Urban Walls: Allegro

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tucked between buildings and across from a parking garage is this mural called Allegro by Barron Krody. It’s among my favorite pieces of public art in Cincinnati and one of the last remaining of the nine original “Urban Walls” murals—a project launched by gallerist Carl Solway and his assistant, Jack Boulton in the 70’s.

I thought I’d shared a photo of it online before.

Technically, I have… The second website I ever made was based on a brochure by Liz Schuerer: A Guide to Public Art in Cincinnati. That links takes you to an archive of the site made in May of 1997. At 22 years old? It’s a bit… low res. Here’s the detail page about Allegro.

Students from the Art Academy of Cincinnati made a video about this mural in 2011.

Here’s an article from the (now defunct) Cincinnati Post about the site in their Cyberspace section no less! (Mom clipped the article and sealed it in contact paper.)

The artist, Barron Krody is still making wonderful art.

The Moma has a poster lithograph from the launch of the mural in their permanent collection.

There are a limited number of other lithographs floating around out there. I’m keeping my eyes peeled!

Bonus link: Image search for Supergraphics

Intellectual Property

Went downtown to learn all about intellectual property, trademarks, copyright and whatnot. I think this is the third time I’ve had these discussions and each time I feel like I learn a little more.

Man, I wish I took a class on all this in school. It’s all so very nuanced.

Unrelated, that Kroger building isn’t going to look any better with their new logo, but gosh we’ve got some fine architectural density all around.

Bank Santa

Monday, December 2, 2019

A break in the clouds

Sunday, December 1, 2019

This first day of December started off heavy—stormy even.

I’ve recently watched the new Mister Rogers movie and a line from it keeps bubbling up in conversation. “If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.” Meaning—if we lean into the toughest of challenges with communication—we can likely find a way forward or through.

A few hours later, there was a break in the clouds. I’d be giving Grace a lift to Music Hall. She’s in town for the 10th anniversary of Crafty Supermarket and staying at the Depot.

I marveled at all the dramatic clouds on the way back from downtown.

Once home, I felt a bit cloudy myself (who am I kidding, I was a little cloudy from the get go) and decided to tackle the home desk which had become a dumping ground over the year, with piles of paper, stacks of boxes and the tiniest layer of dust.

I started making orderly stacks and unearthed pieces to a personal project that was the foundation of a gift to friends—a pattern of felt letters spelling the word RALLY.

And just like that, I decided to heed the definition.

My desk isn’t entirely oraganized, but my tub is spotless, bedroom clean and I filled 6 boxes of things to donate.

Rally indeed.

Time for Edie

Thursday, August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019 (3 months ago)

This snapshot of Edie happened the week before I’d go to South Africa and return to a mountain of work. Solid and good work. Enough to make me realize, it’s time to grow.

Not sure I want to run a design studio again, but I think it’s more like I want to be a part of a creative studio. A company with a flat structure, individuals with complimentary skills and one very important component; unfettered communication. That’s the core. The rest can contract and expand to fit a particular need of a project.

My personal goal? I want to recapture just a little slice of time. But the reality is, it’s more fun together.

Also? I think it would make my cat happy.*

* I realize that all it takes to make my cat happy is wet food.

Folding things together

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

After Kroger acquired Home Chef, I kind of fell out of favor with their meal kit approach. (Previously, I was enamored.) Better design and branding, but the fun and interesting recipes turned more into meatloaf and noodles.

I get Plated meal kits now, and super dig ’em. That’s not what this post is about really.

Plated included this fun little promo (above) along with a few sheets of origami paper in the August box. I sent this snapshot to some folks I used to work with at IDIO Technology Studios—our web design company in the late 90’s/early 00’s.

We had made a similar promotion for Halloween, sending out custom paper with CD-ROMs (!) that contained an interactive tutorial of the same origami project—often called a paper balloon. Our electronic version was a step by step guide you could click through with sounds and animation. We gave ourselves the challenge of making an interface with no words.

Here are a few screenshots:

I found the original (Macromedia Director) files and tried to revive the whole shebang, but alas, there have been way too many platform and software leaps to bring it back to life.

Which is a bit frustrating, that something you made simply doesn’t exist anymore.

Mental note: Document things thoroughly.

Other mental note: Many Technologies becomes obsolete.


Imperial from afar

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Imperial Theater Cincinnati

Previously up close.

Celebrating a tooth

Monday, August 19, 2019

In honor of my great nephew’s first tooth, we had a family dinner*. To celebrate the occasion, my brother and great niece organized a baby food tasting contest before the proper meal. Identify the unknown flavor!

It all tasted like bananas or sweet potatoes to me. I think Matt may have won.

Regardless, the garden was all sorts of lush and colorful. The meal was great and there was lots of good feels.

* Pretty sure this was just a tangent, we just wanted to spend time together, but it was a momentous milestone. :-)