The Bluegrass Situation

Earlier this week, a website project that I co-designed with my good friend, Simon Walker launched — The Bluegrass Situation. The BGS, founded by Ed Helms, is an online hub, annual festival in Los Angeles, and network of nation-wide events for everything bluegrass, folk and americana. There are future plans to make the site responsive and increase the feature set. Check it out.

Bonus: Check out the logo Simon designed up close, and see a few of the other options he presented (#1 and #2).

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Creative Mornings: Backwards

Last month, I gave a talk at Frank Restaurant about the theme ‘Backwards’ for the new Austin chapter of Creative Mornings. I had a great time sharing a few stories and insights, and would like to say thank you to all the nice folks who came out to support me. Also, I’d like to thank Real HQ, Chaotic Moon, Alexis Wilson, The Delivery Men, and Ben Thoma for sponsoring and organizing this event.

Watch my talk ‘Backwards’ on Vimeo:

Below are a few photos from the event, and you can browse the whole set over on the Creative Mornings: Austin Flickr account.

If you live in Austin, here are a couple of ways you should interact with Creative Mornings:

Bonus #1: Listen to my Sidebar session with Ben Thoma, which we recorded a few weeks before my talk:

Bonus #2: Check out these colorful sketchnotes that my friend Sean Wes made during my talk. Thanks, Sean!

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Cotton Bureau: A Gaggle of Triangles

Cotton Bureau is a sweet new shirt design platform that just launched today! It allows designers to submit shirt concepts for approval, after which requires 25 pre-orders to get each shirt printed. The shirt printing, packaging and shipping are all handled by the fine folks behind United Pixelworkers. The logo was designed by Bobby McKenna.

To help celebrate the launch of Cotton Bureau, I was asked to submit my first shirt design, which coincidentally needs your pre-order to get it printed: A Gaggle of Triangles. Here is the description for this submission: “Say hello to a triangular cluster of neatly organized chaos, wrapped in a tasty cyan-to-magenta rainbow roll and deep-fried to imperfection.” Pre-order it now to help get it printed (25 required).

Here’s to hoping it gets printed, and many more future submissions.

Congrats on the launch, Jay and team.

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