LinkLuv: 16 April

Could Brandon Kidder be the next Thomas Kinkade? The 26 year old Minnesota portraitist recently illustrated a book for author Tania Frankie, and 22 Christian retail stores across the state are selling his prints and — wait for it — magnets. Via Iconia.

Recap of the Transforming Culture Syposium, held earlier this month in Austin, Texas. Part two of the recap here, both from Diary of an Arts Pastor.

Help DataPortability choose a new logo. After receiving a cease and desist notice from an overly uptight RedHat they’re making the best of it by letting the public design and choose their new identity. Vote here.

Temporary graffiti, developed by the Graffiti Research Lab, is there at night and gone in the morning. Story from Time via Arts Journal

I had the boards for the bed I’m building delivered to my office-mate’s garage last week while I was in Indiana. Last night I made it over to his place to examine the stack of long maple sticks and see about getting them back to my own house. While measuring and cutting the wood in my friend’s driveway I noticed that the units of the duplex he lives in were labeled with letters over the garage door. Why not over the entry (to the left of the garage in the above photograph)? This seemed to me another indication of how immersed in the automobile culture America is — even if the letter was applied without much forethought, which is also the likely case.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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