#87 Cold & Flu

87 Cold & Flu

 #87 Cold & Flu
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What hap­pens when you have 3 dead­li­nes to meet, you have the cold & flu, you’re sneez­ing, have a headache & you just feel like crap?

The com­puter crashes of course & you have to start all over on a huge project.

But I in­ter­rupted the “pay­ing” projects to get a spe­cial one done — this month’s AmperArt — just for you. Coming up with the ti­tle Cold & Flu was su­per easy as I’m liv­ing it! The type­style & col­ors are based on typ­i­cal pack­ag­ing & store sig­nage for the cold & flu sea­son.

And yes, I re­ally was 90% com­plete with a huge board game de­sign project when Photoshop un­ex­pect­edly quit & I lost all that work. That hasn’t hap­pened in years. So once again: save, save, save!

The up­side of catch­ing a cold & flu? I love the taste of Nyquil, Luden’s honey-licorice cough drops & Pine Bros. gummy cherry lozenges.

smith-brothers-cough-drops-14ct-box-14One fond mem­ory is that of Smith Brothers Cough Drops, both Wild Cherry and Black Licorice. I loved those! In fact, that was the very first cough drop. Sadly, they have been dis­con­tin­ued. (For those of you in­ter­ested in mar­ket­ing: By chance, the word “Trade” ap­peared un­der the pic­ture of William & the word “Mark” un­der that of Andrew. Thus, it hap­pened by a mere co­in­ci­dence that the fa­mous Smith Brothers’ trade­mark was born and the Smith Brothers be­came known to gen­er­a­tions of Americans as Trade & Mark.)

Another fa­vorite, and I don’t re­call who made them, was  a long hard candy-type cough drop with a pe­cu­liar honey-horsehound-medicinal fla­vor. They were a brown­ish color & tasted so bad they were de­li­ciously ad­dict­ing.

Stay warm & dry this hol­i­day sea­son. Try not to catch the cold & flu, es­pe­cially if you’re on a heavy dead­line.


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Production notes for #87 Cold & Flu:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe InDesign
Fonts: Helvetica Compressed
Ampersand: Helvetica Compressed
Inspiration: Sneezing, Coughing & Aching Bones
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#86 Eye of Newt & Toe of Frog & Tail of Ampersand

Happy Halloween

 #86 Eye of Newt & Toe of Frog
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So, what’s for dinner?

Eye of newt, & toe of frog,
Wool of bat, & tongue of dog, 
Adder’s fork, & blind-worm’s sting, 
Lizard’s leg, & owlet’s wing,— 
For a charm of pow­er­ful trou­ble,
Like a hell-broth boil & bub­ble.
Double, dou­ble toil & trou­ble;
Fire burn, & cal­dron bub­ble.

― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


This line, ut­tered by the three ugly witches in Macbeth as they stir their boil­ing caul­dron*, is one of the most fa­mil­iar phrases as­so­ci­ated with tra­di­tional witch­craft.

Newt?

About that newt — is there such a thing? Were there poor lit­tle crit­ters hop­ping about with­out eyes?

Actually, all of the in­gre­di­ents in the witches brew are an­cient terms for herbs, flow­ers and plants. Some say witches gave these items gross & dis­turbing names to de­ter other peo­ple from prac­tic­ing witch­craft.

Shopping list

Here’s the modern-day gro­cery list of what’s re­ally in Shakespeare’s caul­dron. You might have to seek out a real spe­cialty shop for some of these items, but they do ex­ist:

  • Eye of newt — mus­tard seed
  • Toe of frog — but­ter­cup
  • Wool of bat — holly leaves
  • Tongue of dog — hound­stongue
  • Adders fork — adders tongue
  • Blind-worm — an ac­tual tiny snake thought to be ven­omous
  • Tail of am­per­sand — a curly lit­tle friend of ours (You don’t mind, do you, Bill?)

When prac­tic­ing black magic, mus­tard seeds (par­tic­u­larly the black seeds) cast a spell of strife, con­fu­sion, dis­cord & dis­rup­tion. Interestingly enough, though, other types of mus­tard seeds are thought to provide pro­tec­tion against witches. Legend goes that witches are pre­dis­posed to count­ing & pick­ing up things, so if you scat­ter mus­tard seeds around your front door, bed & prop­erty, the witch will never have time to get to you as she will be busy count­ing mus­tard seeds.

