MonthApril 2014

Celebrate the Past

Every year in August or September, I get to design a poster for the upcoming Archives Month in October. This is such a fun project that I really look forward to doing. Mostly it is due to that fact that our Wyoming State Archives always picks an image to feature with a great story. Here I’ll share a few of these posters I’ve created over the years.

2012

America fell in love with the lonesome cowboy riding the plains in the 1930s, partly due to the stirring images captured by Wyoming photographers. Ralph R. Doubleday’s exhilarating rodeo images, Charles Belden’s folksy Pitchfork Ranch scenes and Harrison Crandall’s romantic dude ranch images helped forge the enduring imagery of the American cowboy. The public couldn’t get enough of it and the Golden Age of the Cowboy had begun. (WSA Sub Neg 23840, “Why don’t you comb your hair?” cowgirl with horse in front of Tetons, photograph by Crandall Studio, Jenny Lake, Wyoming.)

America fell in love with the lonesome cowboy riding the plains in the 1930s, partly due to
the stirring images captured by Wyoming photographers. Ralph R. Doubleday’s exhilarating rodeo images, Charles Belden’s folksy Pitchfork Ranch scenes and Harrison Crandall’s romantic dude ranch images helped forge the enduring imagery of the American cowboy. The public couldn’t get enough of it and the Golden Age of the Cowboy had begun. (WSA Sub Neg 23840, “Why don’t you comb your hair?” cowgirl with horse in front of Tetons, photograph by Crandall Studio, Jenny Lake, Wyoming.)

2010

On October 1, 1941, Hollywood stuntman and parachute phenom, George Hopkins landed atop Devils Tower for what was supposed to be a small publicity stunt to help advertise the Rapid City Junior Chamber of Commerce parachute show and raise money to build a hospital. Little did Earl Brockelsby, the event organizer, know just how big the media coverage would be. Hopkins was stranded on top of the tower for 5 days after his rope ladder escape was foiled and weather and the steep sides of the monolith further complicated his rescue. To many, this was just a foolish stunt by a brash young man eager for press attention. But the story helped distract a nation on the verge of entering World War II. Thousands flocked to the National Monument to watch the rescue efforts and many more eagerly followed the progress of the rescue in the newspapers and on the radio. The Monument itself also received much needed publicity just before the tire and gasoline rationing of the war years brought visitors numbers to the park down to a trickle. (Wyoming State Archives Collection, Sub Neg #13504, George Hopkins prior to his parachute jump onto Devil’s Tower. Crook County, Wyoming. October 1, 1941.)

On October 1, 1941, Hollywood stuntman and parachute phenom, George Hopkins landed atop Devils Tower for what was supposed to be a small publicity stunt to help advertise the Rapid City Junior Chamber of Commerce parachute show and raise money to build a hospital. Little did Earl Brockelsby, the event organizer, know just how big the media coverage would be. Hopkins was stranded on top of the tower for 5 days after his rope ladder escape was foiled and weather and the steep sides of the monolith further complicated his rescue. To many, this was just a foolish stunt by a brash young man eager for press attention. But the story helped distract a nation on the verge of entering World War II. Thousands flocked to the National Monument to watch the rescue efforts and many more eagerly followed the progress of the rescue in the newspapers and on the radio. The Monument itself also received much needed publicity just before the tire and gasoline rationing of the war years brought visitors numbers to the park down to a trickle. (Wyoming State Archives Collection, Sub Neg #13504, George Hopkins prior to his parachute jump onto Devil’s Tower. Crook County, Wyoming.
October 1, 1941.)

2009

Miners pose with an automatic shovel used to load coal into ore cars deep in a Wyoming mine. Wyoming’s coal deposits helped to power the Union Pacific Railroad as it headed west and influenced the settlement of the state. Coal remains a large part of Wyoming’s economy today. (Wyoming State Archives Collection, Sub Neg #9563, Automatic Coal Shovel, ca. 1940s.)

Miners pose with an automatic shovel used to load coal into ore cars deep in a Wyoming mine. Wyoming’s coal deposits helped to power the Union Pacific Railroad as it headed west and influenced the settlement of the state. Coal remains a large part of Wyoming’s economy today. (Wyoming State Archives Collection, Sub Neg #9563, Automatic Coal Shovel, ca. 1940s.)

2007

Photos (left to right): Cowboy Riding Saddle Bronc; Cowboy Joe Statue, Laramie, WY; Pistol Pete, University of Wyoming Mascot; Ed Scholtz on ‘Bob Cat’; Cowboy Riding Bareback Bronc; 1974 Wyoming License Plate; Wyoming Guard Helmet; Bucking Bronco in Wonder ful Wyoming Postcard; Bucking Horse Howitzer

Photos (left to right): Cowboy Riding Saddle Bronc; Cowboy Joe Statue, Laramie, WY; Pistol Pete, University of Wyoming Mascot; Ed Scholtz on ‘Bob Cat’; Cowboy Riding Bareback Bronc; 1974 Wyoming License Plate; Wyoming Guard Helmet; Bucking Bronco in Wonder ful Wyoming Postcard; Bucking Horse Howitzer

Want to see more? Poster designs from all the other state archives are posted here.
If you’re looking for design inspiration for a poster, this is a great idea resource.

My designer takeaway: Content is the key. This is a good reminder that having great content makes building a great design easy.

Happy Retirement Cake Flags – Free Printable

I recently hosted a retirement party for my mother. I had fun planning the food and creating some simple decor. Here is a free printable from that party for a mini cake sign.

Download the file here. Then simply print, and cut along the exterior lines. Score on the red edges at the top. Fold over the white edges and glue/tape onto string, ribbon, thread, whatever you have. Then tie them to two wooden skewers (I did put some glue on the knots to hold them in place on the skewer.) and ta-da!

Birthday Gift Tags for Kids

Today I have a free downloadable set of kids birthday gift tags that I made.
birthday tags 2014

birthday tags 2014
Just download here. Print on cardstock, and cut them out.

More Talk

I have an addiction, a podcast addiction.

It all began when I was working from home with my infant son. I needed company, and adult topics in my brain while I did my design work. I turned to podcasts, and I think they saved some of my sanity. We have a running joke in my house that I begin a lot of sentences with, “On this podcast I was listening to today …” Over the years and as circumstances have changed, I’ve listened to many different types. And oh, the things I’ve learned!

Here is just a taste:

Parenting
In the beginning, I focused on parenting related podcasts. These filled a need to not feel alone in this new-to-me parent role. It’s also introduced me to services for making motherhood (or working life) easier, support systems like mentors and life coaches, resources for kids health and behavior issues, and I even just listened to one about better kid’s music.
Manic Mommies
Naptime Radio
One Bad Mother
PediaCast

Design
It just occured to me that my work-related category is the smallest, but I can tell you these two podcasts give my mind enough to contemplate on my career, my goals, my inspiration and my training.
Seanwes
After the Jump

Entertainment
Probably the largest group of podcasts I listen to fall under entertainment. When I’m working on really mundane tasks in design (that don’t require much reading or writing), I often listen to podcasts. I feel like I’m cheating because I’m enjoying something I might otherwise find mind numbing (e.g. prepping a large batch of photos for a publication). 🙂
Stuff You Should Know
99% Invisible
This American Life
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

My favorite type of podcast is one with a conversation style delivery. I enjoy hearing about the hosts as people and then learning about the knowledge they want to share.

My designer takeaway:
Here is another way to learn something new, find validation in what you do, or survive those tedious tasks. There are podcasts out there for everyone!

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