#163 Big & Scary

#163 Big & Scary
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Big & Scary isn’t just Halloween 2020

What could be big­ger & scari­er & dead­lier than ghosts & gob­lins & snakes & spi­ders? How about a world-​wide virus that’s afflict­ed 37 mil­lion so far, and killed over 1 mil­lion? We’ll be wear­ing masks over masks this Hal­loween. Hope­ful­ly when we take the Hal­loween masks off we’ll con­tin­ue to wear the pro­tec­tive masks.

Jeepers Creepers’ big day

My black cat Jeep­ers is always dressed for Hal­loween. And he lives up to his name — ter­ri­fy­ing birds, lizards and gophers. (Once I noticed a black splotch on my wall, and when I got up close to exam­ine what it was, it jumped off the wall and flew into my face. It was a bat! Cour­tesy of Jeep­ers Creep­ers.)

In this pho­to he cer­tain­ly is big but not exact­ly scary.

Have a Big & Scary & Happy Halloween


Production notes for #163 Big & Scary:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Programs: Adobe Illustrator
Font, text: Gill Sans
Font, ampersand: Gill Sans
Credits:
Plus-​size model: Jeepers Creepers

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Chaz DeS­i­mone is the cre­ator of Amper­Art and own­er of Des­i­mone Design. He was adding ser­ifs to let­ters when he was just a lit­tle brat scrib­bling on walls. Now he’s a big brat and his entire career is design, so long as each project requires the most sophis­ti­cat­ed, log­i­cal, cap­ti­vat­ing results. Con­tact him at chaz@​desimonedesign.​com.

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#162 Agree & Disagree

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#162 Agree & Disagree
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What a year of controversy

Wear a mask or don’t wear a mask.
Pros­e­cute the police or let ’em go.
Vote for Trump or vote for Biden. (Nei­ther. But that’s just my opin­ion & I respect you if it’s not yours.)

Agree & disagree

Amper­Art #162 Agree & Dis­agree was inspired by this elo­quent & pro­found piece of writ­ing post­ed by a friend. (I don’t know who the author is.) I made a few typo­graph­ic enhance­ments (em dash, prop­er ellip­sis, sin­gle excla­ma­tion points) — but the amper­sands were already there. [Insert smi­ley face here if you wish.]

This is what many of us have been think­ing and I could­n’t agree more!
I’m sick of covid-​19.
I’m sick of blacks vs. whites.
I’m sick of Democ­rats vs. Repub­li­cans.
I’m REALLY sick of the media.
I’m real­ly sick of the wear­ing a mask debate.
I’m sick of no one being allowed to think what they want & feel how they do with­out offend­ing some­one.
I am sick of the peo­ple who are out there jump­ing on the band­wag­on just to spread hatred. And start riots, loot­ing & destroy­ing oth­ers’ prop­er­ties.
I am sick of blam­ing the world for the sins of a few.
We’re one race — the human race.
You want to sup­port Trump? You do it! It’s your choice!
You want to sup­port Biden? You do it! It’s your choice!
You want to believe in God? You do it! It’s your choice.
You want to believe in mag­i­cal crea­tures that fly around & sprin­kle fairy dust to make life bet­ter? Awesome…you do it!
BUT how about being MATURE enough to be able to deal with the fact that every­one doesn’t have the same exact mind-​set as you. Hav­ing our own mind-​set is what makes us all indi­vid­u­als and beau­ti­ful. If you can’t han­dle that fact…oh well!
I don’t have to agree with every­thing you believe in & YOU don’t have to agree with me.
It’s your choice! It’s my choice!
Just be a decent human being.
You don’t have to like this post or agree. It’s your choice!

There’s real­ly noth­ing more I can add to this post except to say I agree.


Production notes for #162 Agree & Disagree:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Programs: Adobe Illustrator
Font, text: Goudy
Font, ampersand: Din
Credits:
Illustration: Nikolz, deposit​pho​tos​.com

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Chaz DeS­i­mone is the cre­ator of Amper­Art and own­er of Des­i­mone Design. He was adding ser­ifs to let­ters when he was just a lit­tle brat scrib­bling on walls. Now he’s a big brat and his entire career is design, so long as each project requires the most sophis­ti­cat­ed, log­i­cal, cap­ti­vat­ing results. Con­tact him at chaz@​desimonedesign.​com.

Thank you for sub­scrib­ing to Chaz’s per­son­al design project, Amper­Art. Men­tion you read all the way to the bot­tom here and receive a tru­ly incred­i­ble graph­ic design gift when you con­tact Chaz.

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#158 Place & Space & Face

#158 Place & Space & Face
#158 Place & Space & Face
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California is now the epicenter of the United States. Gotta do better than “watch your space & cover your face”— we need to seriously
STAY IN PLACE!

We’re real­iz­ing (I’m not one bit sur­prised) how much dam­age was done over the 4th of July week­end by those who won’t wear a mask & won’t keep their dis­tance & won’t even try to halt spread­ing the virus. Seems they want their “free­dom” but unfor­tu­nate­ly it seems they don’t exact­ly under­stand the con­cept.

