Saturday, June 28, 2008

Paul's Picnic Poster

Originally uploaded by jtpuck
Friday night at White Rock Lake, the DSVC hosted a rally event in support of Paul's family and for Bike Riders across Dallas. PAUL'S PICNIC had quite a turnout from the creative community as well as friends & family members. Everyone brought in their homemade posters and blessings of support that were posted along the bridge near where Paul was involved in his accident. Even our team at MasonBaronet brought in about 8 posters (one of mine shown here).

It was a great time to talk about Paul's inspirations in our lives. To see more of the posters, simply click on the image here and check out the my photostream on Flickr. All photos were shot by Phil Hollenbeck.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Get Well Soon, Paul

Paul At The Fair
Originally uploaded by jtpuck
On Father's Day, while on the way back home from a weekend trip to San Antonio, my cell phone rang.

It was Holly, principal at our firm, and she had some very upsetting news to tell me. Paul Jerde, Creative Director at MasonBaronet had been in an accident. While riding his bike along Mockingbird & Buckner in Dallas, a truck was passing in the right lane and hit him from behind. My heart dropped to the floor and I was speechless.

Paul was one of the first people to call me after seeing my book when I graduated from Portfolio Center. We connected instantly in my first interview and shortly thereafter was hired on to work with him at MB. He's been a mentor to me the past year-and-a-half and I have appreciated every time he pushed me and pushed me to refine my thoughts & re-rag my type. This guy has the passion of 100 designers and the toughness of 100 defensive ends.

Right now, he is currently unconscious with a few broken ribs and some brain trauma. For updates and to share a story of your own, visit Get Well Soon, Paul.

Our prayers are with you Paul, Patti, and Buzz.

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Thing About Indiana Jones is...

It's entertainment. It's adventure. It's a movie.

With the popularity of reality television shows and instantaneous need for celebrity news, we have lost the excitement of our own imagination. We used to go to movies and leave reality at the door, along with our preconceived notions and little knowledge of what we were about to see. Now, we know everything and we don't care and we whisper to our neighbor how ridiculous that scene is or how expensive the popcorn is. Ok, the popcorn is ridiculously expensive, but no other popcorn in the world tastes the same.

Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is no exception. A few weeks ago, I had a long talk with a friend of mine about the film before either of us had seen it. We discussed how we didn't want a quick reference to the death of Indiana Jones Sr. (Sean Connery), we didn't want an appearance of strange CG aliens, and we didn't want Shia LeBouf to ruin the franchise. We also talked about all the things we'd like to see. Adventure, comedic one-liners, innovative chases, references to the other movies.

Were some of the things I didn't want to see in the movie? Yes. Were some of the things I did want to see in the movie. You betcha. Did the positive outweigh the negative? Without a doubt. The thing about Indiana Jones is that it is a great thrill ride. It's not trying to change the world. It's not trying to win Best Picture (and it won't). But it is hoping to entertain you in that summer-blockbuster kind of way. And it does.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ian Turns Two.

Ian gets a birthday snack.
Originally uploaded by jtpuck
A few weeks ago, Ian had his second birthday. We had a CARS theme, based on the Pixar film, which is now his third favorite film behind 'Story' and 'Nomo' (as he calls them). It was a small family affair, complete with a Lightning McQueen cake, balloon, plates & cups and, my favorite, a Chik-Fil-A Chicken Nugget tray. Yum.

It's hard to believe that two years ago, I was sitting in a hospital room working on my laptop right before studio week of my 7th quarter at PC; Lyndsey was asleep in her hospital bed, and Ian was rolled up like a burrito, in a blanket, sleeping in his isolet (rolling hospital crib). Where has the time gone?