There’s this guy in our office who doodles weird stuff. Pretty funny and awesome. Hide your Trapper Keepers!hand drawn, Illustration, life
Don’t just throw away those cable bills and credit card pre-approvals, many junk mail envelopes are hiding some of the raddest patterns we’ve ever seen!
Meant to conceal sensitive information traveling by snail mail, these wild designs have made their way into our mailboxes. So we collected them, ripped them open and scanned them for your viewing pleasure.
There are probably some patterns waiting for you right now, so start diggin’ through that junk mail and letter rip!abstract, color
Here in the office, we’ve been having a lot of fun with Google Maps recently. Its (fairly) new 3D feature creates some truly creepy and surreal images when partially loaded. So we scoured the digital globe and started screenshottin’ away. We’ve taken a few of our favorites and created a series of new ‘old’ photographs.
See if you can match these eerie pictures with their real world locations.abstract, nostalgia, photography
Badges, badges, badges! We do need some stinkin’ badges!
We’ve always loved the style and variety of vintage bicycle badges so we’ve collected a bunch of our favorites. From simple typography to outlandish detail to the pitch perfect illustrations, these badges are probably the prettiest thing you’ll find on two wheels.
Ride hard, ride fast, design sweet badges!badges, bicycles, color, typography
One of our fellow interns, Amber Schmitzer took some wild, bizarre shots of fireworks in Dripping Springs, Texas. These images were an attempt to reanimate the energy of the fireworks by capturing them in movement, color, and life, similar to the paintings done by Jackson Pollock.abstract, color, Fireworks, Painting, photography
Say Mac! Have a look see at this swell vintage advertising typography. It was all excavated from Zach’s collection of old Saturday Evening Posts and Boys Life magazines, which were originally his great grandmothers from the 1930s. There’s a couple of real doozys here!color, Documentary, Ephemera, hand drawn, Illustration, logos, Noastalgia, typography
Last July, our very own Ptarmakian, Jake Rutherford, traveled to rural and urban slums of Western Kenya to document Christian Relief Fund’s (CRF) relief/aid work for orphans–orphans mostly effected by or infected with AIDs/HIV.
This post highlights a tiny sliver of our favorite images from Jake’s journey, specifically, environmental portraits of men, women and children who are primarily connected with CRF’s slum orphanages of Western Kenya. Every image comes with a story, usually heartbreaking and endearing–potent with questions, emotions and insight.
Images made in:
Kissumu, Eldoret, Bongoma/Eruli
Photographs by Jake RutherfordDocumentary, life, photography, Travel
The third installment of inspiring vintage QSL cards (post cards sent to and from amateur radio operators) passed down from my grandfather, who collected them during his days in the golden age of radio. Big things are in the works for these little guys soon!Ephemera, hand drawn, nostalgia, QSL cards, radio, stamps, typography
Spring is here, no doubt. As winter departs us, we wanted to give a nod to Old Man Winter.
These images, captured in the thick of a blizzard on the TX Panhandle, parade the fierce bleakness and chilling tenacity of the season. The panhandle plains—a medium eager to exhibit winter’s subduing might.
We’re so proud to have been a part of the the world’s largest natural and organic products tradeshow, Natural Products Expo West 2013, last week in Anaheim, California. It was truly a mesmerizing experience of the senses, with over 3000 exhibits from over 1,800 different companies showcasing their latest and greatest in natural and organic products. We were fortunate enough to have collaborated with the fine folks below as they launched new products, new brand identities and made or recaptured their presence within the industry. Many props to them for trusting their guts and doing what comes naturally.
Beanitos: Branding + Packaging + Website + Booth Design
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods: Branding + Packaging
Sambazon: Packaging + Booth Support
Stretch Island Fruit Company: Branding + Packaging + Booth Design
Kashi: Booth Design
Bear Naked: Branding + Packaging + Booth Design
I’ve recently been on an old-timey movie kick and decided to watch Citizen Kane, a movie lauded as the greatest film of all time, to see if the claims were true. And by jove! It struck a chord! What a fantastical display of amazingly composed images! It’s no wonder it’s such a landmark in film.
Here are a few stills from the movie to remind you of its greatness.Ephemera, life, motion, Movies, typography
It has been some time since we put up a blog post. What better way to announce our return to blogdom then by paying homage to the great Masters of the Universe.
Wow. It’s hard to believe these are antiques now! For some reason I could never throw these guys away. They are the casualties of my childhood playtime so this one goes out to the kid inside us all.
Remember, You have the power.
A collection of interesting maker’s marks found on the back of fine china. Check the backside of your Mom’s china and you might find a sweet surprise. It’s ironic that the most beautiful detail of fancy houseware can be the hand-rendered logo on the back of it.Ephemera, hand drawn, logos, nostalgia
Jimmy Tovar, our good friend and an ultra-hyper-talented illustrator & animator, recently returned from a road trip through the Dirty South, traversing the benevolent wilds of Texas and Louisiana and ending in the beguiling Everglades National Park in Florida.
