I realized I posted those pics without posting many details about the trip itself, so here goes. I drove down with my sister Thursday afternoon to Tulsa. We both had never been to Oklahoma before so it was an interesting ride, lots of roadkill and the like. The drive itself wasn’t bad, we did get lost when trying to find the right street to turn off of. We found it eventually in a roundabout way, still made it in plenty of time before the awards ceremony.

They displayed our work on tables and on the walls in the Central Park Center. I was a little disappointed by how they chose to display things. They printed out the low-res images we submitted to them online, so everything was pixellated and gross. Even the award/piece of paper I received had their logo on it pixellated. The food was nice, the bar even better. They had quite the selection of beer and wine.

Six students from Fort Hays won awards in the single entry categories for students. They called our names and we walked up to receive the award. I didn’t realize it but as I got my award (I was the first award presented), they displayed our work on the projector screen in all its low-res glory. Ah wail. My hands were sore by the end of the night after all that clapping; the professional awards took forever to go through.

The drive home was terribly long. We got a flat tire about 100 miles south of Wichita at around 12:00 am. Had to drive the rest of the way home on a donut, which I was informed later was a miracle we made it that far (the spare is ruined). Drove through a hailstorm in Wichita on the way; we didn’t get back home until 9:00 am. All in all, it was an interesting experience and I’m glad we made it back sane and sound.

Cityscape

Cityscape

Downtown Tulsa

Downtown Tulsa

Mayo Motor Inn

Mayo Motor Inn

Central Park Center Interior

Central Park Center Interior

Byron's Beer

Byron's Beer

Photography

Photography

Silver Award for Professional Illustration

Silver Award for Professional Illustration

John's Furniture Store

John's Furniture Store

Illustration

Illustration

Lindsay's Books

Lindsay's Books

My stamps!

My stamps!

View from the veranda

View from the veranda

My co-pilot on this trip

My co-pilot on this trip

Delishus food and beer

Delishus food and beer

Logos galore

Logos galore

Lol

Lol

Impressions

April 29, 2009

Last nite, four other graphics buddies and I drove to Denver to see Gary Hustwit’s new documentary film Objectified. More info can be found in my previous blog post here.

The film’s main focus was on industrial design and its effect on everyone’s daily lives. Without many of us realizing it, everything we interact with throughout the day was designed by someone for some purpose. The true success of a well-designed object is when you forget why it looks the way it does. You use it, throw it away, buy a new one, reuse it, etc. without a second thought.

I enjoyed the film, although I wasn’t completely blown away by it. Industrial design is an important facet of everyone’s lives, but I feel like most of its secrets have been revealed already through various media programs. I still haven’t seen Helvetica, and I think that film will appeal to me more not only for the fact that it’s about graphic design(ers), but it’s about something not many people know much. Gary was kind enough to answer questions after the screening, which was pretty cool.

The (Mayan) theatre was packed and we got to drink beer while watching the film, awesome. I couldn’t help but notice another film playing there currently.

Tokyo! is a collection of three films that all take place in the vibrant Japanese city. They are supposed to be pretty surreal and wacky stories, all connected through some on-going theme. Michel Gondry directed one of them. I’ll have to make another trip back sometime, if its still playing there. All in all, it was a pretty fun trip to Denver, it being my first and not last.

Objectified

April 21, 2009

I have plans to see this documentary on Monday in Denver with some buddies from graphic design. Should be interesting. Gary Hustwit made the film, same guy who did the Helvetica documentary which I have yet to see.

From the site:

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.”

Incredible Weekend

November 24, 2008

Creative Arts Society went to Kansas City for the weekend and all I can say is it was freakin amazing.

We left Friday morning at 7 (well, 7:15 to be exact) splitting up between two school vans, Stacey’s car, and Dan’s car. Rode down with Carlos, Aaron, and Josh Knott, with Aaron driving. He umm…hit like 50 curbs throughout our journey there, swerving off the highway as he messed with his ipod.

Arrived at KC around lunchtime, ate at an Irish pub place in the Plaza. Waaaay overprice, Aaron pissed off the waitress when they wouldn’t serve him his beer of choice in a 16oz glass. I had the soup of the day, vegetable barley, and also mooched off of Kirsten’s salad. Good stuff.

After returning to our van in the parking garage (yikes) we tried to find Toby’s van and the others to get to our hotel. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Westport, near the Plaza. Lo and behold, across the street is a huge art supply store. We didn’t get to go there until today, but it was sooooo huge and amazing. I spent over $100 there. [face_embarrassed] Back to the day’s happenings in order…

Our room was on the fifth floor, I roomed with Carlos and Aaron. After settling in for a little bit, we went downstairs and saw everyone else heading towards the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. We decided to shop at the plaza for a more (or less) relaxing time. Our first stop was the 3 story Barnes & Noble. Got a couple books there, spent 2 hours (at least) looking at design books ‘n’ such. Aaron would not make up his damned mind (a common occurance throughout the trip). After that, we walked around, decided to eat at this sports bar (810 radio?) and ate half-price appetizers and beer. It was…good at the time but afterward, our bodies were stinkin up a storm. Had my first deep fried pickles and bleu balls (mini cordon bleu’s, lol). Made a cameo at the Apple store, tons of people there, kinda got depressed (them moreso than me) and walked back to the hotel to see what everyone else was doing.

