Scott Ballum | January 4, 2010
I am excited and humbled by the extent to which Sheepless.org continues to grow, thanks to a wonderful team of contributors. I'm inspired to double my own efforts in 2010, and invite all of our readers to join in the conversation and collaborate in as many ways as you would like. I'm looking forward to spending more time on the West Coast this year, and am looking forward to bringing in new...
Scott Ballum | December 10, 2009
Giorgio Armani tried to kill Fabrice Penot. At least, it seems his business almost did. A perfume designer, Fabrice worked for years on the House of Armani brand. But even though he was brought in to run the fragrance division, he was constantly called to answer to the financial and marketing departments, who demanded a justification—a real world example of how and where a particular concept has...
Scott Ballum | November 17, 2009
My partner and I have an ongoing debate about identity, and the possibility of being aware enough of how we’ve constructed our own identity to be able to change it. This gets particularly messy when we talk (oh so calmly) about “types” and what it means to be a member of a group or to identify as certain sort of person. He thinks it’s as impossible for us to stop being a “type” as it is for a...
Scott Ballum | November 3, 2009
Chefs in St. Louis like him because they can serve fresh Mahi-Mahi just 24 hours out of the water. A single-boat fisherman in the Bering Sea likes him because he now has a national market and increased revenue. FedEx likes him because they have a contract to use gel ice and time/temperature indicators to deliver perishable goods from Tobago to restaurants all over the United States. He’s also a...
Scott Ballum | October 19, 2009
It is surprising to find myself as a graphic designer in the seemingly irreconcilable position of having more interest in discussing socially and politically relevant work than the relevancy of design itself. Perhaps that it is because to me, talking about the potential of design is like talking about the potential of language. Talking about design is like talking about the diction and eloquence...
Scott Ballum | October 15, 2009
To fully understand what Caitlin Boyle does for a living, you first have to understand that the dominant distribution model for independent documentary films is broken. If you think about the major film festivals you’ve probably heard of—Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW—where filmmakers have worked, sweat, begged to have their work shown (after, of course, working, sweating, and begging to get their films...