The Idol and the Whip T-shirt

Wednesday, 10.17.12 at 12:29 pm
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In life we rarely need just one thing. Often you need one thing and only really want another. Need overcomes want, but there is nothing like the whole package. We are now offering the full package to fans of Chop Shop. You too can have it all, both the idol and the whip. God help those who try and make you choose. Available for Men in black (standard stock) or chocolate (American Apparel 2001) and for women in chocolate (American Apparel 2102). Read More…

Election Central Interactive at NCC

Thursday, 09.27.12 at 1:46 pm
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Election Central Exhibit
We were recently asked  to design and help develop an interactive election themed exhibit at the National Constitution Center, located in the heart of historic Philadelphia. Election Central features eight private voting booths (see below) that ask the user to choose the 3 issues they consider most important to them in the coming election.

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Mostly Ex-Presidents As Badass Secret Agents

Thursday, 07.12.12 at 1:42 pm
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Part of our new line of Civilicious t-shirt designs are Two illustrations featuring 6 ex-presidents inspired by the actual (now largely ceremonial) code names given to each of the presidents by the Secret Service, a tradition that began with Harry S. Truman.

Liberally motivated Team Blue, with agents Deacon, Eagle and Renegade, are keeping the world safe for Democracy and maintaining the social safety net. Comes for men and women on navy or silver colored tees.

Join Team Red, with agents Rawhide, Timberwolf and Searchlight, as they embark on a daring scheme to spread Democracy and cut taxes! Get it for men or women on cranberry or charcoal tees.

Presidents Play for President’s Day

Monday, 02.20.12 at 11:18 am
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Presidents Play Tshirt
We have recently been posting 8-bit versions of the most beloved American presidents in recent days for an upcoming design for this Spring. We couldn’t help but run a small batch of George and Abe called, “Presidents Play” just in time for the holiday.

A “Fab”ulous Ten Years of Music

Wednesday, 12.14.11 at 7:48 pm
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If you are like me and like bands that are bigger than Jesus, play live spontaneous shows on rooftops, like to cross streets in perfect line formation and are at least 75% the Eggmen — well, then you will have to love this new tshirt design from Chop Shop.

In all there are 62 icons that relate to fab history and 23 icons that symbolize specific songs. Some can only be cracked by die-hard fans. Let us know if you get them all and we will deem you wonderfoul.

New York City Subway Train Costume

Sunday, 10.30.11 at 10:32 pm
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Little guys like cars, trucks & trains. Little guys (and big guys) in New York City tend to be a little infatuated with the subway. Living across the street from the Transit Museum doesn’t help… Because of this, every year when my wife and I ask our oldest son (now age 4): “What do you want to be this year for Halloween?”, what he hears is “What subway train so you want to be this year for Halloween?”. Last year he wanted to be the three train – this year, after much discussion, he has decided to be the seven.

So last year I eagerly spent over 80 hours (4 or 5 sleepless nights) building this custom NYC Subway Train costume for my son, and despite the fact that part of me would have easily been convinced to attempt something totally new this year, replacing the numbers and getting some sleep is a welcome change. I had intended to post the project last year, now I can do that too…

Full photoset posted on Flickr .

Added lights on the inside, my son sometimes asks me why I didn’t make the doors open and close automatically.

Time lapse of the inside foam-core structure being assembled.

You Are The Center of The Solar System

Friday, 10.28.11 at 9:00 am
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You Are The Sun is the latest space themed tee by Chop Shop Store. Following on iconic tees that collected various deep space missions and historic Earth orbit missions, this new design draws a new picture of The Solar System as we know it today, complete with Carl Sagan’s pale blue dot.

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Speaking @ HOW Interactive Design Conference

Monday, 08.29.11 at 11:29 pm
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This Fall the design forces behind HOW Magazine are unleashing the first-ever HOW Interactive Design Conference in San Francisco November 2–4.

This new event is designed for creatives who are looking to boost their interactive design chops. Maybe you’re a designer who’s dabbled in web design but want to deepen your knowledge of CSS and HTML. Maybe you’ve done some interactive design but want to learn more about subjects like user experience and content strategy.

It’s humbling to not only be speaking at the conference but to be part of the advisory board as well. The goal is to expand a designers knowledge to encompass the fundamentals of interactive design. It’s about making smarter stronger designers by demystifying the stuff that slows us down.

If you are looking for an inspiring three-day design relevant experience that expands your understanding of all things interactive, this is the one. Sign up by September 1, you’ll save $100 off your registration fee. Use the code MATTHEW you’ll save $50 more.

Illustration, Inspiration, SVA & Bluecanvas

Monday, 08.15.11 at 5:36 pm
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The MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program at School of Visual Arts was recently featured in Bluecanvas Magazine. As part of the collaboration, I was asked to be part of an informal (and documented) conversation about storytelling, illustration and the graduate program itself.

We are all natural born storytellers. We draw before we can write or speak. As children, our drawings reflect how we see and feel about ourselves and the world around us.

– Marshall Arisman, Chair

Every fall and spring I am reminded how awesome the Illustration as Visual Essay program truly is, and what an honor it is to be a part of it. (Vimeo link)

The Chopping Block Wants to Keep Listening

Thursday, 08.11.11 at 5:06 pm
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We at The Chopping Block are dedicated to the continued listening for signs of other life coming from deep space. Especially as we are are running out of new alien icons to update our alienWe shirt and are always in need of new references. We surely wouldn’t want to miss ET’s phone call as he may have some friends to suggest adding to our design. Help keep The Allen Telescope Array online and looking for intelligent signs of life.

* The Interrobang is an advanced form of alien punctuation designating curiosity and excitement all at the same time.