Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Irish Museum of Modern Art; Past, Present & Future

This fall, while visiting Ireland, I made it a point to check out the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It wasn't an easy place to find and I had no expectations of the museum itself, but once we stumbled upon it I was pleasantly surprised. While in the US we are used to most modern art museums being fairly new in construction and sleek in appearance, this museum was built sometime in the 17th century and was home to retired soldiers. When you approach the museum it doesn't seem to be that impressive but once the front gates are opened you begin to realize how fantastic the building and grounds around it really are. The building is shaped in a large square with a gorgeous courtyard in the center. If you walk straight through the courtyard it will bring you to the grounds and gardens around the building, which are breathtaking and mysterious.

To be honest, I can't say that I am a huge fan of really obscure modern art, so it wasn't until I visited the garden that I was really moved. The contrast between the 17th century classical architecture/sculptures and the modern sculptures somehow made me feel a powerful connection to humanity. It may sound strange but I thought of all the soldiers that lived there before and all the people that will visit the museum in the future. What will the "modern" artwork to come look like? How will the forthcoming visitors perceive the art that I was viewing? All I knew was at that moment I was a part of history.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Imagine. Create. Release.

Last night I got the idea to create a triptych for the homepage of my portfolio website. I'm not sure if they are final yet but I wanted to share them. Now I just have to keep my nose to the grindstone and get this site launched.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Free magazine subscription to GD USA

If you are a graphic designer I'm sure you have either heard of GD USA or have a subscription to it. I have been receiving this magazine free for almost 6 years now and wanted to share it with anyone who isn't familiar.

The current issue, 2009 American Graphic Design Award Winners, is my personal favorite and one I look forward to annually. It showcases the winners in about 16 categories such as Advertising, Packaging, Identity Design, etc. It's a large issue and a great coffee table book.

Link to current issue which displays the winners of the 2009 American Graphic Design Awards:

Link to form for a free subscription:

When life gives you start a blog?

I took these photos this summer in Pasadena, CA and they are my inspiration to write my first post. It seems that when life gives me lemons I always turn to doing something creative to relieve some of the stress. I'm almost positive no one will read this blog but if nothing else I hope it will help me purge some negative engergy, get my creative juices flowing and share the emotions I feel when I create/design or find something interesting. My grandparents are a huge part of my life and my pap told me when I was very young to find something beautiful in the world everyday. So here is my attempt....