Archives For Design
• I made this triptych of Kerouac book covers based on old European woodcuts. Each one represents one book that Kerouac wrote during his stint at the Desolation Peak fire lookout post; hereafter referred to as “The Peak Trilogy”
• The triptych can be placed in any order to create a custom ‘Mountain Range’
• They’re going to be printed on 4×6 cards so they’re easy to frame
• I haven’t decided how I’m going to print them yet, it could even be a linocut! (Cool, right?)
• I AM GOING TO GIVE A FRAMED SET OF THREE FINISHED PRINTS AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER. All you have to do is answer this question:
Each image above represents one of the three books Kerouac wrote on Desolation Peak: Which is which?
Answers in the comments, one entry per person. If you get it wrong; tough shit. Good luck!
Wow! What an odd week it’s been. I had my first hand-in of my final year of University, my blog post about Lucy Tobin has had a thousand views (!!!) and some great responses from my Teesside brothers and sisters, and finally I had a spare few minutes to finalise the design of the finished patches I created for Scouts For Equality and they sold out in less than a day!
I’ve written about how useless it can feel to be a designer before; when a crisis calls, the only help we can really offer is decorative. I remember when the tsunami hit Japan and it seemed like everybody was churning out distasteful reminders of the tragedy. I found it odd that someone would pay over the odds for a print, when the best thing should really have been would have been to donate money and time directly.
It’s quite simple really. People like stuff. People don’t like to give away money and have nothing but a warm feeling to show for it, we need something tangible. So I thought about it and I remembered something Frank Chimero said about design’s ability to ‘delight.’ Very few people have the opportunity to delight people with their day job and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to do so. Instead of commemorating the BSA’s horrendous prejudice, I thought I could create something people would want, something they’d want to show-off, and most importantly an identifier: something we can wear with pride, as a sign of solidarity.
The response was incredible, people really were delighted and the patches sold out in less than a day! They did so well that I rounded up the figure to $50 and another run is already in production.
This batch is ‘Eagle Approved’ and will be a limited run of 50, with a lighter background than the first batch and metallic silver border. I’m really, really grateful to people for giving me the opportunity to pursue these projects and to ‘delight’ — here’s to raising even more money for Scouts For Equality. If you haven’t already, please go over to their site and sign their petitions, it only takes a few minutes. I’m going to leave with the final justification; the original email I sent to Scouts For Equality.
When reading about the recent BSA atrocities I was moved to action: I self funded the production of some embroidered patches that all of us can wear to show support to the poor young men (and women, and den mothers/fathers) who are being treated unjustly by the BSA.
I was a Girl Guide and I am now openly gay, and though I was too young at the time to know exactly what I was, it pains me that more headstrong young people who are sure of themselves and their sexuality are being punished and excluded for the way they are. The world needs Scouts more than ever, we need the camaraderie, we need the bond of sister and brotherhood, we need model citizens. We should be banding Scouts together, not tearing them apart.
I am not doing this for recognition, though if you’d like to share a link to the finished badges that would be lovely. Though I’m limited to what I can do as a designer, I continue to raise awareness for this cause on a personal level, and I’m happy to support your organisation and cause. In my own small way, I hope I have helped.
My scout love patches are back from the factory! E-Patches did a really great job and the sales rep Anna talked me through every step. These are a limited run of 25 and will be available to purchase soon. £1 from the sale of each patch goes to Scouts For Equality — Scouts for Equality are a great none-profit dedicated to repealing the BSA’s outdated policy on homosexual members. It was founded by Zach Wahls, a former eagle scout and you can check out all the good work they do and get involved here.
A covetous instinct not seen since rampantly ‘bagsying’ through pages of an Argos catalogue as a kid kicked in when I saw this website stencil kit from UI Stencils. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m doing a UX/UI project at the minute or if it’s just my innate love of stainless steel, but either way, gimme gimme gimme.