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December 26, 2011

New Logos Designs at Cafepress/FogWeaver

I recently added three designs to CafePress in the Logos* category. Tee shirts and sweatshirts for men and women, buttons, stickers, bags, wall art, and housewares are available in all three designs. Two are quotations from Frederich Nietzche, the German existential philosopher, and one is from Kipling, British warrior/poet:

Abyss Gazes Back

Battle not with monsters,
Lest you become a monster.
If you gaze into the abyss,
The abyss gazes also into you.
Frederich Nietzche

Be careful when you fight monstersBe careful
When you fight monsters,
Lest you become one.
Frederich Nietzche

who what when where why howI keep six honest serving men,
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why
And When and How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling, The Elephant’s Child

The Nietzche quotes seem particularly apt at this time, given our current War on Terror and War on Drugs: do these wars really protect us, or merely deprive us of our liberties and lower us to the level of those we are fighting? Meanwhile, we are discouraged by schools, the media, religion, and law enforcement from asking pesky questions. Yet only by questioning can we arrive at the truth.
I challenge you to use these products to question the status quo and encourage others to do the same.

*Logos is the Greek word for Word; it’s also a description of many of these designs, which look like logos.

November 2, 2011

Grey Whale

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Grey Whale

Grey Whale

This grey whale was stranded in the Klamath River in Northern California during June – August 2011. She became something of a local celebrity, with several blogs dedicated to her plight. Her pup eventually weaned and swam back to sea, but the mother remained in the river until her death August 16, 2011. Cause of death was not determined; she was well-norished until the end. Tourists as well as many locals visited her daily as she swam back and forth under the bridge on Highway 101. Some even seranaded her with violins, frame drums, and other instruments.

July 22, 2011

Personalized Products from Cafe Press

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Got Drums

CafePress just added the ability to personalize products.  First up in my product line is the popular Got Drums? design, now with the ability to change the text to whatever you like. Length is somewhat limited: Belly Dancer Watcher fits, Professional Belly Dancer watcher does not. Get shirts for your entire drumming/dancing troupe with the troupe name under the drums. A large selection of shirts for men and women are available, as well as housewares and personal items.

December 15, 2010

Got Drums?

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Got DrumsA design for Middle Eastern and African drummers and belly dancers, consisting of a djembe and a dumbek over the slogan “Got Drums?”. This design started off slow but has been gaining in popularity, much to my suprise. I originally did this more as an exercise in using my camera and Photoshop than in any real expectation that it would appeal to people, but it does, especially on dark t-shirts of various colors. Just goes to show, you never know what designs are going to be popular.

September 24, 2010

Logos Designs

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Not all of my designs are graphic designs: I also do Logos (word) designs. After all, a picture may be worth a thousand words, but words are our major form of communication. Some of these designs are humorous, some serious. Some are original, some traditional. Designs include:

Illegitimae non Carborundum (Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down) A popular design in today’s dog eat dog world.

Cognito, Ergo Sum (I Think, Therefore I Am)

I Think, Therefore I am Dangerous

Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

Carpe Noctum (Seize the Night)

Irish Diplomacy: The art of telling a man where to go in such a way as he looks forward to the journey.

Illegitimae Non Carborundum

Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down

Cognito, Ergo Sum

I Think, Therefore I Am

I Think, Therefore I am Dangerous

I am . . . Dangerous

Carpe Diem

Seize the Day

Carpe Noctum

Seize the Day

Irish Diplomacy

Irish Diplomacy

August 16, 2008

Vote Designs

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Elections are once again upon us; Presidential elections at that. So I decided I had to put my two cents in. In view of all the very serious election designs out there, I decided to do a lighthearted “VOTE” design. So VOTE is constructed from a checkmark, a smiley face, two pencils, and five ballot cards. This lead to an “If you didn’t VOTE, don’t complain”  design using the VOTE design as a base. Then there’s the token serious “No Vote, No Voice” design.

I do feel strongly that democracy only works if people vote, and that this country has been headed in the wrong direction, but being heavy-handed about it won’t win any converts. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.)

August 6, 2008

Shop News

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New products on CafePress: Ceramic Travel Mugs, Bigger and Better Wall Clocks, 2009 Wall Calendars.

June 11, 2008

Patriotic Designs for Fourth of July

Independence Day is almost upon us. Here’s a bunch of designs I made a while ago, suitable for your Fourth of July barbeque. These designs were created in Adobe Illustrator and colored in Adobe Photoshop. I used a 3.25″ x 5.4″ field, .25″ stripes, and a 2″x1.75″ canton. (The field is effectively 3×5, one of the appropriate sizes for the American and most other flags.)

Since the arrangement of the stars on the flag was not set until 1912, flag makers had free hand in placing the stars on their flags, leading to some interesting arrangements. The circular pattern Betsy Ross used was common, the one on the Bennington “76″ flag was not. Also included are a number of flags without stripes, including the Tauton “Join or Die” flag, the red Continental flag with the New England Pine Tree in the canton, and the pre-war Join or Die flag. These designs and others are available in BBQ aprons and t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women, and children.

Betsy Ross Flag

Betsy Ross Flag

Tauton "Liberty and Union" Flag

Tauton Flag

Bennington "76" Flag

Bennington Flag

Continental "Pine Tree" Flag

Continental Flag

Original Design of Don't Tread on Me Banner

Don't Tread on Me

Join or Die Snake Flag

Join or Die Flag

Spirit of 76 Flag, Drum, and Declartion Design

Spirit of 76

March 30, 2008


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When I first started doing graphic design, one of the first things I wanted to do was labyrinths. Original medieval-style labyrinths, not Chartres redone. Unfortunately, the only directions on how to draw labyrinths I could find were for the classical style. So I started trying to draw some anyway, but I kept getting stuck. I was thinking of labyrinths as a series of barriers. Once I started thinking of them as paths interrupted by barriers, everything started falling into place.

The first design I did was a classical path in a medieval style labyrinth. Since I was learning my graphic arts program at that time, it seemed the easiest. And I like the idea of combining two related but seperated traditions. The second design is a neo-Medieval design where the celebrant heads straight towards the goal, only to be deflected at the last moment, into a winding path that eventually reaches the center. (A good representation of how I feel many days.)

Both designs have several versions, including the base labyrinth design and one including the phrase “Life’s a Journey.” After all, isn’t that what labyrinths teach us?

Life's a Journey NeoMedieval Labyrinth

February 24, 2008

Trinity Flame

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Flaming Trinity Knot/ CampfireThis design was something of an accident: I was trying to fit one open-centered Trinity Knot inside another. By the time I had the inner one scaled down to fit, the result looked very like a match flame or the flame on a gas stove. So I colored it using the colors of flame (cool orange heart, hot blue core, thin green border, warm yellow body, and cool orange border) and left it sitting on its base as a stylized campfire. The inner knot is actually 4/9ths the size of the outer knot, though it looks smaller. Not the effect I was looking for, but cool enough in its own right.

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