Starry Saints.

Here's another poster for the Someday Lounge. This one I had to do same day, so I grabbed an illustration that I already had ready-to-go (drawn by the ever-amazing Makenna Lehrer) and played with textures and typography. It incorporates a couple things I'd been wanting to try and just went ahead and did them since I didn't have time to second guess anything. Personally, I think it came out really well, but I'll let you be the judge.

typeface used: Single Sleeve


My 100 Favorite Films. Entry #36: The Omen.

The Omen (1976)
written by David Seltzer
directed by Richard Donner
starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and David Warner
country: usa/uk
genre: horror

Visuals: 9
Writing: 7
Everyday watchability: 5
The number of the beast: 666

This is one of those movies that, like The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness, took me by surprise with how good it was. Horror films often get derided as being base and of low quality, but like any other genre, there are true standouts. The Omen comes before slasher fare like Halloween, and after more psychological fare like The Exorcist and firmly plants itself somewhere in between.

The Omen is a surprisingly straightforward. Richard Donner's camera (via Gilbert Taylor, who also shot Star Wars and Dr. Strangelove) uses some unique techniques, including a dioptic lens, slow motion and the most impressive rack focus I've ever seen. Still, the camera tricks are never trickery. They're just this side of calling attention to themselves but are clever enough to add visual interest.
The movie has an interesting pace, with the scares coming on suddenly in places where you don't expect. Most horror films through in cheap shocks and scares, but The Omen is more patient than that. In one scene, a priest begins his walk home, and a storm quickly begins raging around him. The storm builds to an eerie crescendo, when the priest is suddenly killed by a falling weather vane. And just like that, the storm clears.


Movie clips.

Vicious Lips
Highlander (5/10)
There can be only one, and he must barely be able to open his eyes and one of those eyes must be lazy and he must speak with a bizarre accent.

Frankenhooker (5.5/10)
If I had to recreate my dead fiancé's body about of other people, I'd use hookers too.

Blood Freak (1/10)
A man turns into a giant turkey-monster-thing because he smokes a little weed. But it turns out it was all a dream. Or was it? Yes, it was.

Ginger Snaps (4/10)
The sequel is about a dog that draws. The full title of that film: Ginger Snaps II: Snicker Doodles.

Highlander II (2.5/10)
A sequel with the same actors and characters but a completely different plot and backstory. This blew my mind.

Ultraviolet (1/10)
Not a lick of sense.

The Lonely Guy (7/10)
In the tradition of Steve Martin's other surreal comedies like The Jerk and The Man with Two Brains, this movie has a lot of laughs and a lot of WTFs.

Nine to Five (5/10)
Jane Fonda is adorable.

Grumpy Old Men (7/10)
I was really bummed when I thought that all these hilarious guys are gone.

10 (4.5/10)
What a boring film.

The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (4/10)
A cheap compendium of bad movies. I've seen six or seven of them, and I've definitely seen worse.

Zombieland (7/10)
Jesse Eisenberg actually managed to not make me sick.

District 9 (7.5/10)
More of a straight-up action film than I expected.

Swamp Thing (3/10)
See it for the gratuitous use of wipe edits alone.

18-Year-Old Virgin (3/10)
Don't worry. It's a teen sex romp. You'll lose your virginity. And it'll be special.

Dead Calm (6.5/10)
The very definition of craftsmanlike filmmaking.

The Princess and the Frog (6.5/10)
Do we really need this many songs?

Vicious Lips (3/10)
Lots of 80s hair and 80s synthrock. That bought it 3/10.

Kiss My Face redesign.

I own a bottle of soap by a company called Kiss My Face. Every day I use this bottle to wash my hands. Almost every time I look at it, I think about how unexcited I am by the label's design. For a while, I've thought about redesigning the bottle (for my own amusement and as an exercise) and today I finally did it. Spurred by boredom, I tried out the ideas that have been floating in my head and out came this. I'll show you more as I continue to work on it.

The original bottle design.


The Simple Line: four pieces by Stéphane Dafflon.

I'm not totally sure what to say here, except that I like this, I like it very much. I'm still impressed my minimalism that works.


Lord's Own Choir at the Buffalo Gap.

There's this awesome band called The Lord's Own Choir full of a bunch of awesome people.  They do country covers of pop songs as well as a few original tunes. They were nice enough to ask me to do a concert poster for them. Originally I had some basic typography and a placeholder drawing of an accordion (see below). My friend Makenna sent me a drawing she did of an accordion and it changed how I looked at the poster. The type stayed the same, but I had fun with color and shape.

If you're in town, check them out at the Buffalo Gap. I didn't make this poster for nothin'.

typeface used: Strangelove Next

The Belle & Sebastian Afterparty.

I assume everyone has been constantly checking my blawg to see if I've added any new content. Well wait no longer loyal followers (and people looking for Japanese graffiti), because I finally have new stuff for you. This is a poster I made on short notice for the Belle & Sebastian afterparty. They wanted Belle & Sebastian to be really big, but other than that the ball was in my court. I messed around with typography (per usual) and came up with everything but the ownl, which was a late addition suggested by Tim John (and our synchronous thoughts on birds). I like the way he's peeking in from jaunty angles. He's not the star of the party; he just wants to know what's up.

typeface used: Neo Retro