New work: rebranding We Have Signal

In early 2008, my good friends Matt and J Whitson approached me to design a logo and on-air graphics for a television show they were creating for Alabama Public Television. The show would be called We Have Signal, and it would be a 30-minute live music show chronicling the bands that came through Birmingham to play at Bottletree Cafe. As odd as it sounded at the time, these would be bands of the Whitsons’ own choosing–punk bands, noise bands, and whatever other eclectic sounds that enthused them–and with virtually no oversight from the top brass. All on public television. In Alabama.

And oddly, they got away with it. Continue reading

On the meaning of ‘design’

To clients, one of the most confusing aspects of the job we do as web designers lies in communicating the meaning of that pesky word “design.” It’s the kind of word that you can have whole conversations about and have both parties walk away with entirely different assumptions about what was discussed. For we designers, it basically means the totality of our work–often spanning reasearch, user identification, content strategy, sitemapping, wireframing, prototyping, and yes, finally, a visual representation of it all. To most clients, it just means “art”, as in “just throw some money at it and a gorgeous finished website will pop out the other end.”