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- A Little Update & Something For The Ears.
So I’ve been a resident of the “Ciudad” of Los Angeles for a whopping 4 weeks now, and I believe this is the first Friday night that I have stayed in. I owe that mostly due to the fact that I have great friends and way more people close enough for a last minute hang [...]
- IE6 Must Die.
I feel like IE6 sometimes is that villain in a really poorly written action movie. You know, the one who has no place really being a villain, can’t do anything right, has no overwhelming brute strength, has no secret death ray and can be defeated by a child. IE6 is the villain for a lot [...]
- Tours Aillaud.
The Tours Aillaud are some amazing towers in the suburbs of Paris, and they have an amazing almost “camo-pixel” look to them. I’m sure plenty of Parisian’s hate these things, but I find it’s definitely the beginning of a movement that saw the created environment being the integral theme of the architecture. Elime Aillaud finished [...]
- The Record Life.
So a while back, I worked on a little logo for an artist called “The Record Life” from AZ. Super good dude, and makes some great music. You can hear a new song, here. Anyway, it was a fun project to come up with something clean and simple to brand TRL with, and I was [...]
- My Blog And I Broke Up, We’re Trying To Get Back Together.
My blog got all mad at me a few weeks ago, because I hadn’t taken it out in a few weeks, and because I hadn’t called in days, and the only thing it saw from me was a bunch of Twitter updates. So we broke up, we will see if we can be friends, and [...]
- Hey Remember Me? Or, The Least Coast Awaits.
I used to blog here. My name is Randall. How are you? So I have been ridiculously busy in the last few weeks, and there are good reasons for that. I have a ton of work, and I will be over on the East Coast for a couple weeks. Why? Why not! I will be [...]
- AP Versus Shepard Fairey.
Let me preface this by saying I used to love Shepard Fairey, and then I got to the point where I couldn’t stand him (because he started opening his mouth, as opposed to communicating through the medium that made him noteworthy). So at this stage in life, I can’t stand Shep, but I respect the [...]
- Music You Should Like.
So Friday & Sunday (not, Saturday, because Saturday I drove to AZ and back, well I passenger’d mostly) I was helping my good friend Rohan out on his battle with MySpace and code. MySpace, albeit a great company to work with (yes, I’ve cashed a couple of their checks), can be kind of a mess [...]
Sometimes our Gov’t has been ectremely intelligent and creative in how it plans backbones of our daily lives, some times they are not. The Interstates project that Eisenhower was such a big proponent of is one example of the brilliance of logistics in Government, the Zip Code system is another pretty neat one. Here is [...]
- A Good Client?
I kid. Most of my clients are actually some of the greatest people ever, so I’m pretty fortunate in this one. However, I have in the past encountered these people, and I suppose someone had to take over their design work when I moved on, so this is for you, whomever you are. And those [...]
- Carson + G2 on Obama.
That there is the cover of The Guardian’s G2 section that ran earlier in the week. One of my favourite people on earth David Carson did the design, and inside is a multitude of other designers takes on POTUS Obama’s speeches. Nice little feature for the design geek and/or political dork.
- Yahoo! Media Player.
The other day I came across Yahoo! Media Player. It’s a very simple way to build in a player to any website. It picks up any link to an mp3 on your page and throws it in the player, as well as sticks a play button next to the link. Most of the web development [...]
- Top Secret Project.
I’m starting a project, it’s going to remain secret for the time being, however it needs people involved. If you are at all the creative type, which most of my friends who read the lame-ness that is my blog are, then let me know and be sure you are up for some mystery. We all [...]
- The United Plates Of America.
So a few years back when I was the Creative Director of The Militia Group, I had an intern. Actually I had quite a few interns, but most were local and weren’t there for something like 2-3 months. This particular intern came all the way out to California to live and show up every day [...]
- Comm Arts Webpicks.
One of my good friends is the uber talented brad.com, that’s not his real name, but I call him by it when not introducing him to girls with the classic “Have you met Brad?”. Anyway, Brad designs websites and every other designable thing and we have collaborated quite a few times (but not as many [...]
- Dear Nameless Medical Company.
Today I was looking through the design posts on Craig’s List, like I do, to see what freelance design listings are out there, and shoot off a quick email to any that sound interesting. It’s a quick little thing I do bi-weekly that could bring me my next client, and at the least gets the [...]
- And Here I Am.
