether you don spandex, skinny jeans, or a full-face, stay cool at your favorite post-ride watering hole this summer in this hip, yet subtly handcrafted T. Printed on the American Apparel Heather Gray 50/50 track shirt, we guarantee you the softest shirt on the block.

Each piece is designed and printed by hand in Utah making no two alike. Available for sale now in the shop!


June 9, 2011

Defining Graphic Design

Ask any graphic designer what their job title is, and chances are you’ll receive a wide array of answers. Graphic Artist, Interaction Designer, User Experience Expert, and Branding Consultant, are just a sampling of the responses you might hear. But at the heart of it all, whether we’re designing logos, billboards, or mobile sites, we are designers.

And while many have attempted to define design and it’s relationship with art, it boils down to one simple truth: Art is created to be considered by an audience, whereas design is created in consideration of an audience.

Designers are hired by clients to solve problems. Artists are commissioned to create paintings, sculptures and so on. Now this isn’t to say that artists can’t be problem solvers. John Lennon aimed to inspire change in his audience through his music and art. Take Paul, on the other hand, who was perfectly content creating low-impact, melodic, pop songs. John and Paul are both considered great artists, and both have had wildly different impacts on the world around them. Additionally, Paul McCartney will always be remembered first and foremost as a Beatle, while John’s legacy is defined by his post-Beatle career as a humanitarian, artist/activist, and even designer.

In a similar vein, designers often fall victim to apathetic work. Does slapping a new color scheme on an existing template really take the clients and users needs into consideration? Or is it simply digital decorating. Do the tasks we’re performing directly consider the user’s experience or provide solutions to problems? Or are we merely employed in an artistic brand of pixel pushing. To most, design is another word for pretty with no regard for function. However, any designer worth the ink in their pens knows that beauty falls flat if it doesn’t first take into account function and execution. Otherwise it’s not design, but just another pretty love song.