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April 18, 2009

Silent Auction was a Roaring Success!

We did it! And by ‘we’ I am referring to Nike, Nikassi, Paramount and Bauer Graphics. In two weeks time we were all able to work together to put together a silent auction to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.


The day went smoother than silk. Nikassi beer was there with a keg of their finest and more than 30 auctions were available and getting populated fast. Bauer Graphics provided the food, posters and bid sheets for the auction. Our friend Danielle from Paramount stepped in at the last minute to help out with the printing.


Tony the T-man coordinated and emceed the entire event and handled everything exceptionally down to the last minutes of each auction. DJ Brad Mos-en-beats was on hand to put together a genius list of music that included one of our fave-raves; the Beastie Boys. New father Dr. G.C. Davies was on hand and on “Nikassi tap detail” throughout the event. Everything and everyone on Nike’s end was simply stellar.


Our own resident designer J. Yeager was on hand to auction off his ‘blank stare at a white wall’ mannequin skills. Unfortunately, we did not have a bid sheet printed up for him so he stood perfectly still for three hours for no reason whatsoever.


All jokes aside, the auction raised a lot of money for a good cause. More importantly, the event raised a tremendous amount of spirit and good feelings. We can’t wait till the next opportunity to help out with another worthy cause.

April 16, 2009

Want to Live Longer? Stop Worrying

If you want to live to a hundred, you’d better lighten up.Children of centenarians—who usually inherit both longevity and personality traits from their parents—are on average more outgoing, agreeable, and less neurotic, according to a new study.

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April 15, 2009

30 Creative Examples of Using Paper in Web Designs

In this showcase, you’ll see some of the best web designs that involve the use of paper elements and textures – for your inspiration.

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April 14, 2009

Ten Graphic Design Paradoxes

Some good insights, here is one of my faves: “If we want to make money as a graphic designer, we must concentrate on the work — not the money: Whenever I’ve taken on design projects “just for the money,” disaster has invariably ensued. When we put money first and work second, we end up with bad work & an even worse balance sheet”.

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April 13, 2009

Think Different

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

- Apple Computer in 1997

April 10, 2009

43 Really Useful Photoshop Tutorials For Excellent 3d Effect

Designers love all of those tutorials that can help them to learn more and more everyday and give them direction to design more beautiful and attractive creative works. Today, we are going to list down 43 Brilliant Photoshop Tutorials For Excellent 3d Effects. We hope you all will like this collection.

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April 9, 2009

30 high-quality free fonts for professional designs

Designers need high quality fonts or typefaces. This round up post brings what you need! A very useful post ;)

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April 8, 2009

Winnowing gold to save some bronze

We are quite sure that everyone has heard the ol’ wheat-n-chaff cliché. That’s the one about distinguishing the wanted from the unwanted, the valuable from the relatively valueless.

That phrase comes from the simple agricultural practice of exposing wheat to the wind so that the chaff blew away and the grains remained. It was a process called ‘winnowing’ and it has been around for thousands of years.

When the wind wasn’t up to the task, enterprising wheat farmers would take oar-like fans to create an artificial breeze to expedite the winnowing process. Having your workday over swiftly back in 300 BC meant more free time to throw rocks or contemplate why the sun and moon always fight for dominion of the sky.

Flash forward to 2009 as we see the metaphorical version of winnowing going on in the workplace. Boardroom farmers are putting the employees into a pile and waiting for the forcasting winds to tell them what employees will need to be blown out of the payroll. The problem is, the forecast has been so bleak that these farmers are all taking up oars and beating the crap out of anyone that is popping their heads out of the pile for air.

That kind of environment is not at all healthy for anyone.

So, with all of the insane oar-poundings going on, we at Bauer Graphics thought it was time to reinvigorate our super-happy-funtime-blog. Many of you may remember the blog from back in 2005, and had always asked where it had gone. Well, it didn’t go anywhere, we had just turned it into an internal resource for our designers to get tips and ideas on how to better their craft.

We are now about to re-launch this bad boy to the general public and hope that we can put some smiles on some faces to get people through the day.

April 7, 2009

A message from the President of Bauer Graphics

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Neal Bauer and I am the President a Portland based graphic design studio called Bauer Graphics Funtime Emporium and Waffle Hut. Due to the current state of the economy, we can no longer afford to replace the light bulbs on our exterior signage. Because of this we have opted to change our name to simply ‘Bauer Graphics’ instead. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may cause.

We are wasting no time in 2009 in getting our message out to vendors about our new suite of services. This is why we chose the first week in March to launch this new series of initiatives.

Click the link below to have your minds blown:


(longer URL can be furnished upon request)

If you are still reeling from the capabilities document you have just read, please fold your arms on your desk and put your head down until the room stops spinning. Then, forward this to anyone in your organization who needs a dose of kick ass marketing, merchandising and design.

Remember, if it doesn’t say Bauer Graphics*, it should shut the hell up once in a while.

Neal Bauer
el Presidente


* Formerly Bauer Graphics Funtime Emporium and Waffle Hut

April 6, 2009

19 Amazing Free Graphic and Image Editors for Designers

In this article you will find a range of Free editors that can be used by graphic designers, photographers, animators, artists and even kids. Some have basic functionality, for the amateur or learner, others are very powerful and professional, suitable for the professional.

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