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Winter Solstice Card 2014


We managed to carve out some time to prepare for this year’s winter solstice and are delighted to have put the analog results in the mail to our clients. As is our tradition we’ve posted a print quality pdf for download for any of the roughly 6 billion people we can’t mail one to.

For this year’s graphic each quarter of 2014 is represented as a circle divided into two arcs – one for the total hours of light and the other the total hours of dark in Minneapolis, MN USA. The arcs for each month have been colored using a gradient that represents the quality of the light (nobody said info graphics can’t have a subjective layer). The circles are then set concentrically and each one rotated 90º clockwise.

Artcrank Minneapolis 2014 Artists


Applications for ARTCRANK MSP 2014 almost doubled to nearly 200 and the show has expanded to include 40 talented creatives with bikes on the brain. We’re honored to be part of the 20% selected and to find ourselves in such exceptional company. We’re also excited the show is May 31st (4-10pm) this year and hope it is sunny and warm so the streets surrounding Shelter Studios are positively jammed with cyclists of every stripe. Above is a photo of the 2013 show. Below is a list of participating artists with links to their portfolios. Together they should get you stoked and motivate you to get there early. See you at the show.

Aaron Purmort
Adam Hoganson
Adam Martin
Adam Toht
Adam Turman
Allan Peters
Allegra Lockstadt
Anne Ulku
Eric Larson
Bill Moran
Boxy Mouse
Brian Geihl
Brian Hurley
Brock Davis
Carla Zetina
Chad Olson
David Schwen
Eric Drommerhausen
Erik Hamline
Greg Brose
Greg Gossel
Gustav Holtz
Hannah Johnson
Joseph Hrabe
Kevin Hayes
Lindsey Wright
Natalie Wynings
Nate Johannes
Patrice Soehnlein
Paul Afong
Phil Jones
Pseudo Manitou
Ross Bruggink
Sam Michaels
Sean Ryan Cooley
Todd Zerger
Trent Onjay
Scott Thares

Proud Papas Everywhere

It’s been fun to hear about our 2012 Artcrank poster “Proud Papa” being discovered in public collections. Thanks to everyone who has shared a find with us (keep ’em coming). A few of our favorites are the new Pearl Izumi HQ in Boulder, CO., The Thule HQ in Seymour, CT and SingleSpeed Brewing in Cedar Falls, IA.  More about the poster.


Gallery: A visit to Pearl Izumi headquarters

Pearl Izumi headquarters as photographed by Logan VonBokel of VeloNews





Wheel Art Show 2013

There was a great turn out at Donkey Label HQ for the second annual Wheel Art Show. Local artists turned carbon fiber HED wheels into a wide variety of wall art which were auctioned off to support “Punch Cancer in Da Face!” Really impressed by Carolina Borja’s hand laid yarn illustrations.






Artcrank Proud Papa Jersey

At last you can wear your Proud Papa on your sleeve. We’re excited to announce that BrainstormOverload has partnered with Donkey Label to present a sweet, high-end jersey sporting our Proud Papa design from Artcrank Minneapolis 2012. Check out the Donkey Label site for more details and a discounted pre-order deal. We’ll try to get Todd to wear his to the Artcank 2013 opening tomorrow evening. Here are some preview pics.

Chez Panisse Posters

Today the iconic Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse survived a fire (SF Chronicle). Alice Waters, a pioneer of the local and organic food movement, started the restaurant in 1971. It went on to be named not only the best restaurant in America but one of the 50 best restaurants in the world. In an effort to help Chez Panisse bounce back our good friend and artist David Lance Goines of St. Hieronymus Press is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of any of his extensive collection of Chez Panisse poster to the reconstruction. The month of April is your chance to get a beautiful, limited edition, hand-printed poster (often as many as 14 colors) and help the slow food movement get on the fast track to recovery. See the full collection on David’s website. Here are a few of our favorites to entice you.

Artcrank Minneapolis 2013 Artists Announced

100 artists submitted for this year’s 44 Artcrank Minneapolis slots so it goes without saying we’re excited to have made it in. It’s always a stellar show and an epic cycle culture scene. Last year’s gathering above – this year’s artists listed below. We’ve listed company sites and LinkedIn profiles in cases where we couldn’t find a personal portfolio site. Check ’em out as a great reminder of how much creative talent there is in the Twin Cities. And, it will all be on display in one place on April 06, 2013 at Grain Belt Studios.. Hope you see you there.

Aaron Purmort
Adam Hoganson
Adam Turman
Aesthetic Apparatus
Aimee Gauthier
Allan Peters
Amy Barthel
Amy Jo
Andy Wood
Anne Ulku
Antonia Maistrova
Big Table Studio
Brian Geihl
Clinton Lugert
Daniel Jenstad
Dan Souligny
David Schwen
David Paul Seymour
Eric Drommerhausen
Erik Hamline
Erik T. Johnson
Greg Brose
Hannah Johnson
Ian Davies
Jason Craig
Jesse Lindhorst
Jordan A. Smith
Kyle Coughlin
Liz Adamsick
Lonny Unitas
Michael Lizama
Milton Un
Natalie Wynings
Nate Johannes
Phil Jones
Rachel Roddy
Ross Bruggink
Sam Michaels
Sarah Schlesser
Shannon Pettini
Studio On Fire
Todd Zerger

Winter Solstice Card 2012

After today every subsequent day will enjoy a few more minutes of sunlight as we rotate inexorably back toward the planetary orientation we like to call “cycling season”.  Just in time to celebrate (it’s been a very busy year) we’ve finished this years winter solstice Info graphic card. We’re excited to deliver them to our incredible clients whom we appreciate very much (it’s been a very busy year). It’s also become a tradition to provide a print quality pdf for download, so we did. We’re all in this thing called Winter together after all and we really appreciate the requests we get every year. So, with that stay warm and enjoy.

For this year’s graphic each month of 2012 is represented as a circle divided into two arcs with the total hours of night on the left and the total hours of day light on the right. The arcs for each month have been colored using a gradient that represents the quality of the light (nobody said info graphics can’t have a subjective layer). The circles are then set concentrically and overlapping each other to cause the creation of serendipitous effects, labeled as minimally as possible and voilà.

We should add that these are the product of a completely manual process. We add everything up by hand, rotate all the angles one at a time in Adobe Illustrator and adjust all the details until we’re happy with them. Probably “there’s an ap for that” but we enjoy spending the time with the design. Check out cards from past years.

Poster Offensive Show

There was a great turn out for Poster Offensive 6 at Big Table Studio. Here are a few photos. There are a few more on Flickr. And, a bit more detail about the show and our poster in a previous post. We printed a small edition of 25 but a few are still available at Big Table Studio and on Etsy.

View from the back by the big table.

Our poster “Freedom” with someone’s shadow driving the point home.

The man himself Mr. Peet Fetsch. Thanks for throwing another Poster Offensive show Peet.

I got caught pointing the camera at the capacity crowd. It was super packed so probably best in the end that no one invited the Fire Marshal.


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