Sunday, March 29, 2009

Apparently we're f*cked.

Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design telling it like it is. If you click play, you will hear naughty language. You've been warned.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


May 2009 will be the last issue for Best Life, as the economic downturn has claimed yet another magazine. The Men's Health spin off was only five years old—even in magazine years, that's young. According to the Publishers Information Bureau, it was one of the few magazines to actually gain ad pages last year (as compared to the rest of the industry, which saw an almost 12 percent decline). Despite this fact, the publisher, Rodale, decided the magazine wouldn't be able to weather the state of the economy.

A friend recently told me that the current economy will weed out the bad publications, and only the good ones will be left standing. I can't get on board with that notion. Not when pubs like Best Life are going under. It's unforgiving out there and unfortunately the economy isn't always so discriminating. 

So, get out there to your local news stand and pick up your favorite mag. Renew that subscription you let slide—or better yet, start a new one. I just did ...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Back from break

Holy cow. Long time since I've posted. Apologies everyone. Been very busy wrapping up a couple of projects (soon to be posted on the site) and I took a much needed trip back to Colorado to catch up with some friends and do some riding. Things that came out of the trip: I was reminded that snowboarding is a perishable skill, but still super-fun. Flying 40 feet and landing on your head in waist-deep powder is relatively painless. Grabbed a couple of beers with Eric Likewise from the Skateboard Market and Indylab will be doing some designs for their upcoming shop t-shirts. Fun. I also stopped in and visited some friends at One Tribe Creative, an agency based in Ft. Collins that specializes in socially responsible design and branding. They've got some great stuff happening, including the launch of, an eco-friendly t-shirt project that allows the consumer to give 50 percent of their purchase to global humanitarian efforts. 

Colorado Rocks.