Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Paying it Forward

Before my time in Alabama, my intent was to sell these limited edition posters to raise money to help cover the expense of my trip. But after going through the M experience, I've realized it’s more important to me that talented designers continue to have the opportunity to attend Project M. Proceeds from the posters, therefore, will help someone attend project M next year who might not otherwise have the means to do so. For $35, you can donate and get a free poster to help me pay it forward.

Thanks in advance!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Project M Lab

For more info on the Project M Lab, please visit

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Better Late than Never, Right?

I finally got my new power cord in the mail today! That said, I know the following vids I posted are old, but good memories. 

Hey... What's going on?

We're veering off in the wrong direction (on our way to getting lost in the backwoods of 'Bama) while singing the question, "What's Going On?" (Vid is about 4 minutes long.)

My Humps... The NOW CD and Tuscaloosa Car Ride.

Driving home from Tuscaloosa with my newly purchased, old NOW CD. Good times. Check out Serah's moves.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Custer is less than impressed.

Project M at the rodeo. Everyone appears to be having a good time, except for Custer... What an asshole. ;)

Monday, July 7, 2008

Top 10 M 2008 Moments

In no particular order...
— Katy's Napkin Fire at Dinner.
— SMead's Great Fashion Finds.
(Her jumpsuits/rompers. One even features a butt ruffle or jumpsuit bustle.)
— Coke Float Martinis with Bill and Ann.
— The 5 hours we spent in TOXXXIC INK getting our M cult tattoos.
— John's Animal-Themed B-Day Party.
— Getting a compliment and nod of approval on our table from Johnny Parker. (Quite a turn-around from the first time I met him. Within 20 minutes of arriving in Greensboro, I was deemed "Dumbass" and Charlotte was deemed "Dipshit" by Johnny as we struggled to install a window unit.)
— Random outbursts of song during our car rides. (4 Non Blondes)
— Our near-death experience at the rodeo.
— Our covert, "Catfish in the pond tonight" activities.
— Hanging out with all the cool people of Greensboro and our advisors.

Back to Life, Back to Reality

I'm sure that many of us are feeling what it's like to return to a familiar life that is somehow different because we feel completely changed.
I think it is important to never forget how powerful we are and how much we can impact, in Alabama, in our hometowns, at our jobs, with our families and friends.
The ability you feel when you implement a good idea and make it a reality is equally achievable in your life as it is at Project M.
I'm back at my office with a whole new view of the world. And I thank everyone at Project M for it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Damn Hidden Blood Sugar!

Wow, Dinah the tick lady! I am at a loss for words. I took a lot of video of her during our visit, and I can't stop watching it. I really think she is more genius than crazy, but she does have the "hidden blood sugar."

Christopher's Noodle!

Just back from Greensboro, and I had an amazing time! It was just the perspective that I needed, so thanks to John and all of the Project M team! You guys are amazing and inspiring. Can't wait to follow your progress. Keep up the great work, and keep sataying the ideas.

Some of the more amazing moments came at our group dinners at the bunk house. Did I really roller skate in the street, or was it the dam heat and alcohol???

Here's a video from our going away dinner prepared by Christopher Simmons. He made some incredible Chinese noodles...

Give + Take!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Just let it satay

I'm back in Austin after spending 4 days in Hale County with this years Project M group. They're an amazing bunch who I have no doubt are destined to do great things. I still don't feel like I've finished processing all of the experiences I had from M in 2007 and now I've just added more to the pot.

This past year has been my first since graduating. I've been working full time and while I have an amazing job with great people in an awesome city I still haven't felt inspired. Until now. Being back at M and recapturing a bit of the energy that I felt there last year has been an amazing thing.

I want to thank all of this years Mers for letting me participate and inspiring me to not be lazy.


