Author Archives for John Carmody
Photo: No More “Breakfast All Day”August 22, 2018 4:38 pm Leave your thoughts The contradiction of faux-authenticity in America is obliterating the pop culture of the past and recasting it into something deeply suspect and unsavory using today's woeful lowbrow standards of quality.
Graphic Design: Custom T-ShirtsAugust 22, 2018 2:08 pm Comments Off on Graphic Design: Custom T-Shirts I designed the "We Can Moo It" T shirt for the 2017 Walk To End Alzheimers. The shirt company gave me a lot of grief about copyright, despite the image being owned by the National Archives; despite my changing 25% of the main text, and despite a font change in the main headline. Legal heads prevailed, and the shirts were a big success.
Graphic Design: CSS Grid Print-To-Web ExperimentsMay 30, 2018 6:23 pm Leave your thoughts To get better acquainted with it, I started some print-to-web experiments. Each item is a different design approach highlighting my different skill sets and aptitudes. The last is a statistical series which I can imagine playing on subway station kiosks or bus shelters.
WordPress: The Cary GroupApril 13, 2018 3:47 pm Leave your thoughts “Developing Great Physician Leaders” – that’s the slogan of this elegant, informative and easy-to-use website. A complete re-do from the... View Article
Interactive Story Map: Family Burial PlotsJanuary 12, 2018 3:36 pm Comments Off on Interactive Story Map: Family Burial Plots Here is a co-mingling of genealogy, design, development and data: an interactive tour through family burial plots at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC.
You’re My ThrillApril 7, 2013 1:45 pm Leave your thoughts A timeLapse postcard from my cousin's wedding in NYC.
AgIS Capital LLCJuly 23, 2014 6:31 pm Comments Off on AgIS Capital LLC AgIS Capital is a Boston-based firm that makes opportunistic investments in farmland and private equity investments in farmland-rich enterprises. I delivered AgIS Capital an online identity reflecting the firm's dedication to perfection based on their insights, knowledge of emerging opportunities within the agricultural investment arena and conceptions of how best to capitalize on them.
LaBokay Natural ResourcesOctober 8, 2014 4:16 pm Comments Off on LaBokay Natural Resources LaBokay Natural Resources is a Louisiana investment company that owns mineral rights on 270,000 acres in some of the most productive areas in western Louisiana, exclusively focused on leasing oil and gas rights for exploration and development by others. I delivered an online identity highlighting LaBokay's success in realizing the full potential of its oil and gas assets.
Gonzaga College High School ArchivesJuly 23, 2014 8:26 pm Comments Off on Gonzaga College High School Archives I was part of a select team granted access to the archives of Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC, to organize and evaluate the school's large and historic collections and artifacts. Dating to 1821, the archives include relics and remnants of Gonzaga, Notre Dame Academy, St. Aloysius Parish, the Swampoodle and Sursum Corda neighborhoods and old Washington DC before, during and after the Civil War.
Vietnam PhotographyAugust 14, 2012 8:50 pm Comments Off on Vietnam Photography Journalist Robert Hodierne covered the Vietnam war from the DMZ in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south, from the Central Highlands to the coastal plains, photographing soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen & civilians caught up in the war.
Graphic Design: Content Portability & the Information HierarchyJanuary 9, 2015 6:57 pm Comments Off on Graphic Design: Content Portability & the Information Hierarchy There are many ways to say the same thing. I designed and coded these examples for my students to demonstrate the idea of "portability of content", to get them thinking about the information hierarchy and simultaneous uses of data in layout design. For each design, there are the same 7 sections in the information hierarchy. The HTML in each of these designs is 100% the same - all that changes is the CSS.
Slaughter On NY AvenueApril 11, 2018 3:22 pm Leave your thoughts Dreamy convulsions of the Corcoran College of Art's Flagg Building as seen through the eyes of a ghost having a nightmare, trapped inside the building looking to get out.
Interactive Temporal Map, Family Journeys, 1730 – 1960April 4, 2015 6:55 pm Comments Off on Interactive Temporal Map, Family Journeys, 1730 – 1960 Part of a multimedia genealogy project, this interactive temporal map shows residence and migration patterns of ancestors from Europe in the 1730s to America starting in the 1820s.
