Thanks 5th dimension.
Staying up until seven
never felt so good.
Its too late in the night and I'm in the lab. Colin just left and Rory is sleeping on the floor behind me using foam core for a pillow. I'm feeling nostalgic.
Just wanted to say I thought everyone's books were especially amazing. And that this semester was great. I hope we have a million classes together next semester. Stay cool.


hey friends—i'm giving away two subscriptions to GOOD magazine on my blog if anyone is interested. good luck this week!


* C R U N C H *

Remember that one time during that one critique when I was in the back and all of the sudden it got all quiet because Adrian asked what we think or something, but then somehow I made the loudest CRUNCH ever with my celery stick?

That was one crisp celery stick.


Plastic Resources

TA 455 
TP 1120 
are the sections that have all of the books on plastic in the library


found here


Maybe you've already seen this:

But have you seen this?

I like the templates.


Gratitude-An Organizing Principle for Life

In a recent interview, the poet Maya Angelou was asked a singular question. She was asked what was the greatest lesson she had learned in life and she answered without hesitation:
"I believe the most important lesson any human being, I, can learn and practice is an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude--to never be modest. Modesty is a learned affectation. It's stuck on like decals and as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty will drop off and you'll see the real person come out. It's best to long for, pray for, and develop humility. Humility comes from inside out. It says there was someone before me and I have to do my best to help pave the road for someone who is yet to come. I say thank you to all the ancestors…[for surviving and enduring]. Thank you. Thank you. And what is my job?
My job is to make myself a person who the next generation will say thank you to."
What a concept. Gratitude as an organizing principle for our lives. What would I do with my time if my chief focus in life was to be a person others would want to say thank you to? Would would I NOT do with my time if I were truly motivated by gratitude for my parents and grandparents, Church leaders and everyone who laid the pavement for my life.


Sorry this is super girly...

Sorry unmarried men, just ignore this one. Wanting to be a mom someday comes with a dread of baby things for me. I HATE pastels and I HATE cutsey sayings on things and I HATE the whole baby asthetic (if you can even call it that). Then again I don't want to damage my child because I decorated his/her nursery in 80's neons and black leather.

Anyways ladies (dudes: if you have made it this far you get 10 points) I found this sweeeet website (Fawn and Forest) with really pretty and design-minded baby things. True there are some pastels, and they blatently knock off our Eames rocker but I they have some beautiful furniture and baby clothes and really awesome wooden toys that I kinda want for myself.


Help! I trying to get Housing

So, I am trying to get housing at Wymount. New apartments are available to click at 4 oclock everyday. The only way to get an apartment is to click on the apartment I want and then click submit before anyone else does. I haven't been fast enough or the page takes too long to refresh. Could everyone help me click on the apartment at 4:00PM? It might not be tomorrow since their might not be any available apartments. I will let everyone know when to click. Any help is greatly appreciated.


When you think about it, having people scramble to get an apartment by being the fastest clicker seems like a silly way of rationing apartments. Since all resources are scarce(which means that people will always want more than is available) some rationing method must be devised to allocate who gets what. The Wymount system is a lottery system and randomly rewards those who happened to click refresh at the right time. Discrimination or a fiat process is another way to ration—those who are selling a product or bureaucracy pick those get to purchase what is offered on the basis of income class, race, or any other classification. Historic Use is another rationing system where history plays a role. Coupons are a way for bureaucracy to control how much of something gets purchased by each individual.

There are 2 other rationing systems that BYU could choose from that I think would be better.
They could use a First Come, First serve rationing system, whereby those who wait the longest are rewarded for their wait by receiving the option to get an apartment. But, this might create more work for BYU, so that could be problematic. Also, the people in line might not have a choice of what apartment they want.
But, the best rationing system that I think should be available is the Price system. If BYU has a high demand for on campus apartments, they should raise the price to cut down the demand. Only the people who valued the apartments the most would get apartments. They might get enough revenue to build more apartments. I could see that BYU might want to keep prices down for off campus housing and therefore provide cheaper housing to keep the prices of competition down. But, this wouldn't work since they don't have enough supply. Besides, if they wanted to keep apartment prices down, they would get rid of the BYU approved housing rule and/or they would raise the tuition of BYU, but that is another story.

The reason why understanding rationing matters is because governments try to socialize our health and education systems and they always run into rationing problems which are bigger problems than the original problems created by their solutions



I've got some fun wood type you can use. No working press yet, but you could just ink them & use them like stamps if you want. . .