There was a bar next to our hotel where there was karaoke going on, so we decided to watch and support Pete (and possible Stacey/others). This one woman sang a great rendition of All That Jazz. She was so fun. Pete sang Smells Like Teen Spirit..he really got into it, everyone was singing along with him as well. Heh. After there, we went to Kelly’s (another bar) but not everyone could get it, a fact that I didn’t realize until we were already in and ordering drinks. Carlos, Abby, Stacey, Jerrod, and Pete (and myself) entered, Carlos disappeared. I left with Abby and Stacey, we got some delish filafels from a street vendor and walked back to the hotel.

Day 2: Woke up earlyish, ate breakfast and hung around for a bit. Ate at this great sushi place (Matsuki?) near Kelly’s in Westport. My first official sushi experience…so good. Carlos and I split the sushi sampler, which had three pieces of sushi for us each, and three sashimi pieces, with ginger and wasabi on the side.

After that, we (Stacey, Kylee, Me, Carlos, and Aaron) finally go to the Nelson-Atkins museum. We didn’t actually go inside the main building (we were going to today but..got distracted) but mostly the newly additioned bloch building. Lots of cool stuff. The design of the building itself was so white and clean and modern-looking. Carlos (and myself) both made comments about how we wanted to live in a place like this. Soo cool.

We snuck into this conference room and got to see an amazing view. Hehe. It was like something out of a movie. After that, we discovered Carlos had lost his scarf (not the first time it happened on the trip, LMAO) and had to retrace our steps. We about gave up and as we took the elevator down, we found it on the floor in it.

After the museum (I bought a little music box thing that plays Happy Birthday from the shop) we (Carlos, Aaron, and I; Stacey and Kylee split off and walked back) drove to where Brian, Carlos’ best bud, works. Barkley…was fucking amazing. It was so unreal. The building uses bioscan machines to open the gate and door to the building. There were multiple stories, great design everywhere, art on the walls, movie viewing room, chill room, just everything you could image. The top floor was the hanging out room and the differen’t company’s presentation rooms (Build-A-Bear, Wrangler, Sonic, Blue Bunny, etc.) We got some free ice cream (!) and Brian showed Carlos and I (Aaron left) some sweet movies on bluray with his PS3 he brought along. We also played LittleBIGPlanet while Brian scanned some art before he “art swapped” it with his friends.

Carlos felt sad…for obvious reasons. Brian dropped us off at our hotel and we hung around Aaron and the girls for a little bit. We all went to this freakin amazing Indian restaurant near where we ate sushi called Korma Sutra. Our waitress must have really liked us (we asked to split up the tickets before she took our order) cuz she kept giving us free food. We got some mango yogurt drinks before the meal (I ordered chicken tikka saag, not recommended) and some chai tea, rice pudding, and sorbet on a toothpick afterward. A-fucking-mazing experience. We (our table consisted of Abby, Stacey, Carlos, and myself) were so full after sharing our food together (came in little serving dishes with spoons, etc.) So damn GOOD. Ugh! Walked back to the hotel feeling a little bloated, watched TV for a bit and finally decided to go out to a liquor store and get some goods. We ended up not going out that nite, something I really wanted to do to make up for last night’s…weird ending.

Day 3: Morning was very lax, ate breakfast at the hotel again. Had to check out by noon, Kirsten and Kylee decided to ride home with us as the other van left for home right away. We however decided to split up ourselves for a bit, Carlos and I ate lunch with Brian downtown, while the others went and shopped. We ate in the new! Power & Light district at this awesome gourmet burger place called chefBurger. We were going to eat at the Blue Koi but it was closed on sundays. Returned to Barkley and played some more LBP together (Jurassic Park and Atlantis levels, lulz). Speaking of lulz, Carlos would not stop saying that outloud. He kept saying “whoaoh” like I do sometimes the day before. He’s so ridiculous. Another popular saying was “48” for that’s what she said, “49” for that’s what he said, and “50” or as I liked to say “97” for both. “Lawlz”

We finally reunited outside this thrift store called Arizona Trading Company. The others ate at the Jerusalem Cafe as Carlos and I went shopping at the thrift store. Bought a hoody and some nice gloves for a total of $37. Not bad. Went to the art supply store (finally) and spent way too much money there. The others joined us there and we finally departed for home. Unreal. This whole trip was like a dream and I can’t believe it’s already over. The ride back was pretty chill. Kylee and Aaron seemed to hit it off well. Kirsten didn’t seem like she had the best time she thought she was going to have but…oh well I guess. We were all gonna watch the Fifth Element but Carlos and I changed our minds. So tired right now. Oh yeah, right as we reached Hays, we were all singing along to some great the Police songs. *Sigh* Soooo much fun! I’m so…yeah, happy. I want to get the fuck out of Hays. Soon we will be free. Here’s to friends and lovers and a better tomorrow. Cheers.

I entered this contest thingy while seeing Speed Racer at the AMC IMAX theatre in Olathe and apparently I won (part of it, the main display had a mini cooper *drools*)! So yeah, I get this call from Patty, a lady from Wyndham hotels (fanciful!) and I didn’t answer it at the time because of sleep deprivation but she left a message saying I had won a trip.

The vacation trip thing was either to Las Vegas or Orlando (my choice) for three days, two nites, paid hotel and round trip airfare and a $40 meal card thingy. I called Patty back and she told me all this and just needed to verify who I was. Her first question was “Are you 25 years or older?” I…replied truthfully and said no, I’m only 22. “Do you have a significant other that is 25 years or older?” “Ummm…no.” I wanted to say my mom was my significant other but…that would have sounded weird, lol. “Well in order for the winner to be valid, they or their significant other must be at least 25 years old. Blah blah blah.”

DAMMITTTT, I’ve never won anything in my life like this and when I do, I’m not fucking old enough?! I should have lied…or something. GAHH, lamesauce.