Friday, May 29, 2009

Retro Illustration Friday

I guess there is an exhibit in Baltimore that is about the history of Golden Books...oh how I wish I could see it! This picture is from the book "I am a Bunny" by Richard Scarry. I remember my mom reading me this book as a child. It makes me happy to see it again!

Monday, May 25, 2009

the beauty of boston

Yay Boston!

Kids enjoying the weather at the Christian Science Center

My buddy Jason cools off

I love being in a city that is so full of life. On a nice day in Boston, there are so many people outside enjoying the weather. It is a great feeling just sitting by the Charles or in a public area and observing everyone having a good time in the sunshine. Boston seemed especially happy today since everyone was off of work!

I was a little sad this weekend because I was the only one who didn't have someone in town visiting, but I am super excited for Mom to come in a few weeks (even though that means the end of my stay).

But at work we start summer hours this week, which means out at 1 on Friday! Yipee!

Friday, May 22, 2009

What's Wrong with American Husbands? circa 1956

I love that tagline on this magazine cover....I wonder what the article says, since this was written in 1956. "They expect us to have dinner ready when they walk in the door!" Haha, actually, some of the complaints probably wouldn't be that different from today! It would be interesting to read similar articles that were written in the 50's and today to compare.

Happy Friday, and a happy Memorial Day Weekend! Looks like its going to be a nice one here in Boston...might even be a little hot!

Monday, May 18, 2009

another music post

some more recent musical findings...

This has to be one of the best TV live performances I have ever seen....

Friday, May 15, 2009

The birds began to sing

because its spring! Happy Friday!

Monday, May 11, 2009

You can't judge a book by its cover....or can you?

Something I have been pondering lately is the importance of aesthetics in everyday life. How important is it to us for things to look good? Can outward appearance sway someone into thinking something is better than it really is?

Aesthetics is a double-edged sword. On one hand, I feel that everything should be designed to be beautiful. But sometimes aesthetics can be used to cover up something that isn't really that great. While not a product, here is an example I was thinking of today....

Yes, Walmart. We all remember the big, blue block letters and, in my case, the icky looking store where all of the creepy people came out in the middle of the night. Last year, Walmart updated their logo along with the whole look of their store, going for something more friendly, clean, and pure. Does this logo really make us believe that the store is any different? Sadly, I think it does. A super WalMart went up near my parent's house recently, and I have to admit, I stopped in once to pick up something and was kind of surprised. The store was clean, it looked nice, and the customers looked relatively normal. But really, it is the same store, it just has a new face.

The same thing goes in social situations. We all judge people based on appearances, whether we like it or not. The guy always goes up to the hot girl and buys her a drink. Sometimes she might be dumb as a brick, but at least she's hot, right?

Let's just hope designers don't get a reputation for making crappy things look pretty...then we will all be in trouble!

Friday, May 8, 2009

your right hand....

is always your right hand.

just in case you forgot.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sketcheration is picking up speed!

There has been a recent influx of activity on the sketch blog that Tracy and I started, Sketcheration. Recently we had an epic robot battle, and this week we are drawing villains. I am excited that some of my team at work has started participating, its really exciting too see people get into it.

So what are you waiting for! Head on over to Sketcheration, check it out, and let me know if you want to join in on the fun!

In other news, loving the Black Keys!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Moon River

Probably one of the most beautiful songs of all time...

from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

lunchtime sketches

Monday, May 4, 2009

Love this photo....

Taken by my friend Aaron Ricica in front of the Boston Courthouse. Click for full view/full effect.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Fionn Regan

Loving this song/video:

Fionn Regan-Put a Penny in the Slot

(Sorry, won't let me embed the video. But I recommend you listen to the song!)

In other news, a beautiful day in Boston!

Friday, May 1, 2009


Originally uploaded by vintageadvertisements
Happy Friday! Old skool bra ad! I think Friday is now retro illustration day!

I love this illustration, by the way.