#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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#91 Hot & Spicy


#91 Hot & Spicy
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Hola.

Things will be Hot & Spicy at the Latin Festival I’ll be at­tend­ing this week­end.

There will be hot & spicy salsa (the kind you dance to), hot & spicy salsa (the kind you set your tongue on fire with), and home­made gua­camole, hope­fully not too hot & spicy.

Here’s the poster I de­signed for the event:

 

Sabroso 2016

One thing that might not be so spicy, but def­i­nitely hot, hot, hot, will be the 100 de­gree weather.

Adios, amigo.


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Production notes for #91 Hot & Spicy:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Photoshop
Fonts: Aka Hoggle
Ampersand: Hot & Spicy Chili Peppers
Credits:
Chili Peppers: graph​ic​stock​.com
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#17 This & That

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#17 This & That
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There’s noth­ing much to say about this AmperArt piece #17, This & That, ex­cept that it fol­lows the cri­te­ria for the se­ries:
1. Common phrase
2. Contains the word “and” or an am­per­sand
3. Makes for an in­ter­est­ing story (well, This & That fails There)

If you have an idea for a fu­ture AmperArt con­cept, please com­ment here.


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 #17 This & That:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Photoshop (I have no idea why this wasn’t created in Illustrator)
Fonts: Helvetica Bold Condensed, Helvetica Black
Ampersand: Helvetica Black
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