Archive for September, 2009

Craven Allen exhibit with Kathryn DeMarco / Reception Sat Oct 3

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Art, Durham, Event on September 29, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Announcement, 1pmKathryn DeMarco has a new show of paintings, drawings, and collages that is about to open at Craven Allen and I’ve got a smattering of H&B goods mixed in with the exhibit.

For those not in the know, Craven Allen is not only an exceptional frame shop—with some great people working there—but it has a wonderful downstairs exhibit space and has consistently shown interesting work by regional artists for many years. Located on Broad Street, it is well worth stopping in on a regular basis throughout the year.

I’ve found some forgotten copies of older H&B books (including copies of the formerly out of print 1998 edition of “In the Light from Stained Glass” and the last deluxe edition copy (case bound with handmade paper that was hand-painted during the sheet-forming process) of “The Dead Father Poems,” and they will be for sale along with more recent books including “Song of the Line”, “Birdhouses”, music packaging projects, and the Farmers Market broadside print which Craven Allen will frame for 15% off  during the show.

Below is a glimpse at a couple of Kathryn’s pieces. Her exhibit includes smaller drawings as well as paintings and collages that are 7 feet tall, and a range of works in between. The reception if this Saturday from 5-7pm (unfortunately I’ll be out of town) but I know Kathryn will be there and they are going to have some tasty treats).

Kathryn’s website




Bad Fashion Design.

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Bikes/Cycling, Sports on September 28, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Really bad.

who the hell is designing these kits for American cyclists, or more importantly can we get someone else on the job?

Restaurant land

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Design, Durham, Horse & Buggy Press project on September 28, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Watts ad
Saladelia ad

I’ve been doing some ad and menu design work for a few of the better restaurants around these parts (especially meaninfgul as a former food service industry worker myself. I enjoyed my years working as a prep and line cook. The pay sucked balls, and the hours weren’t much better, but it was nice being active all day, working with interesting people and with my hands, and getting to put out a real tangible artifact.)

In an alternate universe, cooks are paid well and get copious benefits like paid vacations and sick days and health insurance, while investment bankers and the other scoundrels skimming the fat off our land… yeah they end up cleaning the grease trap at the end of the night and take out the trash instead of being the ones who can afford to eat out without thinking about it.

I digress.

Beyu card

In exciting news for downtown Durham Dorian Bolden will be opening the Beyu Caffe on the street level of the Snow Building. I worked on a business card design for the Beye Caffe using their existing logo, and it looks like we’ll have another moderately priced lunch joint (and one whose menu is more adventurous) and a decent coffeehouse. Talking with Dorian—who is an amazingly nice guy and clearly has put his all into every detail of the cafe operations—he made clear they will pride themselves on good service and attention to detail.

Two, count ’em two, cash registers to handle the lunch rush.

A pick-up area separate from where you place orders.

and the barista will not be the cash register person!!

Meaning if you go in and just want a cup of coffee to go, no waiting five minutes in a line of three because the persons in front of you ordered some candlyland vegan latte with extra cocoa sprinkles, and the other person is writing a check for her triple decaf espresso. Counter service, it is clearly lacking in Durham, hopefully some of the other joints in these parts will take notice of what Dorian and company bring to the scene. I for one and am tired of making call-in orders for lunch and joints don’t even pick up the phone. What. the. funky?! Get it together people. And why are places closed downtown on Saturday night? Yo, give your employees a key and have ’em open the joint up if you don’t want to work Saturday.

Ken Burns: National Parks, yet another socialist endeavor worth keeping? Hell yeah.

Posted in 21st century life on September 25, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Article here or copied below

There’s a video clip preview in the article link if you want to check it out.

Series starts this Sunday, on you guessed it, the National Public Broadcasting System.
PBS website

article text…
Is Ken Burns a secret propagandist for socialism?
September 24, 2009

I wasn’t planning on DVR-ing Ken Burns’ new six-part PBS series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” which debuts Sunday night because: 1) I don’t have 18 hours of room left on my TiVo; 2) judging from the title, I kinda already know where Burns comes down on the idea of national parks; and 3) I didn’t give for KCET’s last pledge drive and watching all that beautiful scenery will just make me feel more guilty.

But Time magazine’s James Poniewozik, a columnist full of iconoclastic ideas about TV and pop culture, has come up with a brilliant take on “National Parks” that has suddenly aroused my interest in the series. In his mind, the “National Parks” project isn’t just another Burns snoozefest that, as Poniewozik slyly puts it, finds the filmmaker “passionately arguing positions almost everyone agrees with.” The series is actually an ingenious refutation of the popular conservative belief that big government is evil, outmoded and unnecessarily involved in ruling our lives.

