Adventures In Design (art design )

The work coming out of the poster scene this year is more impressive than it's ever been and July is certainly no exception. Mitch Putnam of OMGposters joins Mark for the July Poster Countdown where these two veterans of the industry pour over pieces to break down what sets them apart from the crowd and other behind the scenes tidbits that shed light on the reality of producing them. Composition, typography, color palettes, and more are upturned to critique posters created for movies, music, and pop culture that straddle the thin line between fine art and commercial art. What are the extra steps these creatives take to catch the eye of hard core collectors and the hearts of newbies wondering why everyone cares about an expresso bean? This is the largest countdown we've ever undertaken between the July's Top Ten, Mondo's releases from San Diego Comic Con, and a few other triumphs in screenprinting lifted from OMGposters.com that can't go unnoticed. Get ready to learn from some of the best artists in the scene who aspire to be so great that people in the near future will be ripping off the hard work they're putting out now.

Talking Points

  • An unprecedented, long running series where the creator still makes the art. 
  • Scale and rendering to control the story of your work. 
  • The tap dance of focus and release.
  • Polarizing posters from Tom Whalen and judging an artist on their own curve. 
  • Can you do the work you believe in regardless of the limitations surrounding it? 
  • Compositions that make an impact and drawing influences from the peers you admire. 
  • The permanently raised bar of the poster scene. 
  • Studying Half Hazard Press to see where to improve your own work. 
  • Finding the underserved fan bases. 
  • Having fun, inventive ideas that explore what can be done in your medium. 
  • Which way do you hang it?
  • Achieving light through screen printing. 
  • Telling a story that leaves your audience wanting more. 
  • Appreciation of the craft and the finances behind slower paced artists. 
  • Controlling your viewer's eye through rendering. 
  • Movement, intensity, and other effective tools in an illustrators arsenal. 
  • Workflow, work, and the discipline of controlling when to kick it into overdrive. 
  • The continual exploration of Kevin Tong on his artistic journey. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Should you suffer through the comic book industry as a training ground for poster work?
  • Understanding character development and conveying mood in your piece. 
  • Alluding to an older composition in a series and other incredible feats by Jock. 
  • The fine line of appearing purposeful in simplicity. 
  • Unfair hate for live action updates. 
  • Wild color palettes and other risks Ken Taylor still isn't afraid to take. 
  • Are you being ripped off or was your fingerprint ever really that large?
  • Uncovering new illustration techniques and artist's leaving breadcrumbs in their groundbreaking pieces. 
  • An old look that people like that carefully requires authenticity. 
  • Well thought out compositions that are comprised of countless moving parts from the artwork itself to the subject matter. 
  • On brand work that resonates with the story you're depicting. 
  • Setting the tone with your brushstrokes.l and the triple threat of looking retro, painterly, and screen printable. 
  • Leaving your viewer with a feeling and an unfortunately large copyright. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Break out the drum early because Shop Talk is here and it's time to start banging. This week Mark is joined by OKpants and Billy to swap bold, edgy statements that will get you thinking about where we are today and where you're going tomorrow. From questions about working with morally incompatible companies if the price is right to contemplating potential professional pivots, this episode goes deep into who you are as a designer and person. Aaron, Mark, and Billy discuss the atrocities in Charlottesville, our President's weak response to it all, and getting people who want a positive change on the same side to fight the real enemies we are facing. Despite these pressing and depressing recent events, the boy's bedrock belief in the PMA lifestyle shows us that friendship and respect are vital to finding what happiness we can in life. Now get out there and believe in yourself. It requires zero money, logic, or help. Quit being a loser.

Talking Points

  • The Tick returns and Mark needs some context as to why in the hell that's happening. 
  • Mike Giant, gun ownership, and feeling dead on or dead off. 
  • Would you add an asterisk to your brand?
  • Race, violence, and Charlottesville. 
  • Getting on the same side for a positive change and the political problem plaguing us.
  • Audience reactions to last week's Shop Talk. 
  • Moving forward with the Seinfeld poster. 
  • Finding the proper platform, the mark of good art, and channeling your anger into inspiration. 
  • You are not what you like. 
  • Is it more important to get the best time or have the best time?

