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Feb 05 2014

Creative People Are Weird

If you haven't already noticed, let me point out the following: Creative people are weird.  It's true.And it can be maddening if you've engaged one of us in some custom commission and you're not sure you're even speaking the same language. It's even worse when the creative looks at you like you're the crazy one.Examining that relationship is the focus of my weekly videos.I've been inspired by my friends James Victore and Alison Howard to share some of...

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Feb 03 2014

Music Mondays | Nerd Jazz

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.For the longest time, every gig I booked had a different lineup. One of the benefits of booking me to play jazz for an event is that I don't have a steady band and can book for your budget and space - everything from a solo guitarist to a seventeen-piece big band.The trio format has been a clear preference for most of my clients and, after many years...

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Jan 31 2014

Letterpress Notecards for THE Conan O’Brien

If you follow me on instagram, you might already know what I was up to yesterday.It's not often one gets a call from Team COCO. And when one does, it's a real delight.I'm proud to share these letterpress notecards and envelopes that I created for Conan O'Brien. They're A10 bordercards with a letterpress printed logo and a couple extra treats.This was such an exciting project to work on and I'm thrilled to contribute to the work...

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Video | Enjoy the Journey

Don't shortchange yourself by asking a creative, custom artisan to make for you something they already made for someone else. The results will be magnitudes better if you go into it expecting to inject yourself into the process....

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Jan 29 2014

3D-printed Fingernails for Brides and Bridesmaids

I believe the future of weddings is 3D printing. Not just jewelry or the occasional cake topper, but everything from food to florals will be influenced by 3D printing.The Laser Girls are offering their 3D-printed nail designs via Shapeways, the cafepress of 3D printing. I think this would be perfect for the right bride or bridesmaids and I'm fascinated by this particular use of 3D printing.I'm excited about seeing (and being a part of) the future of 3D...

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Jan 27 2014

Art As Inspiration | Rewarding the Careful Observer

Jerry Uelsmann, Untitled, 1969 In a previous life (not that long ago), I worked in an art museum. One of the greatest joys of that time (aside from working in a space filled with such inspiration), was meeting many of the fine artists whose work we exhibited.Many of them were local - Ummarid "Tony" Eitharong, Richard Currier, and David McKirdy to name a few. And some had a fairly broad following, even if they were from...

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Jan 27 2014

A project for artists

Chris Guillebeau (I've never been able to figure out how to pronounce it) was the first example I encountered of email marketing  done right. I'm impressed with this guy.And I'm really excited about this project he's doing with Jen + Omar of These Are Things.This looks like a great offering for creatives looking to stop moonlighting and start full-timing.  ...

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Music Mondays | Sing That Son of a Gun

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.Note: No, I'm not unaware of the GRAMMYs having happened last night. I just happen to think they're not all that relevant. Particularly for any music deeper than the hit parade. That's not to say I wouldn't accept one if I won.I'm not an Idol fan, but I'm incredibly amused that the show that ruined America's taste for true musical talent (and replaced it with some obnoxious "star...

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Unique Wedding Cake? Try Severed Heads (NSFW)

Leave it to Austin to be home to one of the most interesting cake makers I've seen. And how in the world did I miss this when it first made the rounds?Sideserf Cake Studio's owner, Natalie, first gained some visibility for the Willie Nelson cake she made. Well, now she's gone and done it again. She made a cake for her own wedding and it's absolutely incredible.It's gory and it's certainly not for everyone, but...

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video | music matters

Many thanks to Alison Howard and James Victore for the inspiration, I'm making videos for your pleasure again.Hopefully these look a little nicer and will be of value to you.Today's lesson: Music Matters...

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