April 30, 2010

Milton Glaser's Advice

Milton Glaser is one of the most influential and profound leaders in visual and graphic arts. I wrote about him and the documentary about him here.

I recently enjoyed reading this list of 10 things he's learned - the secret of art.

My favorite quote of them all being when he spoke about avoiding toxic people and said,

And the important thing that I can tell you is that there is a test to determine whether someone is toxic or nourishing in your relationship with them. Here is the test: You have spent some time with this person, either you have a drink or go for dinner or you go to a ball game. It doesn’t matter very much but at the end of that time you observe whether you are more energized or less energized. Whether you are tired or whether you are exhilarated. If you are more tired then you have been poisoned. If you have more energy you have been nourished. The test is almost infallible and I suggest that you use it for the rest of your life.


I also liked when he was talking about doubt and certainty and said,


Deeply held beliefs of any kind prevent you from being open to experience, which is why I find all firmly held ideological positions questionable. It makes me nervous when someone believes too deeply or too much. I think that being skeptical and questioning all deeply held beliefs is essential. Of course we must know the difference between skepticism and cynicism because cynicism is as much a restriction of one’s openness to the world as passionate belief is. They are sort of twins. And then in a very real way, solving any problem is more important than being right.


Preach it Milton.


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Bodo Sperlein




I'm in love with these stunning bowls by Bodo Sperlein. Available at Horne.

Horne found via Bliss.

Budding photographer



On Tuesday night at my cousin's house Emilia's three-and-a-half year old sister, Aurelie, (don't you just love how she's humoring me in this picture) asked if she could take some pictures with my camera. I said sure. So when I uploaded all the pictures on Wednesday there were about 43 that looked like this.






And when I got to this last one I damn near peed my pants. Dolls can be so insanely creepy. I thought I'd share the joy... enjoy your nightmares after seeing that picture dear readers!

Spring Winds



Just a couple shots from our walk last night.

It was one of those evenings where I was in a bad mood and I couldn't pinpoint why.



I wasn't in the mood to be by myself and I was by myself.

Kings incessant sniffing was getting on my nerves.

And I realized that all the petals on the trees and bushes that smell so amazing and look so pretty are falling off and it upset me way more than it should have.

I guess I just needed some sleep because I feel better today.

April 29, 2010

Stefan Bucher




This presentation by graphic designer and illustrator Stefan Bucher is just phenomenal. I can't say it more simply than that. This is the second talk of his I've watched (the first being here at AIGA) and he's just so inspiring, smart, poignant and on point. Even the question and answer segment is great. This presentation is from March 2010 at The Walker and airs on The Walker Channel, which I mentioned way back here at the beginning of King Studios.

If you're into design and/or illustration watch it here.
Stat.

Inspiring Wine



Some awesome wine bottle packaging for our Thursday morning, to get us excited for the weekend. Just kidding, everyone knows you don't need to wait 'till the weekend to drink wine!

I'm pretty sure it's one of my dreams to design wine labels at some point in my career. Book covers too.

Linnaea Vineyard•Lovely Package. l The Good Wine Co.•The Dieline l Bird On A Wire•Lovely Package l Cashburn Wine•The Dieline

April 28, 2010

Tilt-Shift


Jack Ambridge

Tilt-shift is a technique in photography with small and medium format cameras where the focus is altered to create a shallow depth of field. Contrast and saturation are also manipulated to create this look of miniatures. There's a lot more that can be said about it, learn more here and here.

I've seen this technique around a bit, but not until recently did I take the time to learn more about it. Conclusion: awesome.



Daniel Espirito


Jack Ambridge


Caio Braga


Albino Tonnina


Albino Tonnina


Sascha Kuntze


Jack Ambridge


Noa Emberson


Sascha Kuntze


Sascha Kuntze

For even more images click here.

Little lands originally found via DesignWorkLife

Emilia



My sweet little God daughter turned two yesterday. I dropped off her present last night and she loved the little dolly stroller and highchair and the ball. She's going to need to work on getting the dolls legs into the highchair though because right now she's just shoving her in like a sleeping bag in one of those impossibly small holders.

Happy Birthday Sweet Emilia!

Crawling!

Lou Lou's been doing the rock-back-and-fourth on his hands and knees thing for weeks, but not until just recently did he start crawling forward. Which is great and all, and we're proud of his growth, but it also means that you have to watch him like a hawk or, like Jady says, "he'll crawl right towards the tv stand". I don't know if it's a boy thing, or a baby thing, or a Louis thing but this kid is all about the tv and tv related accessories. ie, the remote control. He loves it.

I took some videos with my camera when I was babysitting last weekend... the quality isn't the best, but hey, I still love it.

Louis Crawling from Addie on Vimeo.


April 27, 2010

Black Sheep

I found a pretty great version of Black Sheep live on youtube and it just so happens it's from the first live performance of Martin Sexton's I saw back in November 2008. Which means I'm actually singing in this video. Sweet!

Kick ass poster



This image featured recently in a design*sponge sneak peak made me smile because that poster is just so awesome. I found out it's by Lure Design and can be purchased for a mere $10. Lure Design has some other really great work to be explored, so check it out.

Oh how I loath comic sans...

The Working Proof



The Working Proof is a great new site that seeks to promote art and social responsibility. Each print on the site is paired with a charity of the artists choice and 15% of each sale goes to that charity.

According to the website "
Besides showcasing emerging artists and great artwork, the intent of the Working Proof is to promote a variety of charities and to expose them to new supporters through the appreciation of art and creativity. We release a new print once a week, on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm, EST."

Very cool. Check it out!

Martin



Sunday night my friend Genevra and her husband Peter and I went to dinner and the Martin Sexton concert. Music aside I can safely say that I don't ever want to see a concert again unless I'm sitting in the front row of the first balcony. Seriously, best seats ever... with a place to put your feet up and everything.

I've been a Martin Sexton fan ever since my friend Em gave me a copy of the Black Sheep album in college. If you've listened to any of my mixes you'll know I like him... a lot. I have to say, however, that I wasn't a huge fan of his latest album. Somehow it was too lyric heavy and was missing the range, creativity and soul that most of his music is so rich with. So the show was good, but he played a lot of that new stuff that you kind of zone out to instead of being fully present in the genius.

Still, there was some amazing music that night and the encore song of Black Sheep made everything worth it. Click below for the original recording.

April 26, 2010

Paddington



Lou and I turned a corner on our walk yesterday and saw this sweet little boy playing on a wet log and I just loved the contrast between his yellow outfit and the rich greenery of the woods. Thankfully his mom was around the corner so she didn't see me taking a picture of her son and have me arrested. He reminded me of a little yellow Paddington Bear.

Much better



Now this is a stroller I can get on board with. Louis and I went on a nice long walk along the creek yesterday when I was watching him so Jady could run some errands. It's a good thing she went too because she came back with more diapers just in the nick of time.

Last week was so beautiful here, sunny and warm with clear skies, and then it was rainy and cold all weekend which was a total bummer, but at least we were still able to get out for our walk and then had an excuse to be lazy indoors.

April 25, 2010

A reason to get together

I was introduced to Indian food a few years ago by my boss. Because he's British and a huge foodie, he knows damn near everything there is to know about curries and over the last few years he's passed a little bit of that knowledge onto me. So when it came time for me to host "A reason to get together" it seemed like a good fit to teach my girl friends about making curry.



The particular curry that I made, and that I'm going to tell you about here, is what you would call a "Korma". It's a pretty basic Indian curry recipe and though it needs to simmer for an hour, it's really easy to make and not terribly time consuming. I should also add that it's not at all spicy. I know some people think about curry, or ethnic food in general, and think they're mouths are going to be on fire and their irritable bowl syndrome will send them through the roof. But this isn't an "Along Came Polly" situation (I can't believe I just admitted to having seen that movie) and though the recipe is very flavorful, it's not spicy hot.



With the exception of two ingredients you can get everything for this meal at a traditional grocery store. But you're going to need to go to an Indian grocery store to pick up these two items. The first is ghee which is a clarified butter that's made from heating up regular butter until the water evaporates and the solids sink to the bottom of the pan while the oil remains on top. The cooled and hardened oil that is then scraped off the top is ghee. Though it is all saturated fat it's believed that ghee is much better for you than traditional Western fats such as lard and margarine. It also happens to be great to cook with a creates a wonderful flavor. You can read more about it here if you like.

Secondly you're going to need to pick up some masala paste. Really you can use a paste or the dried powder of masala spices, but it just so happens I learned this recipe with paste so I'm sticking to it. :) Masala paste is just a combination of many traditional Indian cooking spices all conveniently packaged in one place, including ginger, garlic, salt, coriander, turmeric, cumin, red chili powder, cardamom, paprika, black pepper, clove and cinnamon.

So the full list of ingredients is:

- 2 lbs chicken thighs
- 1 32oz tub plain yogurt (not lite)
- 1 large yellow onion
- 2 lemons
- fresh cilantro (you'll use about one half cup or so depending on how much you like cilantro)
- garlic
- heavy cream (small container)
- ghee
- masala paste
- 1 tablespoon honey
- milk (in case you need to add a little moisture during simmering)

To make: *note that some prep needs to take place the night before*

1. In a large bowl combine raw chicken cut into pieces, juice of lemons, 1/2 tub of yogurt, 3 large spoon fulls of masala paste, 1/4 cup cilantro chopped, onion sliced into larger pieces, 1 tablespoon garlic.