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • A debate for and against The Rock. 
  • Work on yourself then be yourself. 
  • Can you ever really retire from what you love doing?
  • Staying relevant, potential pivots, and understanding the cultural barometer. 
  • The next rebellion.

TEAM BILLYS DIRT

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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:21am PDT

Fox Sports West host Carrlyn Bathe joins Mark to unveil the ego behind performing. These two entertainers may call themselves working class celebrities, but that just means they care more fiercely about their craft than anyone who has already "made it." Carrlyn has put a lifetime of work into becoming the woman we've seen on television and this interview is a look behind the facade at the authentic personality shining through in her work. It may appear to come effortlessly, but there is so much more than natural talent that goes into being great at bringing out the best in people. Mark has had a different path that led to a similar end and he shares how the Act As If mentality was the turning point for him in becoming the ringleader of Adventures In Design and how he built the stage he stands on today one step at a time. Get ready for an introspective journey that relates directly to your own confidence, how you present yourself, and how you relate to others.

Talking Points

  • Getting paid for not being famous... yet. 
  • The one man band facade of being digestible and informative in an effortless manner. 
  • Confidence, authenticity, and energy. 
  • Empathy is the scientific answer. Caffeine is the other answer. 
  • Getting the most out of the people you're shining a light on.
  • Unleashing on dogs that will always pick up the ball. 
  • Breaking muscle memory, calling someone out, and moving past fandom. 
  • Establishing the fine balance of trust with your guest and the audience. 
  • Before you broadcast...
  • A contact buzz, a complex, and earning your place at the table when no one cares about who you are. 
  • Needing an audience to be in your element. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Building your theatre professionally. 
  • Auditioning to take jobs away from children and faking it even after you made it to get momentum spinning in your direction. 
  • Taking the time to figure out how to get to the reality and the unattainable dream. 
  • Letting go in front of others and caring about the craft. 
  • Inclusion and bonding with everyone. 
  • Looking at the situation and the circumstances behind calendar photos and where they may lead. 
  • The fountain of youth in broadcasting for both genders. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:18am PDT

Coffee has exploded onto every single street corner and strip mall of this great nation ever since Starbucks paved the way for its broader appreciation by the masses. With demand at an all time high, the supply that rises along with it will fortunately and sometimes, unfortunately, take on all shapes and sizes. Luckily Dan Stiles, Billy Baumann, and Mark Brickey are here with another installment of The Logo Show and have been percolated a few ideas that could visually raise the bar on the branding associated with this caffeinated craze. Mismatched line weights, oversized serifs, and visual tropes abound as they comb through dozens of logos that go from good to bad to holy shit that coffee bean has a soul patch and a headband. When so many companies are selling such similar products, design is left to do a lot of the heavy lifting that properly conveys what distinguishes each business to prosumers around the world. Get ready for a big sip of branding with quick witted critiques so hot it just might burn your tongue. Circle Of Trust Members also get to hear the very first Billy On The Beat where he interviews Design Scout and their involvement in rebranding the Chicago coffeehouse Fairgrounds.

Talking Points

  • A new day and age for premium priced coffees and a peek at next month's category. 
  • Do Walmart level products need Saul Bass level design?
  • The suit on the inside, everyone trying to leave their mark, and priming the pump. 
  • Billy pitches his redesigns Philz Coffee and pitches it to Dan and Mark. 
  • Fonts, Typefaces, and Stiles on styles. 
  • Making hot too hot so that hot looks like medium. 
  • Illustrator Rough or Organic Rough and aesthetics outside the market norm. 
  • Well handled typography with matching weight for small caps and Star Trek A point problems. 
  • Good is great, intriguing line weights, and giving off the appropriate vibes. 
  • New concepts to old approaches, unbalanced Baristads, and snob free claims. 
  • A designer's love for ampersands, branding elements to play with, and some severe letter spacing issues. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • What type on a slightly curved path does for your logo mark and limiting your font families. 
  • The dot com logo treatment of our era and establishing a visual hierarchy. 
  •  Critiquing vintage looking logos that more or less don't want you in the stores they reside over. 
  • Salvaging other terrible attempts at logo design for Cellar Door and more. 
  • Taking a couple lumps on a one hour, coffee themed logo project that brought Mark out of retirement. 
  • Marching line weights with secondary fonts for unity, non-logos, and organic distressing. 
  • Nine colors of green and mistletoe muddying the waters of a good logo. 
  • Things to look for in a font (errrrr.. typeface) (Sorry Dan). 
  • Deeply flawed execution and the eye of the beholder. 