So life has been crazy, I haven’t blogged in weeks (yet somehow people still come here), and I am finally feeling back on top of things. Here is the wrap-up: I was sick for a good solid 2 weeks, most of it came from breathing pure ash from some of the lovely fires in Southern [...]
- Less Politics, More Free Music.
So we elected an African American, and California has more uneducated and religious voters than I thought (I’m not insulting anyone, the exit polls showed those voting Yes on 8 were in fact both those things). Let’s all relish in the opportunity of being a country that can once again innovate and lead this world. [...]
- Google Gears.
So I officially back Google Gears. It took me a while to ponder if I really supported this whole thing, and to really figure out how it can be deployed across the internets, but I’m in completely now. It’s funny how a few months ago everyone thought the future of the web was to keep [...]
- I’m A PC, But I Was Made On A Mac.
This one is just pure unadulterated bliss. Computerworld reports: Computerworld Several digital images that Microsoft Corp. has posted on its Web site to trumpet its new “I’m a PC” advertising campaign were actually created on Macs, according to the files’ originating-software stamp. Four of the images that Microsoft made available on its PressPass site today [...]
- The Good News.
So I have been absent from this little blog as of late, and rally there is no good excuse why. I’m busy working as usual, but I definitely could have spent some more quality time with good ole rpj.com. So where has my time been spent, you ask? Trying to solve the ever evolving issue [...]
- The News Most Of You Know.
So this has been a few days forthcoming, but things are starting to look pretty stable, so I may as well put it on my website. I’m officially typing this from my new office, which is located in my house. Yes I will be operating Department Three from Long Beach now. It’s an exciting and [...]
- Font Usage And Re-Usage.
Lately around my place we have been getting pretty into the new HBO mini-series “Generation Kill”, it’s based off a book by the same name, written by a reporter who was embedded with a Marine Batallion (First Recon, out of Camp Pendleton, CA). The book was fairly controversial for how it was received as well [...]
- Oh, The Dreamers.
This guy (Mark Shuttleworth) needs a reality check. Your target market isn’t Apple’s; Ordinary users aren’t where your market potential is. The Register That dream? To produce a desktop more beautiful to ordinary users than legions of Apple programmers supping on the milk of chief exec Steve Jobs’ alleged brilliance are capable of producing.
- Official Pandamonium List.
I let you guys all know that I would essentially be taking part in my first showing of any of my art (though one time I did paint a 6 foot tall, 3 foot wide box white, and left it in a huge room for weeks), at P Is For Panda‘s “Pandamonium” event this Friday. [...]
Exactly a week from today P is for Panda will be having a little get together in the ATL to officially launch the label side of the Panda (I think this also will be one of the first places you can see the new line of Panda shirts, which I am still slacking on contributing [...]
- Stealing Signs.
So as I was getting prepared to let you all in on my next post, I came across an interview a friend of mine did with a blog I am a huge fan of. Mark Penxa, interviewed by Uni Watch about the “Stealing Signs” project. Mark and I worked together on a few projects back [...]
- A Twist Of The Update Knob.
So I moved my Photography albums over to my .Mac account, and yes this includes my Photography Portfolio. You might be like, “What Photography Portfolio?” And my reply would be, “The one I was cheating on you with.” Anyway, here it is. I also have an iPhone gallery set up where I will upload pictures [...]
- Brand Tags.
From the world of “Weird things on the internet you aren’t sure what to do with”, comes Brand Tags. It’s an interesting sort of social interaction experiment I guess? Isn’t that what all of these sort of things are supposed to be? Anyway, it’s pretty fun for killing a few minutes. My personal favourite word [...]
- FOB Live iPhone Wallpaper.
I had a random moment of FOB fanboy-ism and combined it with my constant Apple fanboy-ism and made a little iPhone wallpaper. I’m a dork, no need to rub it in. Of course this is obviously based off their new “Live In Phoenix” CD/DVD art, which came out a few weeks back, and is surprisingly [...]
- iPhone Optimized.
A few months back I made the switch to an iPhone optimized admin version of WordPress, so my Mobile posting would be easier. A few weeks back I added an iPhone version (basically just a stylesheet) of this entire blog you are reading. Those of you on iPhone’s already noticed the last one, unfortunately no [...]
- Thanks, Lindsay.
