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An inconsistent blog of things that I find worthy of sharing. I fully expect zero people to read any of this other than my mom. Hi mom! 👋

Rabbit R1

Rabbit R1

January 28, 2024
The future of human-machine interface or Tamagotchi for adults? I don’t even know what a Tamagotchi is, but this definitely looks like a toy. Meant to replace the smartphone, the OS is run by AI - where it basically works like Siri, but executes tasks and learns your intentions over time with no need for app installations or complicated UX. For $199 I feel it’s worth a try, so yeah... I ordered one.

rabbit.tech

Spotify Playlist - 90's Rave

January 26, 2024
My good buddy in high school had cousins in the UK that sent us a mixtape once. On it was a recording from the rave - Eclipse in Coventry (1992) with Dj Carl Cox. It blew our minds. Back then raves were something we only heard about happening in the UK. They weren’t a thing in Canada until years later, but by then they lost their “underground” appeal. This playlist is full of gems and memories from that period.
Procurify Website

Procurify Website Refresh

January 19, 2024
Today I was up at 4:00am to watch the launch of our new website. I had to struggle through a broken wrist (my mouse hand), and a few bouts of covidesque illnesses throughout the design process, which makes this launch extra satisfying.

procurify.com

Teenage Engineering OP-1

Teenage Engineering OP-1

January 12, 2024
Finally got my hands on one of these. Synth, sequencer, sampler, FX, and so much more all in one. Already made some bad beats... (not Michael Jackson bad... just bad.)
We Are Rewind

Return of the Cassette

October 27, 2023
A modern take on a classic. I ordered one of these cassette players in black (Keith), to listen to some of my many mixtapes from way back. It includes bluetooth connectivity and a rechargeable battery. The quality feels pretty decent thanks to its aluminium body, and the sound is good too. My only knock is that the record button is right next to the play button which makes it a little too easy to press accidentally.

wearerewind.com

Abduction iPhone Case

Abduction iPhone Case

September 15, 2023
Just received a one-off (for now) sample of the polycarbonate iPhone case. The quality is pretty good, and colours are sharp. They will be available in green, pink, and black via my online store very soon. I just need to finish up a few other items for the website. Can’t wait.
Kawasaki ZX-7

1992 Kawasaki ZX-7

August 24, 2023
The nicest motorcycle ever made in my opinion. I’ve wanted one ever since I first laid eyes on one in 1992. I’ve finally found one, and now all I will be doing in my spare time is this.
Abduction Records Shop

Abduction Records Shop

July 6, 2023
Working on building an online store for Abduction merch via Dripp Studios. Jackets, t-shirts, mugs, stickers, cell cases, and more. No demand, just doing it for fun. Stay tuned...
Ripp Off

The Record Crate

June 11, 2023
In 2011, I did an illustration of a record crate that I would use on my first portfolio website. The website used Flash (RIP), and the records would pop up out of the crate on hover-over, to reveal the inner links of the website (about, contact, etc.).
I posted the illustration on Dribbble in 2014, and since then its been the most ripped off illustration I’ve ever done. It’s been used for album covers, event posters, t-shirts, and more. I’ve written letters to record labels and had Etsy pages shut down, but it just keeps occurring.
So, I tried selling it... annnd nothing...
Vision Pro

Apple Vision Pro

June 9, 2023
Call me crazy, but I just can’t see this paying off for Apple. Then again, I thought the same thing about the iPad and the iWatch so...
Quick Stop Liquor Lager

Quick Stop Liquor Lager

June 2, 2023
Quick Stop Liquor just launched their own lager in collaboration with a local Alberta brewery. The cans feature some art that I did for my bro (the owner) a little while back. Available in store at: 2711 - 17th Ave SW in Calgary, AB.

quickstopliquor.ca

TP-7

TP–7 Field Recorder

May 19, 2023
One of those things that before you even know what it is or does, you wan’t it.

teenage.engineering

Masterpiece Theatre

May 18, 2023
The production on this video is perfection.
Procurify Brand

Procurify Rebrand Launch

March 1, 2023
Today was the official launch of the new Procurify brand and website. An unbelievable amount of work was put into this in such a short amount of time, and it’s just the beginning. Exhausted but proud.

procurify.com

Block Printing

Block Printing 03.

February 4, 2023
Another propaganda cat. This time I experimented a bit with multiple colours and layering.
Block Printing

Porsche Configurator

January 27, 2023
Build/design your Porsche online. This is the new 911 Carrera T, that I would certainly order if I wasn't a deadbeat. Dreamers can always dream...

porsche.com

Block Printing

Block Printing 02.

January 13, 2023
Propaganda inspired cat illustration. The edges are a bit smoother on this one. Progress.
Robot Cat Mushrooms

Van Gogh’s Cat

December 29, 2022
If Van Gogh loved cats like me...
Since I first started experimenting with AI art until now, the increase in quality and detail has improved an incredible amount. I can only imagine what it will be like in a few years.

midjourney.com

Block Printing

Block Printing 01.

