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The Holidays with Charlie Brown and Co.

Tis the time of year when all festivities are apparent and ever-changing. From one month to next we are given holidays; beacons of excitement which guide us through the tumultuous days in-between. Unsurprisingly, this is one of our favorite times of year.

And who better to share in the spirit than The Peanuts? Like pleasantly recalled memories from our childhoods, each of their holiday movies encourage the nostalgia. We find Tom Whalen’s design work to be memorable, elegant, and all-encompassing when it comes to these classics, with each piece exhibits a tone and mood appropriate to their subject matter.

Like the jovial gathering of a Thanksgiving feast.

Or a child’s moving monologue of finding meaning in the materialism, in the beauty of a winters night.

And the mysterious excitement that comes with being a child on Halloween.

Times have changed, becoming more digital and less personal. And yet despite the changes, some things thankfully stay the same. They remain timeless, and undying.


Toothpaste Art

Our graphic designer Josh and writer David recently submitted their entry into the pop-culture spoofing website I-Mockery‘s Halloween Toothpaste Art Contest.

Tasked with creating an art piece purely out of toothpaste, they conceptualized, rough drafted, and fine-tuned their WINNING piece into a wonderfully cheesy work of toothpaste art. Check it out below!

Read the article describing their process here.

Also check out the other entries, and their featured piece here.

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‘Halloween’s Last Kiss’


The Ultimate October Movie

We hope you are having a wonderful October so far! And if you haven’t yet watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”, your fall season hasn’t officially begun!

Enjoy this wonderfully designed print then heat up some apple cider, and watch it.

Happy October!

 


Press Play: Playlist


Break out the blue jeans and favorite sweaters, because Fall is upon us and bringing with it the cool chill of change. It’s a time for pumpkin spice flavored, well, everything. A time to flood your senses with new sights, smells, and the exciting calm before the holiday season storm.

Like the leaves, your music changes to one more suited to the moody atmosphere.

So brew some coffee, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy our fall playlist favorites.

  1. Minds Without Fear – Imogen Heap (feat. Vishal Shekhar)
  2. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
  3. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  4. Spitting Image – Freelance Whales
  5. The Girl – City and Colour 
  6. Black – Kari Kimmel
  7. We Will Walk Through Walls – Electric President
  8. Madness – Muse
  9. Blood For Poppies – Garbage
  10. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  11. I Am The Walrus – The Beatles
  12. Fly – Nick Drake

Press Play: Remix

When an original becomes stale, it’s time to re-work it. Make it fresh. Hear it new. Re-discover the reason you loved it in the first place. Sometimes it’s stripped down and simplified, other times it’s amped up for a movie.

So go ahead, enjoy a collection of songs that on their own were great, and with a little TLC continue to age well.

These are the remixes and covers that we love most:

  1. Immigrant Song – Karen O, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Original by Led Zeppelin)
  2. Hello Seattle (Remix) – Owl City
  3. This Woman’s Work – Greg Laswell (Original by Kate Bush)
  4. Dream On – Blessthefall (Original by Aerosmith)
  5. Baby – Reliant K (Original by Justin Beiber)
  6. Rainbow Connection – Jason Mraz (Original by Kermit the Frog)
  7. It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork (Original by Betty Hutton)
  8. I Want You Back – Discovery (Original by Jackson 5)
  9. Gimme Sympathy (iTunes Session) – Metric
  10. Major Tom (Coming Home) – Shiny Toy Guns (Original by Peter Schilling)
  11. All My Loving – Jim Sturgess (Original by The Beatles)
  12. Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix) – The Postal Service

Press Play: Pre-Mix

Songs characterize seasons — Press Play and the mood shifts into one appropriate to the weather, the scene, the setting.

Portland is fortunate in it’s proximity to other environments, with the Painted Hills just to the east and the Oregon Coast not two hours to the west.

A cultural melting pot of things past, present, and future, it’s also a hub for used record stores. Prime places to lose yourself for a few hours.

Below are a mix of old classics and new favorites; for that neon-lit night out on the town, a day spent road tripping somewhere new, or a crisp morning spent with good coffee and great company.

They’re the songs we love to love this summer.

  1. Sunshine – Matt Costna
  2. Lost in the World – Kanye West
  3. Drops of Jupiter – Train
  4. Daylight – Matt & Kim
  5. Something to Believe In – Newsies Original Broadway Cast Recording
  6. Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
  7. Good Time – Owl City
  8. National Anthem – Lana Del Rey
  9. Too Close – Alex Clare
  10. Scarlett (Tokyo) – William Beckett
  11. Swells – Jonquil
  12. Right In – Skrillex

Inspirations (Part 2)

As times change, so do the sources of our inspiration. But some things are timeless…

“The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox”

You reference back to them for wisdom, for guidance, for new ways of thinking.

Like an overflowing bookshelf, your mind pulls tidbits of information from your favorite sources.

Remembering childhood friends,

“The Art of Tim Burton”

and mentors who’ve become masters.

Whether on hand or not, they’ve become part of you; a cherished tool on your utility belt of creativity. What are your inspirations?