New Design Gear for 2016

Eizo CG318-4K Dsiplay

You may have seen my previous post Houston, the Pencil has Landed where I wrote about my first few days with the new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

I must confess: I’ve been holding back on writing about ALL my new gear. Being the end of the year, its a good time tax-wise to purchase or lease some new equipment. I made two other big acquisitions:

  1. MacBook Pro 15″ with Retina Screen – This MacBook Pro was upgraded with the discreet AMD video card and a full 16GB of RAM. This is the top-end configuration of the current MacBook Pro line. My 2012 MacBook Pro (the same one I dumped coffee into a while back) was unable to run #2 on this list, not to mention the Bluetooth had failed.
  2. Eizo 4K DCI 30″ display – This is even higher res than the 4K UHD displays you see around. DCI 4K has an extra 256 pixels in the horizontal dimension. This display also sports a 10 bit per channel data stream, allowing the Mac to send higher-fidelity color per pixel, which is then processed through the hardware calibration of the display itself.


It’s a Plaid, Plaid World this Fall at Target

The news is out. The project I’ve been working on at KNOCK Inc. this spring was made public on Target’s website today. (Sorry, wasn’t really today, Aug 9, I found this post sitting in my drafts folder and figured better to publish late than never…)

KNOCK has been working on Packaging and In Store Marketing (ISM) for the Designer Partnership with Adam Lippes.

I’ve also been working with KNOCK on the plaid-ification of the whole store.

I can’t show anything here yet, but soon enough you won’t be able to miss it in your local Target store.

Chemical Brothers New Album: Born in the Echoes

Who doesn’t like rocking the jams while they work? What’s that? No one? That’s what I thought.

I’ve been listening to the new Chemical Brothers album this week while I work. Born in the Echoes.

The Current has named it their Album of the Week and who am I to disagree?

The inherent geometric metaphor of electronic music has always appealed to me. 4×4. 16 bit. Probably for the same reasons graphic design is where I ended up in my career. 1920×1080. 24 bit. I love how this group pushes the boundaries by using textures that might be more at home in Indie Rock or even Punk Rock. Its kinda like listening to 3 of your favorite bands at the same time!

Shoppers go wild for Lilly Pulitzer at Target

I was flying home from a Replacements show in Portland with my aunt and uncle (who are big ‘Mats fans from back in the day) when I saw a headline on CNN about the Lilly Pulitzer at Target collection selling out instantly. Like they were selling a new iPhone!

As you may have read in prior blog postings, I spent a lot of time earlier this year working on the Lilly Pulitzer ISM signage for my customer, KNOCK Inc. (more…)

Dumped a coffee in my MacBook Pro Retina

Mac Book Pro Coffee Collage

This weekend I was doing some client work at home. I had a mug of coffee and lots of paperwork on my desk. As I was moving moving papers around, they smashed into my mug and dumped a half full cup of coffee right into my MacBook Pro Retina’s keyboard.

This makes a good story for two reasons:

  1. Backup Mac: I was able to keep working after this incident and meet my client’s deadline, a great case study in how I keep working through inevitable technical issues.
  2. How a Spill into a MacBook Pro Retina Works: I learned some things about the MacBook Pro’s design that might help you minimize damage in the first seconds after a liquid spill.