Essays
And Yarns

The Internet of Things

May 1 2020

The internet of things. A promise, process, and plan to build an infrastructure of all things – appliances, services, tools, and toys with the ability to maintain themselves, update their internal operating system, and communicate among themselves to work as a harmonious collective. They actually ‘talk’ among themselves in a manner. This future is actively being rolled out incrementally and quietly, piece by piece, thing by thing. In fact, it’s somewhat difficult to visualize the fullness of the outcome. Surely someone is in charge of this effort? A master plan, a company devoted to producing a safe, useful service? Is someone overseeing this? I’m only asking questions, and don’t think anything could go wrong.

Could it?

Check out our take on the Singularity

Drawing Lesson No. 9

April 29 2020

It always amazes that no matter how many drawings one has under the belt, there are still things to learn about the craft. To that end, we like to impart little bits of our experience in preparing artwork for various clients over the years. Drawing Lesson No. 9 speaks to the ‘art’ of the idea or sketch presentation to the client.

First of all, when someone calls on you to render artwork for them, undoubtedly they know how you draw and have confidence you’ll be able to please them with your work. The sketch is the beginning process of communicating the artistic concept to the client. We like to present to our clients a bit of entertainment, along with the sketch.

Just keep in mind, some clients don’t have a sense of humor. Fortunately, The New York Times does.

Elvis Swift for The New York Times – CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK/JAMES R. OESTREICH

Lisa Makes Pie

April 27 2020

Many years ago someone once stated ‘Remember: TTT.’ When asked, ‘What do you mean ‘TTT’? His reply?

‘Time is the Teller of all Tales.’

How very true that sentiment is, indeed, you will only know the fullness of many things until time has passed to reveal the details.

Which brings us to Lisa Catalone of Catalone Design Co.

‘Catalone Design Co. specializes in visual identity, brand development, and digital design. Our clients have stories to tell, and we are listening. With an ear for key messages and an eye for details, we work together to create solutions that are at once innovative and timeless. Our team brings equal parts passion and expertise to every project s from concept to completion.’

We have worked for Catalone Design for many years, always enjoyed the assignments, and our recollection is that all went well on the projects. In all the years working for Lisa, there is no recollection of her mentioning pies. Ever.

And now there’s this:

LISA MAKES PIE
What kind of pies? Berry pies and cherry pies and pies with pretty much any kind of fruit in them. Custard pies and pumpkin pies and lemon meringue pies. Quiches and tarts and galettes. Meat pies. Pies with themes, like Star Wars, or Mother’s Day, or the New York Yankees (sorry, Yankee haters). Pies with fancy lattice crust going this way, and pies with lattice crust going that way. Oh, and about that crust: Butter (Yes!), but Crisco? (No!) In short, I make small-batch, custom-designed pies. For any occasion. Or just because.

Now we are not saying this is the final ‘T’ in ‘TTT,’ but it certainly is possibly part of the second ‘T.’

And as part of the telling of this tail, Elvis has collaborated with Lisa in preparing designs to accompany her decorated, delicious and delightful pies.

Check out LISA MAKES PIE on instagram.

We now understand a little more of the wisdom imparted so long ago: ‘TTT, Time is the teller of all Tails.’

Catfishin’

April 26 2020

Well I wish I was a catfish
Swimming in the, the deep blue sea
I have ah, all you pretty women
Fishing after me
Sho nuff after me
Oh well
Oh well
Oh yeah
Oh yeah

-Jimi Hendrix