Archive for February, 2009

These Things Tend To Work Out, With The Right Spirit

Posted in art, liff in PDX, My Best Portland Photos, pdx_photos on February 27, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
1959.Just recieved a note from the Hall Of Records folks, and it was so excellent that I can’t help but share it:

We’re so sorry about the photo. Obviously our graphic designer didn’t do due diligence on the image used. Lesson learned for next time. But thank you for being so cool about it.  You’re right, we are small fish just starting out. In the essence of turning every negative into a positive, we’d love to buy you a beer and maybe even use you to do some graphic design for us some day.

I’ve always thought that where we can we must be excellent to each other.

May fortune smile on thier enterprise, and good instant karma all around. It sounds pretty cool.

And if you can, go to their party and have a beer and a slice for me, will you? I’ll be drudging away somewhere dreary, but I’ll feel a little better about things if you do this for me.

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These Things Tend To Work Out, With The Right Spirit

Posted in art, liff in PDX, My Best Portland Photos, pdx_photos on February 27, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
1959.Just recieved a note from the Hall Of Records folks, and it was so excellent that I can’t help but share it:

We’re so sorry about the photo. Obviously our graphic designer didn’t do due diligence on the image used. Lesson learned for next time. But thank you for being so cool about it.  You’re right, we are small fish just starting out. In the essence of turning every negative into a positive, we’d love to buy you a beer and maybe even use you to do some graphic design for us some day.

I’ve always thought that where we can we must be excellent to each other.

May fortune smile on thier enterprise, and good instant karma all around. It sounds pretty cool.

And if you can, go to their party and have a beer and a slice for me, will you? I’ll be drudging away somewhere dreary, but I’ll feel a little better about things if you do this for me.

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Hey! How’d My Photo Get On That Cool Poster!

Posted in liff in PDX, My Best Portland Photos, pdx_photos, Portland Geography, Samuel John Klein, ZehnKatzen Designs on February 26, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
1958.Check out this poster I found via Dave:

Now, look at the piccy I took back in March of ’05:

I’m flattered, to say the least. I adore that type. The funky vibe is represented. I fully approve of the poster and my photo’s use in it.

Just one thing, though. I check my sitemeter logs regularly; this must be one of the most hit parts of the blog, this picture. It’s probably been round the world once or twice. One of the risks you take with putting your creative work on the web is that people tend to help themselves to it.

And I understand that. Hell, a couple of posties ago, I ripped off a photo from the PMerc. But it was satire, and they were credited.

But this photo is particularly dear to me. It was taken by me, foolishly, with my camera in one hand and the steering wheel of my ’72 VW in the other, at speed, hurtling over the Marquam Bridge on cold spring morning after one of my evenings at work. I’m in love with my cityscape, and I’m in love with tthis photo of it.

So, if you want to use it, that’s cool. But don’t assume that I have put it in the public domain; I have not. Write me and ask. You might be surprised. I could very well just say yes, and if you’re a little fish just starting out like the Hall Of Records is, the only price I might ask is that you credit me for it.

Thanks. And hey, since I’m too poor to go and work nights and weekends anyway, go on over to the Hall Of Records party for me. Have a brew and a slice in my name. I’ll catch the spirit.

(Update: Checked the metadata for the photo. I actually took it in 2004 on Sept 16th, at about 11 AM.)

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Hey! How’d My Photo Get On That Cool Poster!

Posted in liff in PDX, My Best Portland Photos, pdx_photos, Portland Geography, Samuel John Klein, ZehnKatzen Designs on February 26, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
1958.Check out this poster I found via Dave:

Now, look at the piccy I took back in March of ’05:

I’m flattered, to say the least. I adore that type. The funky vibe is represented. I fully approve of the poster and my photo’s use in it.

Just one thing, though. I check my sitemeter logs regularly; this must be one of the most hit parts of the blog, this picture. It’s probably been round the world once or twice. One of the risks you take with putting your creative work on the web is that people tend to help themselves to it.

And I understand that. Hell, a couple of posties ago, I ripped off a photo from the PMerc. But it was satire, and they were credited.

But this photo is particularly dear to me. It was taken by me, foolishly, with my camera in one hand and the steering wheel of my ’72 VW in the other, at speed, hurtling over the Marquam Bridge on cold spring morning after one of my evenings at work. I’m in love with my cityscape, and I’m in love with tthis photo of it.

So, if you want to use it, that’s cool. But don’t assume that I have put it in the public domain; I have not. Write me and ask. You might be surprised. I could very well just say yes, and if you’re a little fish just starting out like the Hall Of Records is, the only price I might ask is that you credit me for it.

Thanks. And hey, since I’m too poor to go and work nights and weekends anyway, go on over to the Hall Of Records party for me. Have a brew and a slice in my name. I’ll catch the spirit.

(Update: Checked the metadata for the photo. I actually took it in 2004 on Sept 16th, at about 11 AM.)

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Street Blade Gallery, Mardi Gras NOLA Streetlife Edition

Posted in Graphic Design, liff, Sign Design, Street Blade Gallery on February 26, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
1957.For the newest addition to the Gallery, let’s go down to the streets of the Vieux Carré, from which Portland’s (and this blogger’s) favorite formerly-of-NOLA-but-now-back-in-NOLA mystery writer, Kevin Allman, checks in with this lovely shot:

You really can’t include a picture of a bona fide French Quarter street blade without including some of the street life around it. New Orleans has that charming reputation for a reason, yo.

