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Amerika: 1987 TV Mini Series

Amerika arrived in February 1987, a seven-part ABC TV mini series focused on the former USA 10 years after the USSR successfully invaded and defeated the Americans. Starring Robert Urich, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Neill, Christine Lahti, Wendy Hughes and Armin Mueller-Stahl, the story explores the troubled world of Americans in defeat and a nervous Soviet leadership afraid of an uprising.

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Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work Wallpapers

Wally Wood is as close to technical perfection in comic book illustration as anybody has ever come. Thankfully, he had a good sense of humour and he thought a lot about his craft.

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The Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual 2

In 1975, Franz Joseph’s Technical Manual was the perfect companion to his Enterprise blueprints. While there are more accurate sources now, these were two of the best items to have during the time after The Original Series went off the air and before the movies began.

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Marvel Comics Giant-Size Cover Template

I've rebuilt and coloured a lot of vintage comic book covers. Now, it's your turn. Here's a template for Marvel's Giant-Size comics of the mid 1970s. I'd love to see what you create in the comments below.

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Doctor Strange (1978) DVD Cover

You have to feel for the folks over at Shout Factory. They got the rights to re-release the 1978 Doctor Strange TV movie to tie in with the release of the new feature film starring Benedict Cumberbatch. And they went to the effort to remaster it from the original film elements. That's dedication, and one of the reasons genre film and TV lovers love Shout like cinephiles love Criterion and Kino Lorber. They do things right.

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Gene Roddenberry's Spectre by Robert Weverka

Post-Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry made a series of pilots in the 1970s: Genesis II (1973), Planet Earth (1974), The Questor Tapes (1974) and Spectre (1977).

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Donald Trump's America Poster

One-hundred-and-five years ago, cartoonist Udo J Keppler saw the interests of capitalists and plutocrats at odds with his country's stated goals of liberty and justice for all. The Golden Calf reigned supreme.

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Battleship – The Game

Battleship is quite an old game at this point, starting out as a pencil and paper game from the First World War era. The object is to sink your opponent's ships by calling out grid references, shelling the hidden navy. Hit or miss until total victory.

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The Last Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the right man for the right time in US history. He preserved his country's Union through brutal civil war. By 1865, there was reason for hope to the end of conflict. In February of that year, he sat for what would be his last formal portrait.

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Statue Of Liberty Poster

"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses…"

While built for other reasons, the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, USA has come to symbolize the dreams and ambitions of generations of immigrants who came to the US to leave behind the strife in their native lands and fulfill the American Dream of peace, prosperity and freedom for their families.

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Fantastic Voyage Posters and Wallpapers

Fantastic Voyage was released in 1966. Well-written, imaginative and with a good cast, it was one of the better science fiction films of the 60s.

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SVG Thumbnail Previews in Adobe Bridge

While MacOS has the capability to preview SVG files with Quick Look in the Finder, current versions of Adobe Bridge show the generic file icon only. That is, unless SVGs are saved out with XMP compatibility. With SVG increasing in popularity, here's how to make image selection quicker and easier with thumbnails.

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Dr. Syn : A Smuggler Tale of the Romney Marsh

Russell Thorndike created Doctor Syn for this, his first novel, published in 1915. A native of Romney Marsh in southeast England, he chose to base the book around real-life smuggling in the area in the late 18th century. Dr. Christopher Syn, an elderly parson, has his life turned upside down when His Majesty's government comes to Dymchurch-under-the-Wall to investigate that smuggling.

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Dr. Syn alias the Scarecrow Novel Cover

In 1975, Disney decided to re-release Dr. Syn as a 75-minute feature film, and to tie into that, they commissioned Victoria Crume (aka Vic Crume) to write a novelisation of the film for young readers, something she had done before for other Disney properties and would do again.

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Dr. Syn – The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

Russell Thorndike's Doctor Syn first appeared in the novel of the same name in 1915, with six more novels following in the 1930s and 40s. The general public knows Syn from the 1964 Disney episodes starring Patrick McGoohan, but that's only one version of the story. The rest is worth looking at.

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AssignmentEarth.ca Relaunched

The web's most complete site on this back-door pilot from Star Trek gets its seventh major update, with new design and content.

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Ornament eBook

This one came to me with the design language set by Liz Boyer of Chalk. I completed the book layout and then converted it to ePUB and KF8/MOBI ebooks in a short turnaround to be ready for the Christmas market. I'm told it peaked at #14 on iTunes in the Biography & Memoirs category.

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We Choose To Go To The Moon

JFK: We Choose to Go to the Moon

I'm just old enough to remember the last of the Moon landings in the early 70s. It seemed normal, like it was what people did. But the Moon missions were soon cancelled, and we haven't seen a person walking on another planet since. We had to satisfy ourselves with robotic probes like Viking's mission to Mars. And then the shuttle came, but it never got out of orbit.