November 10, 2022
Experimenting with block stamp printing using old illustrations. I still need to refine my carving skills... if you look closely you can see some pretty rough corners, but not bad overall for a first try.
Slash Like

Slash

September 29, 2022
That time @slash liked an illustration I did when it was shared on the instagram page @monstersholdingbitches before their account was shut down. A definite highlight for me, as small as it may seem.
Sightbox 3

Sightbox 3

September 18, 2022
After months of hard work and experimentation, we finally launched our new website at Sightbox. My contribution was the overall design, illustrations, animations, renders, and style of the site, as well as laying some of the foundation for the new branding. Pretty proud of this one.

sightbox.co

Arduino

Arduino 101

September 15, 2022
I was super pumped about learning how to program circuit boards in this class until I stumbled upon some online reviews of the starter kit we were given and noticed that it’s very much geared towards children. Now I feel like Kramer when he took Karate with a bunch of 9 year olds. I’m still super pumped, only now with a slight complex.

makerlabs.com

Reviews
Scream Tracker 3

Scream Tracker 3

September 11, 2022
God, the memories I have of this...
Drinking three cans of Coke in a row and staying up until 4am every night producing techno in my parents basement. This sequencer was life in 1994-1996.
Electronics 101

Soldering & Electronics 101

September 7, 2022
A friend of mine told me about MakerLabs. I think I love this place. We both learned a ton in the soldering & electronics class, and by the end I was able to solder this little circuit board with an LED, resistor, and a switch. I also learned that I need glasses...

makerlabs.com

The Line

August 20, 2022
I think this crosses it.

neom.com

Love Hultén

August 19, 2022
I think I just found the coolest thing i’ve ever seen. Inspired beyond words... Everything that I love all rolled into one.

lovehulten.com

Robot Cat Mushrooms

Midjourney

August 13, 2022
Creating art with artificial intelligence? I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand, it’s pretty incredible the quality and styles that can be achieved in under 60 sec, and for almost no cost. On the other hand, artists with similar styles must be thinking... WTF! I created this image with 100% ai, and it looks like an album cover!

midjourney.com

Abduction Records

Abduction Records

August 12, 2022
It was in a Geology class at the University of Calgary when I first sketched a logo for my dream record label, Abduction Rekits. Little did I know back then that I would be creating logos for a living instead of looking at rock formations, but here I am. A bunch of years and mix tapes later, I decided to update the branding. All that’s left now is to produce some 90s techno again!

abductionrecords.com

MENU Skateshop

MENU Skateshop

July 15, 2022
The ONLY legit skateshop left in this town, and it’s owned by a really good dude. They’re also the only store in BC that gets the cool Nike Dunk SB releases. I used to buy Dunks here on release day back when there were no lines, no resellers, and no hype. I miss those days...

menuskateshop.com

Home Office

The Home Office

June 10, 2022
Not going to lie... living in California was paradise. However after 2 years of working in a dark corner of my bedroom facing a wall, this is also paradise... but in a different way. Here, the heat may come out of the vents instead of the sun, but at least my two cats aren’t my only friends.

Spotify Playlist
- Hip Hop Goats

April 29, 2022
THE best hip hop classics from the 80s right up to when it started to suck... (grumpy old man). KMD, Slick Rick, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Rakim. Need I say more? Then again, what do I care if you listen or not.
Widescreen VF

Widescreen VF

April 17, 2022
Definitely one of my favorite fonts right now. I was able to use it in a new client project, that I will be able to share shortly, where it fit perfectly into the brand. It’s a variable font with 3 axis for manipulation. Animating variable fonts for the web is my new favorite thing. Love it. 🖤

daltonmaag.com

Covid GIF

GIF of the Week

February 19, 2022
Lockdowns, isolation, lack of social gatherings, working from home (seemingly 24/7), and the distance that the last few years have brought, has affected my mental health quite a bit. It was far too easy for me to get into my own head, especially without having anyone to keep me out of it. Unfortunately I can tell it has affected my work and productivity. Fortunately however, I do see it improving day-by-day which gives me hope that I’ll be back to my regular levels of overthinking and self-doubt soon enough!
Illustration by Hunter French. Copyright © NBC, MSNBC and Today digital, 2021.
Valentines Poop

Happy Valentines

February 14, 2022
Who wants to give this pile of poop a hug? I made this for my girlfriend in 2017. She's now my wife, so I guess it worked!?
GUU

Guu with Garlic

February 10, 2022
This place is quite possibly my favorite resturant in the world. That’s all I’ll say.

guu-izakaya.com

My Viral Wiener

February 8, 2022
I made this hot dog animation as a joke while trying to learn some Cinema 4D. Next thing I know — 370K views and 13k likes on Instagram. I can’t explain these things...

The Instagram post

Spotify Playlist - AM Classics

February 7, 2022
66CFR was the oldies radio station in Calgary when I was growing up. I used to listen to it every night to fall asleep. This is a best of the best. Relaxing AF.
Bigfoot Cell Phone Case

Bigfoot Cell Phone Case

February 6, 2022
That’s a real testimonial from one of my many customers I swear I don’t know... If you want one too, hit me up!
Korean Chips

Korean Potato Chips

February 5, 2022
Find somebody that makes you as happy as this chicken wing makes that potato chip.

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