Month: August, 2012

Around Crab Orchard

I recently designed the packaging along with a poster for Sarah Kanouse’s new film, Around Crab Orchard.

And Sarah’s trailer:


Crab Orchard calls itself “a unique place to experience nature.” As the only wildlife refuge in the United States whose mission includes industry and agriculture alongside conservation and recreation, Crab Orchard claims a harmonious balance between past and present, nature and culture. Assembled from documents, found footage, and conversations with activists, writers, and local residents, “Around Crab Orchard” questions the ideal of natural harmony while meditating on the persistence of history, the creation of knowledge, the limits of representation, and the commonplace of environmental hazard. “Around Crab Orchard” ultimately argues for forms of storytelling, image-making, and action that respond to the full complexity of the social and ecological landscape.



Signal is an idea in formation. It is a response to the myopia of contemporary political culture in the United States, our blindness to most things beyond our national boundaries, and our lack of historical memory. There is no question that art, design, graphics, and culture all play an influential role in the maintenance of the way things are. They have also been important tools for every social movement that has attempted to challenge the status quo. The production of art and culture does not happen in a vacuum, it is not a neutral process. We don’t ask the question of whether culture should be instrumentalized towards political goals, the economic and social conditions we exist under marshall all material culture towards the maintenance of the way things are. The question we need to ask is whether our cultural production is used to uphold the massive levels of inequality that exist across the globe, or to challenge capitalism, statecraft, patriarchy, and all the systems used to produce and reproduce that disparity.

Shut it down.

Perfect. I was going through my Google Reader that I’ve neglected for about a week, and thinking I needed to start compiling all of these logos based around the X. I know the Hipster Branding tumblr certainly hit on these quite a bit in their collection as they hipster-fied existing brands, but this site–Your Logo Is Not Hardcore–is a superb collection of these logos in action in the real world. They all look nice and lovely… but damn. I don’t care if it’s hardcore or not–can all designers just agree to retire this tactic?

Here are just a handful from a huge pool:

Minus one for nostalgia.

We rewatched Wonder Years this summer. All of it.

How I remembered it:

Turns out:

screenshots compliments of