Gifts of knowledge

As a newspaper designer, you know that the vast majority of your work is going to get balled up and thrown in the trash.

But even though I'm no longer gainfully employed as a newspaper designer, should that stop me from designing something that will be torn to shreds and forgotten 20 times over in the same timespan it took to create? Hell, no.

So, without further ado, this year's custom Christmas tags:

That's me in front of the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room. As an added bonus, I included a "Wikileak" on each custom label that actually told the recipient what was inside.

I'm pretty sure this turns both my political nerd and design nerd knobs to 11. And I'm OK with that.

I've always preferred to give than to receive. For me, it's even better to also give a laugh (or at least a good WTF) along with the crappy presents I can afford.

And this year, I can add the gift of knowledge to that list ... at least for the few seconds until it was balled up and trashed.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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I'm reading

"American Lion" by Jon Meacham
I've always liked presidential biographies, and this seemed like a good choice now that Old Hickory's portrait is hanging in the Oval Office these days. The old timey text can get dense but Meacham does a good job keeping it flowing.

I'm listening to

"What Now" by Sylvan Esso. I've slowly come around to loving this group, and the hooks are this newest album are just killer.

Other links

» "I Can Eat 50 Cadbury Eggs" — A personal photo project and fundraiser
» The CSS Zen Garden — how I taught myself Web design way back when