Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Items I Carry - From 2007 to 2014

I started contributing to a Flickr group called "The Items We Carry." They ask for us to post pics of the small things we put in our pockets or on our persons — the essentials we need to function daily at a basic level. *If you don't have pockets and say, are a lady, then your purse may serve as your pockets.

I found it interesting to see what other people were carrying, as well as fun to share my own stuff. I didn't get every year, but you can get the idea.

What's even more interesting to me is to see how my things have changed over the years - and how many stay the same. My goal is to start reducing and simplifying my life - to need less and carry less.

dickdavid's stuff 2007

dickdavid's stuff 2009

dickdavid's stuff 2011

dickdavid's stuff 2013

dickdavid's stuff 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bikes May Use Full Lane Lapel Pins – For Sale

Bikes May Use Full Lane


I've mentioned this on Suburban Assault, as well.

These high quality lapel pins were developed to pay tribute to the bike friendly road signs found along many roads in the US. The original batch was a small, limited run of that sold out quickly. Great news! I was able take part in a larger run and now they are available for you.

If you are a bicyclist, bike supporter or bike advocate, show your support for Sharing The Road, by wearing a Bikes May Use Full Lane Lapel Pin.

The goal of selling these pins is to help spread the word and not make a profit. Prices have been set to recover any up-front costs, time and expenses. I will try to use any extra proceeds towards new inventory.

Here are the updated details:

Price: $3 each - Originally $5
Shipping: $5.60 USPS Flat Rate for each order (Even though these are light, the US Post Office charges that much to ship a bubble envelope.) Sorry, USA shipping only. If you are not in the States, leave a comment below and I'll try to make arrangements.
How: Click over to my Pop-Up Store for order information.
Details: These are custom die struck iron soft enamel pins in a .75 inch size with one military clutch attachment.

My Manifesto on Freelance Work

Old Hand


I am a graphic designer. I do creative stuff for my job all day long and get paid for it, which is pretty damn cool. I'm also a very busy person and TIME is very, very valuable to me – even if it's finding time for myself to just chill.

Lately, I've become aggravated by the idea of doing freelance work. Before I go any further, let me describe the nature of freelance work, as it has come to me lately. The name FREElance WORK seems to have become a more literal interpretation of the concept. People want me to do WORK for them – for FREE. Hence, my aggravation.

If you have a doctor as a neighbor, would you ask for free treatment? If your sister's, friend's dad is a lawyer, would you expect him to give you free council? If one of the guys on your PTA has a landscaping business, would you expect him to mow your lawn for free? If you met a chef at a party, would you expect her to come home and cook a free gourmet meal for your family and friends? If you thought yes to any of these questions, then I don't need you in my life.

It's the same thing with graphic designers.

Now, I don't mind working and I don't mind working for free – but it has to be on my terms. If it's a great creative opportunity (or for a good cause, that I support) and I feel is worthy of my time, I will be more than happy to help. Also, if I have time, I'll even help out a close friend in need. Now, that's CLOSE friend, not Facebook friend, not co-worker, not neighbor.

If you do manage to get free work out of me, please don't micro-manage or creative direct it. I'm open to good feedback and collaboration, but I'm not your production artist ready to build-out your bad ideas. As stated above, I'll do free work, but only if it's a 'creative opportunity'. The moment you start dictating bad art direction, is the moment that project is no longer 'creative'.

So, don't come to me with your silly pet project – like your kid's Minecraft birthday invitation, because you are too cheap to buy the ones in the store. Although you might think it's easy for me, it still takes time. Time, as I wrote earlier, is very valuable to me.

Rant over.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

My Hollywood Car Collection Is Growing

Recently, Hot Wheels just released a new "Retro Series" which included nicer versions of my favorite Hollywood cars. So far, I've only been able to find Kitt from the TV Show Knight Rider (pictured in the group shot), the Trans Am from Smokey and The Bandit, and Ecto1 from the Ghostbusters movies.

Smokey and the Bandit

Ecto 1

Hollywood Car Collection

Also in my collection is the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazard TV show, the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, Herbie from the Herbie movies, the van from The A-Team TV show, the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo, the Mach 5 and Shooting Star from Speed Racer, the classic 1960s Batmobile from the Batman TV show, as well as the new one from the Dark Knight series, and finally, the MINIs from the new Italian Job movie.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Two More Diecast MINIs From Hot Wheels and Matchbox

The first up is the new Hot Wheels MINI Cooper Clubman Rally. This is the second in this series following a green version.

Hot Wheels Rally Clubman

Red Hot Wheels Rally Clubman

Red MINI Rally Clubman

The next is a commemorative edition, 60th Anniversary Matchbox Austin Mini Cooper S. It comes in gold with a Union Jack roof. I saw this one on ebay, but I didn't expect to find any at my local store. Usually, they're gone before I get there.

Matchbox 60th Anniversary - Austin Mini Cooper S

Matchbox 60th Anniversary - Austin Mini Cooper S

Matchbox 60th Anniversary - Austin Mini Cooper S

Matchbox 60th Anniversary - Austin Mini Cooper S

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hot Wheels BMW 2002 - In Blue

Hot Wheels - Blue 2002

There is another Hot Wheels BMW 2002 available. This one is blue.

Hot Wheels Blue BMW 2002


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Matchbox Mini Cooper - 1964

Matchbox Mini 1964 Here's another one for my collection. Pretty cool markings. Matchbox Mini 1964