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For the past month and a half, we have had the opportunity to work on the identity for a new local bistro at 48 Albert St. in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. It is an ongoing project, but we are at the point where we feel we can share some of the work.
We’ve just put up a temporary website for them at www.deseobistro.com - you’ll find their address, contact information and a downloadable menu in .PDF format. Take a look - their menu is great! So many nice dishes.
Hopefully we’ll be able to take photos of the finished products (which will be more extensive as well) – at which time I’ll update the blog with those.
A little sneak peak at some new holiday inspired product we’re working on – in the form of iPhone wallpapers. Hope you enjoy!
We recently had the opportunity to create custom DVD packaging for Danielle Sturk, a local filmmaker. In addition to the DVD we did all of the promotions for her new film Ciel(s), a short documentary film about our relationship with death and ideas of what the afterlife is. You can see the trailer up at ciel(s).
The packaging is completely custom. We had dies built for the plastic sleeve and case then had them screenprinted and cut. The DVD trays were CNC routed out of high density cork flooring tile and the booklets were done with a sewing machine. We’ve done 100 and are doing another 100 next week. We’re very excited with the end product. Check out some photos below:
Crosshair Silkscreen Printing and Design, Chicago.
Hot Doug’s, Chicago.
At the beginning of July I traveled to Chicago for a friend’s wedding. I think it was my fourth trip to the city — I love that place — so we didn’t do any of the typical tourist stuff. Here were a couple of the highlights:
First stop was to a friend from gigposters.com’s studio. Dan MacAdam runs a screenprinting studio under the name of Crosshair. Candace and I stopped by his studio to meet in person for the first time. Stupidly, I did not take any photos… I should have. I did, however pick up this awesome art print from him. At $80 it is a steal. Dan’s work really has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. His separations are incredible.
Fort #3 — Dan MacAdam
The other place that we searched out was Hot Doug’s – The Sausage and Encased Meat Emporium. After a $20 cab ride and a 1-1/2 hour wait in line we finally got to taste what all the hype was about. The place has been touted on a bunch of food shows and blogs and, while that doesn’t necessarily mean it is good, Dan ensured us that it does in fact live up to its mythic status. Pretty much everybody from Chicago on gigposters.com and anyone else that’s been there confirmed Dan’s statement as well. I’ll add to the hype. The place is awesome. Here’s my evidence:
About 3/4 through the 1-1/2 hour line.
The daily specials board. It was a tough decision – as you could imagine. I mean… look at it!
I ended up ordering 1 Jimmy McNichol.
Hot Doug himself.
Hey, after 1-1/2 hours in line I think you’d order wayyyy too much too. That drink on the left was pretty damn good. Sioux City Cherries ‘n Mint Soda.
The Jimmy McNichol (See the board above for ingredients)
Hot Doug’s B.L.T.(See the daily specials board for ingredients)
We also got the duck fat fries. Yes, fries fried in duck fat (Only on Fridays and Saturdays! We lucked out that we were there Friday!)
Look for me in my Hot Doug’s tee shirt!
A couple of nights ago I finally got to watch the documentary Art & Copy. I had intended on checking out the screening here at Cinémathèque — but a case of bronchitis prevented that from happening.
Check out the trailer to find out what it’s about, but the title does give you a big hint. I like these kinds of documentaries about creatives. Even if they’re not perfect it is always nice to be given a glimpse of the people that are responsible for so much of our visual lives. George Lois (the guy behind the MTV ads of the 80’s) is my favourite character. He is brash and to the point — very entertaining.
I’d give it a 4/5 on my very ambiguous movie rating scale. Worth a watch.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Hollywood, California
Part 2 is a bit of a lie — it should be titled, “I want to go here again”. I was recently in Los Angeles for a few days and I made it top priority to hit the famous (notorious?) chicken and waffle joint. I was tempted by “Stymies Choice” — Fried Chicken Livers, Grits, Eggs and a Biscuit. But I had to have the popular chicken and waffle combination. Scoe’s special #2: 1/4 Chicken (I ordered the dark meat) and 2 Waffles. I was a little worried that it might turn out to be one of those novelty tourist spots — especially after meeting a lot of out-of-towners during our 45 minute wait to get into the place. However, it was highly recommended by a number of locals. No disappointments here — every bit of the food lived up to the hype for me. The fried chicken was easily the best I’ve ever had and I would probably say the same for the waffles as well. The syrup went great on both the waffles and the chicken (think syrup on bacon… but better) and the chicken and waffles do taste perfect together.
Frank - Hot Dogs | Cold Beer, Austin, Texas.
A sausage joint in Austin owned by Geoff Peveto & Christian Helms of the Decoder Ring Design Concern. The food and beverages look just as amazing as the branding - which was also done by the Decoder Ring.
Also, check out this awesome video they produced about their coffee making skills.
Being in desperate need of a wardrobe update, I was on the lookout for something different. Limited-edition designer t-shirts imported from Sweden? Yes please! What I found was T-post, “the world’s first wearable magazine”. The idea behind it is simple: every six weeks, the editors choose an interesting news story and send it to specially chosen artist. The artist then interprets the story as a graphic, and both the news story and the graphic are printed on a t-shirt and mailed out to a list of subscribers. Neat.
Images: copyright T-post.
I’ve been getting more and more into podcasts over the past year or so. Some are great to listen to while working, others require a bit more attention and are better for running, walking, commuting, etc. Here are a few that I recommend:
Film Junk — A very entertaining, funny, and unpretentious podcast about films. It runs weekly and the format is basically news, followed by a review of a recent-to-theatres film, trailer reviews, things the hosts have watched, and fan mail.
This American Life — A great podcast that shares the stories of everyday Americans all relating to one general theme per episode. Hosted by Ira Glass on Chicago Public Radio. Awesome show. Often funny, sometimes heartbreaking and never boring. They even manage to make very dull and dry topics interesting.
Night People — A quirky and funny podcast run by two guys from 2–6am in the morning. As you can imagine, they get some pretty hilarious and odd characters calling in during those hours. They tackle paranormal, unexplained and otherwise weird stories with a great sense of humour.
Spark | CBC
The Movie Club Podcast | Run by the same guys as Film Junk