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Monday, December 15, 2008

Ying and Yang

As many of you know, my sister was Miss August 2008 for Playboy Magazine. And like the flyer says, she is right now in the running to be "Playmate of the Year". Please click this link and go vote for her. The link goes to, so i can't guaranty it won't take you to naked ladies. Needless to say then, this is NSFW (not suitable for work). I don't know personally what's waiting on the other side because i am afraid if click the link, i'll see my sister naked... and i really can't afford to pay for the resulting therapy right now. If someone does go vote for my sister, please let me know what i am about to see.

Peace, Joshie

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

I Forget My Best Titles.

click to zoom in. this are all knit characters.
I wish i had the persons link to who ever did these originally, but you will have to celebrate the entire collection here instead.

I hope to redesign my blog soon, and mostly update my links. There is so much talent that you are missing out on that blogs too.
Don't forget to keep up with my drama filled life with my Twitter. It's right there on the sidebar for your convenience.


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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cloth/Table Forts


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Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I thought this was cool. From the thumbnail view, you wouldn't be able to tell it's a Bible huh?

October. I have been working hard at Hallmark. The weather has been beautiful, and there are a surprising amount of things to do outside of work. So, this leaves me, as usual, with very little time to blog. But i haven't forgotten.

As a preview of what i might talk about in the future. I'm going camping this weekend in Oklahoma. Also, my friends are coming up for a long weekend toward the end of the month. October and November are going to be good months for music i think. I have been listening to "Dexter" audiobooks, and reading the Watchmen. I started getting a little more serious when it comes to looking for a girlfriend, and that includes online. Trust me, that will make for interesting blog posts later. Not to mention the fact that his is October, so maybe i should have a scary theme to the rest of the posts this month? And i think thats all.

Keep watching Twitter (even though i haven't been doing that much lately either).


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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Perceived Beauty

I would really like to start doing movie reviews in time for the movie debut... but i feel like i a) don't have the time with all the other stuff i am doing, b) i watched the movie too far in advance and i forget when the movie actually comes out, or c) i am just too damn lazy. Usually, it's C (at least lately).

Here is some "Entertainment Catch-Up":

Burn After Reading - As far Coen Brothers movies go, i have to watch them twice to see if i really like them. I have now scene this movie twice. If you are looking for an uplifting movie. This one isn't going to be for you. Basically, it's a bleak commentary on love, marriage, relationships, and self-image set to an espionage soundtrack. The commercials and trailers make it seem like a laugh out loud comedy, and it is at some points, but for the most part it is a subtle humor. Not as funny as The Big Lebowski, not as dire as No Country for Old Men. And i wouldn't say as good as either as well. But, all in all, i think this is another great movie for the Coens, you just have to know what you are getting into before you go. If nothing else, the poster is a Saul Bass look-a-like and is fantastic.

Babylon AD - Sci-Fi Vin Diesel movie. I really don't need to say more than that. If you happen to like this kind of movie then go see it... Otherwise...

The Rocker - I thought it was funnier the second time around. I still feel it's tuned more toward high school kids. I still think Teddy Geiger is a bad actor, and Rainn Wilson is always good for a laugh, but Jason Sudeikis steals the show.


The Savages - More bleak. It was about a brother and a sister that had an awful relationship with their dad. But when he is stricken with dementia they are forced to put him in a home. The experience eventually makes them better people. The movie made me bummed out, and inevitably solidified my plan for being dead at age 50, so myself and others don't have to go through all of the terrible stuff. Laura Linney is really cute, and the acting all around was great though. Cute poster design... that has nothing to do with the movie.


- Mad Men is pretty awesome.

- i have been listening to the Harry Potter books on tape... and it's messing me up. I love them so much it gives me something more to look forward to during the week (i only listen to them at work). I listen to them so much, that i was to start using the words of the book in ever day speech... but then i would just be crazy... so i won't... for now.

- tell me this poster isn't awesome. (and something you could see in my portfolio.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Sound of Distant Radio


ps. make sure to check out the rest of his videos if you liked this one.
pps. i can't wait for my vacation in puget sound, wa. maybe after that i will actually start to post again?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Vigilante Justice

I'm still here. Busy, busy, busy.

Nice work Converse.
Happy 100 Year Anniversary.
Like the song? Good, me too. NERD, the Strokes... that other chic... Go to their site to download the full song for free.


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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wishing for Anything

Hi, short post. This was just too brutal to not post.

Dan Mumford
This is both beautiful and dark. The line work is just so impressive, and he is also doing some great things with color.