Bang and Olufsen came out with a new product yesterday


Thank you card ideas

If anyone has a thank you card idea. Let me know.

Gavity Wavity

Some Neat Infographics about Recycling

These are from the economist magazine.

Sucka MCs

Font Conference

I know you all will appreciate this hilarious video! Design humor at its best.


worst logos

The worst logos ever. You know what I'm talking about. The logos that make you cringe and stare like a bad car wreck. The ones that haunt you in your sleep and pop in your head at 2 a.m. during the middle of a brain storm session. We can't fully blame the designer as we have to take into account committees, middle management, and CEO's wives...but how does something like THIS get made:

This is the official call for entries, upload the worst logo you can find so we can all learn what to never ever let happen to us.

How dumb can I be?

My meeting with Adrian today went relatively well, except I made one very dumb mistake.

I spelled Australia wrong.

As I was leaving, he said, "Don't you ever come back here again with Australia spelled wrong!" What was I thinking??? 

Everyone, this is just a friendly remember to check your spelling.



I was very impressed with everyone's personal identities on Thursday. Seriously, everyone made some really good stuff. Just wanted to say good job and keep rocking.

Now that's some beefy type


Sharing time

Since John brought up a "scrap sharing session" for tuesday, I thought we could extend that on the blog and have people post resources they find online with everyone.

For instance, this is a pretty cool link

70 Amazing Business Cards

How amazing is it? Well that's for you to decide, but it could be a good idea generator for our next branding assignment. Anyway, lets here it folks, your favorite sites, blogs, inspiration, etc.



-Manasseh Langtimm, in regards to Gavin's real real black print.


Where In the World Is Adrian Pulfer?

One fabulous prize to be awarded to the first person who can prove or disprove that this is Adrian.



Punchin' The Clock

This is the thread that everyone can post to say how late they stayed up on any particular night working on whatever. You know, just to make the group a little more chummy...it gets lonely.

As for me, I'm clockin' out at 2:12 am.
Don't forget to vote...erm...today.



just found this; did anyone else know about it & not tell me?


might help a bit as we/if we implement our identity
(well, not to mention all the other resources on the site for other stuff)

oh, and Colin, I call you post the vote rap soon...



Intersection of Design and Politics

Dear Classmates,
I wrote this post on my blog and decided to post it here since everyone here was involved in today's discussion. I hope that I have not marginalized myself from you and I hope that I have not stained this blog with my oh so controversial opinions. :)

If diversity of thought is healthy, then the art and design world is severely handicapped. The art/design world is homogeneous. I dissent. I am the minority because I believe in freedom over equality. Dissent has positioned me as a different brand than my beloved professor, Adrian Pulfur. Today my design class, Adrian had the students read some very liberal ideas out loud together. He praised the material. He is in a position of authority as our teacher and has the job of teaching and instructing us in things pertaining to design. But, teaching is an interaction which requires presenting both sides and letting the students decide for themselves which ideas are closest to the truth. When only one side is given, teaching ceases and advertising begins. My professor was advertising a particular political view. This is a symptom of the art/design problem that has developed in the 2oth century.

The problem with most modern art has 2 sides, either the art means nothing and the art exists for art's sake alone, or its meaning is too narrow and is presented in a way that violates the viewer's experience and does not allow 2-way interaction with the viewer. The message is shoved down the throat of the viewer and the parameters are narrowed so that the viewer cannot create his own experience. Good art like most renaissance art has meaning but does not force the meaning upon the viewer. The art was like good religion in that it was an offering to the viewer. The problem is manifested in shock art and pornography for the viewer cannot choose his experience as it is forced upon him and literally forces damaging chemical reactions upon the mind and body.

Freedom to choose experience was important to the renaissance artists and it was important to Adrian Pulfur in his design. Today he showed us his work for the SLC Olympics. He fought committees to leave his design pure and not put in big letters "Salt Lake City" on the case of his beautifully designed book for the Salt Lake City Olympics, so that those who received the book could experience the book in a way that allowed the viewer to be interested and persuaded that the book was valuable and worth opening. The message was offered without violating experience by blatantly advertising Salt Lake City. However, the ideas shared in his class undermine the freedom to choose in the political realm.

