It's Business Time

With our rad new logo we need rad new business cards, right? Def. But this time I'd like to get a little creative... or a lotta creative. What to do? There are so many options - rounded corners? Too boring. Mini cards? Cute, but I want to be real different. So I've hit the streets of the blogosphere to see what all of you other creative people are doing...

The temporary tattoo card via SF Girl by Bay

So cute. So smart. Really really wish I thought of it first... hat tip to you, Victoria.

The faux matchbook via Suite

Absolutely LOVE this idea. How about ARTSOCIAL matchbooks? Too edgy? As a non-smoker I'm not sure what I'd do with them... do non-smokers collect matchbooks? For like candle lighting and such? Matchbook business cards - definitely in the maybe pile.

Confetti cards via You Are My Fave

Gotta give mad props to fellow Denver blogger, Melanie Blodgett, for these amazing business cards. I mean, what's more fun than a tiny envelope of confetti? Um nothing.

So what do you think? What should the next ARTSOCIAL biz cards look like?

Art Math

Above: Youtube © Gemma Correll via Print Society *sadly, sold out. Smarties, Red © Christine D'Onofrio via Circuit GalleryOld Camera © Todd McLellan via 20x200; Car Free ©  Tatsuro Kiuchi via 20x200; To Hell With Luck © Matt Taylor via Society 6.

Remember when your house was decorated with oodles of that inexpensive art hand crafted by tiny people at tiny tables? This is not that art. Sure, there was a time when inexpensive art involved macaroni and the machinations of a kindly elementary school teacher. There was also a time before... the Internet. I am not making this up!

The Internet is to art what unicorns are to hipsters - a brilliant symbiotic relationship born of opportunity and a bit of magical thinking. But there are no ivory towers here - just a whole lot of awesome. Yes, we need to find a new word for awesome.



A Dollar for Your Thoughts

Escargot from Indonesia © Jonathan Blaustein

I grew up scouring Saturday morning garage sales for Archie comics lonnng before Kevin Keller got married while Archie dabbled in divorce. The best part - $1.00 bought four double digests or even 10 (!) regular comics. One whole dollar won't even buy 4 songs on one of those new fangled digital juke boxes these days. Why, yes, carmudgeon is in fact my word of the day. I'm blamin it on the rain.

Most people are bargain hunters - chasing the illusory ideal of less money for more value. I'm raising my hand right now...and putting it back down to finish typing. The exception to that rule is my husband who will buy the $5 eggs if it means he has to spend a minute less in a shopping establishment.

After my first Art History class I mentioned to a friend that I thought there needed to be  an Art History class for the layman - you know, something that strips the jargon and makes art accessible. He shook his head and said, no, no art is supposed to be exclusive and hard to understand - that's what makes it art. I ordered another beer.

Many art events present themselves as experiments in exclusivity. Sneak preview, private audience, closed door tour - implying that you, too, should be one of the few rather than the many. I'm all for limited edition pieces but limited access seems to widen the gap between I want that on my wall and why bother.