Lindsay made some post on her blog about her new “Etsy” store, and I being a man, had no idea what this was so I checked it out. I still don’t know what it is, but I am now stuck deciding upon my next table purchase. Normally I would not provide links to something I [...]
I came across this lovely blog the other day, which makes fun of all the very apparent photoshop jobs done in marketing. This is the kind of stuff I thought only my friends and I geeked out over, well this stuff and fonts, and Rachel Bilson, who coincidentally is featured in a post at the [...]
- The Interstates.
I love the fact that in our nation, you can get on one highway and drive to the other coast. It’s brilliant. I hate the fact I can’t drive to work (25 miles) on one highway, but hey Los Angeles only ever completed like 1/4 of the highways planned for it. The Interstate system was [...]
- 1 Sign You Shouldn’t Hire This Guy.
So a few weeks back this was posted on the internet and has made its rounds, it has become pretty popular not because what the guy is saying is right (or necessarily wrong), but because of how he says it and how offensive he tries to be. When it comes to people who work on [...]
- The Making Of (A) Champion.
I am a pretty big nerd when it comes to typography, or for the non Graphic Designers of you, the world of fonts. I abide by the somewhat common belief that any designer can get by on about 6 fonts in their life, 6 fonts is pretty much just about what I’ve used to complete [...]
- Figure 8.
A “Figure 8″ by definition is “a circle that turns around upon itself, on its side is a symbol for infinity”. Figure 8 was also an amazing album by the late Elliott Smith (Good Will Hunting, Heatmiser). The LAist recently ran a story about the renovation of the “Elliot Smith Wall”, which was of course [...]
- Apple Users v. The World.
I’ve been an Apple user for 20+ years, dating back to a Christmas morning in the 80′s where we woke up to a green glow in the living room. It’s been a bumpy road for those years filled with family members becoming Windows users, Apple allowing clone Macs, the ongoing battle trying to convince everyone [...]
- Tech Logos Evolved.
Pretty interesting look at the evolution of some of the more popular Tech companies. I still am not much of a fan of the Google logo, but I absolutely love the old logos of what was to become IBM.
- Starry Nights & Salty Seas Tour.
I recently did some work for my friends in Sherwood for their first headlining tour, dubbed Starry Nights & Salty Seas. The tour goes around the United Stated in vectors and along with Sherwood you can see The Matches or Houston Calls, The Higher and We Shot The Moon. The tour marketing art was based [...]
- Freedoms In Education.
I was always one of those people that went through our public eduction system “spitting and cursing”, so to speak. Granted I had my troubles behaving, and I was a class clown of sorts, but more than either of these I was a rabble-rouser. I very early on found myself wanting to challenge the system [...]
- Super Bowl Logos.
I found this great history of the Super Bowl’s logos out there on the internets. It’s interesting to see how far it has evolved (or devolved). Some of my most favourite logos are the classic ones from years ago, especially SBIX. The SBXXV logo is an absolute jewel and so perfect for the milestone it [...]
- Take It Vertical.
So a few days back I came across one of the most revolutionary websites out there. Most people make there site with some clever feature that is cool, but really serves no purpose and gets annoying at some point. It’s a challenge with doing something cutting edge on a website, not sacrificing usability. This was [...]
A few months ago I went to one of the West Coast premieres of a film called Helvetica in Laguna Beach. The film was directed by Gary Hustwit and is about, you guessed it, one of the most popular fonts ever, Helvetica. Kyle, Vincent and myself made the journey down to parts of the OC [...]
- Leopard v. Vista.
So a few months back, Engadget made a lovely comparison between Leopard and Vista. I think it is fairly relevant as I still almost weekly wind up in some Apple v. Microsoft conversation, and I think this is a really fair and accurate comparison that is at the same time interesting. Oh, and Leopard wins… [...]
- I Found The Cloverfield Monster.
This morning on my way into work, I saw something that looked familiar, in a devastating way. The fear it invoked in me as I realised I had solved the mystery of Cloverfield was as equal as the excitement. There… staring back at me… in the sky… right there… on a Boys Town billboard of [...]
Talk about taking literally, literally. This may be the best case ever of function and form taking there cues from something that was only supposed to be taken figuratively. However it is also the most amazing thing ever, and this alone tempts me to pre-order a MacBook Air. I believe Kyle will be picking up [...]
- This Could Tear Me Away From CB&TL.