The rhetoric he shared with us consisted of classic anti-free trade arguments. What is free trade? Free trade is when governments do not intervene with people making mutually agreeable arrangements. Obviously something must be done about negative externalities that come from some of these arrangements, but mostly people trading together of their own free will and choice only makes the 2 parties better off. It is 3rd party outsiders with limited information that would be opposed to such arrangements. For example these 3rd party observers may see inequality, or poor work conditions and think that people making mutually agreeable arrangements is not good enough. Without perspective and proper information, these people turn to government to intervene. They do not believe in freedom, and therefore wish to create bigger government to control people's choices based on their own preferences. Although perhaps well intentioned, these ideas almost always create the exact opposite of the intended objective. For example, in Louisiana, a person can be fined for giving interior design advice without a license. The government as a 3rd party believes that it can make better interior design choices than the average citizen and therefore requires licensure for designers. This will only deter designers at the margin to give up design because they won't want to jump through the government hoops to get a license. Basically, this licensure law will actually decrease design instead of promote it. Another example: If one wants other people to be more self-sufficient, what should he do? Should he call upon government to force people to be self sufficient or should he allow them to be free to choose? The government cannot make people to be self sufficient without taking away their freedom to deal with their fellowmen of any nationality in the way that they see fit for themselves. Our current government as a 3rd party with limited information tried to give more homes to poor people by encouraging banking institutions through organizations like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and through the community reinvestment act to give out loans to unqualified people. If the government did not interfere with people's dealings with their fellowmen, the financial crisis would not be as bad as it is today. It was Milton Friedman who won the Nobel Prize for showing that the great depression would have only been a small burp, if government did not intervene in the market by diminishing the money supply. The Great Depression and the current financial crisis are the children of a government that does not believe in freedom. But, these same liberals in government who blame the free-market for our problems are the ones who supported Fannie and Freddie and voted in the community reinvestment act. They blame Bush and the republicans for decreasing regulation when the republicans tried to regulate the housing industry over 12 times in the past 5 years.

These liberal ideas are dangerous to freedom and they rely on rhetoric and conspiracy theories instead of facts. My professor even quoted Presidents of the LDS church to support his ideas. He quoted them as advocates of self sufficiency but used that to mean that trading with other nations is bad. But, the prophets have not counseled us to be isolationist. They clearly mean self sufficient in our families and individual lives. Otherwise, they would not encourage us to get an education and specialize so that we can trade our specialized skills for money. In fact even Harold B. Lee said that the united order would be more capitalistic in nature than any other political system and many presidents such as Ezra Taft Benson have been very pro-capitalism and for free trade.

I know that facts do not convert people as well as ideas convert people. I hope that I did not marginalize myself from my peers by presenting the other side of the story that my professor was sharing because I love my peers and I love my professor. But, in my opinion, the professor was doing too much advertising and not enough teaching and I felt that both sides ought to be offered as to not violate the classroom experience.
I am quite amused by Adrian's uncanny ability to come up with hilarious insults. To entertain myself during class, I started a list. Feel free to add.

"I told you to bring the good, the bad, and the ugly. Where are the good and the bad?"

"Those columns look like the Twin Towers, except they left planet Earth."

"This page could be straight from the Ensign!"

"It's funked up, or in other words, upwardly funked."

"You need me to be direct? Ok, get rid of that atrocious cover image and find something more appropriate."
This is the no. 1 reason not to have a war.
hey dood just testing it out!


Here's the schedule of the "Pot-luck", as termed by Eric:

30 Oct - Miriam (maybe 'day-of-the-dead' bread!)

4 Nov - Olivia (pizza)

6 Nov - Gloria (chips & salsa)

11 Nov - Regan (baked goods. mmmmmhmmm.)

13 Nov - Rory

18 Nov - Jessi (waffles?!) & Laura

20 Nov - Manasseh (pizza)


2 Dec - Robert

4 Dec - Joey

9 Dec - OPEN! Anyone wanna sign here?

11 Dec - Colin (birthday cake/celebration--bring presents!)


Okay, peeps. So here's our blog. I really wanted to start this about 2 weeks ago after Adrian had some real fun with all of us. I wrote some stuff down in my sketch book & I'll post about it later. But mostly this is OUR blog - (hense the url). So post away. And if any of you have really soaked in some of our new html knowledge, go in & use fix these settings so that it looks a little less blogger, and a little more byu bfa designer?

Thanks. You all rock.