Sunset on Main

For the love of Nic

Monday, June 23, 2008



Thank You

Project M is nearly indescribable. People ask me all the time what it is, which is usually followed by a deep breath. "Ok..."
Never in my life have I met a group of young people who are so compassionate, motivated, and downright excellent as this year's M crew. These young people will learn a great deal about design, but moreover, they are learning how to work as a team; they are developing deep empathy; and they are building confidence to go out into the world and make change.
I was lucky enough to spend (a little less than) a week with all of them, during which time their openness of mind, and their desire to have a positive impact on the world taught me more than I can explain.
All of us felt it, the buzz of working together, and thinking together, and talking together to learn from one another.
So I left Alabama headed West to Los Angeles, but I stopped that night in Shreveport, Louisianna, at Paradise Tattoos. Maxx and George (below) were as cool as they come. They let me sit at their desk on my laptop to design my tattoos, print them out, and then they permanently inked them into my skin.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I cannot bear to have unsymmetrical tattoos. So I decided to commemorate my (the first) year at Project M, along with this year which completely changed my life.

I cannot wait to see the legendary work that you all do. I wish you luck and I think about you constantly, wishing that I could be there to help you carry things, develop ideas, and laugh till we hurt.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday Supper at the Bunk House!

Great dinner at the bunk house tonight! Kate, the pizza was awesome. Thanks for the warm welcome.

Totally Spooky!

Well, the only thing that is scarier than the haunted guest house is the fact that there is no shampoo at the Muckle House! Arvi, I need product, and I know you have it! HELP!

Great first night with you guys. Looking forward to the next couple of days.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Have Drill, Will Travel!

I am charging the drill and packing my bag for my visit to Project M! Tomorrow, I pick up Ann Willoughby at ATL, and we will be on our way to Greensboro. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night and to hearing about your project.

Bill G


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Laying the Foundation

Laying the foundation for the large L.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008


Some of the project M advisors stay here. 
Only the left side is haunted.

Dear Dan Covert,

We think of you every night as we lay in the bunkhouse beds. Here is a post dedicated to you:

We are starting a design lab. It's more than likely going to be in the rural studio building behind HERO, the one with the 90's window on a tilt. The idea is to create a space for collaboration and innovation for young designers. A place designed to produce projects like, but not limited to, last year's project. Read Arvi's post from a couple days ago, it explains it more better.

Bogan, Smead, Squeeze, Nuzenfeld, Arvinwald, Custer, Slim, Hesterson, Katytron, and Grey Fox.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Changing Minds

It is increasingly common, especially in thinking fields, to have to know answers and be right, first. We train ourselves to have agile, problem-solving minds. And flexing them becomes competitive – in meetings, in brainstorming sessions, or merely in conversation.
But this kind of posturing becomes tiresome and totally restrictive – it is better to presume nothing.

Saying "I don't know" is a brave act, and a powerful acceptance of possibilities.

So with that I left the grid today, to join Project M (for a short while) and help in any way I can.

The minute I turned on my radio after the Holland Tunnel, that jangly guitar riff to Sweet Home Alabama started.
I chuckled (not out loud) and put in the Talking Heads.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Thank You

Thank you to Johnny Parker for his help with the table (and for calling us dumbasses and dipshits only a few times).

Construction is so Cool...

Construction is so cool... even the second time around. So, it turns out that our first table was disastrously constructed. The table had to be deconstructed and then reconstructed. Here are some shots of us finishing the table (hopefully for good). We had to saw the legs to make them even, sand, touch up the paint, and use a router to create smooth edges. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

take the time to slow down.

Time almost stands still here, but in alot of ways that is refreshing. I think true innovation comes from an acute awareness of our surroundings. Take the time to look. I see something new everytime I walk down Main Street. To me that is AMAZING!

