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‘All that Remains’: Birdsong from America’s Dark Past
May23

‘All that Remains’: Birdsong from America’s Dark Past

One of the darkest chapters in American history took place in 1942. That was the year that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which allowed for the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. It’s hard to imagine what life was like for those held in U.S. internment camps, but some of the arts and crafts created by Japanese Americans at that time certainly provide us with some insight. Renowned...

Walt Disney: Celebrating the Man Behind the Mouse
Feb09

Walt Disney: Celebrating the Man Behind the Mouse

The Walt Disney Company has gone from strength to strength for generations with nary a stumble; not so Walt Disney the man. His personal story of setbacks and innovations is an inspiring one, and serves to remind us how precious creativity is precisely because it can be so maddeningly ephemeral. Website E-Newsletter Collateral Outdoor Signage Magzine This was one of the stories that Disney’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, wanted to...

Embrace Your Inner Nerd
Jul07

Embrace Your Inner Nerd

By Steve Deitz The following column first appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Storyboard magazine. No matter what your focus is in marketing or advertising, it’s an exciting but challenging time—technology is finally catching up with our imaginations. Marketing departments are scrambling to understand this constantly changing landscape, so join this tech-driven nerd as I explain some of the newest applications being integrated into...

Ever-expanding Catalog Keeps an Exhibit Alive
Feb03

Ever-expanding Catalog Keeps an Exhibit Alive

There’s probably a very good reason people are passionate about objects made of wood and paper in a way that they just aren’t about anything else, one we don’t often acknowledge. These things – from the bulkiest coffee-table book to the humblest wooden bowl – were alive once. And the best of these things seem alive to us still. This is the subtext that runs through “Turning to Art in Wood: A Creative Journey” – an eclectic exhibition...

360 Degrees: Michael Osborne
Oct21

360 Degrees: Michael Osborne

In every issue of Storyboard magazine, we like to explore the intimate workspaces of some of our region’s most accomplished designers. The following short videos examine some of the key pieces of art and inspiration to be found in the studio of Michael Osborne, president and creative director of Michael Osborne Design. Osborne’s work can be seen everywhere, from the shelves of your local Target to stamps we buy at the post office. His...

Adding Bounce to SFMOMA’s Modern Ball
Jul08

Adding Bounce to SFMOMA’s Modern Ball

Passing the hat around for a revered institution like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) can be pretty tricky in a struggling economy. But when its major biennial fund-raising event happens at a time when the building that houses it is closed for renovation, you really have your work cut out for you.   Website banner ads Print ads Auction catalog Program schedule Street banners Digital and print bus-shelter ads...

360 Degrees: Michael Osborne – His Artwork

One recurring feature in the brand new Storyboard magazine is 360 Degrees, an augmented reality function that allows you to scan images of a noteworthy designer’s office to discover the goodies lurking therein. Here Michael Osborne of Michael Osborne Design shares with us his collection of personal artwork, some of which can only be found in high-profile museum collections today. (To begin your free subscription to...

‘Alphabetilately’: Going Postal in the Capital City
Jun03

‘Alphabetilately’: Going Postal in the Capital City

In today’s chaos of digital stimuli, a passion for stamps might strike some as being as outdated as ration books and decoder rings. But to those in the know, stamps are an art form like no other, connecting us with our shared history through one of the tiniest artistic mediums there is. Logo Invites Exhibit catalog Exhibit Furniture When the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington DC wanted to mark its 15th anniversary in...

The 24-7 Cross-media Machine

What exactly is inspiration? Perhaps it’s just a reminder of all the elements you already have access to. That was our thought upon reading about the Mine-Awareness Day exhibit at the New Museum in New York City. Briefly: Attendees tried to negotiate their way through the exhibit hall without triggering a “mine explosion” on their smartphones, courtesy of an app called Sweeper. More about this from PSFK: “The...

Glossary

2D Animation Used to create the illusion of movement, the process takes a series of two-dimensional art (drawings, illustrations or photographs) that are nearly identical and displays them in rapid succession. 3D Animation Often used today in video games and virtual reality, 3D animation creates the illusion of movement, but with the added dimension of depth or space. The process consists of three stages: 3D modeling, layout and...