Rock on,

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

He is the Break in Our Line

Michelle Rheaume Design's

This is one i have been trying to post for a while but i have become backed up on other things. I would like to say it's because i am working on my sisters website non-stop, but it's not... it's World of Warcraft. However, i have been busting my butt on Kayla's page, and you will see an update soon. Also, work has been crazy as well. Moving on, the meat of this post is about adorable softies from Michelle Rheaume. She is amazing. I first discovered her through this:

Most are either treat or Mario themed, and all pretty reasonably priced. I am always a sucker for a well crafted item, especially when it is pertaining to something i like. If it wasn't totally fem to have something like this in your kitchen, i would have one in a heartbeat. However, i am still debating.

For more, check out her Flickr

losing connection,

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Serpent, The Fruit, The Lie.

Now this is a fun original idea for a music video... even though it could easily pass as an ad for Apple. I enjoyed the song as well.

back already (maybe),

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Mistakes To Be Made.

by Three Legged Legs
...too bad it's a zune ad.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Your Smile

muxtape? more like suxtape. ha. it totally refuses to upload my files. which kinda ruins the theme of my post, so i will post about something different, and i'll hold muxtape and other music stuff for another time.

Sketchbooks by these guys:Firmorama. They have other great work so check it out.

Don't tell Locke what he can't do,

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Monday, April 21, 2008


Quick, before i go to bed. I noticed some major similarities in these 3 designs. I just thought i would share. lets see how long it takes for you to find it! A read Blood-ish look, with a collage of characters. Were they all influenced by the same design? Probably. Does anyone really care? Nope. Designers "borrow", big deal. Meh, i just found it interesting.

Speaking of red check this bad boy out.


ps. Go to their site to hear their new single, "Pork and Beans" off of the "Red Album". It's not quite their old stuff, but they are making a solid effort.

Also, i added a Twitter feed to the side bar there ->. I seem to be able to make quick updates there more than i am able to blog. So, enjoy that for now. And if you don't twitter... you might want to consider trying it.

Red is Dead. Green is keen?... (earth day jokes?)

PS. i love thunder.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Connect Like Lightning

Just today, i was talking about trying new things. This is not exactly what i had in mind, but it keeps with the theme. This company has capitalized on taking exotic delicacies from other countries, and mass marketing them (by either turning them into a chocolate covered snack or some form of liquor it seems). Each product comes complete with the spiritual and physical advantage, on beautifully designed, simple packaging. The only downfall, is a barely navigable website. GAH! Thanks Nina for pointing me towards this site. I don't think i would have a problem chowing down a tasty chocolate covered scorpion.

"it made my poop sick"

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Where I Was Back Then.

LA Pop Art.
You can't really appreciate this poster until you enlarge the above image. It's the entire script of Godfather set in only different thicknesses of hand-done type to create a portrait of Marlon Brando. I think i messed my pants when i saw this. They have a bunch of other great prints that you should go check out, but I know one person in particular that will love this particular piece. I can actually afford the poster versions of their work, so i may buy one. But then again, this has giving me a couple good ideas of my own. =)

I hardly post at all anymore let alone write "design" posts. WIth any luck i will get back on the ball with some good research.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Corrugate Forest.

This past weekend, i was more formally introduced to a pretty amazing couple, Rachel andLeo Kempf. We shared ice cream and stories and really enjoyed my getting to know them. Then, i came to find out, just this morning, that Leo was not only a pretty solid dude, but he was also wildly talented. Un-anxious to brag about his magical vocation on the day we met, I happen to stubble upon it today. Cardboard quote shaped tables? impossibly angled shelves?... oh, he totally does logos and web design too (Images above, be sure to click that link above to see more). my mind was blown. With any luck, i will get to know more about him and talk his ear off about his way cool furniture this weekend on a camping trip. All of this is for not though, because apparently in a short amount of time they will be moving away to Arkansas. Clearly, Kansas City wasn't boring enough for them. But i wish them the best.

Thats my story.

"it's like a book elegantly bound, but, in a language you can't read... just yet."

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My sister's 21st birthday today! Happy Birthday Kayla, i love you. May your next year be as good as this last one!

your big brother,

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Tiger in the City

Love, Josh

Note to self: ... gosh, i think i do this same lettering all the time. i am going to have to change something up soon here. crap.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Such is life.

i'll post when i see something worth posting i guess...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Lost Without Limitations

Stefan Stagmeister was at Hallmark today. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out either (well maybe a little, but i won't go into it because it's not really relevant). SO, he came and won me over immediately with this Austrian accent. Just as Chip Kidd, Stephan grounded me on the design world outside of Hallmark and gave me perspective. Stephan's latest project was involving a diary that he kept. In the diary were statements like, "Keeping a diary supports personal developement." He used these to create his book Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far. The book is filled with innovative and often traditional typographic solutions for his "things he learned". So many of the things he mentions i struggle with myself... it was pretty much the perfect time for him to come. The "book" is actually a collection of books each with interchangeable covers for the die-cut in the sleeve. It's pretty super... i must say. Ok, enough of that. I just think Mr Stagmeister is pretty swell if you couldn't tell. ..

