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Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2012 Sunday December 23, 2012

Well it wouldn’t be another year if I didn’t keep some tradition with the old c.t.overdrive.

So with another year in the bag and a few more grey hairs on my head, I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone – friends, family, acquaintances, random people of the internet – a very Happy Christmas to you and your family … and like clockwork, there is now better way to celebrate Christmas than with The Pogue’s Fairytale of New York.

And for those looking for something a bit different, The Guardian has a fascinating read into one of the world’s most treasured Christmas anthems. A great read to get the Holidays started.

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Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2011 Thursday December 22, 2011

Another year, and another Happy Christmas to everyone out there. And like last year, what better way to celebrate the season than with the immortal Fairytale of New York from the lovely Pogues and Kristy McColl.

P.S. The kicker of the whole video has to be Matt Dillon at the beginning of the video.

Anyways, a very, very Happy Christmas from the overdrive family.

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Random Thoughts For The Mother of All Random Thoughts Sunday December 18, 2011

See, here’s the thing, as a freelancer/business owner December and late November are the worst times of the year. Sorry, scratch that August and July are the worst times of the year. December and late November are the busiest times of the year.

Hence, the lack of Random Thought updates… or for that matter any sort of update on c.t.overdrive.

But that changes today… So for your Christmas week enjoyment, here is the Mother of all Random Thoughts.

First – Music-critic.ca, the site that Armadillo has maintained for a few years now, has launched it’s Annual Top 5 Records of 2011 feature. (And of course, one day later this month I’ll talk about my picks for 2011… I promise)

Second – Um… A Steampunk Cobra Commander T-Shirt. I must have it. This I command.

Third – The Baltimore Orioles have redesigned their branding with the retro comicbook bird symbol. Thus reestablishing him as the coolest corporate branding bird over that annoying thing they call the Fruit Loops parrot. (Thanks to Cam Hoff for the link)

Fourth – Have a web designer on your Christmas gift giving list? No? Well, good lord, what is wrong with you.

For those of you that do have a Web Designer on your list, here is the definitive list of 25 books for Web Designers and Developers. It’s okay, you can thank me later.

Fifth – In Calgary in January? Want to join in on a killer party in the middle of a snowstorm? Then High Performance Rodeo’s Snowblower Festival is where you need to be.

And don’t give me that, but c.t.o, I hate dance music. Yes, you don’t have to be a base head to enjoy a sprawling three block dance party in the middle of the Canadian Winter.

Sixth – A creepy compilation of some classic death scenes in a wide variety of video games from the 80s and 90s… all set to a digitized version of Mad, Mad World.

Seventh – It wouldn’t be a Random Thoughts without an infographic, so check out this massive depiction of our overlord Walmart’s ever growing power from Fast Company.

Eighth – The intriguing story of one of my favourite sites on the web, Vimeo, and how it forged it’s own niche within the clustered online video market.

Ninth – Speaking of Vimeo, Sleigh Bells has released a preview clip for their upcoming album. That new record is going to be called Reign of Terror , or as I will refer to it finally a new record that doesn’t sound like the soundtrack to a damn Wes Anderson movie! (Thanks to Jim Bones for the link)

Tenth – Have a kindle? Or better yet have the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad? Then go and down load Julien Smith’s new e-book Flinch. Long time readers, will know how much admire Julien Smith and his brand of in your face motivation, so do yourself a favor and download this fantastic book.

Eleventh – The Conference board of Canada just released an interesting report detailing the potential for 11 CFL teams. To all my American friends, the CFL stands for the Canadian Football League it really does exist.

To all my Canadian readers, the only disappointing information in this report, is that it doesn’t delve into the details of how many of those franchises will be named the Roughriders.

Twelfth – The geniuses behind Obama’s 2012 re-election team are already understanding how important visual design is to the motivation of the youth vote in America. In prep for the next election cycle in November, team Barrack is already crafting contests to get print designers and graphic designers involved in getting the ball rolling.

Thirteenth – Indie game developers, Super Giant Games have released Bastion for the Chrome Web Browser. If you’ve followed the site for a while, you’ll understand my love for this game, so it goes without saying that having this game playable through your browser is an absolutely incredible feat.

Don’t believe me. Check out the trailer.

Yes, you can now play this game … in … your … browser.

Fourteenth – Speaking of indie game developers, if you think it’s easy to launch and create a simple iPhone game and become the next Angry Birds… well think again. Local calgarian game developer, Bulletproof Outlaws, has an incredible run down of what it takes to market and launch an iPhone app.

Yeah, not as easy as you think.

Fifteenth – Chris Brett is a fantastic up and coming artist from Vancouver. And earlier this month he released a little time-lapsed video of the creative process for one of his pieces of work. If you’ve got some time, definitely check it out.

Sixteenth – Thanks to Mr. Rennie for this one.

Seventeenth – A small Canadian (actually Albertan) board game developer has broken records on KickStarter for funding of their new cooperative board game D-Day.

