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Friday, February 29, 2008

Marching Forth

Dear February,

Thanks for being pretty good to me. I know people are angry because you are longer and colder this year than others, but i don't care, i still think you're cool. Please tell your neighbor March to treat me as well as you.

Your friend,

PS. Please tell January to not be such an asshole next year.


Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Unfortunately, the month of February had to end with my Blogger account going haywire. Otherwise, things have been pretty good. I had to be different, and set up my account to be running off of my website, and now it has turned around to bite me in the ass. Blogger refuses to upload anything normally, and because of this i can't upload pictures at all. AND seeing how this blog depends almost solely on some sort of imagery, it kinda puts a damper on things. Google representatives have yet to respond to my thread i started in the help section, so i am left waiting. I have been testing the upload stream constantly to see if it has changed and since Monday/Tuesday when it went down... it hasn't. My patience is running low now especially with a long boring weekend ahead of me, i was hoping to blog a bit. My only other option, if this continues for too long, is to move to another blog (probably one without FTP upload). That just seems like such a hassle, so i'm not really interested in doing that... but i will. Ey, so the coffee i drank is wearing off. to bring spirits back up, i leave you with these videos. i hope this post works ok.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Baited Questions

Good is Dead. But Chip Kidd isn't. Yet. And it's a good thing, because he was dawning his greatness all over Hallmark today. I have met him once before, back at Kutztown, but that hadn't stopped me from getting super excited for his appearance. For those of you unfamiliar with him or his work, he is a flamboyant, super fun (off the wall), extremely talented designer, known mostly for his work on book jackets. Best known in my eyes for the Jurassic Park cover. He is a lover of old japanese animation and Batman and Superman, he has a "band", and has 3 books of his own. Basically, he is a design rockstar demi-god.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Already Better Said

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Black Tie

The Academy Awards are finally here... ... woo? Really when you think about it, the Oscars are pretty boring in comparison to all the over the top awards shows today. Despite this, i will be paying $10 to play dress up and watch the Oscars with a bunch of friends. This year i tried to get really into it and watch all the movies nominated... Unfortunately, i am both cheap and lazy, so i ended up watching maybe half of them. But, without further ado, these are my winners for the 2008 Academy Awards (not like you care):
Best Picture - No Country for Old Men This was a tough choice, I loved so many of the nominee's. And i am actually excited to see the outcome of this category.
Best Director - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men Considering i don't know quiet where the directors job begins and ends this is always hard for me to choose. But the Coen Brothers are unstoppable.
Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood It was close, George Clooney did a superb job but Daniel Day-Lewis was breathtaking. Sorry Johnny Depp... and i didn't see, In the Valley of Elah and Eastern Promises as much as i would have liked to have an unbiased opinion.
Best Actress - Ellen Page - Juno I'm not going to lie... i didn't see any of the other movies. and i want to marry Ellen Page, so this one is pretty unfair. All well.
Best Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men - This one was really tough, infact i may have made the wrong choice. As much as i totally love Javier, Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton was just awesome. Either will do in my eyes.
Best Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There Ruby Dee had such a small role in American Gangster i don't think it would be fair for her to win. And as much as Tilda Swinton pulled off a timid evil, i heard Cate Blanchett will be unstoppable for this award.
Best Original Screenplay - Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy Juno was a close second... but i felt the lines were a little "overdone" and offensive to a millennial through stereotypes (though funny). Michael Clayton was total pay-off in the end and that makes for good writing in my book.
Best Adapted Screenplay - No Country for Old Men - Joel and Ethan Coen, from No Country for Old Men, novel by Cormac McCarthy I thought this was an original screenplay... but none the less, it was well done. Oil! a novel by Upton Sinclair was definitely a close second.
Less important awards:
Best Original Song - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - "Falling Slowly" from Once Even though it's not original... *sigh* it's totally amazing.
Best Sound Editing - Skip Lievsay - No Country for Old Men It was the most interesting part of the movie for me.
Best Original Score - Marco Beltrami - 3:10 to Yuma Even though it should have been There Will Be Blood, even though it was like the only category it wasn't nominated for.

I absolutely loved Michael Clayton and There Will Be Blood despite my predictions here. This is why i could never be on this comity... who are these people anyhow?