I was pretty homesick at the end of this weekend. It's slightly better now, but there was so many things about being home that i miss. I miss my friends back home a lot... i have to say though, if it wasn't for the awesome new friends i have met out here in Kansas City, i would probably be insane...

"Tonight I lack the strength to even move..."

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I Guess We All Can't Be Friends Forever.

I figured there were enough words in the last post to last a while.


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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Last Night I Saw the Future You.

So after a day of feeling the signs of aging, e.i. hurting my neck from rocking out to hard and putting my nose to the grindstone working today, I came home to a package on my porch. Already knowing what was in the package, I brought it inside, and with boyish glee, tore it apart. Inside was this:
The Bully media kit! Some genius marketing as usual from Rockstar Games. So you understand the concept behind what i got, you have to get the premise of the game first. Basically, you are a troubled teen enrolled in the "Bullworth Academy" against your will, and being the "villian" in the game, you do everything from beating up kids, to playing pranks, to actually going to class, so that you can fit in. In the envelope were 2 "Bully" logo stickers, and 2 that say "My child was expelled from the Bullworth Academy". Done before, but brilliant. But the real sell for me was "Whipper Snappers"... you know, those snappers that you throw at the ground and they pop. These aren't the sissy kind either, these are the hardcore, gun shot sounding kind. The perfect kind for causing trouble. Complete with packaging directed toward the game. Rockstar has a great team working on their package design as well... er, they either commission or have some talented illustrators on staff at least. The cover art features vector-like illustrations of the main character Jim and Principle with a comic strip set back tone-on-tone in the background. Beautiful. When you flip the box over... everything kinda falls apart, and it looks like they just threw it together just to get it on the shelves.

Because I had both versions just released for the game, i figured it was only my duty to play a couple hours on both of them and right up a quick review. All together you can see a lot of similarities to the infamous Grand Theft Auto series done by Rockstar Games [New York]. Basically, this was Rockstar's solution for anyone who doesn't make it into the M rating (18+), but is "mature" enough for the T Rating (13+). Because this was originally on PS2, this "Scholarship Edition" is basically a port to the next-gen consoles (ew, sorry that was totally gamer speak). Yeah, they updated the graphics, and added some new stuff, but i'm sure it's pretty much the same. The 360 version looks pretty good. Especially in HD. After playing it on the Wii, i was actually able to see a noticeable difference. On both versions, you see that familiar illustrated loading screen seen in GTA (as i mentioned from the cover). Trading in your guns for slingshots, you run around campus instead of a city, but basically the same idea — with no vehicles to drive (sorry). And of course, a that offbeat sense of humor that Rockstar games seem to have. But this is all fun stuff, so i didn't see a problem. So the Wii version, may look like trash (like the PS2) when you play it, but the controls make up for it. The studio did a good job translating the controls to the Wii to make it work as close to real life as the could. When you make a right handed punch you punch with your right, left, left, etc. I couldn't contain myself from laughing the first time i did it.

My recommendation is, if you have both the 360 and the Wii, buy it from the Wii. It's much more fun, and the graphics aren't THAT much worse... i guess.

Sorry if this was totally boring for people who don't enjoy video games.


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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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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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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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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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Thursday, January 31, 2008

He Doesn't Fool Me.

Bravo TCM. Brilliant. Take that you writers.

Design Police - Now all they need to do is arrest people for poor design. I think next week i am going to do a dedication to badly designed products, websites, ads, etc. That sounds like a lot of fun. Let the recommendations flow in. To bad i should be on the list too.

i am being a big baby and skipping the gym because i am sore all over. Will I go Saturday to make up for it? ...maybe. i think will do some sit ups then take a nap because i can barely keep my eyes open long enough to do this post.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Optimist and the Half Empty Glass.

iamana: a small portfolio with lots of cool stuff. Can't you see that sweet-ass robot. Enjoy.

I have a headache.

"i'm a hopeless romantic, you're just hopeless."

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Babe Among the Wolves

Because most people don't watch Cartoon Network as much as i do i figured i would pass this one along. The Hives - Fall is Just Something That Grown-ups Invented. Beautifully illustrated and LETTERED video made for a promo spot with CN's new image. I believe the work is done by Shilo Creative, thats who did the short version of the commercial at least. There is also an other commercial with a tween boy rapping, with a similar style... but i can't find it on the internet anywhere. however, when i do find it, you will be seeing it. Word.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Cinematic Endings

A flicker site with 128 images of mindnumbingly awesome imagery. I think I want to be him.
Happy Friday (of a three day weekend)

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