I’m very excited to announce the addition of a new contributor to OK Great. Please join me in welcoming long time friend of the blog Michael Faber to the team! Michael will not only be serving up more great art & design, but will be helping us bring coverage to the many amazing arts/culture events in the Raleigh-Durham area. I could go on, but maybe I should just let Michael speak for himself. So without further ado, I give you Monsieur Faber! - Hello all! I am ridiculously psyched to be joining the crew of OK Great and bringing some fresh content for all of you hungry readers. I am a proud Durhamite and I’ll be serving up some big scoops of local art and culture for ya’ll in addition to some of the designers/illustrators/photographers/generally on-a-whim ass-kickery you are all accustomed to here. I love typography, letterpress, giant things made out of steel, and great food & drink, so you’ll certainly see some of that coming through as well. Say hi on twitter or check out my own blog, wont’cha?
Over the past month or two, many of you may have noticed (or deduced) that there was something brewing behind the scenes at OK Great. Some of you may have even been privy to some flat-out gossip.
Let’s just say that we were all caught in a whirlwind of freelancing, unemployment, sweatpants and money and when the winds died down, a handful of us had survived and were now the proud owners of OK Great. The official OK team is Steve, Brendan, Dylan, Kristy, Ellie, Nicole and Islam.
Which brings me to the next bit of news. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be adding a new member to the team, Islam Elsedoudi. OK, so he’s Nicole’s man but nepotism be damned! Islam is a friend of all of ours who’ll be using his background in motion design, animation and film making to round out the content on the blog. He’s been an unofficial member of the team for a while now and we’re super happy to have him. Make sure to say “hi” and show him some love!
You can learn more about Islam and the rest of the crew in the new People section, to your left. Click on the photo to read everyone’s individual bio. Thanks for listening!
Ghostbikes are memorials for fallen bicyclists; somber reminders of bicyclists killed or hit. Back home there are far too many ghost bikes in our cities and it’s unfortunate that most of us are familiar with this cultural phenomenon. I haven’t seen any since moving to NC so I thought I’d share…
For the most part, cities will leave these bikes forever, out of respect for the passed rider. It’s gestures like this from folks you don’t expect it from that make it possible to maintain my sanity. It’s like when every jerk driver on the road that would cut you off and give you the finger in a second pulls to aside let a funeral procession pass. For me, these are big reaffirming moments that keep me sane.
SIDE NOTE: This is old news but for anyone who didn’t hear about it at the time, the above bike was part of a 2008 DKNY guerilla marketing campaign in which they were promoting general bike riding, supposedly by placing these orange bikes all over cities nationwide. A pretty disgusting appropriation of a cultural symbol by a big company. Whether it was deliberate use of the ghostbike symbol or just a lack of research, it’s offensive. Either in stupidity or arrogance. You’re whack, Donna Karen.
All of us here at Flywheel & OK Great are thrilled to announce that we’ve won 8 awards at this year’s ADDY’S, including 3 Golds and a “Best of Show”! Whoooa.
This marks the second year that we’ve walked away from the ADDY’S with eight total wins. Not bad for a small shop competing with a slew of larger agencies. Not bad at all.
And how did we celebrate? I mean, besides spending all of our drink tickets…In true Flywheel fashion, we stumbled back to the studio in the dark of night for a rousing game of post-awards show Knockout. In dresses and suits. Classy!
Congratulations are in order for all of my awesome co-workers. So, Congrats, guys!
Apparently, New York Post cartoonist Sean Delonas was referencing an event involving an escaped chimpanzee in Connecticut in this controversial cartoon that ran earlier this week. Which was obviously a huge news story, very relevant to the current economic environment and the new stimulus plan. Obviously.