Last Week's Work — Graphic Designs 11/6-11/13

Last Week's Work — Graphic Designs 11/6-11/13

Last week the work was about the election and its aftermath.

Monday or Tuesday, I heard about the Trump surrogate's gaffe, the one who wasn't quite sure about how to say Molotov cocktail, so I riffed on that making it a much more festive and ethnic incendiary device—in her words, the “Mazel Tov Cocktail!” L'chaim!

L'chaim! Not yet sure if I'm going to put this on a shirt or not.

L'chaim! Not yet sure if I'm going to put this on a shirt or not.

With  Trump's unexpected election victory and a near complete defeat of the DNC across the country, a lot of folks got the stuffing knocked out of them last week, which, taken in with the passing of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, and then the day after the election gahddamn Leonard Cohen!, the case could be made that 2016 has been one nasty year.

David Bowie. Alan Rickman. Prince. Leonard Cohen. This election...Nasty Year. Available at my new Teepublic store at http://www.teepublic.com/user/bencapozzi

David Bowie. Alan Rickman. Prince. Leonard Cohen. This election...Nasty Year. Available at my new Teepublic store at http://www.teepublic.com/user/bencapozzi

As more details emerged about just how and why America voted, it seemed clear to many—though impossible to ever prove—that there could have been a very different election. I'm progressive, which should be pretty forward-looking, so not to live in the past, but, It Shoulda Been Bernie. I had to make this design even if only to wear for myself, though happily, only a couple days at my Teepublic shop and it's a best-seller!

It shoulda been Bernie. Selling already at a brisk clip on my Teepublic store at http://www.teepublic.com/user/bencapozzi!

It shoulda been Bernie. Selling already at a brisk clip on my Teepublic store at http://www.teepublic.com/user/bencapozzi!

I opened a new artists shop at Threadless (storefronts now on Teepublic, RedBubble, and Society6), which meant a custom banner graphic. I continued to deploy the “Trump-y” branding I established before the election, though I'm not sure if it's now more funny or less, as the new president is “triggering” lots of folks. For now, though, I'm keeping it. I also needed a “Shop photo” which is sort of a larger icon for elsewhere around the site—I went with the Nasty Year design because, well, red.

Trump-y branding continues on the banner image for my new shop at http://bencapozzi.threadless.com.

Trump-y branding continues on the banner image for my new shop at http://bencapozzi.threadless.com.

Made to Threadless specifications, I'm still not sure where this shows up around the site and in my new shop at http://bencapozzi.threadless.com.

Made to Threadless specifications, I'm still not sure where this shows up around the site and in my new shop at http://bencapozzi.threadless.com.

Lastly, I made up a new Twitter cover photo and icon. I wanted something that put forward more of my work for sale—if you don't tell people you're selling something how will they ever know to buy?—but I have mixed feelings about these, torn between promoting my work for sale and not looking too commercial. They err too much toward the later, I feel, and while I've resisted urges to go back to my previous 30 Rock-inspired background which was more personal and authentic, but which contained no suggestion of any sort of commercial activity was possible, I can't say I'll not change this again this week. I'll keep working to find the right balance.

Much more commercial look to my new Twitter cover photo, drawing heavily from the work I made on my first LinkedIn profile cover photo which I'm really pleased with. This one, less so much.

Much more commercial look to my new Twitter cover photo, drawing heavily from the work I made on my first LinkedIn profile cover photo which I'm really pleased with. This one, less so much.

New 400x400 Twitter profile pic; no longer my face but an icon of the Nasty Year design. Not sure I like it.

New 400x400 Twitter profile pic; no longer my face but an icon of the Nasty Year design. Not sure I like it.

And that was last week's work.

~Ben

“The Incredible and Edible Landscape”—Article for The Gazette Virginian

[This article was written April 2014 for Spring Gardening Special of local newspaper The Gazette Virginian. It was written as a Master Gardener Volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Agriculture Extension. My natural writing voice has more personality, but my enthusiasm for edible landscaping and bias towards permaculture practice comes through.]

Edible Landscaping

When planning your home landscape...

“Fall is for Composting”—Article for Danville Register & Bee

[This is an article I wrote for the September 2014 Fall Gardening Special of local newspaper The Danville Register & Bee. It was written as a Master Gardener Volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Agriculture Extension. My natural writing voice has more personality, but my enthusiasm for composting and bias towards permaculture practice still comes through!]

Fall is For Composting

I’m excited! Fall is upon us! As the weather changes...

College Week!

College Week!

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I'm in The New River Valley the rest of the week attending Master Gardener College, thanks to a scholarship from the Southside Master Gardeners Association.

Today and Thursday I'm in intensive classes to become a VA Land Steward. It's 9-5 lecture today, but tomorrow we go off campus for a "Management Through Fire" demo. Cool!

MG College proper starts Friday and the agenda, including my electives is:

-Natures Sustainabke System: A Gardener's Primer to Understanding Flows, Cycles, and Succession

-How Plants Got Their Stripes, Spits, and Blotches

-How Do You Respond When Someone Asks You "So what?" 

-Tree Biology Through the Seasons

-Let's Talk Firewise

-How We Hurt the Trees We Love: A Caregivers Dilemma

-Genetic Engineering: What It Is and How It Works

-Work Smarter Not Harder—Weed Management

- Land Care: What Can You Do Now? 

- Slow Gardening: How We Fit OURSELVES In With It All

So that's the plan, and we start in 30 minutes! More to come, especially on my Instagram—follow @bencapozzi for more!

 

Planting—06/24/14

Harvest gold crabapple (Malis hybrida) waiting patiently for me to save its life.

Harvest gold crabapple (Malis hybrida) waiting patiently for me to save its life.

Since I'll be heading off to college tonight, I really wanted to get some loose ends wrapped up before leaving. So I was out in the yard just after 7 this morning planting this Lowe's rescue Harvest Gold crabapple (Malus hybrida) ((I think.)).

As if things weren't hard enough for it when we bought it from the clearance pallet, it's languished in it's pot for nearly a month—bad gardener! Bad! So down it went, but first I had to clear away the weeds and terrible overgrowth from Mordor, i.e. the alley side of our yard which I was on top of until I wasn't.

Weeds weeds weeds. Not sure which kinds, but I know there's some pokeweed and this other, bamboo-like stuff.

Weeds weeds weeds. Not sure which kinds, but I know there's some pokeweed and this other, bamboo-like stuff.

I cleared out a wide circle with the machete, raked, and quickly got the tree planted with the post hole digger, then watered and mulched.

Digging was only slightly easier on the morning heat.

Digging was only slightly easier on the morning heat.

The compost pile was a little carbon deficient this morning (stinky) so my wife can add all those leafy weed clippings to help clear that up while I'm away.

We got this tree for half that price, plus a one year guarantee. Every now and again, Lowe's has some good deals.

We got this tree for half that price, plus a one year guarantee. Every now and again, Lowe's has some good deals.

I'll try and dig up the article I found that first got me so excited to bring one of these into the yard, but, in short, it's a beautiful tree that'll provide shelter and snacks for the birds into winter. It's hardy, and just the right size for what I'm envisioning as the future side alley entryway. Here's hopin'!