On Saturday, for the third year in a row, the ever-awesome Go Design Unit rallied a bunch of graphic designers, stuck them in their office with web developer Adam Chlan and copy writers Chet Williamson and me, and put us to work making cutting-edge marketing materials for deserving nonprofits.
Though I’ve only participated twice now, the annual Design-O-Rama-Thon has become one of my favorite Lancaster institutions. Last year Chet and I wrote brochure text and donor letters for House of His Creation in Gap. Other nonprofits that benefited were the American Cancer Society, HOPE Global Investment Fund, The Janus School, the Susquehanna Foundation for the Blind, and Team PA Foundation.
This year, I worked with Lancaster freelance designer Donna Lindsey, Harrisburg graphic designer Kristin Sabadish, and Moxie House’s Megan Caruso on print advertisements and posters for the North Museum’s spring Science and Engineering Fair. The research, made possible by Russell Frost’s photographs at the most recent fair, was fun and full of surprises.
Other organizations that got great marketing work at no cost this year included Clare House, the Threshold Foundation, Junior Achievement of Central PA, Lancaster Young Professionals, and American Home Life International.
I’d like to add my thanks to Kitchen Kettle Village, Isaac’s, Lancaster Brewing Company, and Samantha Seifried for keeping me and the rest of the DORTers fed and refreshed!
With Thanksgiving come and gone, it’s now legal and appropriate to shift into the Christmas season. I’m pretty nuts about the holiday, and part of the reason is all the great celebratory art. Put this stuff on you computer and get in the yuletide spirit.
1. Download Deep Tracks of Christmas Music
You need these tracks. The links point to iTunes. For links pointing to Amazon, check out my fuller list of Christmas music from last year.
, Katie Becker – Born right here in Lancaster County. This list is showing my predisposition toward “beautiful and haunting.”
Old Waits Carol, Kate & Anne McGarrigle – Dark and haunting, not your typical Christmas jingle. Harkens back to a time when winter was much more deadly, and Christmas was an occasion to take heart, despite the fact that “today you may be alive and well… tomorrow dead and cold as clay.”
Figlio Dello Ande, Al Bano Carrisi – Italian, vocals with guitar, flute, and drums. One of the joys of Christmas is experiencing the traditions of other cultures. This is one of the more beautiful foreign-language songs in my Christmas collection.
Carol of the Beasts, Pete Seeger – Banjo and Seeger’s voice. A wonderful traditional folk song that may have been tragically lost if not for Seeger’s preservation efforts.
All the King’s Horns, Sufjan Stevens – Banjo and Sufjan’s voice (and some other voices and instruments, too). Sufjan’s five-EP Christmas collection has become a treasure to me. As with Seeger’s album, it’s barn music.
Undrentide, Mediæval Baebes – Along with the joy of experiencing Christmas with other cultures is experiencing Christmas with other points in history. There are many great Christmas songs from the Middle Ages. This is among my favorites. (Another great artists in this vein is Andrew Parrott.)
All My Heart This Night Rejoices, J.G. Ebeling If you enjoy traditional church hymns, this is an overlooked one that merits revisiting. This version is from the Cambridge Singers.
2. Spice Up Your Christmas Letter with Holiday Fonts
Holiday Lights – Here’s how you do it so it looks tacky but tolerable: Put holly in the top two corners, nothing along the bottom, and mini bulbs plus 32-pixel spacers along the sides and top. Then set the flashing to “random” and turn off the screen saver.
Punknews.com announced that “legendary musician” Ian MacKaye will speak at Franklin & Marshall College the evening of Friday, November 20.
The event is being hosted by the college’s student radio station, WFNM. MacKaye was the frontman of influential punk bands The Fugazi, Minor Threat, and The Evens. He is also something of a figurehead for the so-called Straight Edge movement within the punk subculture.
The event will be in the 500-seat Barshinger Center for Music. The suggested donation is $5.
If you haven’t been following the blog or become a fan of the Conservancy on Facebook, I can’t commend it to you highly enough. The drawings and photos are art, and the accompanying building histories are poetic and scholarly.
The shell of the building is being turned into The Turkey Hill Experience. LeFevre Funk is the architectural firm on the project, which is particularly interesting because the notably clean, almost sterile style of the buildings in their portfolio is such a dramatic turn from the jumbled mess that the building has been for nearly its entire existence.
If you’d like to see even more, Jerry King Musser also has photos of the demolition/renovation process in his Flickr photostream.