Billy On The Beat Talking Points

  • Meet Design Scout and their roster of clients. 
  • All cool things all the time and revamping stagnant design aesthetics. 
  • Identity systems, interior design, and adding the missing elements of the company itself. 
  • Sourcing the physical objects that would match the new look of Fairgrounds and other collaborations that bring a space to life. 
  • Bringing a holistic experience that lifts up the logo and expands upon it. 
  • Oh Fuck! moments, happy accidents in production, and trusting vendors that work outside your control.
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Jeral Tidwell returns to the AID Airwaves on the cusp of becoming a father to share some much needed redneck wisdom that everyone needs to hear. If you've heard Mark and Jeral together before you know what you're in for, and if this is your first dose of advice from the taint of this great country then get ready for some harsh truths that will get your head on straight. From airbrushing anything at a mall kiosk to becoming a world renowned pinstriper to his current project of converting two abandoned commercial buildings into a dream home and workspace, Jeral's can do attitude and unfaltering determination has led him across the ever changing landscape of following your dreams. He's been chewed up and spit out by a world that doesn't care about his plans so many times that some may assume he's too stupid to know how hard life is, but we know it's an unbreakable determination to achieve happiness in any form he imagines it. Strap in for another inspirational joyride through the mind of Jeral Tidwell that will take you closer to being done, but never perfect.

Talking Points

  • The evolving plan to revitalize two abandoned commercial buildings in Kentucky. 
  • Zoning laws and never taking no for an answer. 
  • Playing hard enough to bleed, doubt, and being led by your obsessions. 
  • A fight to get back to zero so you can finally start and the guy who comes out of the clouds with thunderbolts when you're already down. 
  • Restarting your ship when it's dead in the water and the delicate momentum of a career. 
  • Will becoming a dad affect Jeral's next artistic adventure?
  • Waiting for a mini male Tidwell looming on the horizon. 
  • A simple survival tool for every step in the evolution of your career. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • The difference between done and perfect. 
  • Getting there is the biggest part of your personal and professional growth. 
  • Proving yourself... to yourself.
  • Raising a good human, being yourself, and hoping your kids dream up ways of killing you. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Armed with an unwavering desire to create anything customized and a preserved sense of child like wonder, Paul Frank built a world filled with friends we have all come to know like Julius, Worry Bear, Bob the Brace Face Dog, Shaka Brah Yeti, and many more. These characters served as his catalyst to craft an entire world of tchotchkes that took hold of the hearts of millions worldwide who gravitated towards his personal touch on each product bearing his name. The gratitude expressed for all the opportunities that have come his way since his humble beginnings buying vinyl at a speedboat repair shop is palpable across this entire interview and really shows the genuine character that Paul Frank is. From wallets to a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, size and scale are no boundaries for Paul's endless imagination.  Mark opens with a monologue touching on the source of our motivations and treading the fine line between following your dreams and financing your life. It's time to meet your new best friend, Paul Frank.