Noting that the original impetus for establishing national parks came from naturalists like John Muir who were horrified to see how Niagara Falls was nearly destroyed by the greed and hucksterism of free market- loving charlatans, Poniewozik writes: “With America frothing over the role of government — Should it save banks? Should it expand health coverage? — ‘The National Parks’ makes a simple case for an idea that is wildly controversial in the year of the tea party: That we need government to do things the private sector can’t or won’t.”

In other words, the entire origin of the national park system, whose most passionate backer was a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, is based on a firm belief in — Glenn Beck, cover your ears, please — government intervention to regulate an out-of-control free-enterprise system. In fact, one of the more dramatic moments in Burns’ documentary involves the battle to create a park in the Great Smoky Mountains, while logging companies bankrolled anti-park ads and were “frantically cutting the old-growth forests to extract everything they could before the land was closed to them.”

In some ways, Burns’ new series sounds like almost as radical a critique of free market excess as Michael Moore’s new “Capitalism: A Love Story.” Of course, it’s unlikely to cause as much of an uproar as “Capitalism” because Moore is a natural magnet for controversy while Burns’ films, with their lilting music and cozy slo-mo zooms, can make the most incendiary historical events appear almost as soothing as a glass of warm milk.

However, Poniewozik has uncovered the razor blade inside Burns’ cinematic pillow. To hear him tell it, Burns’ portrait of the creation of our national parks should give conservatives pause in their rush to pillory government at every turn. As Poniewozik writes: “The national parks — and ‘The National Parks’ — are based on ideas that are classically, if not radically, communitarian: That the free market doesn’t always act in the public interest. That it’s good that every American shares ownership of and responsibility for the most exclusive properties in the country. And that it’s right for people — through government — to protect them from business interests and even the people themselves.” For this, I’d say bravo for Ken Burns, whose portrait of American ideals couldn’t have come at a better time than right now.

Broadside Project

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Horse & Buggy Press project, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on September 23, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Randall better

I had the pleasure of designing and hand-printing a bilingual poetry broadside for Randall Styers.

As a very generous gift, Randall commissioned me to create this piece for Elizabeth Castelli, a good friend of his up in New York. The 1721 poem was from “Muzio Scevola,” and written for an Italian aria by Giovanni Bononcini and Paolo Antonio Rolli. It is always a treat to get one of these projects, where the goal is to make the artifact as beautiful as possible and it is not a rush so we can get every detail just right, and really show off the tactile qualities of nice paper and letterpress printing. (one thing the whole digital revolution will never be able to “touch”).

Randall really only wanted one copy to frame but I explained we should at least do a few dozen copies as set up is as much work as cranking the handle a few times.

I set the Italian in the swash cap italic version of Jenson and these lines were printed in a warm red (about halfway between pure red and burgundy), and the English translation was printed in the roman version of Jenson, and printed in a warm gold.

The titling, set in Bodoni all caps, was given a nice deep impression into the fibers of the paper. I was able to give it a double hit of ink and still have it register perfectly for a nice, solid, and opaque-as-hell rich black.

Then the colophon-like contextual info was printed in a warm very soft grey. Subtle with a capital B it sits in the background to let the reading of the poem be the main focus, but at the same time it is very clear and easy to read when you are ready for that information.

The following pictures give a hint at the result. (thanks Randall for making time to show me the framed copy!). The last image is a version of the design digitally so you can see the composition cleanly. Someday we’ll have a better camera in the studio but until then we suggest stopping by the studio on a Third Friday open house or during the upcoming Nov 21 & 22 artwalk to see the broadside in all its ink and paper glory. You can decide whether it looks best on pure white Somerset paper, or the laid lines of Hemp Heritage.

I’ve got another broadside project in the works. A buddhist poem which will be another gift project and given as a surprise present to the author of the poem for his fiftieth birthday. More on that in the near future.

Hands and broadside

Framed, straight onFramed, angle on wood table
digital image

Make the Logo bigger!

Posted in 21st century life, Design, Typography on September 11, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

2 plus minutes of pretty good sillyness, especially if you work in the design field

skip the first fifteen seconds. Found this on a cycling forum. enjoy.

Politics of Soccer Film Series

Posted in Art, Durham, Event on September 9, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Website for the Politics of Soccer Film Series

This fall program is put on by Duke and shown at the Griffith Theatre (within the Bryant Center)

Films are FREE and open to the public