Monday, April 30, 2007

An ambiguous mascot to yet another ambiguous mascot...

Rivermen washed away, Chancellor approves Tritons

I thought I'd be excited when UMSL finally changed their mascot from the Rivermen....but they changed it to something equally ambiguous...the Tritons. What's a Triton was my first thought when I saw the headline....

Saturday, April 28, 2007

UMSL Graphic Design Thesis Presentations

The UMSL Graphic Design seniors presented their thesis projects a couple weeks ago, and I thought I'd share them with my readers. Many of the projects were quite good and should win these students some great design jobs after they graduate. The projects below are just the students who had an online portion to their project, there were 16 total projects presented.

Seams: Measuring the Means of Design
"My mission for my thesis project was to take these subjects and use my knowledge and apply my skills to create something simple that can stand out and make a difference. Attempting to help make the public aware of graphic design was my goal. Also for students that are entering into the design field to have a better understanding of how to communicate their passion and create seamless design."

STL Arnor Spot
Creating an identity and promotional material for the St. Louis Arnor Organization.

Can graphic design be fine art?
Can fine art be made on the computer?
Creating a campaign to get graphic design students to study fine art as part of their college course work.

Boneyard Culture
Dominoes are played all around the world, but don't have as much popularity in the United States as they do elsewhere. This website was designed to help people understand dominoes and generate excitement for it.

Exploring design's roll in society.

Just when I thought couldn't get any more annoying...

If you live in St. Louis and want to find out what is going on in the news, many people turn to to have the story. Recently though, they have added some extremely annoying rich media banner ads, and I'm tired of it. I was annoyed by the hummer ad (that covers your content and then snaps back up on top where it belongs after playing for several long seconds). Today when I visit, I get the hummer ad, hit refresh to get a different ad because I'm not going to sit there and wait for it to disappear, and what do I get but a Ray Vinson Mortgage ad that has "Ray's" voice when I accidentally drag my mouse over the ad - not click like most banner ads that feature sound. The ironic thing is that I designed banner ads at the last company that I worked for, but honestly, I don't feel that any of ours were used in such an obtrusive and obnoxious way as these on And by the way, I make it a habit not to frequent businesses with annoying advertising, be it billboards, television/radio commercials or web.

Well I've had enough of this crap blocking me from what I really want to see. From now on, if I visit and one of these obnoxious ads come up, guess what, I'm leaving the page. I'll go visit if I really want the local news. For national news, I'll stick to where I've never seen such obtrusive banner ads.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Archbishop quits hospital board over Sheryl Crow

Archbishop quits hospital board over Sheryl Crow

I generally don't agree with the St. Louis Arch bishop, but I actually do on this issue. It's a catholic hospital, and should uphold catholic values.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Muse Fashion Show (at Stephen's College)

Kudos to the girls at Stephens for putting on the awesome fashion show last weekend. There were many neat designs displayed, including my sisters which are pictured above.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

how to get to paris

  • Go to

  • Click on Maps.

  • Click on get Directions.

  • From St. Louis, Missouri

  • To Paris, France.

  • And read line # 23.

Thursday, April 12, 2007