Robert L. Peters

31 March 2010

Happy Birthday, little brother!





Holzen-Kandern, Germany

It’s OK, bro… getting older is the most natural thing in the world. Best birthday wishes, Phil! May your coming year be filled with fine days, good health, and great happiness…

30 March 2010

Perspicacious advice…


29 March 2010

Defrocking… and the Sistine Chapel (in VR)


Vatican City

Methinks a good defrocking is good and necessary now and again… (just a hunch—I predict a string of significant defrockings in the Holy See and assorted outlying provinces, and likely sooner rather than later). I’m guessing that as you read this, “God’s Rottweiler,” aka Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, also now known as “Pope Benedict XVI,” is busy bracing himself for the pending “fall from grace”—with regard to the plethora of child-abuse cases by priests worldwide bubbling to the fore—possibly even foreshadowing the implosion of the Catholic Church.

Maureen Dowd (whose column I read occasionally by dent of following The New York Times) makes this astute suggestion: “If the church could throw open its stained glass windows and let in some air, invite women to be priests, nuns to be more emancipated and priests to marry, if it could banish criminal priests and end the sordid culture of men protecting men who attack children, it might survive. It could be an encouraging sign of humility and repentance, a surrender of arrogance, both moving and meaningful.”

I know, this is a bit heavier than most of my posts, but the sheer hypocrisy currently on exhibit is deeply vexing to say the least. But hey—the Vatican has some terrific art… and as if to distract and mesmerize the unwashed masses, you and I can now zoom back and forth (click and drag) through the Sistine Chapel with virtually angelic grace, here. (I promise the experience is worth it—be patient as the site loads [because patience is a virtue, don’t you know]. An extra bonus is the background music provided by—you guessed it—choirboys!).

Thanks to friend Oliver Oike for the link.

28 March 2010

Nerd / Dork / Geek / Dweeb (the difference)


Somewhere in misfitland…

Finally someone has successfully defined the difference. This simple nerd/dork/geek/dweeb Venn diagram should save us all a lot of time and frustration in the future—without the need for exhaustive explanations. Now imagine adding a red dot with a “You Are Here” call-out…

(thanks to Bruce M Campbell for introducing me to what seems to have become a popular memetic infographic some time last year—original source of the diagram is unknown)

27 March 2010

Worth noting…


25 March 2010

More from the unstoppable Chaz…



Randburg, South Africa

Check out a great feature article about the work of ex-pat Zimbabwean designer/educator Chaz Maviyane-Davies in the handsome online edition of DESIGN> magazine, here.

View a bunch of previous posts about Chaz and his graphic activism here.

Make art…


A good idea, no?

(image by Darren Scott—thanks Toze)

24 March 2010

Design Inspiration… a flashback


Toronto, Canada

Sorting through some old files at the office this week I came across a one-page response that I’d submitted to Applied Arts back in 2001—in answer to the question posed by Sara Curtis, the magazine’s editor at the time: “What do you keep in your work space to inspire you?” The resulting piece was featured as the last page of the May/June (Vol. 16, No. 3) issue…

“What inspires me most are encounters, experiences, and exchanges with other creative people I meet around the world. When I travel, I collect meaningful mementos, visual artifacts, and small mnemonic objects—steeped in memories, rich in semiotics and ready to trigger recall in an instant. Back in the studio, these tactile little collectibles act as icons for experiences and invite the Muse. Here are some items from my bulletin board and the corners of my office…”

(you can see the full page as a PDF and read the image captions or by clicking on the image below — Sorry, links broken).



Spring is sprung…


Isn’t it great how the days are starting to linger… longer?

(original image source unknown)

23 March 2010




Port-au-Prince, Haiti

THE HAITI POSTER PROJECT (link broken, sorry) was launched three days after the January 12th, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as a “collaborative effort by the design community to help effect change through our work.” Signed and numbered, limited edition posters have been donated by designers and artists from around the world. All money raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. Check out the project’s onlin gallery of posters (ranging from refreshingly naive to remarkably refined) here.

(thanks to friend Martyn Schmoll for the link)

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