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A Blog

  1. The Density of Things: Update

    Since I recently moved from Copenhagen, Denmark to Portland, Oregon, I thought I would revisit a map project I did a few years ago exploring the layout of a city and my experience in it – here you have a comparison of then and now.

    Where to go, where to go?

    road and greenspace diagram of Copenhagen

    Work, work, work, play. Repeat.

    Map of Portland, Oregon showing transportation, green spaces and waterways.
  2. Mark Creelman, PhD

    Remember when I made up fake research titles with my friend Jonathan, hoping to sound smarter than I actually was? Well I also have friends who make real research titles that resemble tongue twisters to us regular folk…titles such as “Femtosecond Time-Resolved Optical and Raman Spectroscopy of Photoinduced Spin Crossover: Temporal Resolution of Low-to-High Spin Optical Switching”. Introducing my buddy Mark Creelman.

    Mark Creelman in his natural habitat…surrounded by laser equipment.

    Mark Creelman in his natural habitat...surrounded by laser equipment.

    Mark recently requested a business card now that he was officially done with school and on the job hunt (after undergrad at Lewis & Clark and a mere 8 years at Berkeley). Not only is he an expert in Raman spectroscopy and complex laser systems, he is also an Eagle Scout. To make him the hippest science dude on the spectroscopic job market, I created four badges for him to choose from and paired it with a respectable but techy (and coincidentally Danish-designed) font called Kontrapunkt, with a solid hit of pop-culture reference.

    Now you know who to contact for all of your needs concerning “Structural Dynamics of a Noncovalent Charge Transfer Complex from Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy”. Or you need a voice actor who can pronounce femtosecond fives times fast like a pro.

    Note: For the scientist’s privacy all contact information above is generic. Let me know if you want to get in touch with Mr., I mean, Dr. Creelman.

  3. Icebreakers Book Update

    Earlier this spring I wrote about a book project called Icebreakers. I worked on the illustrations, cover design, and page templates for members of Postyr Project, who put together icebreaker activities using music, rhythm and sound as the building blocks for interaction. After getting funding to finish up the content and production of the book, it’s for sale now!

    And here are some more illustrations from the project to give you a feel for it.

    Instructional illustrations for actions: stomp foot, clap hands, clap on thigh, snap fingers, foot drag, slide, kick, hand mouth clap, skipping, hopping and clapping, rotate body.

    Instructional illustrations for actions: stomp foot, clap hands, clap on thigh, snap fingers, foot drag, slide, kick, hand mouth clap, skipping, hopping and clapping, rotate body.
  4. The Bureau is Back, Stateside


    The last month has seen cobwebs forming on the Bureau blog, but with good reason. After spending the last two and a half years in Denmark being indoctrinated in minimalistic design, I have moved back to my roots – Oregon. Portland to be exact, a mecca of creatives and a familiar stomping ground. A transatlantic move takes time, effort, and more time, so I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling in August with business HQ reestablished on the west coast.

    Since my last update from abroad, I was able to add a few more notches to my belt of design experiences…

    1. Attended a Dribbble meetup where I pitched my Lemonade Stand for Restaurant Day.
    2. Met the various founders of Forge, and attended their inaugural design event.
    3. Went to a few more museums here, here, here and here.
    4. Found further companionship in the form of officemates at the shared space Hjernestorm and finally at WhoMadeId.
    5. Increased my Danish client roster manifold, including an illustration for an akvavit bottle, rebrand of an interior design group, branding and packaging for a new alarm system product, and branding for modular housing concept company.

    I feel I’ve left Denmark rich with experiences, and while there are many things I will miss about the tiny country of vikings, it’s good to be back stateside. Now I’m looking forward to reconnecting with the designers and makers here. And eating lots of burritos.

  5. Animal Twist Icons

    Having worked on several Danish clients and projects over the last few years, each experience has consistently reminded me of the Scandinavian preference for simplicity. It surprises me every time and if pressed to describe the process on my work it would be something like this – step one: design something as stripped down as possible, step two: strip it down 50% more. Then you have probably achieved Danish minimalism.

    To keep this skill sharp, I decided to practice it on a series of animal icons that (for the most part) employ just lines and twists with a slight shadow to emphasize the two elements. I’m sure it’s still 25% “over the top” if you asked a Dane-off-the-street, but I quite like the effect.

    Here are 4 icons each for water, land, air, and small things from the animal world.


  6. This Happened


    Welcome my daughter, Nova, born May 3rd 2014. Calligraphy by my friend Christa. Expect that Bureau will be less regular in blog activity for a bit as the new project for the moment is motherhood.