Ben Dunkle’s Blog

You might also want to check out
Field 2, my design consultancy | My teaching website

Apr 8th
2015

Doodle

  

Mar 24th
2015

New stuff

making some gauche drawings/paintings  

         

Mar 18th
2015

Why I don’t put a link to my website in my clients’ footers

Because it looks bad. When someone builds your house, they don’t put “built by houses-r-us™”. When someone replaces your roof, maybe they’ll stick a sign in your lawn saying “Roof by roofs-r-us™”, but you’re gonna yank that thing out pretty quickly.

If people want to know who built my site, they’ll contact the site owner.

Feb 18th
2015

Lorem Ipsum

Why do we use this in designing comps? There’s a psychological occurrence that needs to be explored here. “Pretend this is the text that will really be hear” is a loaded request.

Jan 25th
2015

Nancy soccer

She’s the only one on the field without an “uh” sound at the end of her name. The coaches are playing with them in a little scrimmage, and they keep kicking the balls at the girls.

Jan 18th
2015

Sunday morning Wacom fun

alpha

Jan 13th
2015

More type :)

IMG_3352.JPG

Jan 13th
2015

Alphabet

Trying to do more hand fonts in 2015.

IMG_3351-0.JPG

Jan 11th
2015

Depeche Mode

Always been one of my favorite bands, but their songs are hit or miss. Actually, the segments of their songs are like that. At times they can blow me away with Gahan’s vocals and the layers beneath, and then lose me with a shift into something that’s just not right.

E.g.:

The chorus there is as good as anything DM has done, but the rest of the song is just eh. Still, I’ll take it.

Jan 6th
2015

On teaching

The best way to teach is to learn with your students.

Jan 2nd
2015

2015 New Year’s Resolutions

  • Read more
  • Write more
  • Art more
  • Music more
  • Consume less
  • Clean up
Aug 29th
2014

Narrow focus

Responsive design means narrowing your viewport to see if you can still understand the content.

 

May 28th
2014

Nancy the swimmer

So Nan has decided she doesn’t want to swim. Well, she’s always complained about going to swim team but I finally caved and stopped bringing her. I guess that makes me a bad parent. I just got sick of fighting with her, dragging her out the door with a grocery bag of wet towels, suits, goggles, and caps, any of which was likely to be missing and therefore a culprit for another crisis at the pool.

I get it; I hated it too. Somehow I kept going, though. Do I regret it? Probably not. It led to my success as a lifeguard, all those years making easy money sitting around. I try to dangle that carrot in front of her, telling her she’ll never have the easy life I did, that waiting tables and bagging groceries is for chumps. She doesn’t really care though. At least now.

May 17th
2014

Game idea

This is so simple, and doable

  • You control a node
  • You can move that node around in a fixed 2d space
  • If you collide with another node, you fight by clicking as fast as you can
  • If you click faster than that node, you grow
  • Clickrate is modified by your size
  • The bigger you are, the slower you have to click to win the fight
  • goal: destroy/absorb every other node
Nov 14th
2013

Hard to get into new music

There’s so much great music out there, but I can’t really find any. Problem is, the times in my life when I really discovered music were when I had a little peer pressure –  high school, college, working in an office – and the people around me would play stuff, make me listen to stuff, that at first sounded like dirt but after a few listens and seeing how enthusiastic the proponents were, I’d get into it and start listening on my own. Nowadays, there’s no impetus to listen to a new song more than once, even if someone suggests it on Facebook or Spotify. I need a music pusher.

Oct 16th
2013

The good old days of 25¢ video games

Once upon a time I was an arcade junkie. I would dump quarter upon quarter trying to understand the inner workings of the most beautiful machines I knew of, these arcade consoles. But I never had enough money.
My cousin Paul dinardo, apparently, did, as he pwned the high-score in tempest (the greatest video game ever) in Virginia Beach, circa 1980. He was also an amazing athlete, like the rest of the DiNardos.

Oct 16th
2013

Life

For me, life is seeing. Drawing is regurgitation.

Sep 26th
2013

Chubby design

You heard it here first, folks. The next big thing in cutting-edge design is hereby being dubbed “chubby” design.
What is chubby?
Bursting at the seams
Easy/inviting to touch/rub
The opposite of all this hyperthin helvetica apple rolled out with ios 7
Get the first unapologetic chubby design today – the chubbies icon font: https://github.com/field2/chubbies

Sep 24th
2013

Eli playing tuba

20130924-181024.jpg

Sep 21st
2013

Easy BBQ Chicken

Ingredients:

1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces, or whatever bone-in chicken you have laying around

1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

———-

Start the grill.

Dump the bottle of sauce in a pot. Fill the bottle with water, shake it up, pour into the pot.

When it’s boiling, add the chicken. Cook for 20-25 minutes or sostirring occasionally,  until the chicken starts to fall of the bone a little.

Throw the chicken on the cooler side of the grill, if you can do indirect heat, otherwise make sure the grill is on low. You don’t want it to stick.

Brush some of the sauce on the chicken and cover. Wait a bit, brush more sauce on, wash, rinse, repeat until there’s like 1/4 of the original sauce left in the pot, and the chicken has some nice chariness/crispiness to it.

Throw the chicken back in the pot to coat w/the sauce and serve.

Older Posts »