March 27, 2006

Another Fab Four

The new and improved African AIDS Awareness Campaign team in Windhoek, Namibia. Left to right: Tuuli Saarela, Nathaniel Calhoun, Sean Blaschke (sporting the Honey White shirt), and new guy (cause there always has to be a new guy) Michael Breece. All their travel blogs make for vivid reading, Nate's especially.

They are a little over halfway through their trans-continental African odyssey, and have recently had some whiplash-inducing culture shock: going from war-torn Angola to suburbia-infested (?!?) Namibia. Along the way they've endured almost anything us floppy and useless Westerners can imagine, and then some more stuff we'd rather not think of. Go see the site- give it a good thorough perusal, and if you can, stuff their wallets some. They can't eat rats and rabbits all the time, and that Stingray needs constant help.

I just hope they're not sick of the Honey White tape yet. I mean, I can't listen to that album all the time, and I play on the damn thing.

March 21, 2006

Neville Freaks Out!!

See, even "professionals" like me can indulge in cheesy Photoshop crap every once in a while. I even uncovered the reason why Neville became popular in wizard college during the Decadent Summer of 1999. Oh sure, the books say that there's no wizard college, but I say as soon as this kid becomes popular, there will be a massive demand for, erm, higher magical institutions and methods of learning.

As you can see from the true-to-life image, magic is clearly a gateway behavior to other, nastier things. Plus there's the added bonus of double the lame puns what with Lord of the Rings thrown in. Boooo!

March 13, 2006

Add It Up

So I belatedly found out today that the company I work for won lots of awards from the local American Advertising Federation branch. We turned it lots of work from 2005, much of it websites I made myself, and we got a healthy chunk of bronze & silver "Addy" awards for our efforts. We also got one gold Addy, awarded for the work done on the BBM&D homepage that I built based on Amelia's brand design (which itself uses some photos by Mia) when we re-branded the company after moving from Pierpont to Midtown in Ventura.

Yep, I won a gold first prize best of everyone else bow down to my staggering genius award. I warned everyone at work that I may become insufferably pigheaded for a few days, but my boss says that's ok because winning a first place advertising award after only working for about 2 years in the industry is a big deal. It's funny, though, that the award was for a self-promotion piece. Sure, I'm happy with the site, it's one of the few that I've made that I actually like (and lots of that had to do with everyone elses' contributions), and it was a vast improvement over the older version of the site (which, ugly as it was, still dated from about 1995 or so- an impressive lineage I guess), but it's interesting that we were rewarded the most for our own self-promotion, as oppose to work we actually did for paying clients!

Anyway, I bashed this thing out in about a month at the beginning of this year, and it's cool to have it recognized by people who think it's worthy of whatever kind of praise they choose to give. Since I'm still sort of a newbie in the design world I probably won't get too excited about it, but it was nice to be able to make a site without the constraints of budget or clients clamoring for completion NOW.

Guess I've arrived. Must be all downhill from here. Wrote a song about that once, actually...

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