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John Deere 175th Anniversary Poster

GSD&M was working on a poster for John Deere’s 175th Anniversary and they wanted a collection of logos from across the years with different degrees of age and wear. When they first called the idea was to try and get some merchandise from ebay and hopefully get enough to do the poster. Little did they know Adam’s father in law and his family have been farming central Texas land for over 100 years, and most of the time with John Deere gear. They asked if we could deliver at least 20 logos. In the end we came away with over 60 unique John Deer emblems spanning decades of farming.

It was a beautiful day to be out of the studio, roaming the fields with camera and lights in hand, searching for that little jumping deer.

American Photography 28 – WE’RE IN!!!!

Question: What’s the most exciting email the studio received this week? Answer: The one from Ernie Monteiro of Time Inc. custom publishing letting us know an image we created for Proto Magazine was chosen to be in American Photography 28 along side some really amazing work. All we can say is Woo-Hoooo!!!! Read the original blog post about the image and see construction pictures of the wire brain here.


Laura Sawicki’s Mixer

Austin’s own Laura Sawicki of La Condesa, was recently named to Food & Wine’s list of Best New Pastry Chefs 2012. To highlight this honor Tribeza magazine asked us to photograph Laura’s stand mixer for their May Cuisine Issue. We’re still finding flour on the floor…. And the ceiling. Yes, my 25 foot ceiling.

AARP Tennis Elbow

You know we love to set stuff on fire here at the studio, so when AARP asked for an image to illustrate the burning of tennis elbow, we were happy to oblige. Robin built the  structure out of tennis paraphernalia (rackets, balls, grip tape and racket strings), then Adam got to burn it down.

Esquire – Food & Drink Adam’s Way

Man oh man I love shooting for Esquire. Although I have to complain about having thirty egg mc muffins in my studio. They made the whole place smell like farts for days. Those things are seriously gross. But it worked out in the end, we got to wash them down with an old school ramos fizz. Which also smells a little odd. Oh well.

Below are the printed pages and some outtakes; a concept image on Stephen King, and an additional mc muffin option.

Runner’s World – Running on Empty

We had the pleasure of working with Runner’s World on an article about eating disorders and distance runners. Thank’s to Monty for naturally looking like he runs 10 miles a day.

I don’t know about you, but if I were to run 26 miles there better be a bucket of Lucy’s fried chicken waiting at the finish line.

Proto Magazine

Every visual metaphor for medical research has been done, but Proto, the magazine of Massachusetts General Hospital, pushed us to come up with a couple more. We were flattered to contribute art to this issue, which also included the work of many we admire like Bruce Peterson and Jamie Chung just to name two.  And before you ask, “how did you build that thing,” construction shots of the brain are at the end.

More work for Money

Last Fall, Money magazine called and asked us to do another set of section openers for December, which was also the launch of their re-design and first iPad issue. I love how the new design elevates and complements simple conceptual still life. Now, where did I store all those boxes of money…..?