Kevin tells me there are many variations of street blades in NOLA, an I’m presuming it’s because the city has a singularly-colorful history. The one you’re most likely and remember as tourist and as illustration are the blades in the French Quarter, I’d wager.

And, as information design, they aren’t ideal-ideal. They don’t have a directional; they don’t say whether the way is a Street or an Avenue; they don’t use FHWA-approved typeface one. But they work nonetheless and they please me mightily, visually. Why, for a person who’s obsessed about a street blade that will help you navigate am I so down with this design?

It’s an extension of the art and effective atmosphere and attitude that draw so many there for the annual celebration and contribute in a note-perfect way to the attitude of the area. The most charming part of the sign is the box in the upper center that contains the historic name of the street expressed in French.

A technical point worth noting is the bracketing used to mount the signs. Three rivets through attach the sign to  right-angled support which has an angle at the corner which is, itself attached to the post; this puts the blade up front-and-center as the star of the show (which is actually a very designerly thing to do) while leaving the blade unencumbered by hardware which requires gripping one side or the other of the sign itself. The design can come right up to the edge of the blade.

The whole street-scene picture provided me by Kevin is too cool not to share in toto, so get a good look at this:

You can’t have a picture of New Orleans without some of its people really. Kevin really has an eye for the moment, does he not? The fellow in the hoodie up from, distracted by something; the punky girl with the pink wig, hot miniskirt and legs, and amazing boots on the left; the two youths just hangin’ under the post, and the kid climbing up it for who-knows-what.

It’s a warm photo. Invites you in.

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Street Blade Gallery, Mardi Gras NOLA Streetlife Edition

Posted in Graphic Design, liff, Sign Design, Street Blade Gallery on February 26, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
1957.For the newest addition to the Gallery, let’s go down to the streets of the Vieux Carré, from which Portland’s (and this blogger’s) favorite formerly-of-NOLA-but-now-back-in-NOLA mystery writer, Kevin Allman, checks in with this lovely shot:

You really can’t include a picture of a bona fide French Quarter street blade without including some of the street life around it. New Orleans has that charming reputation for a reason, yo.

Kevin tells me there are many variations of street blades in NOLA, an I’m presuming it’s because the city has a singularly-colorful history. The one you’re most likely and remember as tourist and as illustration are the blades in the French Quarter, I’d wager.

And, as information design, they aren’t ideal-ideal. They don’t have a directional; they don’t say whether the way is a Street or an Avenue; they don’t use FHWA-approved typeface one. But they work nonetheless and they please me mightily, visually. Why, for a person who’s obsessed about a street blade that will help you navigate am I so down with this design?

It’s an extension of the art and effective atmosphere and attitude that draw so many there for the annual celebration and contribute in a note-perfect way to the attitude of the area. The most charming part of the sign is the box in the upper center that contains the historic name of the street expressed in French.

A technical point worth noting is the bracketing used to mount the signs. Three rivets through attach the sign to  right-angled support which has an angle at the corner which is, itself attached to the post; this puts the blade up front-and-center as the star of the show (which is actually a very designerly thing to do) while leaving the blade unencumbered by hardware which requires gripping one side or the other of the sign itself. The design can come right up to the edge of the blade.

The whole street-scene picture provided me by Kevin is too cool not to share in toto, so get a good look at this:

You can’t have a picture of New Orleans without some of its people really. Kevin really has an eye for the moment, does he not? The fellow in the hoodie up from, distracted by something; the punky girl with the pink wig, hot miniskirt and legs, and amazing boots on the left; the two youths just hangin’ under the post, and the kid climbing up it for who-knows-what.

It’s a warm photo. Invites you in.

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Unicorns In The City Council Chamber

Posted in liff, liff in PDX, satire on February 26, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
1956.Portland being built over an ancient unicorn burial ground explains so very much, if you let silly things like logic go by the board.

For instance, over at PMerc, there’s a photo of Councilor Fritz and Mayor Sam at the hearing for the increasingly-brobdingangian Columbia River Crossing thingy. View the article and the image here.

I found myself, though, in a Kolchak: The Night Stalker*/X-Files/Fringe** sort of way, wondering if there was a deeper story to the unsanity that has been Portland City Council of late. So, I nicked the photo from Blogtown and put it into Photoshop, applying the Unicorn Filter (of which I own the only one), found that there was indeed, something deeper to say about it:

What is the unicorn doing? Whispering some sage policy advice in Sam’s ear? Protecting Amanda from a psychic barrage leading to cynicsm? Simply observing? We know not, and will never know, for unicorns keep their own council.

We could find a gentle virgin to tame the unicorn and perhaps find out, but, hey … this is Portland, yes?

A note on the Photoshop Unicorn Filter: I’ve been allowed its use only if I keep the developers an absolute secret. I have further been told to say that if I tell you all who did it, the developers would kill themselves, which I ‘splained to them was kind of backwards, but they said that’s what they meant, and boarded the TriMet 33 so they could get out to Jim & Patty’s coffee before it closed.

You don’t argue with geniuses. You all know what I mean.

* The Darren McGavin version, not that lame-o Stuart Copeland version that deservedly died, screaming.
** Not the X-Files, no matter what anyone says.

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