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Thank You Steve

Posted in culture, design, graphic design, history, life, music, printing, tech, Typography with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2011 by killahfunkadelic

apple.com home page on 10-06-11There is not a whole lot I can add to today’s blogosphere that hasn’t already been said. We will miss you Steve, and the world is richer from your contributions.

Thank you for being different. Thanks you for being easier to use. More elegant. More intuitive. Thank you for not allowing a poor product to see the light of day (ok, Newton was an idea ahead of the technology at the time), and for redoing it over and over again until it was right.

My own livelihood as a graphic designer is completely reliant on the hardware that you pioneered, and you revolutionized the design and publishing industry. You revolutionized home computing. You revolutionized the music industry. You revolutionized the cell phone industry. You revolutionized computer animation.

Since a very young age I’ve always had access or ownership of ever-more-capable Apple computers, from the early Apple II and on. It’s been a fun ride watching the technology develop and progress– to think that 20 years ago my Apple Centris 610 bosted a (seemingly huge) hard drive of 210 MB–miniscule by today’s standards–to this week’s debut of the SIRI Personal Assistant on the latest iteration of the iPhone, and iCloud launching in weeks. I will miss your keynote deliveries, and that last line that we always waited for, there’s just “one more thing…”

There is little in our world today that hasn’t been influenced in some small degree by the contributions of Apple–whether it be the products themselves or the people-centric industrial design an user-interfaces they inspired. You made the complex simple, and beautiful.

So again, Steve, thank you for going that extra mile for the rest of us. The world will miss you, but never forget you.

Forbes Ranks Raleigh Third ‘Most Innovative’ City

Posted in culture, North Carolina, photography, raleigh, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 26, 2010 by killahfunkadelic

Raleigh Ranked #3 Innovative City in USAnother day, and another top ten ranking for the City of Raleigh. A couple days ago portfolio.com declared Raleigh North Carolina as the #1 quality of life among top metro areas. The next day Forbes top 10 list of the America’s Most Innovative Cities, and Raleigh places a respectable third.

The ranking is based on the top 100 US metro areas, taking into account factors including ratios of high tech, scientific and creative jobs, patents per capita, and venture capital. San Jose was given the top honor in this list.

And once again Forbes sourced of one of KCG Art Director David Kilian’s Raleigh skyline photos for their article. Thanks, Forbes!

Artsplosure Raleigh Kicks off May 15th & 16th

Posted in art, culture, food, North Carolina, raleigh, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 13, 2010 by killahfunkadelic

Once again Raleigh NC gets ready to kick off the summer season with the annual Artsplosure festival. This year the event hits the downtown Raleigh streets in the area in and around Moore Square and City Market on May 15th and 16th from 11am to 7pm.

The event attracts upwards of 80,000 people throughout the weekend and features plenty of food, live music, and over 170 juried visual artists and crafters from all over the country will have their wares for sale. The event is held rain or shine and is free to the public.

Raleigh NC named Forbes ‘Most Wired’ City

Posted in culture, photography, raleigh, tech with tags , , , on March 23, 2010 by killahfunkadelic

Raleigh NC named Forbes 'Most Wired' CitySurprising many last week was the naming by Forbes magazine of Raleigh North Carolina as the #1 ‘Most Wired’ American city, just beating out Atlanta and Seattle. Several factors determined the 2010 rankings, including the penetration of broadband access into the area population, Wi-Fi hotspots, and marketplace options for broadband.

“The city’s high concentration of IT companies, research universities and state capital resources” were cited as deciding factors according to the article. No doubt the recent adoption of free Wi-Fi in downtown Raleigh played in. See the full city rankings here.

Also of note, when we saw the article it made us smile– Forbes used of one of KCG Art Director David Kilian’s Raleigh skyline stock photos.

Triangle Videographer Scores Superbowl Spot

Posted in advertising, culture, food, raleigh with tags , , , , on February 8, 2010 by killahfunkadelic

Raleigh based 5 Point Productions scored big last night when their Doritos advertising competition entry aired during the first quarter of the Super Bowl, netting $50,000 in prize money, plus an additional $600,000 by winning 2nd favorite commercial in USA Today’s Ad Meter.

Producer Josh Svoboda’s commercial, ‘Underdog,’ features a man on a park bench taunting a dog wearing an electric shock collar, telling the dog to bark if it wants a Dorito. The dog, however, is not amused and gives the man some well-deserved comedic payback. The commercial was filmed at Cary’s Bond Park.

Photo Op: Raleigh Wide Open

Posted in art, culture, music, photography, raleigh with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

rwo1rwo2rwo3rwo4rwo5rwo6rwo7Thousands came out to celebrate art, music and food and a newly revitalized Fayetteville Street Mall at Saturday’s Raleigh Wide Open. Although the North Carolina State Fair was going on simultaneously on the other end of town, and rain drowned out events for a couple hours, for the most part it did not dampen— er, damper— the events which also coincided with the music of Cherry Bounce Festival.

If that wasn’t enough, Krispy Kreme also debuted its new downtown location and Wheel of Fortune drew a large crowd with local tryouts for the show. The day culminated in a fireworks display over the newly opened plaza (with some fantastic new art installations) that provides a newly opened clear view between the State Capitol and the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center on opposite ends. See more on Raleigh Wide Open by the News and Observer.

Auto Tune, You Make My Heart Sing

Posted in advertising, culture, music with tags , , , on October 1, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

Ah, Billy. I gotta admit I really do miss you. There is a huge void in the quirky salespokesperson advertising world without you.

Here is a catchy auto-tune video as a fun tribute to remember you, I have a feeling you’d like this. Although I’m sure you’re busy up there magically removing spots on angel wings and on heaven’s floors. Bet they got some cool products up there.

If you get a chance also check out the Carl Sagan auto-tune ditty, another fantastic composition from melodysheep. Thanks to Dave Potts for the link.