Talking Points

  • A disconnect over the agony of defeat, a designer that truly cares, and creating a world of friends. 
  • Balancing what's real, what's really important, what fills you with pride. 
  • Becoming an emotional millionaire. 
  • Starting out at a speedboat repair shop and the art of discovery before a computer was in every home. 
  • Taking inspiration from Disney, Sanrio, and little tchotchkes from all over. 
  • Driven by shapes and details. 
  • Happiness in creation and working backward in the world of animation. 
  • The struggle in compromising your vision and the importance of an item. 
  • Character origins and collaborating with school kids.
  • Curiosity, the consumer, and the craft. 
  • The catalyst for customization.
  • Ten years of using everything but your name to further develop as an artist. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Bendy toys, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the joy of seeing your work in the wild.
  • Seeing the forest for the trees. 
  • The real profit for Paul Frank and keeping your fandom intact. 
  • Putting earnest energy out there with a few extra inspirational pieces to discover. 
  • What's next for Paul Frank now that he's back in the captain's chair?
  • Uncovering the trail to a happier life.
  • An honest look at a journey through Paul's head and the demand of the industry. 
  • The ingredients that resonate with audiences around the world. 
  • Treating the worst details with the most care and concern. 
  • Growing up a little out there in the woods. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

It's that special time of the week when we get our drums and start banging because the boys are back for yet another Shop Talk. Expect some cobra venom to fly and a rare Shop Talk moment when Mark and Billy do some actual design work live and on air with a brainstorming session for a Jerry Seinfeld poster in the works over at Delicious. Instagram Story secrets, carefully crafted email responses, and presentation practices keep the episode moving forward with tips and tricks from two battle tested creatives who always keep the end goal in mind. The only thing that's missing is a download garnering big name guest star to get you to listen to this career changing content! Antics, as always, ensue.

Talking Points

  • Disgusting, jealous, male trolls put Billy into a midlife crisis personified by a used Mazda. 
  • An out of place ball buster in a Millennial's more sensitive world. 
  • Taste makers who know better are still a star driven community who care less about great content. 
  • Execution as the great separator and verbalization as an even greater one. 
  • DDL and VGHC team up. 
  • Football Jones is in a free time pickle. 
  • Unveiling how to use Instagram Stories the way they intended it. 
  • Jeb Bush's epic failure.
  • A world littered with "what could've beens" and dealing with missed opportunities in design. 
  • Fighting for the best possible work and a designer's responsibility to the all important consumer experience. 
  • Getting past the visual tropes within a genre of design and the hunt for that perfect solution you know won't come easy. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Spitballing ideas for Jerry Seinfeld. 
  • Mark gets a bigger rig to not die in his sleep. 
  • Presenting your poster on the World Wide Web. 
  • The ins on an email and crafting verbiage that get better responses. 
  • Do you kiss ass or Shawshank it when a long shot, life changing type opportunity arises?

TEAM LITTLE BILLY ( a strong six )
TEAM STARS 

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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

OMGposters.com curates an incredible swath of artists leaving their own mark on the world with ink and paper as their weapons of choice. Each month Mark sits down with Mitch Putnam to analyze a month's worth of work and create a Top Ten out of the best and brightest to see what we can learn from their triumphs. Each piece offers new solutions to new challenges ranging from composition to color choices and Mitch and Mark apply their cumulative expertise to pull out what really matters in each poster that makes the countdown. Mondo has been busy, as always, and Mitch gives us some behind the scenes info on their role at San Diego Comic Con and much more in June's Poster Countdown.

