DESIGNER DADDY

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SuperLunchNotes: Umm… Full Face Mask Week?

March 24, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGNER DADDY, SUPERLUNCHNOTES

This past week was kind of all over the place. By Sunday night I knew Monday would be yet ANOTHER FRAKKING SNOW DAY, and Thursday was an already planned school closing for “teacher inservice” — which I think is just teachers sleeping in. Not that they don’t deserve it, but let’s just call it what it is.

So on Tuesday I cranked out an Iron Man and figured this would just be a short week of random, non-connected notes. But I came to realize I couldn’t NOT do a theme. After finally doing the oft-requested Lord O’ The Sith, I considered “Armor Week” for a bit — but I needed a DC character, and only Thor or Rhino came to mind. Then I noticed both Stark and Skywalker also have creepy eye slits in common, and landed on the Full Face Mask theme. Weak, I know, but still pretty cute I thought. Okay, creepy cute.
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WEEK 32: Mar 18 – Mar 21, 2014
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Iron Man: 3.18.14
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Can I tell you how hard it was to not have Iron Man say “TALK TO THE HAND?” But then I pictured JJ running around school throwing shade and thought better of it.

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SuperLunchNotes: Green Week!

March 15, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGNER DADDY, RASPBERRIES, SUPERLUNCHNOTES

When I saw St. Patrick’s Day was falling on a Monday, I decided to do “Green Week” leading up to the 17th, so that on the actual holiday the blog would be celebratory in its virtual verdant-ness. Now if I can just figure how to get cyber-drunk…

BTW, green is also JJ’s favorite color, so doing a Green Week is fine by him anytime.
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WEEK 31: Mar 10 – Mar 14, 2014
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Hulk: 3.10.14
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Papa bought JJ a Hulk action figure a while back that yelled “HULK SMASH!” and I immediately but the kaibosh on that—like he needs another excuse to hulk out. So I was a little trepidatious (hypocritical?) putting this note in his lunch, but how could I kick off “Green Week” without his favorite mossy monster? Also, Mondays often DO need to be smashed.

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SuperLunchNotes: ACCESSORIES WEEK!

March 10, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGNER DADDY, SUPERLUNCHNOTES

How’s the old saying go? “The only thing that separates us from the normal humans is our ability to accessorize”? I’m pretty sure that’s not it, but after doing the first doodle this past week, that’s where I went—the superhero accessory aisle. Enjoy this 4-day week’s worth of SuperLunchNotes (shortened by one final snow dump) and stay tuned for a special batch next Monday celebrating St. Patty’s Day!
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WEEK 30: Mar 4 – Mar 7, 2014
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Wonder Woman’s Magic Lasso: 3.4.14
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Also known as the Lasso of Truth, Golden Lasso or “Magic Wope.” If you’re a superhero fan of any caliber, you already know Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston, who also invented an early version of the polygraph machine. God’s-honest truth!

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SuperLunchNotes: ALIEN WEEK!

March 3, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGNER DADDY, SUPERLUNCHNOTES

I’d said I was taking a break from theme weeks, but after I did Martian Manhunter last Monday, I caved and decided to do ALIEN WEEK! In brainstorming, I found that while DC is teeming with beings from other planets, there are significantly fewer in the Marvel universe. At least ones that my son would know. In the DCU, on the other hand, its brightest and best—Superman—is an alien among aliens. Add in all his cousins, pets and villains, the Hawks, Starfire from the Titans, all of Apokolips and the New Gods, the Green Lantern Corps, plus the entire Legion of Superheroes, and you’ve got yourself a full-scale invasion. Enjoy this collection of alien doodles, I hope you will!
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WEEK 29: Feb 24 – Feb 28, 2014
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Martian Manhunter: 2.24.14
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Am I teaching my kid how to pun, or just to spell really poorly? Mr. J’onzz’s second appearance.

