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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.


NC Food & Nutrition Services website launched

Posted in design, food, North Carolina with tags , , , , on April 9, 2010 by killahfunkadelic, the new food stamps program website for North Carolina

With the recent global recession that’s been gripping our nation, the ripple effects have been felt across North Carolina. High unemployment rates, and a decrease in income and spending has pushed up those facing poverty and in turn families needing food assistance. Some North Carolina food banks now shockingly provide nearly one out of every eight people in their region with food assistance, a dramatic rise since 2007.

Raleigh design firm Killer Creative Group was asked to design a new website for North Carolina Food & Nutrition Services (formerly NC food Stamps), and it couldn’t have come at a better time. (Food & Nutrition Services for North Carolina) has evolved from the former days of food stamps. FNS helps North Carolina families with little or no income buy food by way of electronic debit cards that can be used at grocery stores and farmer’s markets. The new website features links to NC food assistance applications, food assistance eligibility requirements, and links to additional resources. Once added feature of the new site is that it bilingual in both English and Spanish. Raleigh web hosting is by

Best Celebrity Spokesperson. Ever.

Posted in advertising, branding, culture with tags , , , on September 25, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

Celebrities have been endorsing products for decades now, the concept is nothing new. The hard part for advertisers is trying to match the right celebrity to the right product. Sometimes they work, but most of the time, it’s just fluff and not worth a whole lotta weight or the checks they have to write to the celeb.

Unless your name is Meat Loaf. And the product is A1 Steak Sauce.

Now we’re onto something! A singer named Meat Loaf, pouring A1 Steak Sauce onto a fresh meat loaf while he sings, “I Would Do Anything for Love!” Of COURSE! Bloody brilliant!

One of the most memorable spots I’ve seen recently. Even more entertaining is the contest that it promoted where A1 Fans could sing and upload their own songs about A1 to YouTube, and the finalists win a year’s supply of steaks. Check them out at

Photo Op: Vegetables

Posted in food, photography with tags , , , on July 23, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
A simple overhead shot with bounce fill

A simple overhead shot with bounce fill

Ever since news arrived last summer of our son’s expected delivery, my wife Sonya started journaling about the whole pregnancy experience, which has now evolved into a Raleigh thrifty parenthood blog as we learn how to best provide for our family in a socially responsible and budget-conscious manner. Entries touch upon parenting subjects such as cloth diapering, decorating, renovating, and more recently recipe experiments.

As a dutiful and loving husband, I’m more than happy to help out with the occasional photography assignment for the blog. Last night, she had an idea for a new entry about the bounty of our local CSA‘s weekly haul (we got a double share this week) and subsequent recipes had us posing vegetables as interestingly as vegetables can possibly be posed. Now as a three month old, our son North has become the grounding center of our universe. Our North star, if you will. So it comes as no surprise that he ‘found’ his way into this latest picture.

To set up this shot was actually fairly simple: Sonya did a great job staging the larger vegetables on a clear circular platter and placed the arrangement on a picnic table. The creme pea shells were piled next to the platter, and North got in on the action resting on the pile of peas. Of course Sonya made sure North’s pockets and hands had the appropriate props.

To shoot, it was simply a matter of standing on the picnic table bench and holding the camera overhead, about 3-4 feet from the subject with the lens at 18mm. The light was soft to begin with as it was dusk, so for fill light simply used an attached SB-800 strobe with its diffuser, pointed backwards (or upwards in this case). As it happens, over the picnic table there is an overhanging eave painted white that worked as a fantastic reflector. The resulting fill was nicely balanced.

So what have we learned here? If you want to make vegetables a little more engaging, just add a cute kid.

Raleigh Designers Downtown Market and Joan Jett Saturday

Posted in art, culture, music, raleigh with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

Saturday July 11 is shaping up to be a good Saturday here in Raleigh, starting with a return of Designers Downtown Market, on the 500-600 block of West Street from 9-3. Started in 2005, this semi-annual event has grown to a local Raleigh favorite, this time around featuring 46 talented crafters, artists, designers, photographers and artisans selling their wares in a small tent city next to Ornamentea. If you get the munchies, concessions will be available from Queenie’s Weenies and LocoPops.

Then head on over to Moore Square for Raleigh Downtown Live, with legendary rocker Joan Jett & the Blackhearts headlining, and The Bleeding Hearts playing a total of five sets. The Raleigh Bud Light Downtown Live series is free and always draws a good crowd. Full schedule:

2:00pm- Doors open
2:30-3:50pm – Panyelo
3:50pm -The Bleeding Hearts
4:15-4:45pm – Schooner
4:45pm -The Bleeding Hearts
5:10-5:40pm – The Beast
5:40pm- The Bleeding Hearts
6:05-6:35pm – Violet Vector
6:35pm- The Bleeding Hearts
7:00-7:30pm – The T’s
7:30pm- The Bleeding Hearts
8:00-9:00pm – I Was Totally Destroying It
9:40-11:00pm – Joan Jett

Super Seven Incher Anything But Subtle

Posted in advertising, culture, food with tags , , on June 25, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
The BK, ahem... Super Seven Incher

The BK, ahem... Super Seven Incher

In the category of ‘what the!?’ advertising, this surprising Burger King ad comes to us from the Singapore market, where either someone at the agency was asleep at the wheel, or really decided to throw a curve at the client and they actually bought it. The humorous, eyebrow-raising result is an ad that not only eludes to blowing your mind, but… well, it doesn’t look like your arteries are the only other thing getting blown.

Read on the body copy: “Fill your desire for something long, juicy and flame-grilled with the NEW BK SUPER SEVEN INCHER. Yearn for more after you taste the mind-blowing burger that comes with a single beef patty, topped with American cheese, crispy onions and the A1 Thick and Hearty Steak Sauce.”

The image speaks for itself. Too much? or good-natured humor? Either way, I’m betting BK will have no problem pushing…er, selling these fiesty, well-endowed sandwiches.

Artsplosure festival returns to downtown Raleigh

Posted in art, culture, food, music, raleigh with tags , , , on May 12, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
Artsplosure '09 returns to Raleigh May 16th & 17th

Artsplosure '09 returns to Raleigh May 16th & 17th

Returning for its 30th installment to downtown Raleigh is the Artsplosure festival, a two-day smorgasboard of people-watching, sights, sounds, and tastes. Artsplosure ’09, centered around Raleigh NC’s Moore Square and City Market, will feature over 170 visual artists, selling fine art paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, crafts–you name it. Expect a crowd of around 80,000 to stop by the two-day festival that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17.

When you’ve had a chance to browse all the artist’s wares, check out some of the exhibits and performance artists (while you enjoy the tastes of all of the food that will have a little something for everyone). Don’t forget to bring a blanket to hang out at Moore Square and enjoy the live music performances, including Buckwheat Zydeco and the Big Bad Voodoo Daddies. 

Artsplosure is truly one of the most popular all-ages annual events that makes Raleigh such a great place to live. Now get out there and enjoy it!