From Jimmy’s site:
I’m a right handed Sagitarrius. I like to travel and take pretty pictures. Playing my classical guitar is what I love the most, although I’m not very good at it.
For his complete travelogue, including some “sketches” that will make you want to step outside and sharpen your pencils and minds, check out jimmytovar.com.color, life, nostalgia, photography, road trips, Travel, wild life
These are some of the tedious little paintings I do in my ‘off’ hours to work out the art of seeing.
These paintings provide a space for me to focus on the depth and particularities of an object, and an opportunity for me to re-envision that object’s complexities. After capturing the object through drawing, I develop the compositions with layers of gauche—a process that (sometimes) makes sense of the chaos of lines and scribbles, and reveals a new harmony of color and form.
Featured at Progress Coffee in Austin during the month of September in conjunction with a few paintings by Katie Daly—the last image is the artists’ statement from that show.abstract, color, hand drawn, Painting
“Hello, hello out there, this is radio WOLTE, Lions, Tigers and Elephants”. That is one way my grandfather would start many of his amateur radio conversations throughout the years. The following is a second inspirational installment of QSL cards which I was fortunate enough to inherit. These ephemeral pieces of American history were postcards mailed from one radio operator to another in confirmation of an exchange over the air waves. We hope you enjoy them as well!Ephemera, nostalgia, QSL cards, radio
Meet Juke Auto—an Austin TX crew of Mechanics, Technicians and Kings of what they do. Their location is on the fringe of the city at 702 B Shady Lane, but don’t let the name fool you—Juke and his crew are anything but.
The moment you walk into the place you realize you are not in your average mechanic shop. Grease, gadgets and the spirit of Johnny Cash are everywhere. But, what sets Juke and his boys apart from the herd is their honest to goodness approach to an industry filled with bandits. This is what costumers are saying about his shop:
“Juke will restore your confidence in humanity.”
“Juke explains everything like a concerned doctor breaking down the health of his patient in decipherable terms.”
These guys are unsung heroes.austin, Ephemera, life, nostalgia, photography, typography
I don’t know much about photography but do know I like to get lost with a camera and headphones every once in a while. One rainy weekend I attended a Miksang photography class that allowed me to do just that but with purpose. The class was told to do 3 things:
3.dot in space
I was amazed at how everyday objects turned into what I thought were some pretty sweet photos.life
As amateur astronomy enthusiasts, we cherish the short, eight-hour drive West to take in the smothering expanse of the unadulterated night sky. Humbling and slightly terrifying it’s always a refreshing retreat. Luckily for us it was a new moon. (Bonus points for naming the most prominent constellation in slide 5). Photographs by David Hobizal and Sissy Emmons.astronomy, life, photography, road trips
Experiencing neither snakes nor the screaming of tires, unable to sharpen his skills as a “world-class” backgammon player, and most definitely not witnessing the fabled slopes of the Rockies, our own 2-bit emotionographer, David Hobizal, took comfort in that his thumbs were abnormally strong for a child of his age. This allowed the blatant lampooning of his 5-year-old naivety to be offset, if only for a moment, by some outrageously high-scores.life, nostalgia, typography, Video Games
In the summer of 2007 Ptarmak designer Sissy Emmons travelled to Poland in search of the rich history and symbolism of Polish poster design. Spending the majority of her time in Krakow and Warsaw, she concluded her trip in Szczecin visiting the studio of master poster artist, Leszek Zebrowski. These are just some of the posters she collected during her trip, several of which were given to her by Leszek himself. Hope you love them as much as we do.Illustration, Poland, Posters, Travel
Ptarmak’s own grizzly Senior Designer and resident cheese expert, Zach Ferguson, recently inherited a collection of design relics that has everyone in the studio falling out of our faux Eames chairs. From the early 1940’s thru the early 1960 his grandfather, Andrew Andros, was an avid Ham radio operator. As was customary back then, once they stumbled across someone’s frequency, amateur radio operators exchanged QSL cards to confirm two-way radio contact between stations. Here is a quick peek at a few of the many amazing artifacts he inherited. There really is something undeniably incredible when non-designers set type. Enjoy!hand drawn, QSL cards, radio, typography
Taxidermy is the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals with a life-like effect. Is there something more challenging? To make that which is dead appear to have rosy cheeks, to give life to the dead? No matter how much the end result appears to be complete and real, the one thing that’s always missing from the picture is life. There is something inexplicably absent in a stuffed animal.
Whether stuffed animals are perceived as a disgrace or a trophy the one thing that can be said is that wildlife is beautiful.bones, dead animal, stuffed animals, taxidermy, trophy, wild life