January 25, 2021 12:10 pmPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
"The Spirit Of '59" is a mixed-media découpage exploration of the days back when music was good.
This piece shows footage from when it was built about 10 years ago, as well as more up-to-date imagery (and yet another reference to The Who.)
January 16, 2021 11:44 amPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
I designed this wordmark to mark the 25th anniversary of a musical group.
The "SPL" in the logo not only reflects the band's name - splatterkep - but also refers to Sound Pressure Levels. You can see a SPL sine wave run through the logo, reflecting the loop-based nature of much of what the band offers.
The arrow in the sine wave points to an LP (itself a nod to the band's influences as well as the word "platter" in the middle of their name.)
Finally, the arrow + red + white + blue + the circles = a nod to The Who.
January 16, 2021 11:21 amPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
If you lived in the District in 1971-1972, you'll remember a huge rivalry between fans of Redskins quarterbacks Sonny Jurgensen & Billy Kilmer. They were both gods.
This slogan was printed on bumper stickers sold throughout DC, MD & VA. They were slapped on cars, park benches, barwalls, anywhere anyone might offer an opinion.
You can also buy an "I Like Billy!" tee-shirt.
January 5, 2021 12:43 pmPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
"Seer/Sucker (aka The Illustrated Man's Guitar)" is a mixed-media découpage exploration of better days in the USA.
Taking a bass guitar that was a birthday gift to me from Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens, I set out to relocate it and me to a whole new plane using good ol' paper and paste.
There's a story hidden inside - see it in the midst of still photos; time-lapse imagery; frame-by-frame animation, and straight video.
I shot the photographs and video using a cheap-o camera, composed & arranged the soundtrack music, and except for John O. on the drums, played all the instruments.
December 11, 2020 12:17 amPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
"Chucks Reduxe" is a time-lapse of my studio shot in late-fall quarantine20 on a cheap-o camera with a soundtrack composed and performed by me.
November 29, 2020 11:20 amPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
Another highlight from my interactive Family Museum project, this comparative series shows a "then-and-now" view of locations in Ireland where my paternal great great grandparents who were born before the Great Famine lived.
October 11, 2020 8:40 pmPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
I'm down to my last pair of Chucks after buying 10 pairs in 2003, when Nike bought Converse.
I was worried then that the former'd put their swoosh on the latter. They didn't though, and while I'm out, I am not going to buy any more.
Instead? I recreated from scratch a Chuck Taylor logo from the 1960s and tweaked the name. Look and feel and typography is vintage.
August 26, 2020 10:08 pmPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
When baseball was worth a damn, I was of course an American League fan. Here is a 1917 White Sox Team Logo, reimagined. Like sex, Chicago according to Nelson Algren is "a rigged ball game."
July 26, 2020 11:25 amPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
There is beauty in decay, literally and figuratively speaking. For typography enthusiasts: even the mundane is interesting, especially if you're also heavy into genealogy.
This page is from a 1902 St. Paul city directory.
July 26, 2020 11:22 amPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
If you don't know what this is, buy it & wear it & at least pretend you're cool. Delete your mp3 collection, smash your screens, shred your CDs, listen to vinyl. Improve your life in doing so.
July 16, 2020 12:17 pmPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
This interactive temporal map shows residence and migration patterns of maternal and paternal ancestors from Europe in the 1730s to America starting in the 1820s. This includes Ireland, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany.
July 14, 2020 8:26 pmPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
Here is a co-mingling of genealogy, design, development and data: an interactive tour through Carmody and Donahoe family burial plots at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC.
March 24, 2020 2:55 pmPublished by John CarmodyLeave your thoughts
"Trust In God & Keep Your Powder Dry", or, "Always be prepared to take action yourself if necessary." I came across the phrase soon after watching Magnum Force, that was that, the .357 image was fully-formed.