It turns out “eye of newt” is sim­ply the seeds for a pop­u­lar hot dog mus­tard. However, the clas­sic scene from Macbeth just wouldn’t be the same if his char­ac­ters spoke of boil­ing mus­tard seeds, but­ter­cups & holly leaves.  Adapted from http://​peo​ple​.how​stuff​works​.com/​i​s​-​e​y​e​-​o​f​-​n​e​w​t​-​r​e​a​l​-​t​h​i​n​g​.​htm

*Speaking of spell, note the spelling of “cal­dron” in the work of Shakespeare, in con­trast to the American English “caul­dron.” Sans-“u” is also com­mon among British. Earlier, how­ever, there was no “l” ei­ther: in Middle English lit­er­a­ture c. 1250-1300 you’ll read “caud­eron.” Basically, it means “warm” from the Late Latin “caldāria.”


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Awaken Past Halloween AmperArt:
Ghosts & Goblins
(2011)
Bats Rats & Black Cats (2012)
Deep Dark & Mysterious (2013)
Creak & Quake (2014)
Creepy & Crawly (2015)

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happyoktoberfest500x100(In other words, happy Oktoberfest.)

If you missed AmperArt #88, Brats & Beer, drink up here.

Here’s a fun list of “18 Essential Words for Octoberfest
from the Oxford Dictionaries web­site.


chaz sez ...

Check out the new “chaz sez” blog at DesimoneDesign​.com, my com­mer­cial graphic de­sign web­site. It’s mostly about de­sign, ty­pog­ra­phy, print­ing, pub­lish­ing & mar­ket­ing, but on oc­ca­sion I’ll di­vert to a side­ways topic that just can’t es­cape my rant­ing & rav­ing.


Production notes for #86 Eye of Newt & Toe of Frog:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Photoshop
Fonts: Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch, Park Avenue, Arnold Böcklin
Ampersand: Arnold Böcklin
Images: dream​stime​.com (manipulated)
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#88 Brats & Beer

 

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#88 Brats & Beer
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Grüß Gott!

That’s “Hello!” in Bavarian. Literally, in a for­mal sense, it means “salute to God.”

My brother Rob sug­gested AmperArt #88 Brats & Beer for Oktoberfest. Danke, Bro!

In Bavaria, where it orig­i­nated, Oktoberbest is ac­tu­ally cel­e­brated on the third Saturday in September, and con­tin­ues to the first week­end in October. Here in America, we “cel­e­brate” dur­ing the en­tire month of October — whether it’s an ex­cuse to guz­zle some fine Bavarian beer or to ad­ver­tise a cheesy Oktoberfest sale. Or to cook up some hearty Brats & Beer.

My mother was full German (from the Black Forest), so I, along with my sib­lings Roz, Andy & Rob, re­ally should find some good Brats & Beer (I know one of us is go­ing to find some beer!) and cel­e­brate our close-to-Bavarian her­itage. (Just like we’re also half Sicilian, so we are con­sid­ered by some “true” Italians to be close, but not quite, Italian. True or not, our rich red succo beats the north­ern Italians wimpy white sauce any day. And our German mother could cook Italian like our dad’s own mother — she taught her daughter-in-law well!)

Sausage seems to run in our fam­ily, whether German or Italian. It’s all köstlich! 


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Here’s some interesting reading about the “real” Oktoberfest.

From Wikipedia, ver­ba­tim:

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer fes­ti­val and trav­el­ling fun­fair). Held an­nu­ally in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk fes­ti­val run­ning from mid or late September to the first week­end in October, with more than 6 mil­lion peo­ple from around the world at­tend­ing the event every year. Locally, it is of­ten called the Wiesn, af­ter the col­lo­quial name for the fair­grounds (Theresienwiese). The Oktoberfest is an im­por­tant part of Bavarian cul­ture, hav­ing been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest cel­e­bra­tions that are mod­elled af­ter the orig­i­nal Munich event.

During the event, large quan­ti­ties of Oktoberfest Beer are con­sumed: dur­ing the 16-day fes­ti­val in 2013, for ex­am­ple, 7.7 mil­lion litres were served. Visitors also en­joy nu­mer­ous at­trac­tions, such as amuse­ment rides, side­stalls and games. There is also a wide va­ri­ety of tra­di­tional foods in­clud­ing Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezen (pret­zels), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pan­cakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cab­bage) along with such Bavarian del­i­ca­cies as Obatzda (a spicy cheese-butter spread) and Weißwurst (a white sausage).

The Munich Oktoberfest orig­i­nally took place in the 16-day pe­riod lead­ing up to the first Sunday in October. In 1994, this long­stand­ing sched­ule was mod­i­fied in re­sponse to German re­uni­fi­ca­tion. As such, if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the fes­ti­val would run un­til October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the fes­ti­val now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the fes­ti­val lasted un­til the first Monday in October (October 4), to mark the event’s bi­cen­ten­nial.

