HAllmark CArds

The Department of Advertising and Graphic Design.

As a designer I work for a pretty great company. I know a lot of people bag on Hallmark, but as a design house we do really amazing work (yes I think of us as a design house, not a card company. We make much more than cards). It’s not a perfect job, but it is fun, and I get to be extremely creative working on some pretty fun projects.

Now if I got to choose another place to work, I have to admit I think working for “The Department of Advertising and Graphic Design” at MoMA would be pretty awesome.

You would be living in New York, working for one of the greatest art institutions in the world, and designing some really amazing stuff (everything from posters to way finding systems, to interactive applications and websites). Seriously, check out the work this small team of 11 have been producing. It might make you say you want to work here too. You just need to get in line behind me though.




Two years ago when I bought my MINI convertible, I went about three months before someone in the parking garage at work put a two inch long crease in the drivers door. The new 128i lasted just two weeks before someone at work managed to put a half inch long gouge in the paint on the passenger door. I shouldn’t be surprised by any of this. It has happened to every new car I have owned and parked in a lot at work for the last 10 plus years.

The thing that always gets me is, they have to know they did it. You hit someone’s door hard enough to dent it, or take the paint off to the primer, you probably look to see what happened your car, see the damage to the other and say something like “Oh Shit!”

What blows me away is, you work with these people, and even in a company the size of mine you’d think there would be some level of mutual respect for others property. I know, wishful thinking. None the less, since a car on average is 25 grand, you would hope that the person parking next to you would be careful getting in and out of their car. I guess I should be realistic, and take into account the number people that treat their vehicle like a rolling trashcan/filing cabinet. If you don’t respect your own car, you sure as hell won’t respect mine.

Well, here goes $125.00 to KC Colors, to buff out and touch up the paint on my less than one month old car.


The Instagram 365 Project. 03/07/2011

Just down from where I work at Hallmark, above the Halls department store sits a world-class award winning restaurant, The American. I love this place, the food is always outstanding as is the service. Willy the bartender has been there since the dawn of time, and makes an exquisite cocktail. The place has a great view of downtown, and then there is the understated second story entrance. A simple awning with the word “American” on it. I walk by this probably ten times a week, this morning it just jumped out at me.

The Instagram 365 Project. 01/24/2011

Today I was standing at the stairs on the 8th floor waiting for my buddy Tim to show up for lunch. As I was looking down to the 7th floor. I noticed how the light washed up the wall and created this really nice warm glow, so I snapped this image while I was waiting.

The Instagram 365 Project. 01/10/2011

Today marked the first major snowfall of the season in Kansas City. Right now we have about 7 inches on the ground and two to three more is expected. Because the roads were pretty much garbage at lunch time, (Thanks Mayor Funkhauser), My buddy Tim and I decided to walk to a restaurant for lunch rather than drive. This is looking East from the main entrance at Hallmark, to the big lunch adventure that awaited.