A couple things which makes this such incredible news. For one thing, any small Canadian company to break records on Kickstarter is a pretty incredible feat, but to do it for a dice board game in this techno-centric society… That right there, is a feat to be proud of.

Very well done guys.

Eighteenth – I was going to post the trailer for The Expendables Two, as I thought that would be the most 80s inspired sequel of all time… but then I saw the sequel for the 2nd G.I.Joe movie.

Alright, it’s rare that a movie that was such an epic (and by proxy hilarious) disaster turns into a sequel in which I can’t wait to see. I know, the director’s pedigree is Step Up 3D and The Justin Beiber Doc, but come on, it has Bruce Willis. Everyone knows that Bruce Willis is pure gold..

Well except for that whole Hudson Hawk thing in the late 90s.

Nineteenth – Speaking of Obama and print design, Shepard Fairey, the genius behind the Hope poster and one of my personal graphic design idols, was commissioned to do the TIME 2011 person of the year cover.

Twentieth – By the way, do you want to know the track in that G.I.Joe trailer? It’s Glitch Mob’s Seven Nation Army Remix.

The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (The Glitch Mob Remix) by The Glitch Mob

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Holy Muppet! I Finally Redesigned My Web Site Tuesday September 13, 2011

If you asked any web designer in the world what is the most difficult web site to redesign, without hesitation they will all say their own site.

It’s an impossible task to explain. But most designers will probably tell you it’s far easier to create a web site that encompasses someone else personality, than it is to revert that same challenge on your own characteristics. It’s with that tidbit of knowledge that makes this redesigned so special. So with that please enjoy the newly revamped ctoverdrive.ca.

Yes, this baby has been over a year and a half in the making. It signals a new personal branding direction and also the end of an era. Gone away is the messy and chaotic nature of the previous overdrive. In it’s place is this new robotic-retro overdrive, including a new mascot – roboto-overdrive.

CTOROBOTO The design and re-branding is something I’ve been toying around with for quiet sometime. I wanted to create something that embodied the fun nature of c.t.overdrive, while also streamlining and simplifying the entire aesthetic. This new look is less about experimenting and an anti-aesthetic, like the previous incarnation, it’s more of a showcase of my own personal growth… which all in all is a wordy of way of saying I needed to grow-up a bit.

The biggest change in regards to the site is that I’ve gone and fully embraced my career path. No more hiding that I’m in the web industry any more. The About Page is a lot less mushy and I’ve added a new Hire Me Page. This new page talks about my work with Armadillo Studios Inc., and also goes in to a little bit more regarding my professional history. The Randoms are still kicking around and are better than ever. I will be adding a Contact Me Page… soon… ish.

If you’re curious about the design inspiration, there are a few key influences. The biggest and most dominant one is the book design by Will Staehle for Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. Which of course is a book I have been trying to finish reading for over three years now and could possibly be the most obscure reference I’ve ever made on this site. By the way, it’s actually a really good book.

The roboto-overdrive was inspired by GoMedia’s Branding yourself video tutorial and of course a bit of inspiration came from Calgary app developers Big Nerds in Disguise. (Psst, if you can’t figure it out it’s the glasses).

There is nothing really technically special about the site for anyone curious on that side. But for you design nerds, here is some of the dweeb meta info for you.

  • Still powered by TextPattern
  • The fonts are Wagner Grotesk BiForm from Veer’s Canada Foundry and of course Shadow Gothic. This ironically is as cheesy as Helevetica, when it comes to fonts.
  • The Social Media Icons are courtesy of GSIX Corp.
  • Also you are indeed correct, Helevetica is being used as the standard content font when viewed on Apple products.

So there you have it, the brand new c.t.overdrive. Please have a look around, explore and catch up on some old posts. I’d love to hear your feedback.

OH! And one more thing….

I’ve placed two Easter Eggs somewhere in the site. The first two people to find them, get a set of Armadillo Studios Stickers.

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Isn't Something Off? Sunday March 13, 2011

So, you maybe wondering… Isn’t something off? Doesn’t something usually happen with the old’ctoverdrive around this time of the year. And of course you’d be right.

If you’ve been a regular reader of the site, you’ll notice that I’m not making my yearly pilgrimage to the mecca of nerdom in Texas called SXSW.

Yes, after three straight years and four out of the past five years, I’ve taken 2011 off of SXSW. While it does suck that I won’t be able to help reunite TeamGongShow or spend way to much time in the Texas heat devouring the best Tacos man can find, it is nice to take sometime off or better yet reclaiming “my mayorship of the American Spirits Smoker’s lounge”;http://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/817/sxsw10-american-spirits… alas I get to enjoy SXSW from the comfort of my living room, while we entertain one of dearest friends.

It turns out that 2010 was quite the year, filled with more up and downs in the past twelve months which made it a bit difficult to justify a fourth consecutive year. So if you’re wondering why I’m not tweeting every 3-4 minutes and/or blogging twice a day, well there’s your answer.

Maybe I’ll be able to catch up on some more personal things… Like blogging, emails and making human contact.

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