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The Thunder Child Banner

Here's a quick project for The Thunder Child blog, done in trade for some SF memorabilia.

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The Starlost Compendium

The Starlost was a television series that aired primarily on NBC in the U.S. and CTV in Canada during 1973. Created by Harlan Ellison – with technical details on the ship by Ben Bova – it was an early foray into Canadian-American co-production and syndication release.

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When the Sky Fell

When the Sky Fell details a scientific theory about Earth crust displacement first put forth by Charles Hapgood, and expanded on by Rand and Rose Flem-Ath. Albert Einstein supported Hapgood's work. The theory also dovetails with Plato's description of the end of Atlantis, and the many flood myths in ancient literature. When the Sky Fell was first published in the 1990s, and I was at one point working on the updated version to be published as an ebook.

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The Forbidden Manuscript

This book is in the vein of The DaVinci Code, and I chose to create the design for it as something more than an average mass-market item.

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Assignment: Earth eBook

"Assignment: Earth" aired in the spring of 1968 as the last episode of the second season of the original Star Trek. It began, however, as a completely separate pilot script by Gene Roddenberry almost two years earlier.

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Think Different: Here's to the Crazy Ones

The Think Different campaign by TBWA\Chiat\Day\Los Angeles for Apple Computer in 1997 is the campaign that shows us advertising can be done for the right reasons and it can benefit the society it speaks to, not merely distract us and part us from our money. Think Different delivered on its promise by promoting a computer that was unlike anything else at the time.

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The Exploration of Space by Arthur C. Clarke

A few years ago, I approached a publisher of space books with the idea of producing a series of volumes that would reprint the most important texts of the space age. The publisher passed, citing it being outside their business model, and they weren't set up to work with outside designers. I still think it's a good idea.

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The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler

This is the third, and probably final, post about Tom Adams' paintings for the works of Raymond Chandler. Below is how The Lady in the Lake appeared when published. Adams left a quiet space at the top of each composition for the title and byline, and in those days that was all that was needed (no excessive marketing text).

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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

My favourite novel was written by Philip K. Dick and first published in 1962. The Man in the High Castle won the 1962 Hugo award, the Oscars of science fiction, for best novel of the year.

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Digital Learning Logos

While we developed the Digital Learning master brand and the two sub-brands of eTrain and eVersity, development began with the eTrain concept. Not the iron locomotive of the frontier, but the art deco streamlined version that is one of the symbols of progress. As previously stated, this symbolises technology and strength without being stereotypical in the computer-based market.

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Lougheed House Children's Activity Book

Drawing upon vintage book design and the architectural features of this beautiful heritage home, it was easy to develop a package for this children's activity book.

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Suwala Logo Design

Paula Suwala, interior designer, needed an identity for her business.

It was interesting to think about the creation of interior spaces, and how that could be portrayed simply and stylishly.

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Amazing Stories POP Items

After producing a number of infographics and book layouts for Calgary-based Altitude Publishing's Amazing Stories line, I was asked to help out with some fine tuning of their logomark and creation of point-of-purchase items.

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Calgary Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence

Classic Hollywood is always a great theme for an event, and the Chamber did just that recently. We began by exploring different looks for the overall design.

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Leak Posters

Sometimes you get to have a little fun. These internal posters for The City of Calgary were aimed at water maintenance workers to get on fixing water leaks immediately.

They supplied the headlines and said a photo of a steak on a grill would be good for the first one. I went, "Hmm," and came back with sketches.

They went, "Oh, sure. Looks good."

We put up the posters and they were promptly stolen. We put up more, and I think those got stolen, too.

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Environmental Footprint

A simple illustration for The City of Calgary showing Alberta's land-use footprint.

It reminded me of those shoebox dioramas we created in elementary school.

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Chariot Carriers Catalogue

The latest version of Chariot Carriers' catalogue landed on my desk with the photography already done. Previous examples I was provided with had a fair bit of texture and grunge effects. Looking at the sheer amount of info in text, charts and imagery, I wanted to pare back on the visual weight and develop a clearer typographic hierarchy.

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View-Master Tribute Poster

Introduced at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, the View-Master came into its own during the stereo photography (or 3D to you movie and comics fans) craze of the 1950s. It is easy to forget that the View-Master was once a successful mass-market product akin to today's VCR and DVD player. It was family entertainment. Millions of reels have been sold and a collectors' community thrives today.

View-Master is now owned by Mattel. While the original viewers and reels are still available, they have moved the brand into the modern technology of smartphone apps.

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AlbertaViews Magazine

It's been an interesting couple of years working at the magazine. I'm moving on to finish off that degree I left behind in the late 80s. Here's some of my favourite stuff.

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