Archive for November, 2006

In the Beginning was the Logos

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Here’s something fun: test your visual awareness.

As a user of the site, you like to explore, travel, and stay up on the latest trends in live entertainment. The arts - no matter what form - show us the world from a different, or new, or captivating (or all three), point of view. So, generally artists and their audiences pride themselves on a keen awareness of the world around them.

Corporations spend millions trying to make sure their image sticks in our minds. They want us to associate a specific combination of color, graphic, font, size, and word with their good works. Think of all the money, all the meetings, all the committees, and all the angst to come up with that one and perfect image.

[Fully developed in-house -- and you should know: no money was spent; there were no committees; and, as I recall, there wasn't much angst. Of course, if you can do better with the same rules (no money, committee, or angst) -- you are most welcome to send in your idea. At this point, we won't even have to change the stationery (nonexistent), nor the coffee mugs (assorted collection from other cool places), nor jackets (we all bring our own).]

Addy Feuerstein has posted a Digg to a little game: it’s called “Guess the Logo.” These are logos you see everyday, everywhere. How good are you at picking the true one?

Let us know your score (correct answers and time). The highest scorer will receive their very own, signed, first edition (!) KadmusArts bookmark. (Isn’t that an exciting incentive!)

Even if you are not the winner, the test has its own benefit: you’ll slow down and take a really good look at the world surrounding us.

- Bill Reichblum

P.S. Come to think of it, the original Google logo was developed (in-house, no money, no committee, no angst) by Sergey Brin. The current version (by Ruth Kedar) is a refinement of the original idea - the fundamental logo remains much the same. Seems like we have some good company in our approach to logo development”¦

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Interview: Johnny Palazzotto

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Photo: Johnny PalazzottoJohnny Palazzotto has his sounds playing throughout the music world from his base in the home of the blues — Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Over the last thirty-six years, Johnny has guided some of the most successful artists through their careers. In addition to producing Baton Rouge Blues Week, Johnny runs the recording label and marketing company Club Lousianne, music publisher Ertis Music, audio/video post facility Main Street Studios, and Pal Productions for producing events and representing talent. In other words, if you want to make music, you might want to be in touch with Johnny.

In this interview, Johnny talks about how the music industry works, how it should work, reminds us of the old saying that the Blues and Jazz had a baby — it was Rock ‘n Roll — and lets us in on his playlist this week: be sure to check out Raful Neal and family.

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