Friday Mar 22, 2013 by mike

Signs & Visuals of Cambodia and Laos

I'm wrapping up the last few days of a long ass trip around the Southeast corner of the globe. Aside from enjoying the food, nature, history, and lack of snow, I've also been taking tons of photos of signs and other visually-inspiring imagery. Here are some things that caught my eye in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia, and Luang Prabang, Laos.

I was getting a lot of funny looks snapping a photo of this emblem on the side of a trash can just outside Phnom Penh's Central Market. Totally worth it.

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Sunday Feb 10, 2013 by mike

Hawaiian Pileup

Well the weather sucks across most of the mainland US right now, so my wife and I decided to get the F outta town. We're in Kaua'i right now and have been enjoying the weather, food, and the scenery. Duh. I've been keeping my eyes open for sign, logos and other interesting design inspiration out here, so here are a few little bits that I've encountered. Many more to come!

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Tuesday Dec 11, 2012 by mike

Dew Tour poster design

We recently completed a new screenprinted poster project for the 2012 Dew Tour's stop in Breckenridge CO. Working with Burlington's Fuse Marketing, we put together a design to appeal to winter athletes and enthusiasts alike.

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Monday Jul 9, 2012 by mike

Square Lake Film & Music Festival

Here's a brand new poster designed and screenprinted for the 10th anniversary Square Lake Film & Music Festival. This gathering of Minnesota-made music and movies goes down each Summer out in Stillwater MN. Mike designed this year's poster (3-color screenprint on Cougar white paper, signed & numbered edition of 200 prints) and the only place to get one is at the Square Lake festival! Check out their website for more info. Read More

Thursday Jan 12, 2012 by mike

BRLSQ Spotlight Series: James White

Here's the inaugural entry in a new series of interviews with some of our favorite artists, designers, musicians, printers, and anyone else we feel deserves to have your attention. We're kicking it off with a graphic artist who landed in our radar zone recently and blew us away with his gorgeous posters and other design work. Ladies and gentlemen, we would now like to shine our spotlight on James White from Signalnoise.

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Wednesday Oct 26, 2011 by mike


I've been exploring Gurafiku, an online archive of Japanese graphic design. The site allows you to view work split up by decade and there are a lot of fantastic posters, book covers, and more collected here. Take a moment to look around. Here are a few of my favorites:

Ikko Tanaka, 1977

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Thursday Oct 20, 2011 by mike

Pepsi ad, 1969

Graphic artist John Alcorn takes us away to a dreamlike world filled with sunshine, moutains, rainbows, and, of course, Pepsi.

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Wednesday Oct 19, 2011 by mike

Louis & Gilbert's Hotel Cocktails

2 1980-era newspaper advertisements designed by Robert Miller for Louis & Gilbert's pre-mixed cocktail concoctions. These scream 1880 just as much as they do 1980.

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Thursday Oct 13, 2011 by mike

Japan Pavilion at the 1982 World's Fair

Here are an artit's renderings of Japan's pavilion at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN.

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Wednesday Jul 13, 2011 by mike

Much More Manoogian

Thanks to everyone who helped make my interview with Michael Manoogian the all-time most popular post on this blog. To show our appreciation, here's an extra dose of sketch images sent over by the lettering legend. Enjoy and spread the word!

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