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Got a Gary load of stuff done today.

Had to wrap a bunch of incorrigibles before I headed up to Seattle (a city to the north of Portland known for its coffee and grunge recordings) for a day of Coal stuff. It’s midnight and I was going on and on about being on the road by 5:30am or something, to whoever would hear it. Goddammit. Almost fell asleep a couple hours back on that big couch watching an episode of “The Deadliest Catch” and now, I’m real awake and getting meaner by minute. Try me.

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My new friend, colleague and web inspiration: Eric Knudtson.

Smart as a whip and real good with that internet. He’s gonna be building out the new Union Binding Company site that’ll launch later on this summer. Very confident in his abilities and coding bravado.

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Nakamoto came up from the depths and offered up this slimey image.

A river runs through David.

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Andrew Jenkins sent this one over, and, basically, “ruined our morning.”

We spent the rest of the morning rifling through these beauties, then, upon completion, felt really sad cuz: We couldn’t design something as beautiful, no matter how hard we tried.

As Michaylira would say, “Aaaaamayyyyzing.” (Extra “zing” on that too.)

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Styk and Fank are up to some good, up there in Seattle: They got a new deal going called the, “Department of Energy.”“Department of Energy.”

Here’s what they had to say about it:

“Every neighborhood has a green box. Kids play on it, parents plant around it, and dogs…well…dogs pee on it. The box sits, unassuming, mysterious, but constantly humming with energy, providing each home with the power to get `er done. We are that box. We are the Dept. Of Energy.

Externally we are a division of Utility Inc., a prominent retail fixturing group based in south Seattle. Internally we are a small coalition of graphic designers and industrial designers focused on branding, fashion, product development and the general aesthetic enhancement of our surroundings. With over 15 years combined experience in the action sports arena our designers have had their hands on everything from catalogs to clothing design; snowboard graphics to corporate identities.

Just like that green box, behind the walls of the Dept. Of Energy sits a powerhouse waiting to help you turn it up a notch. In the immortal words of our forefathers, “For those about to rock, we salute you”…just keep your dogs at bay.”

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Sorry to chime in with my typical contrarian crap, and I won’t be offended if this doesn’t make it into comments.
To think what all that talent could have created if it weren’t working to reinforce the Soviet regime is actually kind of sad. My family lived through a lot of the Soviet occupation of Lithuania, and a lot of my family never survived it. The very presence of the repression was real and you could feel it while you were there back then. The design that we can now look at just for it’s artistic merit was designed with a real intent to intimidate and control the people. Art that didn’t follow the official party line or even the party aesthetic was suppressed. When I see this stuff I appreciate the style (hell I even pushed it on Ally) but at the same time I feel there is some glorifying of the political intent of it. Kind of like praising the composition of a photograph of a lynching.
I know it’s a bit of a downer to bring politics into art, but it’s hard not to when it’s political art.

Posted by: Andrius Simutis on 05/24/06 at 11:36 AM

I read this post, followed the links, the then wasted my morning as well. But soooooo worth it!

Posted by: Justin on 05/24/06 at 4:55 PM
Posted by: vaska on 05/25/06 at 3:00 PM

The Deadliest Catch is the shizz man.. also great job on the SASS logo. I am working with John to ramp up the existing marketing collateral with different print and online media as well as some photography in August. Really stoked on the final branded image!!

Posted by: MM on 05/26/06 at 6:12 PM
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