Enjoy the Oscars.

Movie watcher,

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Clovers Pressed in Book Pages

All this week i have been bombarded by speakers in hopes to awe and inspire us. I think they have done a rather good job at it judging by the reaction of myself and others here. Our very own Marita started out the week with her own trend predictions for the year. Tuesday brought Denyse Schmidt, fabric designer and quilt maker (currently). Jane Fulton Suri, the creator of such things as Banks of America's "Keep the Change" Program, and the resurgence of "casual biking (coasting)", among many others. She was my favorite. It felt as if my mind was set free... i haven't really done much of anything with it though. Soon, i'm sure. Issa, I didn't get to see, i heard she was great too... she just seemed like a hippy to me... Today, Chad Pregracke came to our eco-rescue with his stories of cleaning up the Mississippi River. Each presenter has some sort of book based on their works. And each day, we put in our segment of paper with our name on it, hoping to win one of maybe 5 books each day. So, on the last name, of the last day, of trends week, my name was called. Anyone who knows me, knows that i am not a very lucky guy, or at least thats what i believe. I have had to make my own luck all my life. I don't win anything. So you can imagine to what surprise this was. Partial thanks to my friend Tobe for her help. Blah blah blah, i'm rambling... Here's to hope for a good weekend.

"This winter is lasting forever, at least for tonight."

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

To Be Samson

Here i thought i was going to get on Blogger today, and have nothing to talk about, so i would likely be stuck crying about how lonely i am... but while i was on the elliptical watching CNN at the gym, there it was, like a sign from God...
Hunting weapons of course. Pretty pink hunting weapons, complete with Hello Kitty, name decal... and bayonet! Parents are concerned they look too much like toys. i mean look at this... thats just silly! This IS a toy. Last time i checked you don't go out blowing away deer with an AK... but then again, i'm not much of a hunter. Anyhow, i don't want to forget the others. If pink wasn't quite doing it for you, they have a plethora of other options. My favorites are to the left. My hands-down favorite is the "Stress Reducer"! HAHA, wow. Not surprisingly, i checked the site to see where they located... it's in the mid-west (Baraboo, WI), OF COURSE. As i watched CNN report on this, it took everything i had not to start dying of laugher through my weezing. I managed to keep my excitement to dull chuckle and a wide smile. I doubt everyone else will find this exactly as funny as i have... but hopefully you will find some amusement. Despite the fact that this is completely ridiculous in my eyes, i still have to give them credit for a novel idea. Not only that, but somewhere deep down, my inner manliness is raging and makes me think it's pretty kick-ass. Yee-haw!

Video games don't kill people, crazy rednecks with pink guns kill people.

On a side note to all of this. I had a great day today (despite my earlier comment of being lonely).

Tourniquet Man,

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"He's just a really loving person..."

Chuck Anderson (AKA nopattern)

Chuck is a slightly more known artist than i typically post (or at least i feel). And for good reason. His Photoshop skills blow everyone away. On a scale of one to awesome, this guy is Jesus (PS that's above awesome). On my trip home from TX i saw his custom Mountain Dew bottle and i didn't pick it up. Now i am kicking myself, but i figured now would be a good time to tell the world about him.

Later this week... movie stuff, in honor of the Oscar's sunday.

Yahoo! Personals is the opposite of internet porn,

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Burn The World

This sickness has taken "it" out of me. Whatever "it" was, i no longer have it. I can't find motivation to do anything. That includes blogging. Tomorrow, will be different I hope.

I edited the post about the wedding from yesterday rather than posting again.

The Unwilling and Unmotivated


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Shades of Gold and Gray

In the past 72 hours i have been on the road at least 24 hours.
The Hale wedding is complete... It was probably one of the most fun wedding to be in, as well as to witness. From the Gospel Choir singing in the bride, to the cake catching at the reception. Or us weirdo Kansas City kids trying to get people on the dance floor by embarrassing ourselves to the iTunes playlist Aaron constructed. Nachos, Wheat, Beautiful Texans, lots of trucks, and sparklers...
Aaron's family was amazing, and their house was a taxidermy wonderland. I forgot my aliments for the weekend and bonded with a ton of nice people... i don't regret the drive at all.
Even love is better in Texas... Congratulations Heather and Aaron Hale. (Insert generic statement about how wonderful you are and how happy i am for you, because i have run out of words to describe.) Hurry back from that honeymoon.

Under the Honeymoon,

PS. Yes, i wore my dunks to the reception... they were a hit.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Problem, A Rose

Happy Valentine's Day

The yellow ones are for friendship. Maybe you got one? Some people just don't deserve to go Valentine's without getting anything. So, i made sure you at least got something.

In other news, I think i am sick. It doesn't happen often with me, but talking about it so much lately, i think i jinxed myself. I hope everyone else had a good day.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

O' Happy Day.

Paper Source research.

Happy Birthday Laura Jordan. You are a good friend. I watch you make everyone's birthday special on your blog, and now it's your turn. May your 24th year be even better, and more exciting, but less stressful than your 23rd. Take care and God bless.

no longer afraid,

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Oh MO! Oh YES!

Frank Chimero; The States. The childish and brilliant idea of putting items in the shape of the 50 states... he is a little short right now though. Check out his other work too if you get a chance. He's from Missouri. ooo...

Polaroid's Last Shot
Articles like this one i am linking you to worry me. As a basic summery, Polaroid feels like they are becoming outdated in the "instant camera" market, so they stopped making them. The company that made instant film a "polaroid", is now moving into the digital age. My how times have changed.

The forcast includes a small chance of more snow and ice today. Yey... but i think we are in the clear now.

Living in constant mess,

Edit: RIP Roy Scheider. (thats the guy from Jaws, if you are lost)

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Friday, February 8, 2008


Warning this post could get long.
Many people know my position on politics. If you are not framiliar, that position is that it can divide two people who get along perfectly, but when it comes to a silly thing like picking an elephant or a donkey everyone get crazy. So i seperate myself from it. I have been on the fence on politics ever since i realized i didn't have to follow exactly what my parents believed.
On that note, this year, i have finally registered to vote. Ironically, this year i probably know less about the canidates than i did any other year. SO, very soon i will be putting my nose to the grind stone. but one person i know who will be getting a lot of attention will be Obama. Especially, because whoever he has working for him is totally winning my vote purely based on design... i mean WOW. check this out.

Check it out for yourself

Check out these LOGO changes for the different types of audiences:

That crazy designer did it for all the states too!:

More info and visuals from Speak Up!

One more thing, designers must love him.

The totally unpolitical, Josh

PS i didn't actually post this at 4AM. i changed that. it's a Rives joke... ...nevermind.

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Argyle Heart

Randomly awesome or awesomely random. In my web surfing adventures i found my computer full of nonsense, i mean research.

I'm now hitting the gym, then more Val Research today. Seize the Day!


PS. It is bad i totally love it when Dave Matthews Band shows up randomly when my iPods on shuffle?

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Back-Up Guy

I am lacking motivation. This week i was going to point out bad design... but i'm not sure i have the heart. I am not feeling cynical enough to tell people how bad they are. Besides, who am i to judge... i'm not the best designer in the world. I don't poop pantone colors and speak prefect kerning. So what does everyone think, lets take a vote, should i do a week of bad design? Thanks for reading.

Yours Truly,
Everyones Silver Medal,
Josh Dusel.

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Monday, February 4, 2008


Night blogging tonight.
These are some cassette tapes i drew. *shrug*

Today was a good day. You know how some times things just kinda fall into place? Today was one of those days. This is silly, but i knew God was smiling at me when i hit every green light on the way to work today. I didn't get in the good garage, but my feelings weren't hurt. Then, just this morning, as i read my e-mail, I was informed that i was going to be on a research team for Valentines Day. Awesome. On the most beautiful day in February, i got to leave work early and drive around. I almost pooped. Anyhow, do you ever just step outside into the sun, look directly at it and just take a breath of fresh air? mmm i love that. It almost reached 70 while i was out today. That's like spring! Inside all day? Awhhh.... too bad... HA. sorry. Moving on. The day off really worked out well because i didn't get to run any errands this weekend, so this was the perfect opportunity to. Driving around with the windows down, singing at the top of my lungs... It was a good day. Maybe i will post my findings later. Paper Source gets an A+ in my book.