Apple filed some patent work a bit ago on to-go ordering in conjunction with the iPhone. It’s an amazing concept and fits right in with their work utilising network usability in brick and mortar stores. Apple’s first roll out of that concept of business to user interaction is the iTMS operability in Starbucks. It’s a [...]
- Creepy Name, Brilliant Idea.
So the lovely Lindsay Strannigan sent me this the other evening. It’s pretty much the best thing ever if you are into really non-manly things like cuddling and sleeping. I however, would never. Ladies & Gentlemen the Love Mattress.
- Revisionist Theories.
So as some of you noticed a few weeks back, I had some issues with comments after I updated WordPress to version 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.2 due to my horribly coded blog. This led me to the dark moment of using random templates, which I tried to at least keep fresh by rotating through the templates every few [...]
- The Best Of 2007 List(s).
Let me start by saying this: There were plenty of amazing albums/songs/books/films/shows this year; There were plenty of mindblowing Indie darling albums that are at least 87 million times better than all the albums I list below. Problem is, I didn’t listen to those albums, I listened to these albums. Best of lists are no [...]
- The Way People, Meet People.
I was reading a fairly interesting write up on “Internet Crush Du Jour” Kristen Sloan (The Winger, Apple’s iPhone Ad), and my mind started spinning a bit on some things. Firstly, what made this girl so captivating? If you are a guy, and a guy who is into Apple, you totally were into her simple [...]
- Weekend Reminiscing.
I spent quite a few hours this weekend with my good friend Chad Pearson who was out here visiting from the ATL. Somehow I have a ton of friends in Atlanta, where did that come from? Chad convinced me to buy way too much vinyl, and then was kind enough to let me purchase some [...]
- Holidizzle Paradizznatch
This week I got the message loud and clear that the Metropolitan area of Atlanta loves me and has some quality people in it’s environs. Thank you those who called, thank you those who drove in a van to play shows. If you are from Atlanta and missed out on “The ATL loves Randall” week, [...]
- Take a Safari.
Today the official Personal Computer supplier to Randall Paul Jenkins (dot commmm), Apple made some big announcements. Most of those involve Leopard, which is the next amazing version of OSX. The new Finder looks amazing, and I cannot wait to start using all the previously announced things that people like myself geek out over. The [...]
- P is for A Better World.
So I just got the mail delivered here at work and while none of the books I ordered last week came, one package full of amazing content was delivered. My good friend Chad Pearson recently started a company called “P is for Panda,” and decided to send me a little package of visual splendor. Button [...]
A few weeks back I found the perfect bike. It’s gorgeous, it’s designed, it has front disc brakes (no idea why I would need that), it has no chain, it’s $1200.00. Now that’s a lot for a bike, but this bike HAS NO CHAIN!!! I got over the $1200.00 bike when I realised I would [...]
- The Downtown Experience.
If you have ever wondered what it’s like where I work, this picture pretty much sums it all up… … that’s just a block over from my building. Optimus stops by the neighborhood at least once a week to eat at this killer Chinese place called New Moon just across from my building.
- The Evolution Of The Internets.
So many of my friends and enemies who follow my weblog may, like me, appreciate good design. I like the world well designed, I like architecture, I like form and function, I like thought before action. It is with that in mind that I’m giving you a little taste of why I have that link [...]
- AiPsId (Is What My Dock Now Says).
Today marked the acquisition of Adobe’s Creative Suite 3 after several weeks of waiting. This is the part in the blog where most people lose interest in me geeking out on design applications. This is however, not their blog.
- Urban Hiking
So not many of you know about the elite sport of urban hiking. Last night (with no Sherpa to guide us mind you) Kyle, Danielle and myself conquered Mt. Biscuit Co. Lofts. It was a hard climb, but the infamous V2 vodka found on its first peak (read: balcony 1 of 4) made it a [...]
- Lynchburg College is holding the first ever Randall Fest.
So apparently those attending Lynchburg College are graced with the first ever Randall Fest. This is the first occurrence of an entire show of bands whom are not only Randall approved, but I even had the pure joy of being able to work with them on their layouts. Cartel, Holiday Parade and The Dangerous Summer… [...]
- I Could Have Sworn These Were My Words… My Thoughts…
David Eggers, Author/Designer taken from an interview conducted for “YSKOV(Sacrament)” release. “You actually asked me the question: “Are you taking any steps to keep shit real?” I want you always to look back on this time as being a time when those words came out of your mouth. Now, there was a time when such [...]