+ Randomizer.org picked entrant number 8, Brendan Beale from Australia, as the winner of the Sonnenzimmer poster! Congrats, Brendan! Sonnenzimmer & I are so grateful to all who entered.
+ What it Means to be a Geek offers the freedom to devour your interests with all the enthusiasm you can muster. Screw cool, care instead. I wish I’d read this when I was in high school or college.
+ Had a chuckle over the World’s Longest Invoice that’s been making the rounds this week. Currently the deadbeat clients of the world owe over 10 million to the freelancers who worked with them.
+ 37signals founder Jason Fried wrote an excellent article for Inc. Magazine on why most business writing is awful. Finally someone is stepping up to the plate and explaining the difference between compelling business writing and the watered down jargon-y crap we’re so used to seeing. Also makes an excellent case for using a more informal, conversational tone for online writing, thank goodness, I’ve been pushing for this for years.
+ MOXIE Conference tomorrow! I’m hitting the stage to do a mock-negotiation scenario with financial advisor Linda McCauley on how to wheel and deal like a boss. If you’re going, please say hello!!
Happy weekend! On the dock for next week: co-working tales & behind-the-scenes tour of ze Walker Art Center.
Giveaways aren’t something I’m really all that excited about most of the time, but occasionally it’s just too good to pass up. Someone out there needs to have this gorgeous 18″ x 24″ screenprinted poster, with seven glorious layers of texture and color. By Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi, aka prodigy poster duo Sonnenzimmer. No one does gig poster design quite like Sonnenzimmer, not even close, which is impressive alone, but of course they don’t really stop there. What’s so brilliant about their work is the process doesn’t change much in any of the media they use. Whether it’s a print, a painting, installation, or even music, the project is structured around a system or concept, and then the ensuing visuals or sounds for the most part get to happen accidentally. That’s a decision that I have heaps of respect for, because it takes major guts to just go with whatever comes out of you, as it happens. And the outcome manages to be technically well-founded, elegant, and some how effortless all at once. Plus, Nick & Nadine are so gracious to be around, the types who just show up and get to work, sans bullshit. They’ve been a solid foundation of support in Chicago’s creative faction for years it’s only fair I should give them their due.
Further if you’re into jazz you can buy Free Jazz Bitmaps Vol. 1 and get a free copy of the poster with purchase. This album is a brand-new collaboration, a perfect little capsule of Chicago’s jazz scene right now. Have a listen here.
How to enter the giveaway:
1. Leave a comment.
2. Like Pitch on Facebook
3. Tweet it on the twitters, but make sure you @reply me.
You can enter up to two times! The giveaway will be open until April the 25th at 12am and I will announce the randomly drawn winner on Thursday of next week.
We’ll also be celebrating Sonnenzimmer’s new works and the album release on Friday, May 4th from 6 – 9pm at Saki. Live music by Nick Butcher, Katherine Young, Jenna Lyle, & Joann Cho. Free, as usual.
I found Vermont stationery studio, Scout’s Honor Co while poking around on Pinterest. Classic, enduring, and whimsical style. Also, their steamlined webshop/blog is run on tumblr for any of you small business out there, head’s up. I’m making a note to make use of tumblr for an e-commerce site too.
Sister Corita Kent, 1964. Song About the Greatness. (Screenprint) Via Art Tattler.
Got another show in the works! Instead of building a line of sellable products like I did in December, this one is definitely, squarely in the art camp. Support is curated by my Quite Strong girls and the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is doing the hosting. The show’s theme is centered around the theme of support and the mix of artists & designers participating are free to interpret that at will, in any medium of their choosing. I can’t WAIT to see what everyone comes up with! I’m doing a typographic site-specific installation inspired by the legendary Sister Corita Kent. The only thing is that I have just two days to complete the installation before hopping on the plane to Salt Lake City which means I will miss out this show’s opening. Oh, when will someone invent cloning??
Here are the details in any case:
Opening reception: January 20th, 6pm
217 N. Carpenter St (West Loop).
Runs through February 12th.
Blog posts will probably be scarce between now and next week (see: art show, client work, Alt Summit conference prep). However, I just started a tumblr (eeeek! I know! Pinterest, now Tumblr, plus I’m nearly finished with a Cargo Collective portfolio site too, what is next?!) so look for me over there if you want to get the goods. Back in a jiffy!