Pounding the Pavement

So I was looking online for some daily inspiration. I thought what better than to look to the home country, Portugal. There are some great designers and some great work everywhere I look. There are plenty examples of contemporary work but I love the homage to the historic. What is shown below are called Calçadas. These are a series of intricate designs, typically made of cobblestone on the many walkways in Portugal. As a kid I recall taking many walks and seeing various designs. Here I am showing a few examples of the traditional pavement designs.

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I need it yesterday…

So, I had a request from one of our sales guys for a quick rendering illustrating what our product would look like applied on an existing building. The project is a renovation and the contractor needed something quick to present in his meeting. With the magic of Photoshop, some stock images, and a cup of sweet tea, this is what I generated.  It’s not award winning but I think it effectively communicates what needed to be shown. There were a couple more iterations with some other color choices, as well. Not bad for 90 minutes worth of work!

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Thank You Steve!


So today brings the news of Steve Jobs’ passing. It’s a sad day for the the world. As the chairman and co-founder of Apple Inc., Steve pioneered the electronic universe with the personal computer. From the early days in his garage with Steve Wozniak to now with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, he was always pushing innovation to new places.

As a kid, I remember working on all kinds of computers. We had TRS (Trash) 80s, Commodore 64s and we had the Apple (predecessor to the Macs). I always wanted to get in the computer lab at school to use our Apple II. Remember those days? A brace-faced, pimply getting excited to have the privelege to access to the lab. I think I still have my Computer Lab card somewhere. Anyway, I didnt do much with it back then. I tried my hand at some simple programming and spent hours “playing.”

Years after that, in college, I had my first “gotta have it” experience with the Mac. Again in the computer lab, I was having my go at FormZ and 3-D modeling. In today’s terms, it was somewhat primitive…but back then it blew me away. The computer was so user friendly, the program ran bug free and I was elated. Shortly there after all the students in Architecture school were mandated to purchase a PC. I desperately wanted a Mac….but back in those days there was no AutoCad for Mac, so the decision was made for me. I was told Architects use PCs and Graphic Designers use Macs…

Well fast forward some years…I was at a crossroads career wise. I decided to take a leap of faith and try my hand at Graphic Design. I had already been dabbling with a Tshirt company (STRiKE designs), some very primitive web work, and illustrating. I thought, hey I always wanted a Mac, it is now time. So I bought a MacBook Pro. Like a kid waiting for Christmas, I was constantly checking it’s tracking status. The day it arrived, I smiled from ear to ear. Ah, good times. It and the Mac Tower I have in my office, have been the most utilized tools in my creativity toolbox.

So, thank you Steve for the innovation. Thank you for cultivating young minds to grow. Thank you for making animated movies better. Thank you for smart phone technology. And finally thank you for making all of our lives a little easier and fun!

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