Click. Print. Gun.

So it appears the revolution will not be televised as much as printed on a reprap!

Cody R. Wilson is a University of Texas law student who founded the WikiWeapon Project AKA Defense Distributed, a 3D printed gun manufacturing initiative. Yup. Cody is printing himself an AR15 Assault Rifle from the comfort of his own home. To add fuel to the fire, he’s putting all the information online so that others too can join in on the fun. Click. Print. Gun.

2013 Design Internships

As 2013 starts up, I reflect on our previous year (Season 3) of business and think of the individuals I am thankful for in helping us make it another fantastic year. I particularly reminisce on the talented souls that warmed our swivel chairs and graced our Wacom tablets. We have been very fortunate and have had consistently growing interest in our internship program. Students and young professionals from all over the world who are driven and motivated to learn and be the best in their craft. Often resembling a UN gathering, they each bring their unique creative perspectives and global approach to problem solving and the creative process. Our body of work reflects these talents, these are individuals who got their hands dirty, pulled a shot of espresso or two, but always stayed on course to create great work.

A battle of branding proportions

As academically tenderized fresh meat to the copywriting world, I’m finding it extremely difficult to brand myself. I have all of the necessary information, so I really should be able to distill myself down into one all encompassing message. I’ve had no problems coming up with a logo and tagline for my roller derby persona; a little medic symbol here, a hearse style ambulance there and bam! there’s Anne Bulance.

Shift Disturbers – stirring some sh!t

As a student of advertising, sometimes I am lucky enough to be given opportunities to attend advertising conferences to gain inspiration and incite from our industries leading visionaries. The other day I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend Shift Disturbers, a conference that brings “a mash-up of visionaries to the stage, from the worlds of advertising, art and design for a half-day of inspirational words from the gods of creativity”. I was called up for the event about three hours before and had no idea what to expect, but it was clear from the moment I stepped up to the front doors of the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, that this would not be an ordinary conference. Greeting every passerby at the entrance to the centre was a man in a wild suit wearing a sandwich board, who could more or less be summed up as a crazed, possibly homeless man ranting at passerby’s. At first we all tried to scurry away from him as quickly as possible, but at a closer inspection you realized that the sandwich board was in fact a poster for the conference we were about to attend. Now if that isn’t a mood setting entrance I don’t know what is!

Optometry — Behind The Scenes

Simon and I have made a lot of progress with our installation and exhibit. The deadline is looming and we’ve been putting some long hours to develop our presentation and concept. The most time consuming part so far has been building the optometry installation.

Logorama-Short Animation

Logorama brings to life a world built out of familiar logos. Hundreds of logos and mascots are used, and they include examples from software companies, shopping centers, restaurants, sports teams, movies, and any number of other products, agencies, and corporations. It’s a lot of fun watching all of these familiar logos used so creatively. They fill the screen and zip by without calling attention to themselves. Watching Logorama is like a game of “How Many Logos Can You Name?” To fully appreciate this animated short, one needs to freeze-frame each part and check out all the details.