I said i was going to post things that have bad design this week... no really good examples today, but in honor of the research day, I'm going to start with AG's Valentines Collection. Vom.

While out, i signed my life away for another year in this apartment. See you in hell kids.

Tonight, ended with coffee.

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Title

Eat that Tom Brady! Even though you will still go home and sleep with your slammin' girlfriend... you will not go home with another Superbowl ring! What an upset!

"he's a looker, but i really think it's guts that matter most."


Sucker for Strings.

Here is a belated survey i said i would take. Enjoy. edit As usual i had to go back and fix some stuff because it didn't quiet make sense.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
I asked someone out in person. I drove half way across the country. I lost 30 pounds.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Sorta. Resolutions are kinda dumb. Really you should be making goals all year round, and you shouldn't need one time of the year to tell yourself, "holy crap, I suck! Time to not suck so much!" On that note, i did tell myself around that time to start losing weight, and i did. Make any this year? No, not really.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Ew... if they were physically close that could create quite the mess... Not close to me, emotionally either

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not in this past year, or not close to me. Thank God.

5. What countries did you visit?
The good ol' U. S. of A.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
A solid girlfriend. A house. Maybe a dog.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
12/09/07, because it was a good date. Thats really kinda it.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
A small increase in confidence and losing 30 pounds.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Getting dumped, and not getting a house.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Minor ones, nothing serious. A broken heart (collective "awh" please).

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably, the iMac I am on right now. Maybe the Wii.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Aaron Hale. For being an all around good dude.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
It's best if i don't mention it. I am over it now anyhow.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To my rent, my student loans, video games, and this computer.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
12/09/07, and going home over the summer and for Christmas. Ask most people and they will tell you those where the things i talked about the most at least.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
"Kill" by Jimmy Eat World "The Ponytail Parade" by Emery

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I don't think this question makes sense. Harder, thinner, faster, stronger?

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family back home in Pennsylvania, playing Mario Party, stuffing our faces and carrying on.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
I would like to say not... but that is probably not true.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Heroes probably. Lost is a good one year to year as well.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate? No. Things are clearing up now.

24. What was the best book you read?
Last year? Well, not much reading, but "Hand Job: A Catalog of Type)", also "Bridge to Terabithia"

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I discover music all the time. The greatest one? The Acorns probably.

26. What did you want and get?
My iMac.

27. What did you want and not get?
To be loved.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
"No Country for Old Men", "Once"

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to Dave and Busters. 23.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Happiness. Is that too generic? Emotional gratification.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
preppy indie hipster.

32. What kept you sane?
Xbox Live.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
of 2007? i'm not sure. If i had to think of one, i would probably have to say Michael Cera.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
African issues. RED, Fair Trade, etc.

35. Who did you miss?
My buddy Nick, and Kyle. My family. Lately, my deceased Nana

36. Who was the best new person you met?
In this year? There is a ton! Laura Jordan is probably at the top. Big thank you to everyone i have met in '07.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Everything happens for a reason. The rest you have to figure out for yourself.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Next Year, Baby" - Jamie Cullum

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Good Morning February.

To me, this is going out with a bang. Lettering training is over, so i will take it down a notch with the posting (at least when it comes to type). Maybe i will complain more about life... would you like that? hm? Who knows. Anyhow, the awesome Jeremy Pettis! Typography treatment for 26 different animals. Each one unique and beautiful.

So, a short story; today i was basically forced to watch something i should have been more than willing to watch on my own. His name is Rives (pronounced reevs), and he was here for Hallmark's Word Week. Upon watching the video i was in love. Not as much with the man (though he was quite the looker), but rather with the words, and the concept. It really reminded me of when i used to write poetry. I call it that, but in reality it was just mush on a Word document, blog, or in the column of a notebook page. But this is what romance sounded like. Even the way Rives moved his hands was poetry. It was so "gorgeous" and perfect, that after smiles, only came envy. I can already feel it flowing through me. The will to make words flow like blood through veins. And will I? possibly. Right now? You decide.

This is what it's like living your life always wanting to be somebody else...

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