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.

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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

Hatcher’s

May 15, 2009

Finals were this past week, which explains the lack of updates. I’m finally done with school, yay! So here we are, another Friday Speshul already. This is also from our trip to Tulsa. I promise I will post the trip in more detail tomorrow!

Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right Start Select

Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right Start Select

Kum On

May 8, 2009

Kumshot

The McDonald's breasts add a nice touch.

Friday Special! On the road trip to Tulsa (blog post forthcoming, too tired to post it right now) for Graphex 40, we stumbled upon this site. It was funny, my sister, who acommpanied me on this trip, and I were discussing the phallic nature of the shape of Oklahoma just before we passed this gas station. It was hilariously ironic/serendipitous. Love it.

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.”