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SuperLunchNotes: Week 3

March 3, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGNER DADDY, SUPERLUNCHNOTES

My only regret about these early weeks of SuperLunchNotes was the bad lighting and soft focus filter I put on them. What is this, Prince of Tides?
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WEEK 3: Aug 26 – Aug 30, 2013
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Krypto: 8.26.13
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SuperLunchNotes: BUG WEEK!

February 24, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGNER DADDY, SUPERLUNCHNOTES

Spring is starting to slowly creep its way into the world again. And while I’m greeting the end of winter with open arms, I dread the invasion of insects that follows close behind… Welcome to BUG WEEK!

WEEK 28: Feb 17 – Feb 21, 2014
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Blue Beetle: 2.17.14
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I gotta admit I dig this newer iteration of Blue Beetle. Alien + tech + ancient mysticism + Latino = muy fresco!

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SuperLunchNotes: RED WEEK!

February 14, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGNER DADDY, SUPERLUNCHNOTES

I know I said I’d post a week’s worth of SuperLunchNotes the Monday after, but it’s Valentine’s Day and Papa has been out of town for a few days and won’t get back until late tonight and we’ve had a couple of snow days and I’m going nuts and need to spread some cheer.

Thusforth, I present “Red Week” in honor of St. Valentine’s Day. And maybe a little bit because of the Olympics being in Russia, and them being all extra communistic lately, in regards to the gays.

WEEK 27: Feb 10 – Feb 14, 2014
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Red Tornado: 2.10.14redtornado

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SuperLunchNotes: MONSTER WEEK!

February 12, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGNER DADDY, SUPERLUNCHNOTES

I was thinking I’d probably save Monster Week for Halloween, but that’s a long way away, and JJ had rediscovered the cheesy late-70s Godzilla cartoons on Hulu. I say “rediscovered” because he’d devoured them all about a year earlier when they were on Netflix. If you’ve never seen it, at the very least you need to check out the epic theme song. At that age it must be fun for everything to be brand new about every six months!

There were a bevvy of monsters to choose from, so I’m sure I’ll be able to do a sequel down the road with Mssrs. Cookie, Grouch and Sully, among others. However, I draw the line at Godzooky. What a tool.

WEEK 26: Feb 3 – Feb 7, 2014
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Godzilla: 2.3.14
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SuperLunchNotes: Week 1

February 11, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGNER DADDY, SUPERLUNCHNOTES

Thus starteth my attempt to bring my SuperLunchNotes to the bloggety-blog on the regular. My plan is to post twice a week — an older batch and the most recent week — until I’m caught up. And then probably just post the previous week every Monday. Or not — I’m open to suggestions!

If you still need your daily fix, you can keep following along on Instagram or check me out on Tumblr (if you’re into that kinda thing).

And if none of this is remotely interesting to you (it barely is to me), then just please come visit Designer Daddy often to look at the pretty superhero doodles. Cool?
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WEEK 1: Aug 12 – Aug 16, 2013
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Batman: 8.12.13
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DDQ&A: Khoi Vinh

January 24, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DDQ&A, DESIGNER DADDY

Of all the fellow designer dads I’ve interviewed,* Khoi Vinh is the one I’ve known the longest. We were together in the DC design trenches early in our careers, building up our portfolios and burning lots of midnight oil. While I can’t think of a designer whose style (and personality) is more different than mine, I’ve always respected and admired him and his work. As we’re both now dads of preschoolers, we finally have something more in common. Except that he also has twins, so I obviously have some catching up to do. I settled for catching up through this Q&A.

Q&A with designer dad Khoi Vinh
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Tell me briefly about your design career: how long in the industry, what kinds of clients you have and/or work you specialize in.
I graduated from art school in 1993 with an illustration degree but have done some kind of design ever since. Jeebus. Twenty years. I started out in print media and switched to digital media in 1998.

DD note: Khoi’s being coy (sorry, had to do it) and leaving out lots of details. He was the design director for NYTimes.com from 2006-2010, created a photo collage app, is a published author, and has been blogging for over a decade at Subtraction.com. In 2011, Fast Company named him one of “The 50 Most Influential Designers in America.” Coy, indeed.

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