I’m ashamed & angry at so many of my fel­low Amer­i­cans who are so god­damn stu­pid and self-​righteous, that they are spread­ing the coro­n­avirus exten­sive­ly, much of it to oth­er idiots who won’t stay put or won’t wear a mask (some of whom have got­ten sick & learned their les­son) … but sad­ly, and far more dev­as­tat­ing­ly, to those who are old­er, in poor health already, and try­ing their best to prac­tice safe mea­sures. Sad­ly, many of those who have no choice but to stay in place (crip­pled, elder­ly, nurs­ing home patients — now even babies) are the very ones who are dying. 

To the assholes:

Come on, those of you who won’t stay home, won’t wear a mask, let’s show some con­sid­er­a­tion. Swal­low your fuck­ing pride and admit you are not invin­ci­ble. Real­ize you are spread­ing this virus. Admit you might even be scared. Because this is scary. You are scary.


The other version.

In my last Amper­Art, I urged every­one to be more con­sid­er­ate of oth­ers & watch out for our own lives by fol­low­ing the exam­ple set by a very sane char­ac­ter, the amper­sand, who does wear a mask.l I offered posters, cards, even iron-​on T‑shirt trans­fers.

Download, print & iron-on image to a T-shirt.

But appar­ent­ly that did­n’t work. Throngs of peo­ple par­tied, shoul­der to shoul­der, & did not cov­er their faces. The virus spread big time. Cal­i­for­nia (where I live) now has more cas­es than New York. It has more cas­es than any oth­er state in the whole US. So we can no longer just keep six feet apart. Or ten. Or twelve. We must stay put. Of course it’s not pos­si­ble for some of us, and kudos to those who are on the front lines and risk­ing their lives work­ing for the rest of us.

But going out and par­ty­ing? Those morons are mur­der­ers. Plain and sim­ple.

I don’t know if this will even help, but if you want to spread the mes­sage (not the virus), you can print & wear these T‑shirts to remind oth­ers to be safe & con­sid­er­ate, until this pan­dem­ic is over and life is (sort of) back to nor­mal.

SHOULD I SELL THESE?

If you think I should make these shirts available as products for purchase, whether you’d wear one or not, please let me know in the comments.
(Would you wear one?)

To make T‑shirt:

INSTRUCTIONS: Down­load PDF or png image, print onto Avery T‑Shirt Trans­fer sheet using an inkjet print­er (not a laser print­er), & iron onto T‑shirt. Vis­it this Avery page for details & where to pur­chase trans­fer sheets (most office sup­ply & craft stores). You can also have the image print­ed onto a T‑shirt by some local spe­cial­ty shops or online T‑shirt print­ers.

Print these posters to remind others to be play it safe:

Print letter-size announcement

Print these poster-​style notices onto standard-​size paper & post all around.

Or be real discreet:

Drop these business-​size reminders around the room & acci­den­tal­ly into pock­ets & purs­es

Business card size

Down­load this sheet of 12 business-​card-​size notes & print on card stock or even plain paper. Trim & spread the word to end this pan­dem­ic.



Concept & design

The phrase is kin­da hokey, but it’s mem­o­rable & gets the point across. I first saw it on a flash­ing road sign, think­ing it was some ama­teur attempt at clever poet­ry. But then I dis­cov­ered it’s ubiq­ui­tous across the nation, maybe around the world (prob­a­bly would­n’t rhyme every­where, though). So I thought Why not, I’ll spread it even fur­ther with Amper­Art. 

#158 Place & Space & Face

The top amper­sand, Mr. Ser­pen­tine — well, he’s the most con­sid­er­ate of all, plant­i­ng him­self firm­ly in place.

The social-​distancing amper­sands have dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties, as we humans do. There’s ele­gant Mr. Bodoni, cute lit­tle Babes in Toy­land, fun-​loving Ms. Great Vibes, bor­ing Com­ic Sans, sol­id Mr. Rock­well & classy Mrs. Win­some.

Last but not least, Mr. Gil Sans sets a good exam­ple by cov­er­ing his face. Masks have even become styl­ish fash­ion state­ments.

Your opinion matters:

T-shirt: ampersand wearing mask

If you think I should make these shirts avail­able as qual­i­ty prod­ucts for pur­chase, whether you would wear one or not, please let me know in the com­ments. (Um…would you wear one?)

Thanks for help­ing end this incom­pre­hendible, dev­as­tat­ing pan­dem­ic.

Have a fun & fantastic summer, even if you end up with a weird tan line on your face.


Production notes for #158 Place & Space & Face:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Programs: Adobe Photoshop
Font, text: Helvetica Extra Condensed
Fonts, ampersands:
Staying in place: Serpentine
Social distancing, top to bottom: Bodoni, Great Vibes, Babes in Toyland, Comic Sans (the boring one), Winsome, Rockwell
Wearing a mask: Gill Sans
Credits:
Mask: deposit​pho​tos​.com

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Rants & raves mostly about design, sometimes about the universe.
An occasional bit of useful advice.
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