#154 Wait & See

#154 Wait & See
#154 Wait & See
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When will this pandemic end?

We have to wait & see.

When will the vac­cine be ready? 
When will the masks & ven­ti­la­tors be deliv­ered?
How long will it take for peo­ple to real­ize this is seri­ous & stay home?
When will we be able to social­ize again? Go to work again? Play sports? See a movie? Go to a con­cert? Dance? Trav­el? Shop?
How many lives will be lost? Sad­ly, espe­cial­ly among the old, we’re los­ing gen­er­a­tions of sto­ries, recipes, & wis­dom.
How long will this be the new nor­mal?

We’ll wait & see.

Have you seen how clear the air is around the globe? Will it teach us some­thing, or will indus­try rush back to the old way of pro­duc­tion & pol­lu­tion?

It could change you know, but we’ll just have to wait & see.


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Production notes for #154 Wait & See:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Programs: Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
Fonts: Baucher Gothic, Futura

Ampersand: Futura (modified)
Credits:
Background image: deposit​pho​tos​.com

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#156 Spring Forward & Fall Back

#156 Spring Forward & Fall Back
#156 Spring Forward & Fall Back
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Spring forward & fall back…or stay put?

YOU CAN SIGN A PETITION FOR YEAR-​ROUND DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

From change​.org:

On March 8th, the clock springs forward in most states. But not everywhere. That’s right, the majority of U.S. states are debating whether to opt-​out of Daylight Saving Time in their state. Dr. Daliah Wachs thinks it’s time for the entire country to do away with the hassle of changing the clocks. Daylight Saving Time is right around the corner, so now is the best time to make your voice heard.

If you wish to sign the petition, or read more about it, click this link.

My prob­lem with this peti­tion is its ambi­gu­i­ty. The con­clu­sion reads:

So why put the country through time changes twice a year?  Whether you’re #SickOfSpringForward or #FinishedWithFallBack, It’s time Congress puts an end to Daylight Saving Time changes and keep one time throughout the year!

I am not sure if they’re propos­ing to keep day­light sav­ing year-​round once we move our clocks for­ward for the last time, or switch to stan­dard time for­ev­er. Or does it sug­gest nei­ther — just don’t keep chang­ing the time twice a year? What do you think?

Per­son­al­ly, I like changing the clocks twice a year. It’s kin­da fun, shakes things up. Most of all, sud­den­ly adding one hour of sun­light to each day is like a glo­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion of sun­shine, longer days, and the unof­fi­cial begin­ning of sum­mer (read next sec­tion, “It’s Sum­mer!,” below). On the oth­er hand, when stan­dard time arrives it is a depress­ing shock to expe­ri­ence dark­ness so ear­ly. If we were to stop this back-&-forth busi­ness I pre­fer year-​round day­light sav­ing.

How­ev­er, to be con­sid­er­ate to oth­ers, there are health issues  involved not only each time the clocks change (actu­al­ly lead­ing to a high­er imme­di­ate risk of heart attacks & strokes), but also con­cern­ing a detri­men­tal time shift with DST which is an hour off from our nat­ur­al inter­nal clocks. That is explained in this infor­ma­tive arti­cle atThe Wall Street Jour­nal.

I remem­ber Cal­i­for­nia exper­i­ment­ed with year-​round DST back in the 1970s or 80s. It last­ed only one year, because par­ents com­plained that kids were walk­ing to school in the dark. (My solu­tion would have been to start school an hour lat­er.) Reminds me of when Venice Beach was nude for only a year, before the prudes com­plained. Why do peo­ple who have no busi­ness even going to the beach (because it’s a place to relax where you should­n’t tell oth­ers how to enjoy their sun­shine) ruin it for oth­ers? As my all-​time favorite bumper stick­er reads:

IF WE WERE MEANT TO GO NAKED WE WOULD HAVE BEEN BORN THAT WAY

But that’s anoth­er top­ic for anoth­er time.


