Junior Mad Scientist – Lab Notes

Now on Facebook

November 7th, 2010 by Weber


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No, not me. This guy.

A couple of months ago, I posted the various versions of the Tinwerks 2009 holiday card. Little did I know Joe and Dave had installed Tinny as their FaceBook icon.

Better check it quick, though. They ordered a complete redesign — the final for which I delivered at the end of October. sThere are some fun plans for Tinny and his new look. Friend Tinwerks on Facebook and you’ll probably find out about the launch before I do.

After Tinny 2.0 goes live, I’ll be free to do some show-n-tell with the prototypes.


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Lauren Richer — Someone You Should Know

October 5th, 2010 by Weber


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Meet Lauren Richer — photographer, graphic designer, writer.

Talented? Oh, yeah.

Home base = San Diego.

The Scrabble ads are especially well done.

YOU GO NOW!


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Happy Holidays (part 1)

July 9th, 2010 by Weber


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Tinwerks is a Chicago-based company that does ground-up design and manufacture of metal boxes. Chances are that if your special edition DVD boxed set, candy, gum, food, toys, or cigars came in an uber-cool tin, these guys did it.

Now that I think about it, this is actually the fourth card design I sent them in 2009. The first one was this . . .

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. . . but they weren’t feeling it, for some reason. So I sent them this . . .

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. . . which they said was still a bit too corporate. They were looking for something that jumped off the page, something that would show they were a breed apart. Discussion still revolved around robots and snowmen and this and that . . . and then I came up with a giant snowman attacking Tokyo.

Instant love. Do it.

But before getting too far into this version, I sent the Big Bosses the following:

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The idea being that the runners would be redrawn as a fleeing mob, include some 1950s jets flying around and a pair of insets with shocked citizens and scientist in the bottom corners. Go for a total movie poster look.

And they loved it! They said it was the best Iron Maiden Christmas card they’d ever seen, which I took as a high compliment. But the image was not quite, er, corporate enough — didn’t send the right message or something. So, back to the drawing tablet.

Some more ideas, more back-and-forth and I sent them this one:

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It’s got the same basic elements as the final product but the chest design on this guy was a bit much. The final robot design has a nice Power Rangers feel to it that the big-wigs really dug. Actually, they went nuts over it. So much so that there was talk of having “Tinny” (as this guy’s now known throughout the company) at trade shows and printed on t-shirts, but it either never happened or I never got a shirt — which is a drag, because I would be wearing it with pride.

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More fine examples of my holiday handiwork coming soon.


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Mother’s Day activity sheet

May 13th, 2010 by Weber


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(click here to download .PDF, 868kb)

Here’s the Mother’s Day activity sheet for the Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes in beautiful Bloomingdale, IL. It was a big hit with the kids, and the grown-ups, too — so much so that they ran out of copies to hand out. Note to self: bigger print run for next year.

The hotel’s nicer restaurant, Shiraz On The Water, will be doing a big menu change in a couple of weeks, for which they will be getting all new kids’ menus, too. More on that when it happens.

The hotel also has a Father’s Day brunch coming up on whatever Sunday Father’s day is. And guess who’s doing the activity sheet for that?

I’ll try to have it up before the holiday this time, so the kids at home can print it and color it for their own dads.


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deg3d.biz 3D modeling — GET THIS GUY A JOB

May 13th, 2010 by Weber


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Somebody help me out here. This guy, deg, AKA, “Douglas Graves”, has been doing 3D modeling for, I don’t know, a couple of weeks, maybe. He somehow got my email address and keeps sending me these updates of his work. It’s pretty and all, but it’s not like I can help him out. “Damn it, Jim, I’m a writer not a production designer!” Right?

So, check out his site then pass the goods around to decision makers and other industry hot shots who can pay Douglas. The idea is to keep him so busy he has no time to flood my mailbox with this stuff.

YOU HIRE DEG NOW!


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World’s Greatest Kids’ Menus

April 21st, 2010 by Weber


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Click here to download (1.2MB PDF)

All right!