“Proceed and be bold”

Its been 10 days of sweat, bug bites and cockroach filled streets here in Greensboro, AL. This is truly one of the most rural towns that I’ve ever visited and it makes you wonder if anyone actually lives or wants to be here. The best way to describe it is how one of my fellow M’ers described this town (and many towns like Greensboro as a matter of fact) - “The life of this town is not in the buildings but its in the people.” Since being here we’ve discovered and seen some truly amazing things about this town but we’ve found that in order to discover these hidden gems you have to look just a little below the surface to find it. Hopefully with our time here we can share that shared experience to others.

As for our project, we’re considering establishing a design center whose goal is to identify the social needs of a community, to provide truly innovative solutions through design to make things happen and to educate designers that design can have a positive social impact on communities. So stay tuned, more to come as Project M literally heats up!

Monday, June 9, 2008


This past Saturday the team had the opportunity to go visit the great Amos Kennedy in Gordo, Alabama! The minute we walked in his letterpress shop we were overwhelmed with cases of letters and printing presses that we could only dream of using!!! Amos gave us the opportunity to watch him print some small posters then gave us the opportunity to make our own posters. Charlotte has a way of saying things that are just memorable and keep us constantly intrigued to write them down! So for this particular day, she kept saying that everything was AMAZING! So we shortened it and made it part of Project M....'MAZING! After we all had a chance of inking and printing, we walked to the nearby gallery to watch a documentary on Amos and how he left the corporate business world when he found his love for printing. To Amos he is just a printer, but to all of us, he is an artist that is constantly pushing the limits with his art. Also thanks to the PDC group who helped us gather for this 'MAZING experience!

THE video.

All credits go to Jeff Caldwell.


A few nights ago, we went to a potluck dinner at the old Emory School. The Emory School was one of the Rosenwald School houses that were built all over the South around the turn of the century- and we actually met a few of the students who went there years and years ago. They shared their thoughts about what they would like to see happen when the school is renovated, and shared experiences and songs they'd sing. Even the old superintendent (from 1950-1982) was there.

Then, Serah put this rat skull (still clad with rotting flesh and fur) ON her TONGUE.

As you can see in the video below, we also went to a Rodeo. Being from New England myself, I'd never actually been to a Rodeo. It was a mixed bag for me - there is a balance of thrill & near-terror, giddy nervous excitement, and sheer confusion. A bucking bronco toppled onto, almost over, the gate. I promised myself that when the bulls came out, I would be standing up at the top row of the bleachers, ready to leap off (with Katie and Custer and whoever else I could fit in my arms of course) and run to the nearest non-barbedwired gate to escape the (potential) bull attack. But when a bull actually did sort of charge towards us (fear tends to find a way to manifest itself if you actually focus on it)- I was instead paralyzed and could do nothing but sit there and wait for it to actually happen.

But it didn't. And that's where the true thrill is. For me.

All these kids seemed to be holding these nasty looking bee's nests or weird alien-egg pods...then I became aware that it was just Potato Gun ammo.

Custer had to sit in the ultimate bitch-seat on the entire trip to and from the Rodeo.

We've also had a lot of brainstorm sessions, over-dinner conversations, Rammed Earth house ramble sessions and long talks with Sherra, Pam, Betsy, you name it, about our latest project ideas. We have an idea that could actually entail every goal or concept or aspect that we care about and find important with this thing...I'm not even sure if I should spill these beans yet but, here's some War Room photos.

We're also almost done with the picnic table we are building for HERO. You can see Custer below working hard, complete with his battle scar from climbing onto the Rammed Earth roof.

We had the pleasure to have visitors from the Public Design Center stop by, and with them we drove out to the residence/studio of local Letterpress artist Amos Kennedy. He was a really exciting and energetic guy to be around, with a remarkable life story that has recently been filmed and documented about (which we also got to see). He let us go wild on his equipment and we made these posters (each one was different).

Our first trip to the Washeteria has also happened, so the Bunkhouse isn't quite so gnarly anymore...clean sheets, clothes, and we swept and cleaned the whole house. After that we followed up with a Taco dinner and closed off last night with a screening of Freedom On My Mind, which we projected on the side of the school.