It’s summer!

Well, it’s actu­al­ly still win­ter — spring does­n’t even start until March 19, and sum­mer offi­cial­ly does­n’t start till June. But for die-​hard sun wor­shipers (like me), the unof­fi­cial begin­ning of sum­mer is the first day of Day­light sav­ing Time. Start­ing Sun­day March 8 we’ll have long sun­ny days to soak up the rays.

Sun!

I have been look­ing for­ward to this week­end for months (ever since we stum­bled back to stan­dard time last Novem­ber). I like to cel­e­brate the first day of DST on the beach or at Glen Eden Sun Club (a family-​friendly nud­ist resort) in Coro­na, Cal­i­for­nia. But I promised myself & a client I would fin­ish his web­site before I have fun in the sun. The web­site is still in devel­op­ment, so I’m work­ing through the week­end. But that’s okay — this is a won­der­ful client who deserves all the cre­ative bells & whis­tles I can inject into his web­site. (Lit­er­al­ly bells & whis­tles, and drums & all sorts of oth­er sounds. Chuck Jon­key is a multi-​talented musi­cian who trav­els the world record­ing indige­nous music & lay­ing down his own tracks with unique custom-​made instru­ments. I’ll issue an Amper­Art post fea­tur­ing his tal­ent, com­plete with music sam­ples, once the web­site is launched.)

Besides, the weath­er out­look for this week­end is in the low 60s. Too cold for this Cal­i­for­nia kid. I want to soak up rays, not be stabbed with ici­cles.

So I’m look­ing for­ward to the next unof­fi­cial begin­ning of sum­mer, Memo­r­i­al Day week­end. The web­site will be fin­ished & I will be bask­ing in hot sun­shine.


How do you tell the cows you’re going to be an hour late?

Excerpt from That’s Farming:

The con­cept of day­light sav­ing time (DST) has its roots in the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry, when it was sug­gest­ed by a New Zealan­der, George Hud­son, but it was first adopt­ed in 1916 by Ger­many & Austria-​Hungary. Since then most Euro­pean & Amer­i­can coun­tries have at one time or anoth­er adopt­ed DST but in recent years it has been dis­card­ed by most of South Amer­i­ca & a few US states.Poster announcing Daylight Saving Bill

The idea of DST was to max­imise day­light hours for those work­ing dur­ing the day. It has its roots in indus­try, not agri­cul­ture, as some have sug­gest­ed. It was brought in so that work­ers could engage in activ­i­ties after work dur­ing the sum­mer months. Going to work an hour ear­li­er left an extra hour in the evenings. This suits retail­ers & those inter­est­ed in sports & to be fair it serves its pur­pose when the long sum­mer evenings seem to stretch to obliv­ion.

Some peo­ple prob­a­bly enjoyed the extra morn­ing’s hour in bed, but how do you tell cows you’re going to be an hour late?

Read the full arti­cle about Day­light sav­ing Time at thats​farm​ing​.com. It’s very inter­est­ing.


Saving or savings?

The cor­rect term is day­light “sav­ing” time, accord­ing to the Asso­ci­at­ed Press style­book. The incor­rect term “day­light sav­ings time” is com­mon­ly used, how­ev­er,  espe­cial­ly in Aus­tralia, Cana­da and the Unit­ed States. It’s also sup­posed to be low­er­case, not upper­case, accord­ing to the Asso­ci­at­ed Press.

I’ve used the cor­rect spelling in this post, but cap­i­tal­ized it here & there because I think Day­light Sav­ing Time is that spe­cial!


Concept & design

My first idea for the time shift was a split back­ground of sum­mer & win­ter scenes, one sea­son visu­al­ly shift­ed ahead of the oth­er. Then I came across the stock image of two stacked clocks. Clean, sim­ple, mod­ern. I mod­i­fied a few details & of course added the amper­sand tails. (Note the gap in that cir­cu­lar ele­ment is equiv­a­lent to the wedge between hours 2 & 3.) I also changed the numer­als from a quirky font to styl­ish Hel­veti­ca. 