It took some finagling, but this is worth it. Download the .pdf, print it up and take this super-awesome kids’ menu and activity sheet to your next boring meeting. It’s got something for everybody, including a maze, word find, and lots of tasty food. The menu is designed for 11″ x 17″ paper, though it’ll fit on 8.5″ x 11″.

I’ll be starting the Mother’s Day edition early next week and the one for Shiraz On The Water once we get the new menu confirmed.

Have fun!


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Easter Activity Sheet

March 22nd, 2010 by Weber


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click here to download front (1.1MB)
click here to download back (1.1MB)

Never mind how I did it, but I managed to talk the Food & Beverage Manager over at the Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort into letting me redesign all their kids’ menus. The gig also includes special event menus and activity sheets, like this one for Easter. Print and enjoy!

(This goofy blog program won’t let me upload the other, super-awesome kids’ menu for Masters Clubhouse, the hotel’s breakfast and lunch restaurant. Something about 2MB is too much. !???! Time to dump this set-up for something else. Until that happens, I’ll figure out a way to post the other menu.)


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Coloring book updates

May 21st, 2008 by Weber


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Three more pages added to the FREE! DOWNLOADABLE! PRINTABLE! coloring book.

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(Having some technical difficulty with the thumbnail function. Until that’s corrected, click the file names to view, right-click to ‘SAVE IMAGE AS . . .’ and print from there.)

This is shaping-up quite nicely.

As with the rest of it, these new pages are protected through Creative Commons. (See the bottom of his post for details)

Looking for the whole coloring book? Click Here To Download. (1.507MB)

Suggestions on drawings or activity pages? Mazes, match-ups, or word finds? Post them below or send ’em via email at the address noted on the ABOUT page.

ENJOY!

Creative Commons License
Grace’s Coloring Book by Bradley Weber is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at www.juniormadscientist.com.


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Coloring Book Fun

May 11th, 2008 by Weber


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Color by me.

Here’s some fun to take to daycare or (another) meeting about your company’s merger activity.

A 16-page coloring book!

All the art and subject text was created right here in the JMS Labs. The print at the bottom of the cover is Gorilla Milkshake, a free design font from the good people at
Blambot.

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Here’s the important legal stuff:

Creative Commons License
Grace’s Coloring Book by Bradley Weber is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at www.juniormadscientist.com.

That means you can:

— Give it to the kids!

— Put it on your Web site!

— Mix it into your own art!

All you need do is give me credit (via the attribution link imbedded in the legal stuff ) and let me know you’re using it for non-commercial purposes.

(If you WANT to use it for commercial purposes, drop me a line here and we’ll talk.)

Scroll all the way to the top or bottom of this post and click to get. You can print all the pages or just your favorites.

If you have access to a scanner, email some finished artwork and I’ll post it.

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click here to download (1.2MB)

In the planning stage is a JMS Activity Book full of more coloring fun, connect-the-dots, word finds, and so on, with all with your favorite JMS characters: Avenge-O, Monkeys On An Elevator, Mr. Punch, Inter-Galactic Space Patrol, and more.

If the coloring book gets a good response (i.e., lots of downloads and good feedback), the activity book will be next.

Enjoy and tell your friends!


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Making Me Look Good II: The Revenge

July 12th, 2007 by Weber


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Special thanks to the lovely and talented Stephanie (A.K.A., “the wife”) for designing my new business cards. Their super-cool look is adapted from this blog’s fine interface created by MIKE, Webmaster To The Comic Book Stars.

Anybody who wants one can send me an email with your snail address. (For contact details, take a butchers at the cards or click the ABOUT tab.) You may just score a special signed/numbered/hand-colored edition of one of the THREE comics being put together for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Don’t wait — quantities will be limited.

Anybody needing business cards, letterhead, a corporate logo, or other graphic design work should contact the missus at www.AcmeGraphicDesign.com.

And if ya needs a good Website, better call MIKE first. Just ask Rich Koslowski.


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Custom design: www.sitebymike.com | See more of Brad's work at: www.fineartsguild.com