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.
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.
Sean Ryan Cooley
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.
Pearl Izumi headquarters as photographed by Logan VonBokel of VeloNews
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.
If you’re like me the long awaited arrival of Spring is awakening your body. Shake the cobwebs out of your mind with a trip through the collection of clever photography by Brock Davis. Lot’s of great stuff in his make something cool everyday collection too.
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.
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.
Big Table Studio
David Paul Seymour
Erik T. Johnson
Jordan A. Smith
Studio On Fire
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.
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.