Maybe next year I’ll adapt my orig­i­nal con­cept of sea­son­al pho­to­graph shifts — unless we have done away with time change alto­geth­er.


Power volt forward?

Not only does the dou­ble enten­dre “spring” help us remem­ber which direc­tion to rotate the hour hand every March, but it coin­ci­den­tal­ly refers to a main com­po­nent of mechan­i­cal clocks & watch­es. Should we not then, in mod­ern times, say “pow­er volt for­ward” and “dig­i­tize for­ward”?

Or for that mat­ter, we could just as clev­er­ly say “March for­ward.” But then “Novem­ber back” is kin­da awk­ward.

How­ev­er you say it, enjoy the extra hour of sun­shine.

Shining an hour later for us!


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Production notes for #156 Spring Forward & Fall Back:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator
Font: Helvetica

Ampersand: Illustration
Credits:
Artwork images: deposit​pho​tos​.com
Victory poster: United Cigar Stores Company (artist unknown); Library of Congress (public domain)
Note: &” replaces “and” in most or all text, including quotations, headlines & titles.
You may repost the image & article. Please credit Amper​Art​.com.
To download a full-​size high-​resolution 11x17-​inch poster, click on the image.

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#134 Vision & Clarity

 
#134 Vision & Clarity
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Celebrating 2020 — New Year, New Decade

Amper­Art #134 Vision & Clar­i­ty is a com­bi­na­tion of two con­cepts, one year apart: The orig­i­nal illus­tra­tion of eye­glass­es form­ing an amper­sand for the num­ber 2020 was cre­at­ed in Decem­ber 2018, a year in advance of its intend­ed release. Then, short­ly before New Year 2020, the Pan­tone® Col­or of the Year was announced for 2020, which is Pan­tone® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue. The Amper­Art design was then mod­i­fied to reflect Pantone’s phi­los­o­phy for choos­ing this col­or:
 
“Sug­ges­tive of the sky at dusk, the reas­sur­ing qual­i­ties of the thought-​provoking PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue high­light our desire for a depend­able and sta­ble foun­da­tion on which to build as we cross the thresh­old into a new era.
“Imprint­ed in our psy­ches as a rest­ful col­or, PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue brings a sense of peace and tran­quil­i­ty to the human spir­it, offer­ing refuge. Aid­ing con­cen­tra­tion and bring­ing laser like clar­i­ty, PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue re-​centers our thoughts. A reflec­tive blue tone, Clas­sic Blue fos­ters resilience.”
 
Hence, the com­bined con­cepts of (1) vision & clar­i­ty, which allow us to expe­ri­ence (2) the infi­nite beau­ty of the sky inspired by Pan­tone Clas­sic Blue, make up this art­work.


Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Pan­tone has been part of my entire career, when it was the pre­mier stan­dard for ensur­ing con­sis­tent col­or from the draw­ing board to the press. (And that’s about all — this is before dig­i­tal any­thing. No mon­i­tors, no inter­net, no print­ers. Can you fath­om that?) At that time, in the 60s, 70s & ear­ly 80s, Pan­tone dealt only with the graph­ics indus­try. It has since become the author­i­ty on col­or for home and busi­ness décor, fab­rics, plas­tics, and dig­i­tal media. And since 1999, begin­ning with Cerulean, Pan­tone has influ­enced the world with its Pan­tone Col­or of the Year. 

For more infor­ma­tion on Pan­tone 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue, vis­it https://​www​.pan​tone​.com/​c​o​l​o​r​-​f​i​n​d​e​r​/19 – 4052-​TCX

For infor­ma­tion about Pan­tone, and their time­line of devel­op­ment, vis­it https://​www​.pan​tone​.com/​a​b​o​u​t​/​a​b​o​u​t​-​p​a​n​t​one

 

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