Here’s a fun list of “18 Essential Words for Octoberfest” from the Oxford Dictionaries web­site.

Glücklich Wiesn!


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Production notes for #88 Beer & Brats:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator (original ampersand link shapes), Photoshop (everything else)
Fonts: Embossed Black, Embossed Black Wide
WARNING: Do not attempt setting blackletter in all caps unless you are a fully qualified designer!

Ampersand: pork, spices & intestines
Credits:
Background images: graph​ic​stock​.com (superimposed & adjusted)
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#89 Guns & Roses & Joe at the Fotoplayer

89 Guns & Roses


#89 Guns & Roses
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First watch Guns & Roses & Joe at his Fotoplayer

What you see is Joe Rinaudo at the Fotoplayer he restored. What you hear is a very clever Guns & Roses overdub by adnmusic.

 


Joe Rinaudo

AmperArt #89, Guns & Roses, was in­spired by a my best friend of fifty years, Joe Rinaudo, who prob­a­bly doesn’t even know who Guns n’ Roses is — he’s more into Scott Joplin. We were both into “old stuff” — I col­lected & re­fur­bished old of­fice ma­chi­nes (mimeo­graphs & type­writ­ers) & Joe col­lected 16mm films of early cin­e­matic com­edy — Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Keystone Cops, Fatty Arbuckle , & of course Laurel & Hardy.

Today Joe is a 35mm silent film col­lec­tor, re­fur­bisher, itin­er­ant pro­jec­tion­ist, and con­sul­tant to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board.

Shortly af­ter high school, Joe re­stored a Model 20 Fotoplayer, a player piano/organ/percussion con­glom­er­a­tion that would add mu­sic and sound ef­fects  to silent cin­ema. This is now in his liv­ing room. His neigh­bors love him.

There are nearly a mil­lion posts on YouTube of Joe play­ing his Fotoplayer, which was fea­tured on Huell Howser’s California Gold. However, the sound you hear above is a very clever over­dub, per­fectly timed and en­hanced, by ad­n­mu­sic on YouTube.

To hear the ac­tual mu­sic Joe is play­ing, and to learn more about the Fotoplayer, step right over here.

Visit SilentCinemaSociety​.org, Joe’s new web­site for old en­ter­tain­ment.



INTRODUCING A NEW AMPERART THEME: 

Amperbr&

Amperbr& fea­tures brand names which con­tain the word “and,” a con­trac­tion such as “n” or the am­per­sand it­self. In each case, the con­junc­tion is re­placed by an am­per­sand which is set or styl­ized in the pri­mary type­face of the brand’s logo. Guns & Roses is the first Amperbr& is­sue.


How did Guns & Roses get its name?

I find brand nam­ing fas­ci­nat­ing when it just falls into place. Sort of like my for­mula for in­spired de­sign: luck+talent=that’s it! (Read about it here.) The Guns & Roses story fits the for­mula:

GUNS N' ROSES RETURN FOR HISTORIC NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER STADIUM TOUR: Founder Axl Rose and Former Members, Slash and Duff McKagan, Regroup For The 'Not In This Lifetime Tour' Produced by Live Nation (PRNewsFoto/Live Nation Entertainment)

In 1984, Hollywood Rose mem­ber Izzy Stradlin was liv­ing with L.A. Guns mem­ber Tracii Guns. When L.A. Guns needed a new vo­cal­ist, Stradlin sug­gested Hollywood Rose singer Axl Rose. Guns N’ Roses was formed in March 1985 by Rose and rhythm gui­tarist Stradlin, along with lead gui­tarist Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich, and drum­mer Rob Gardner of L.A. Guns. The band coined its name by com­bin­ing the names of both pre­vi­ous groups.  —Wikipedia


Popular mid-century phrase

Many “old­sters” will re­call the term guns & roses be­ing used af­ter World War II, as some peo­ple had to learn that “life is not all guns & roses.” Of course, that’s not yet a brand name so it would not be an Amperbr& theme. But it could still be AmperArt!


How many Amperbr&s can you think of?

(That’s a brand that’s got an am­per­sand in its name.)

M&M’s?  Smart & Final? Smith & Wesson? Add yours here.

Take this fun Amperbr& quiz.



Production notes for #89 Guns & Roses:
Original size: 20 x 30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator
Font: Cornivus
Ampersand: Cornivus (brand’s logo font)
Guns n’ Roses logo: en​ter​tain​men​trocks​.com
Video: adnmusic, YouTube
Quiz: sporcle​.com – quizzes
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