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“When I’m Five Years Old…” Movies Edition

October 15, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DAD STUFF

As I mentioned in my first installment, Jon’s list of things he wants when he turns five is exhaustive and exhausting. In addition to things he wants to be (taller) and have (all manner of toys), there are things he wants to experience. Things that are well above what’s appropriate for his age. He claims he’s not afraid of anything (except for getting shots, going into a darkened room alone, biting spiders and vegetables) — and I’m proud when he’s my brave, little toaster. But I’m not ready for him to be 100% fearless yet. He’s got stuff to learn, limits to experience, dangers to fully comprehend. Like cyborg assassins from the future.

When I'm Five Years Old... Movies Edition

SPOILER ALERT! THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Stay tuned for more sequels to “When I’m five years old…”

On your way out of the theater, leave a comment telling us what movies well above their age range your little ones are clamoring to see. Or ones you saw long before you were ready.

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For more family-friendly(ish) fun… stampede, swim or crawl (because the lower half of your cybernetic body has been severed) over to Facebook and like the Designer Daddy page. I’ll bring the popcorn!

DooDad of the Day: R2D2 Lunch Bag

August 18, 2014 | By Brent Almond | POP CULTURE, THINGS MY KID DIGS

Anyone getting back-to-school sale burnout? This stellar Star Wars R2D2 lunch bag is your only hope to alleviate that — and to send your kid off to school in geeky style!

STAR WARS R2D2 LUNCH BAG WITH LIGHTS & SOUND

This is the droid you’re looking for… for lunch!

Designer Daddy - DooDad of the Day - R2D2 Lunchbox

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Out Of This World Movie Giveaway! #EarthToEcho

June 29, 2014 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

Earth to Echo Designer Daddy Giveaway

Think E.T. meets Transformers with a little Goonies thrown in for good measure, and you’ve got EARTH TO ECHO — a great way to keep cool and entertain the whole family this summer!

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SuperLunchNotes: BUG WEEK!

February 24, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

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 | DESIGN STUFF

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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DDQ&A: Evan Spiridellis

July 10, 2013 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF, THINGS DAD DIGS

Like most of the world, I was first introduced to the work of Evan Spiridellis (the designer half of the humor site, JibJab) through the still-hilarious lampoon of the 2004 presidential election, “This Land.” In 2011, he and brother Gregg launched StoryBots, an awesome online land of apps, videos, books and activities for kids (and parents). As a longtime fan, I was downright giddy Evan agreed to a DDQ&A!

Q&A with designer dad Evan Spiridellis
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Tell me briefly about your design/illustration career.
My brother and I started JibJab back in 1999. Early on we supported the studio by doing service work for clients like Disney, Scholastic, Kraft and Sony — but the goal was always to build a new kind of entertainment company. So we would take on enough client work to pay the rent and our team, then we would turn down commercial projects until the coffers ran dangerously low. Nowadays, JibJab supports itself by selling our products directly to our audience without commercial interference. We much prefer this approach 🙂 READ FULL ARTICLE >>

Father’s Day Proud Papa Gallery of Greatness

June 12, 2013 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES, THINGS DAD DIGS

Some of the best things about being a child are the boundless energy, unbridled imagination and a future filled with endless possibilities. The best thing about a child’s art is that it contains elements of all these things… and that every work is a masterpiece.

In honor of Father’s Day, I asked my dad friends to submit their kids’ artwork. Whether it was something recent, something old, or commissioned specifically for this collection, the only requirement was that the papas be proud of it. What I received was an avalanche of awesomeness. Drawings. paintings and sculpture bursting with energy, imagination and endless possibilities. And lots and lots of color. If you know me and my design work, you won’t be surprised if I “borrow” a color palette or two for future projects.

Curating this collection was no small feat, and after considering several options, I chose to group them by subject matter. This creates a nice mix of age, gender and medium in each batch. I realize there are a lot of pieces here, and that most of you probably get bored at art galleries (I know I do)… but please look through the entire gallery. This is spectacular work with some very hilarious, touching — and even rage-filled — back stories.

So welcome to the inaugural* FATHER’S DAY PROUD PAPA GALLERY OF GREATNESS (brought to you by Starbucks). Enjoy the exhibit, and please touch the artwork — it’s even more awesome zoomed in!

Artwork credits key:
Title of work

medium
Artist name, age
Father of artist (links to their website/blog)
Artist’s (or artist’s dad’s) description

 

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HANDS + FEET

 

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Hola Hand

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While he clearly got some help writing “Hola,” the hand trace and vibrant, Latino colors are all him. Definitely going to nick this palette for my next logo project…

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DDQ&A: David Sopp

February 25, 2012 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF, THINGS MY KID DIGS

David Sopp is the head designer- and illustrator-in-charge at Wry Baby, one of my all-time favorite baby product-making companies. David is also co-owner with copywriter wife Kelly, where they have birthed such awesome creations as The Drooly Bib, Punkifier Pacifier Case and Eeek! It’s a Monster Hooded Bath Towel, all of which Designer Daddy JJ owns and loves.


Q&A with designer dad David Sopp

How long have you been a dad? How many kids?
I’ve been a Dad to one amazing boy for 11 years.

How did you get started in design?
My first paid job was illustrating a hose-handling guide for the Orange County Fire Department. I was in Junior High and it sounded as hilariously dirty then as it does now.

Designer Daddy's rendering. Not from actual guide.

I spent 15 years as an advertising art director in San Francisco. I worked on pretty much everything from Dell and Nortel to Star Olive Oil and an IHL hockey team called the Spiders. That’s what I like most about advertising, getting really smart about all kinds of businesses in really short time frames and nailing their problems.

Tell me about how Wry Baby got started.
Our son came with a free t-shirt at the hospital. It said the hospital name and the wrong month and we thought, “How lame! Why didn’t they just put NEW! In a red starburst and call it a day?” So we made that shirt and it was the first Wry Baby product.

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Doo-Dad of the Day: Robot Snack Sac!

January 25, 2012 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

Another out-of-this-world deal from Zulily (a site I’ve had to avoid since the holidays — it’s as addictive as crack, and way cuter) in the form of this far out Robot Snack Sac. Touted as a lunch tote, I can also see it filled with all kinds of non-edible goodies for long car rides or trips to the mall, where a satchel full of distracting entertaining educational toys would come in handy. Perhaps these equally awesome wind-up robots Santa gave JJ for Christmas?

Smiling wide and fully insulated, Mr. Roboto measures 7″ x 11″ and comes with 12 of something called “Sweet Notes”, which I assume are little note cards you can leave for your kid to let them know they’re loved and cherished. A little cloying for my tastes — besides, they will know how awesome you think they are when you give them this to carry around. Domo!

Available in a whole slew of other styles (doggy, horsey, monkey, sharky!), Zulily has them on sale ($9.99 – $15.99, normally $16 – $26) until January 27. Otherwise, you can buy them direct from Stephen Joseph, where they have a bazillion other varieties to choose from.

But do they come in adult sizes?

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