Talking Points

  • Mondo increases their footprint at San Diego Comic Con. 
  • Spider-Gwen explained and marketing to the next generation of comic book readers. 
  • Haunting elements in a familiar color palette. 
  • Bright colors and a pen-ish key line style that tread the line between digital and analog. 
  • A return to form for DDL, transitioning out of gig posters, and how being married to Anne Benjamin can undermine your artistic confidence. 
  • Working with Alamo on their internal merchandise line from tees to tiki glasses. 
  • Elevating an experience with like minded people who want more than popcorn with their movie. 
  • All The Flowers At My Funeral. 
  • The slow trickle of new artists in the gig poster scene and what it takes to break through. 
  • Jaws is still a formidable opponent. 
  • The health of the poster market and Mitch's controversial theory on its rise. 
  • Multiple planes of storytelling in Cars. 
  • Underground domination in marketing materials, difficult direction on duality, and movie studios that don't know when they're on to something good. 
  • Tall guys, smashed heads, and the incredible Rich Kelly filter. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • The importance behind your presentation and making a hangable piece. 
  • Talented illustrators, signature styles, and the magnetism of human faces. 
  • Setting your open edition collection on fire with limited edition quantities and keeping your supply lower than your demand. 
  • Building a long lasting collectible career by leaving money on the table. 
  • An obscure sixties street musician that illustrates Black Dragon Press' fearless business model. 
  • Evoking someone's personality in an illustrated portrait as opposed to a photograph. 
  • Where pop culture resonates across multiple generations. 
  • The effortless King Of Composition ruling over a style all his own. 
  • Turning a couple of black shapes into an emotion evoking image of the female form.
  • Leaning on IP for posters. 
  • Rory's Dark Knight and its mixed reactions based on fan expectations and skill level. 
  • Watching an artist experiment with new styles for a wide fan base. 
  • The art school student working with Mondo and spinning a few other plates all at the same time. 
  • Digital media and the next generation's toolbox.

TEAM MITCH

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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:14am PDT

Our resident Zen Master, Mike Giant, returns to the AID Airwaves with another dose of his hard won wisdom and self-taught skills during his visit to Pow Wow Long Beach. With his formidable stature and full sleeves, most people would deem it best to get out of his way but we know him as a grounded guru that speaks from a broad perspective about community and creativity. Art nights, bigger spaces, and spinning paper set the stage for a deeper glimpse into what immediately makes Mike a respected artist wherever he ends up. His decades of hard work put him exactly where he wants to be and his DIY mentality continually leads the way to each new project that sculpts his legacy. Armed with an endless supply of Sharpies, Mike's style has continued to evolve while pushing the boundaries between art, tattoo aesthetics, and the world as he sees it in black and white.

Talking Points

  • The importance behind a weekly art night that's always a random mix. 
  • You better start digging. 
  • A simple set of smooth marks and developing your drawings.
  • Working outside a particular paradigm as a part of the tattoo generation that had to say "yes."
  • I was born where I was born. 
  • Going from six inches as an urban athlete with one shoe to six feet in Boulder. 
  • Post career realizations about what's not worth giving a fuck about, the career building aspects of skateboarding, and leveling the market on a global level. 
  • Escapism outside of erroneous bullshit through present moment awareness. 
  • Mike's relationship with Buddhism and mindfulness. 
  • Man against the clock as a graffiti writer for Pow Wow and the high pressure of today's cans. 
  • Gun ownership, respect, and handling trouble when it comes for you. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Shop Talk is here so go get your drum and start banging because it's another classic episode with Mark and Billy. This week The Godfather of AID and your favorite podcaster pivot back and forth between the creative struggle and the mental struggle just waiting outside your doors. When you're cranking away at your desk you're bombarded with questions about the direction of your career, the direction of your latest piece, and the how that all relates to the direction of your bank account. Once you swivel out of your chair and join the rest of the world there is an entirely new set of questions to wrestle with regarding other people's dilemmas that will one day be knocking at your own door. Take a moment to collect yourself and make some sense of it all as Adventures In Design is here to help you make sense of at least a few of these troubling issues that are keeping you up at night. Antics sort of ensue.

Talking Points

  • A good man with a bad deed. 
  • Making room at Delicious with a sale and a scoop on the rebrand on Secret Panel. 
  • Perceptions of a leader and in house branding for professional sports have a conference. 
  • A fresh page out of the Book Of Baumann on looks and interiors. 
  • Connecting the dots on Trump's safe target and how it relates to other injustices that may or may not affect you yet. 
  • Distractions from the real issues and the nonstop marketing machine you're a part of. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Help yourself by helping others. 
  • What's in your head versus what's on the page and the ecosystem of the business world. 
  • How far away are you from losing it all?
  • Support systems and savings. 
  • Learning compassion for your fellow man. 
  • Passing the real ninja test. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT