Blog Entries from mozmic_dancer

  1. Green with Envy

    Oh, yes. It is that time of year... Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2013: PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald Radiant, jewel-toned Emerald promotes balance and harmony CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 6, 2012 – Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013. Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our...
  2. Poster Contest

    I haven't participated in a poster contest since 12th grade. The only reason I won was because I was the only participant. So, I'm surfing, doing my rounds, when I get to Veer.com, a favorite source of mine for fonts and artwork. They were sponsoring a digital poster contest, where they give you a folder of assets and you have to design the poster using one or some of the assets: fonts, photos, and vector art. This was my result:...
  3. Orange You Happy!

    I look forward to this every year: CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 8, 2011 – Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a vivacious, enticing hue, as the color of the year for 2012. The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish...
  4. The Dog Days are Over!

    No longer a member of the "99 Week" brigade and I'm thankful. I feel like this could be a new beginning and a way to get back on my feet again. New York has given me a second chance. New neighborhood, new building, and new responsibilities. Having a full-time job is exciting; keeping a full-time job will be the biggest challenge. Let me just get through my probation until November. I never want to go through this again.
  5. Summertime Blues

    A friend recently turned me on to a site that allows designers to pitch designs. One particular project caught my eye; an opportunity to submit a design for an annual music compilation. The client, in their written brief, requested, "fluro colours, bold text and maybe a hint of Ibiza/summery imagery" and "feel instantly light, summery and put a smile on your face." Sound good so far. The client also requested that the title should be the most dominant feature in the design and , oh yes,...
  6. Oh Solo Mio!

    The events of the last few days have truly been the pits. Like watching a bad Italian opera. A son is forever banished from his father's house; the son’s loyal friends battle with the father’s supporters, and a legion of ghostly apparitions only known as The Anonymous jeer and mock on the other side of the wall. Meanwhile, the dead-weight of a household staff are diving off the castle roof like lemmings and meeting their demise in a burning pile of record albums waiting below. I must...
  7. Baby Shower Card

    Greeting cards used to be designed as keepsakes. Homemade cards are even more precious. The women my mother worked with made their own baby card for her by typing their names on a satin ribbon and glueing a little penny that had the year I was born (don't dare ask what year.) All I can say is that it still exists today in an old photo album perfectly preserved. That's why it is comforting to note that fine quality greeting cards have not gone out with the rotary phone. I went to a...
  8. Scrapbooking: Hobby or Mental Illness?

    Due to my lack of finding full-time work, I recently took up a hobby. It all started with my purchase of a Canon MP560 with print, scan and copy capabilities. Just as a goof, I printed out some digital photos on good photo paper and to my astonishment, really liked the results. The printer even had some easy software already installed for printing the photos in different sizes, filters and in black and white. That’s when I decided to dive into the wonderful world of scrapbooking where I can...
  9. Nice Box!

    Most people know me enough to know that I appreciate great design. So, when I see great design, then by gosh, I'm gonna tell the world about it. I recently ordered a perfume for myself that came inside this package. I enjoy the color combination and the little details, such as the bow, that I suspect may have been designed specifically to resemble a fine box of chocolates. The eye candy doesn't stop there, for when I opened the box to receive my little treat, the box folded out into...
  10. A Decent Cuppa Joe

    Did you ever see a product that seems like it is featured everywhere? It’s in brochures and circulars and you wonder if it’s right for your lifestyle, or it’s just another excuse to clutter the kitchen? When I went to visit my in-laws for Thanksgiving last year, they recently got what they described as “their new toy”. They brought me into their kitchen and presented to me a top-of-the-line one-cup coffee brewer; a strange little device that simply does one thing – brew one cup of coffee...
  11. Color Me Bad

    Recently, I went on a job interview as a production artist for a greeting card company. Besides testing me on layout and graphic software, they gave me what they refered to as a "fun" test on how well I can distinguish color. If I read this correctly, zero is supposed to be a perfect score. I leaned more towards the below average. Didn't get the job, but only because I never took their "tests" too seriously to begin with. Bad day for me. Anyway, give it a try:...
  12. Honeysuckle, You Know Where to Find Me

    Forget murdering pirates, surly Libyians, and bored housewives from New Jersey; here at Odds and Sods, we report the little stories, the often ignored announcements; the minute details that make life more intereresting. Here is a major announcement from Pantone, the tastemakers of the world (out of Carlstadt, NJ). You heard it here first. Honeysuckle is the 2011 Color of the Year. No shit. It's a beaut. Why, you may ask? Below is an excerpt from their press release: "Honeysuckle is...
  13. Interesting Classified

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  14. Eataly -- Dig Those Eye-talian Markets

    I recently went on a job interview in Chelsea, so I was delighted to learn that this would give me the opportunity to visit one of New York's most talked-about markets; Eataly on 5th Ave and 23rd Street. Part of a popular chain in Italy and owned by notable chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Eataly aims to introduce New Yorkers to great imported foods and fresh products. I love to cook, love to eat and most importantly, love to spend money, so this promised to be a...
  15. Grammy Review

    The Grammy Awards were on Sunday night, (2.14.11). I generally don't watch them, but this year, I was mildly curious. The show was rehaulded a few years back to focus primarily on performances and less on the Best-Animal-or-Vegetable-Featured-on-a-Long-Playing-Movie-Soundtrack type presentations that no one ever cared about or ever will. A gaggle of divas opened up with a nice tribute to Aretha Franklin. It was almost pleasant just to watch performances even though I didn't care for most...
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