2. Cover with cloth and put in fridge overnight.
Cloth is better than saran wrap because the mixture needs to breathe. When you go to finish the recipe the following day it will look like this.



3. Heat a pan and add a spoonful of ghee and a heaping spoonful of masala paste. You want to simmer the paste a little bit to start getting the flavors movin' and shakin'. Note that you're going to need a very big pan for all the chicken, I use two to fit it all.






4. Add mixture from bowl to the pan(s) and saute until the chicken is cooked through.

5. Once chicken is cooked pour into a large pot. Add to the mixture the rest of the tub of yogurt and more cilantro, about 1/4 cup or so depending on how much you like cilantro.

6. Simmer for an hour stirring regularly and making sure you've got enough moisture. If your loosing too much moisture you can add some milk.

7. About five minutes before you're going to serve, add a hearty pour of heavy cream and about a tablespoon of honey.

8. Check the flavor level here, if you feel it needs more flavor, add a bit more masala paste until you're satisfied.



9. Serve over basmati rice that has been cooked according to the directions on the package.

Enjoy!




I should also note that since I had the girls over I wanted to make the meal a complete Indian cuisine experience so I had driven over to Kabobs and picked up some samosas and naan bread. I don't make these from scratch and I've found Kabobs to have some of the best in the city, so I cheated a bit on that.

Samosas are basically fried dough stuffed with different ingredients (kind of like the Indian version of an empanada). We enjoyed vegetable (traditionally potato and peas) and chicken. I forgot to take a picture of them, but they look like this and come with dipping sauce.


image via zeetz

And naan bread is a traditional Indian flat bread and all I can say about it is that it's amazing and perfect for dipping in curry.

We really enjoyed our meal, I hope you'll try it soon and let me know what you think!

Merry Mary Monday!



More of Lake Harriet, but this time a lovely fountain in the rose gardens.

You can read about the origins of Merry Mary Monday here.

April 23, 2010

Dining Out For Life



This years Dining Out For Life is coming up on April 29th. That 155 restaurants is in Minneapolis alone, nation wide there are 3,500 restaurants involved. For information and a list of participating restaurants click here for the website. If you're in Minneapolis, click here.

Happy dining!

Leaning heavy on the weekend



As I placed this image into this post I realized if I wanted to get fancy I could use it as a metaphor for my day; filled with pretty things, but ultimately complete chaos. And the birds don't really say the part where there never seems to be enough hours in the day. But still, it's really beautiful and we are leaning heavy on the weekend.

It's going to be a great one.

Image by Christina Empedocles via My Love For You

April 22, 2010

New good thing



You know how about two hours after you have a Jamba Juice for lunch you're a bit hungry again and want something to actually chew on? Well they were out of Pirate's Booty when I was there recently so I tried these BBQ flavor Pop Chips and I will just say, YUM!

All natural, not baked, not fried. Just good and tasty.

Earth Day & The Garbage Barge



Earth Day seems as good a day as any to post about Chris Sickles new book, Here Comes The Garbage Barge. Am I going over board here with the Sickes work? Perhaps, but oh well, it's awesome. Too much doesn't exist here.

So his new book came out recently and these are some images from his blog of the book with his daughter pointing out some of her favorite pages. Louis is so getting this book for his birthday, Jady, don't tell him. The story is a fictionalized account of real events in 1987 when a town in New York had more garbage than they knew what to do with so they shipped it down to North Carolina. Ultimately a judge decreed that the garbage would be incinerated and the boat take the remains to a landfill. The book is meant to help young people understand the importance of recycling.

See below for the "making of" video. I originally posted it here, but like I said, we can't ever have too much of a good thing around here at King Studios.

Happy Earth Day Folks!






Beer Ads



These ads by Josh Leutz are such a great mix of interesting art and witty copy. Love!

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April 21, 2010

Just without the jumping up and down

You want to see a grown man damn near pee his pants with excitement? Give him an extra ticket to an afternoon Twins game at the new stadium when he can take the day off work and is provided a sober cab.

Last night my brother-in-law was invited to today's game and it was pretty much all he could talk about for the rest of the evening. It's fun to see a grown man get as excited as a school kid who was just told he gets to go to Disney World. I haven't seen Jason this pumped since he got that great deal on the third lawn mower.

Have fun at the game J! Go Twins!

Good Morning!



image by peter taylor. found via ffffound.