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Hello wordpress blog viewer. This blog is no longer active. I, Zachary Schweitzer, wrote articles and posted content here from January – October 2009. It was my first time actively blogging and I pumped out quite a bit of content. With the launch of my new portfolio site and blog at schweitzdesign.com I was going to delete this. However, I took a look at the statistics and it seems like this blog is still getting a decent amount of views. Couple that with the fact that I’m a total pack rat and I decided to just let this blog ride on out to the internet sunset.
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If you like the content here, please visit the new SchweitzDesign.com where I have a new blog.
Filed under: Art | Tags: Art, byron winton, dark, design, halloween, hatfield, illustration, ink, macabre, masque, painting, pencil, pittsburgh, sketch, zombo
I am a master craftsman specializing in, but not limited to, images of dark fantasy and fiction mainly depicted through acrylic painting. Other mediums include photography, ink, and digital manipulation. Providing a keen eye for design and detail, I believe in the highest impact and satisfaction my work can offer.
Filed under: Logo Design | Tags: branding, custom, design, ferraro, font, gray, green, grey, initials, leigh, lettering, logo, mark, monogram, seamstress, stitch, typography
I recently completed a logo for a good friend of mine who needed an identity for her freelancing. I played on the concept of stitching as I created a monogram and custom font. This was featured over at logogala.com recently as well.
Filed under: Art | Tags: Art, burger, carve, carving, craft, creative, halloween, intricate, jack o'lantern, ornate, pumpkin
Found via Digg today, this collection of amazingly intricate and creative carved pumpkins. Happy Friday and Happy Halloween all.
Filed under: branding | Tags: application, bar code, brand, brand positioning, brand power, google, holiday, logo, logo application, logotype, occasion, patent, wordmark
The Google holiday logos are pretty well documented, but the above really caught my eye. In lieu of gussying up the wordmark today, the above supplants it to celebrate the anniversary of the patenting of the bar code. (Read more about that here.)
As I stated above, today’s bar code image in place of the typical Google lettering is really eye catching. It also showcases Google’s ability to leverage their brand power. Can you name any other company that is quite frankly ballsy enough to totally remove their logo from their homepage? Even the past holiday iterations of the logo have at least been drawn up around the existing logo type. I really applaud Google for going “full-tilt” with this particular occasion logo.
Having said that, I also think Google has a bit of an unfair advantage when it comes to boldly abandoning their logo because of their ubiquitous brand position. Regardless of which logo, if any even, would be displayed on it, the Google homepage is near universally recognizable. So long as the image fits the general proportions where the logo would typically be, I surmise you could put anything in that area and the whole page would still read as Google. In this instance I really like that they chose to fore go any of the recognizable characters from their mark, as they could have potentially intertwined the wordmark and bar code imagery in a countless number of ways, retaining the more typical Google holiday sensibilities, but they didn’t. Despite the unfair advantage, I think this is really well conceived and well executed.
See more holiday iterations @ http://www.google.com/intl/en/holidaylogos.html
Filed under: Art | Tags: American, Art, design, drawing, illustration, Inspiration, Peter Driben, pinup, retro, vintage, women
* As a disclaimer, I am well aware that I have been very light on the amount of posts on this blog and wanted to let readers know that this lack of regular posting is a byproduct of my work to redesign the Schweitz Design blog as well as my own portfolio site. That being said, the recent post of pinups from Rolf Armstrong were pretty popular and I have another collection from American pinup great Peter Driben. Enjoy.
From the Wiki:
Peter Driben, an American pin-up artist, was perhaps one of the most productive pin-up artists of the 1940s and 1950’s . Although both Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren have extensive catalogues of work, neither came close to the output of Driben. Driben’s pinups delighted the American public from the beginning of World War II until the great baby boom of the 1950s.
Born in Boston, Driben studied at Vesper George Art School before moving to Paris (circa 1925). While taking classes at the Sorbonne in 1925, he began a series of highly popular pen-and-ink drawings of the city’s showgirls. His first known pin-up was the cover to Tattle Tales in October 1934, and by 1935 he was producing covers for Snappy, Pep, New York Nights, French Night Life and Caprice. Driben’s popularity continued to rise in the late thirties with covers for Silk Stocking Stories, Gay Book, Movie Merry-Go-Round and Real Screen Fun.
Driben’s career expanded into advertisting with his move to New York in late 1936. He created original three-dimensional die-cut window displays for Philco Radios, Cannon Bath Towels, and the Weber Baking Company. Perhaps his most famous work being the original posters and publicity artwork for The Maltese Falcon. Peter Driben was also a close friend of publisher Robert Harrison, and in 1941 was contracted to produce covers for Harrison’s new magazine Beauty Parade. Driben went on to paint hundreds of covers for that publication and for the other seven titles Harrison was to launch – Flirt, Whisper, Titter, Wink, Eyeful, Giggles, and Joker . Driben would often have as many as six or seven of his covers being published every month. Driben’s work for Harrison established him as one of America’s most recognized and successful pin-up and glamour artists. Just before he began to work for Harrison, Driben married the artist, actress and poet, Louise Kirby.
In 1944 he was offered the the unusual opportunity, for a pin-up artist, of becoming the art director of the New York Sun, a post he retained until 1946. During the war, his popular painting of American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima sparked a considerable amount of media attention.
In 1956, Driben and Louise moved to Miami Beach, where he spent his retirement years painting portraits (including one of Dwight D. Eisenhower) and other fine-art works, which were organized into successful exhibitions by his wife. Driben died in 1975, Louise in 1984.
This is not a blog about music, though I personally am a huge music fan. Given today’s anniversary I’d like to point you all towards His New Knees and their track Never Forget.