The Robot Costume story
By Steve Portigal at 6:01 pm, Monday September 12 2011
My town of Montara is one of those over-the-top Halloween communities that dot the October landscape. This place goes all out. Years ago, we moved in on the morning of Halloween and that afternoon the new neighbors stopped by to warn us: “Hope you’ve got a LOT of candy!”
Last year I saw this robot, now one of the images I chose for our business cards.
It was only in the last couple of years that we even decided to venture out; this past year we finally made it onto the Montara social register: we were invited to two parties-for-grownups with costumes and alcohol.
The party-for-grownup vibe permeates the whole town
As we reached one of our parties, we saw the abandoned robot costume beside their neighbor’s driveway. It was a glorious costume – the heart-shaped light would flash off and on – but obviously not that comfortable. So we passed by during the aftermath. Fortunately our friends showed us some video footage and the occupied costume was indeed wonderful. Still, the costume with its discarded legs has a special bit of the curious about it.
More Montara at Halloween:
The line for the “Witch’s House” – a long-standing attraction
The town also hosts an increasing number of up-and-coming attractions
Kiddie and grownup flavors of frozen treats on the street
The neighborhood set decorator turns her front yard into a horrifyingly hilarious (or is that hilariously horrifying) scene. We learned about this place off-season when their garage sale featured a disproportionate amount of ghoulish cast-offs.
Tags: business cards, costume, halloween, Montara, robot
The Dolores Park graffiti artist story
By Julie Norvaisas at 4:20 pm, Friday August 05 2011
Here’s a photo I took in San Francisco during the Summer of 2010, my first summer living here. The image now appears on my business cards in our “What’s Your Story?” series.
I don’t know who this man is. Where he is, that’s easier: Dolores Park is a small park, two blocks by one block, in the middle of the city. It serves as a gathering place for a variety of inhabitants hailing from the colorful neighborhoods the park borders and defines: the always festive LGBTIQQ contingent from the Castro, picnicking families from Noe Valley, Old Style-sipping hipsters and slouching Hispanic teens from the Mission, and drumming hippies from the nearby Haight…and various intersections of the aforementioned. On this day, a festival sprung up on the hill involving DJs and street artists.
The angle of the sun was just right to catch this artist in a reflection of his own process.
Here’s a broader shot of the scene.
Street art, which usually happens under cloak of darkness, had a light shining on it that day.
Tags: business cards, dolores park, graffiti, San Francisco, street-art
The Colosseum guards story
By Steve Portigal at 5:31 pm, Thursday July 14 2011
We recently redesigned our business cards. While business cards are hardly the sexiest of collateral and perhaps of questionable relevance in the West, we were excited about the opportunity to take a simple instance of our identity and play with it, without worrying too much about impact on other elements like our site, and so on, that might be more challenging for us to take on ourselves.
Our new cards consist of a few different designs, each with a photograph on one side and the question “What’s your story?”, pointing to this series of blog posts. Over the next while, we’ll be presenting each of the images we chose and offering some of the background, context, or what we saw in the image. Of course, we welcome your own interpretations, questions, examples, etc.
Here’s a photo I took in Rome, in May 2010, while walking through Trastevere.
What’s the story? The body language says heading home from a day at the office, but the outfit suggests a man lost in time. This juxtaposition is the sort of thing that amuses me a great deal.
Later in our trip we made it over to the Colosseum, where we saw costumed, muscley fellows posing for pictures with tourists, presumably for tips.
You can’t even see the poor tourist in this picture as he’s being aggressively dominated. It was getting close to a private moment as this guy seemed to be having the time of his life pretending to be abused, manhandled and perhaps even slaughtered!
Tags: branding, business cards, Colosseum, garb, guard, juxtaposition, posting, rome, story, tourists, uniform
What’s Your Story: Introduction
By Steve Portigal at 4:25 pm, Friday June 24 2011
Stay tuned for our coming-soon series about, well, stories! We’ll be sharing some images, telling some stories, and asking some questions.
Tags: stories, storytelling