Interactive Map: Ireland 1850 Census > Family Households by ParishFebruary 17, 2015 5:31 pm Comments Off on Interactive Map: Ireland 1850 Census > Family Households by Parish This interactive map shows where people of specific surnames lived in Ireland in the 19th century, according to parish records. I scraped a static dataset from the Irish Times website, and built a much more interesting way to view the same information, with additional insights provided by clustering of semi-opaque colored markers. The dataset has 4 pieces of information: latitude, longitude, name of parish and number of family surnames in that parish.
Goodbye My BabyJuly 26, 2014 12:51 pm Comments Off on Goodbye My Baby ORIGINAL SONG: People of a certain fortunate generation grew up idolizing the guitar riff and guitar solo. This song is a reflection of that. A power-pop rocker, "Goodbye My Baby" is performed here by one of my bands, The Revellaires. (words/music © John Carmody, Washington, DC).
Arbor DayDecember 5, 2015 3:14 pm Leave your thoughts
I was listening to The Jam and The Buzzcocks quite a bit when I wrote this one...
...it's hard to get a song in under 2 minutes, I came close, but...
recorded by The Revellaires.
(© music by John Carmody, words by John Carmody & Kevin Johnson)
The Lady VanishesFebruary 27, 2014 4:42 pm Comments Off on The Lady Vanishes "The Lady Vanishes" combines dynamic sampling and a high-octane performance engineered & mixed with a fierce attitude. This instrumental was influenced a lot by the Stone Temple Pilots, Soul Coughing & Cheap Trick. Here it’s performed by one of my bands, Down With Meyers. This version is a live take - play it loud.
Olde Town CrierMarch 8, 2014 12:52 pm Comments Off on Olde Town Crier This song was influenced a lot by Supergrass, ELO & later-career Beatles. The cello section (for 3 parts) was composed and arranged by me. "Olde Town Crier" is performed here by one of my bands, Down With Meyers.
A Real Moral Let-DownJuly 26, 2014 1:03 pm Comments Off on A Real Moral Let-Down When I wrote "A Real Moral Let-Down", I was listening to a lot of Louis Jordan, the La's and Social Distortion. It’s performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain, and features a couple of smoking guitar solos backed with a tight rhythm section and a girl singer.
MailboxMarch 8, 2014 12:50 pm Comments Off on Mailbox A pretty waltz I came up with in a moment of bleakness. I wrote the words & music and composed & arranged the string quartet. "Mailbox" is performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain.
Mary What’s Her NameJuly 26, 2014 1:32 pm Comments Off on Mary What’s Her Name A pretty song written by me for Mother’s Day. It’s in 3/4, 4/4 and 5/4, and was influenced by the Beatles, Grant-Lee Philips and Simon & Garfunkel. I played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem.)
Kid From KansasDecember 5, 2015 12:34 pm Leave your thoughts
This song combines elements of surf, pop & psychedelia in a lamentation about commuting to work and wishing you were in an idealized place instead. Influenced by XTC, The Who, The Beatles, Crowded House, REM and Dick Dale, it is performed here by Casey's Brain (audio only.)
Half-Carved HeartDecember 5, 2015 3:22 pm Leave your thoughts
A brooding, pretty piece about being a kid during World War II, and then going back to your 50th grade school reunion. Influenced by Crowded House, Simon & Garfunkel & REM, this song was performed by Casey's Brain (audio only)
The Strange Rage of Boris YeltsinJune 11, 2014 12:37 pm Comments Off on The Strange Rage of Boris Yeltsin This piece is a soul-patch'd treatment of 2 bass guitars and obscure samples from a 1960s record collection. I made all the samples, played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem.)
Your Polite ApplauseDecember 5, 2015 3:17 pm Leave your thoughts
A song about not getting what you need when you could've used it, "Your Polite Applause" was influenced by the Everley Brothers, the Cars, the Osbourne Brothers, The Who, the Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel. Recorded by Casey's Brain. (audio only)