Chris’ Great™ movies

Seems like we’ve taken a lot of personality tests here at Oxide lately. Some seem accurate like, for instance, telling me I’m an introvert. My favorite has been the Star Wars interpretation of the Myers Briggs.

Josh’s Great™ movies

A while back Julia shared with us her Great™ movie list, and I felt that it was time for me to do the same. As I’ve been told, this is a list of movies that I would watch right now, if given the opportunity. This was a borderline impossible task for me, as I like a lot of movies. I’ve seen plenty of movies that I think are Great™ but are only viewable under certain conditions. I have also seen…

Westside Warriors logo

Did we learn our lesson from the failure of our proposed Benson Mighty Bunnies logo? No we did not. Without being asked, I designed a new logo for the Westside High School (Omaha, NE) athletic department. (Before our designer friends get mad at us, please read the entire story.) Westside is currently using The University of Wisconsin’s athletic logo, paying them an annual logo usage fee. This was perhaps somewhat acceptable prior to The University of Nebraska’s move to the…

Julia’s Great™ movies

I watched a lot of movies this weekend. (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, and The Internship – if you were curious.) This got me thinking it was about time to resurrect the old Oxide classic: the Great™ movies blog post. As Adam explained in his list awhile back, “a Great movie is one that you would watch right now.” Now, I tend to really enjoy fantasy and/or sci-fi films – and Shakespeare adaptations. You’ll see many such films below. While…

Stark wedding logo

Two plus years ago, I was asked to design a wedding logo for couple of friends of mine. This was a particularly unique wedding, which required a unique logo. Ronnie and Jane Stark met while playing hockey in the MCHL, an Omaha adult recreational hockey league. Ronnie had been playing for years and Jane, while only recently beginning, can been seen signing the National Anthem at Omaha Lancer games. Their shared passion for the sport and the place they met…

A Guide to the Collection of the Library of Congress

I recently shared my love of fantasy novels. So I think it’s acceptable to let you in on a little secret. I really really love books. (Except that it’s not really a secret.) Before deciding to become a designer, I toyed around with the idea of becoming a librarian instead. I even spent three years working at the public library back home and three more years working at Iowa State University’s library.

Aquababy onesie

I recently went through some of my old files and stumbled upon a project I really should have shared by now. When Oxide founder Drew Davies‘ first son was born, Joe Sparano and I decided we needed come up with a special gift. At the time, I had been sitting next to a t-shirt press for roughly 2 years. It had not been used since I had started at Oxide and I knew that an occasion this special definitely warranted…

AIGA Nebraska Presents:

Around the same time Joe Sparano was beginning his position on the AIGA Nebraska Board of Directors, I was being groomed for one as well. I began my term in January as AIGA Nebraska‘s Director of New Media. One of my duites under that position is to Chair an event. What a better event for someone like me to put on than one that focuses on bringing together the two critical professions necessary to create great internet, Design and Development.

Solve problems.

My mom is probably the world’s most dedicated bookkeeper. As a kid, I spent most weekends with her at the office, sitting on the floor by her desk, toying around with the things I found in the supply closet: paper clips, rubber bands, sticky notes, grid paper, twist-ties, toothpicks, etc. It was awesome, and I was having fun because I was solving problems – working with limitations, making sense, and finding meaning. It’s one of my favorite memories, and it’s…

Adam’s wedding album

I’ve been married for well over a year now, but I would still like to share the process I went through to create my own custom wedding album. This was something I knew I wanted to do ever since my wife and I started interviewing wedding photographers for our engagement photos. Every photographer we interviewed attempted to impress me by showing off their own custom-designed books.