The Whitest Boy Alive

The Whitest Boy Alive

I think you should check out the latest effort by The Whitest Boy Alive and Erlend Øye. The band’s second album is called Rules and I think it is great.

You might not recognize the name, mainly because it contains a character that I don’t even think is real (its accomplish with option+shit+O), but Erlend Øye’s voice is distinctively clear to fans of other indy scene greats like Röyksopp and Kings of Convenience. However the sound coming out of this album is different. I call it uniquely familiar. A departure from some of the electronica or drum machine style that has dominated much of his/their sound, yet not so far removed that you loose what happens when his soothing voice meshes with a tight beat.

However, here the beat has a funky 70’s feel. A hybrid of jazzy funk with disco personality gives the album a throwback sensibility, but Øye’s voice and lyrics give it a modern spin that I really dig.

Check it out.

The Whitest Boy Alive – Rules

Fun work

Martin Luther King Tribute

I wanted to attempt this style  in February, and being Black History Month I chose the Rev. as my muse.

His face is made up of the words of his epic Lincoln Memorial “I have a dream…” speech.

Take a look. I am having it framed as I type.

Smoking Goat Branding

I like beer.

Beer high in flavor, alcohol and price. I brew at home, but wouldn’t consider myself very good at this point. I’m working on it.

We have friends in Louisiana who I would consider really good. I designed some branding for their forthcoming brewery down there.

The Smoking Goat will hopefully be amazing, especially if I get some good beer out of the deal.

Have a look. Then drink a beer and have a look again. Continue this process until the logo looks awesome.

New Poster

This is a poster I made for my buddy Dustin.

A classic quote from him as we drove by Effingham, IL’s infamous and huge cross.

I thought it would look good in his new apartment.

Sheltered Perceptions

I recently got the chance to work on a project for the Humane Society. Given the fact that every time I walk into an animal shelter I have to be talked down from taking home every animal in the place, I was happy to help in anyway I could.

With the majority of pet buying in the United States coming from breeders, mall pet shops and unfortunately mills, animal shelters (specifically the Humane Society) are left overflowing with pets that need loving homes. They are running into a perception problem however, and many misconceptions about shelter pets are accepted as fact, and often repeated as such.

To get past this, we decided to take the problem head on, and address the most common misconceptions individually.

Here is where we landed:

Humane Society - Misconceptions"Mutt"

Humane Society - Misconceptions - "Bark"

Lauren and Dan sit’n in a tree…

My good friend Lauren is getting married in July, and though I am extremely jealous of her fiance Dan (don’t tell my wife), I made their save the date cards.

I use VistaPrint to print these types of things. Though the quality suffers, and the rumor is that they are destroying local community printers nationwide, for the price they can’t be beat. Check them out next time you want to customize your own holiday card or invitation.

Here’s how Lauren’s STDs turned out: