Cincinnati Cityscapes by Mike Maydak

Cincinnati Cityscapes by Mike Maydak

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending a Creative Mornings talk by Mike Maydak. Though best known for his comic- and pop culture-based fan art paintings and giclĂ©e prints, Maydak also occasionally focuses his vivid, twisty aesthetic on Cincinnati-area scenes, which I’ll show you here. Above is the ubiquitous Florence Y’All water tower in Northern Kentucky.
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Elsewhere

On the Riverfront: The Urbanophile takes a look at Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and St. Louis.

Dead/Abandoned Malls – Cincinnati Mills: a video tour through an empty mall.

How I Learned to Love the Mall: Zan McQuade on her “strange and insatiable fetish for malls.”

Finding Frank Lloyd Wright in Alabama: touring an architectural gem in the town of Florence, AL.

Park Slope Family Circus: cracks me up every time I check it out.

10 Most Beautiful City Parks in the US: just that.

Paper Donut’s Optical Illusions: really cool painted installations, reminiscent of the work of Felice Varini.

Elsewhere

11.11.11: tonight in Over-the-Rhine, featuring the band Over the Rhine.

Fading Ads of New York City: a just-released book by Frank Jump of the excellent Fading Ad Blog.

Re-imagining the Hoover Dam : this proposal by Yheu-Shen Chua won third place in the 2011 Skyscraper Competition, and all I can say is, “What the what?”

Florence Preview: vernacular typography in Florence.

Cities as Software: learning from DIY success in Newcastle, Australia.

Falling by the Wayside 2011: The 10 Most Endangered Roadside Places: courtesy of the Society for Commercial Archeology.

The Rise of the Megacity: “Jakarta, Lagos, and Sao Paolo, and other massive population centers are changing the way we think about cities.”

Elsewhere

Code Name: Presidential Indiscretion: Cincinnati’s own BombShells celebrated Yarn Bomb Day with some fun in Piatt Park downtown.

The History of 1220 Vine Street: Digging Cincinnati History explores an Over-the-Rhine building.

Interstate 71/75 Sign Warns of Zombies: briefly, a sign near Florence read “Nightly lane closures, zombies ahead.”

Charley Harper: June 25-September 11, 2011: the exhibit opens this weekend at Der Kunstverein in Hamburg.

One Night | One Craft: at the Contemporary Arts Center, DIY sessions for grown-ups every Monday night. Check us out on 18 Jul!

Urban Camping: Staten Island: as always, Nathan Kensinger shares some fascinating photos.

Let Your Garden Grow: 7th House on the Left likes our seed bombs!

Last Week for the BOGO Print Promotion!

Penny Farthing print by VisuaLingual

Just a reminder that you have one week left to take advantage of the Bike Month BOGO promotion in our online shop — with any print purchase, we’ll send you one of our penny farthing prints, printed on funky test prints and errors from past projects. Buy two prints, get two bike prints. Buy a bike print, and we’ll send you a second one!
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Bike Month Promotion: Buy a Print, Get a Bike Print!

penny farthing make-ready print by VisuaLingual

May is Bike Month and, to celebrate, we’re kicking off a month-long promotion in our online shop — with any print purchase, we’ll send you one of our penny farthing prints, printed on funky test prints and errors from past projects. Buy two prints, get two bike prints. Buy a bike print, and we’ll send you a second one!
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Elsewhere

Enjoy Your Weekend: tons to do, including the Vine St. launch party and the ArtWorks Moving Sale; shop for a good cause!

New Botanical Prints from VisuaLingual: The Urban Field Guide likes our new Wild Edibles prints; we like Kristen’s blog!

Cincinnati Shopping Guide: Grace Dobush, who organized the recent Crafty Supermarket in Northside, pulls together some last-minute gift ideas from some of those vendors.She recommends our seed bombs.

The Metropole Is Our Home: reposting from CityKin so that more of my Cincinnati neighbors have a chance to see this.

St. Louis Gateway Arch Grounds Design Competition: the Urbanophile dissects recent civic design projects in the Midwest and offers some unsolicited advice to St. Louis.

Home Wreckage: a group exhibit in Chicago of “subversive musings on domestic ideals.”

The Rosenbaum House: Frank Lloyd Wright in Alabama: yup.

VisuaLingual Fall Sale

Bar 1132 Coasters by VisuaLingual

Fall is barely here, but we’re already gearing up for the holiday season. During the first half of October, we’re having a Fall Sale in our online shop, with discounts of approximately 40% on select items, as we make room in our studio for some brand-new Cincinnati-centric goodness!
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Florence Y’All Print by VisuaLingual

Florence Y'All print by VisuaLingual

Being a hopeless urbanite, I’m fascinated by small town water towers. They serve as landmarks much like a city’s tallest skyscraper might, but also as “welcome” signs, welcoming travelers to many small towns across the country. Thus, our region’s own Florence Y’all water tower just had to be immortalized in a three-color limited-edition serigraph, which debuted at the OTR/Gateway Summer Celebration and is now available in our online shop.
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