Connecting the Dots – 2009 Cincinnati Children’s Annual Report

Via: Tom Immen, By Way of: Real Art Blog

We were lucky enough to work with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital again this year on their annual report. In 2009, they launched the first of three institutes – a model that will bring doctors and researchers together in a new way that will keep docs current and researchers surrounded by real world case studies. We developed the theme “Connecting the Dots” as a way of explaining how Cincinnati Children’s is aligning research, education and patient care.

Major props are in order to Patrice for leading the design and art directing the photo shoots. Supporting credits are due to Mary for assisting in the layout, Jenn and Andrew for creative input, Crystal for the cover design, and Rob for managing a major print run that included a 24+ hour press check. Finally, thanks are due to Ryan Kurtz for the great photography, and RR Donnelley for the beautiful printing.

If you think the annual looks sharp online, you need to hold it in your hands to enjoy its unique size, gorgeous spot uv cover, and rounded corner goodness.

This annual was printed on RR Donnelley’s 16-unit KBA perfecting Rapida 105. For more info about the press or last year’s annual report visit the previous circa71 posting: G33K FIX


And just like that Halloween 09 is gone…

Despite some crappy windy wet weather leading up to the party Saturday cleared off for another wonderful Halloween evening. Special thanks to Tom Davis, Andy Nick, Rick Smith and everyone else who always helps to make these parties so special. Enjoy the photos—if anyone has any to add please send them to me via: I’d love to add them to the slideshow below.


H09 Slideshow of photos | H09 invite & poster design: Tom Davis
Invite printing: Oregon Printing Co. | Posters: All System’s Color, Inc.

Seeking Meet Me At The Club Donations

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Dear DCS friend and supporter,

Thanks for all your continued support and well wishes for the continued success of Dayton Creative Syndicate. Every year DCS teams up with our sister-organization, The Greater Dayton Advertising Association and two other groups, AMA and IABC to sponsor a silent auction holiday party to celebrate the season and benefit all the groups involved.

The way it works is easy—each organization seeks out donations of products, services or discounts to be auctioned the night of the party. Then the proceeds from the sales of these donated items go to help to support: on-going education, programming, public service projects, and much more. Your donation not only helps the continuation of DCS, but is good publicity for your company as well.

So that’s our spiel—please help us by contributing what you can. Every items helps. In return we’ll do our best to promote the items and your company and you’ll have our enduring thanks.

The sooner you donate, the more you’ll benefit from the pre-event publicity which includes an item/donor list posted on our Web site(s), e-mail blasts, and more…plus, this year you can follow us on Twitter via: @mmatc As donations come we’ll promote the donated items and who the generous donor(s) are.

To see a list of items that have already been donated

To donate items

This year please mark your calendars for our annual Holiday Party & Auction at the NCR Country Club on Thursday, December 3, 2009. The theme this year is “Meet Me at the Club”, and we intend to bring back the glitz and celebrate the renewed optimism of the late 1930s.

Mark your calendar: Thurs., Dec. 3 at NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail, Kettering.
Registration/networking will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the event beginning at 6:30.

To reserve your spot for the holiday party.

If you have any questions about donations or the event, please contact DCS president, Patrice Hall via email: or DCS Director, Rob Anspach via email:


DCS Presents: Craig Neuman from Barkley


For the past 5 years, Craig Neuman has nurtured great ideas into great design as Creative Director at Midwestern creative powerhouse, Barkley. The Kansas City-based, full-service advertising agency has built up an impressive client list and some impressive work. They also have a rocket on top of their building and, among other notable quirks, they are 100% employee-owned.

Clearly, Barkley takes their work seriously, but they don’t take themselves too seriously—and neither does Neuman. Just watch his discussion about Americans butchering the Queen’s English and you can see that he delights in observing and critiquing the world around him. Craig’s work has appeared in The One Show Annual, Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, National ADDYs and POP Times.

DCS will present Craig Neuman at SAA on Monday, November 9 beginning at 6:00PM. That’s coming up very soon and seating is limited, so register online now to reserve your spot.



  • DCS members: $5
  • Non-members: $10
  • Students (cash at door only with valid student ID): $5

Register Online

(You will be taken to GDAA’s website for payment and registration)

About Craig Neuman

Craig oversees a talented design group at Barkley that works on strategy and execution of brand identity, packaging and POP displays. His work has been honored by Communication Arts, Graphis, Print Regional Design Annual, National Gold Addys and One Show Design Annuals. Craig has been involved with creating effective communication strategies for clients including 24-Hour Fitness, Sonic Drive-ins, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, L’Oreal, March of Dimes and H+R Block.

Perhaps his proudest moment? Winning a James Beard Award, the culinary equivalent of an Oscar, for best restaurant graphics in the nation.

Image Dump: 102809

With Halloween around the corner I thought we needed an image dump with a theme! Enjoy








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Indians: Part II

An update on some work that is still in progress by my buddy Tom Davis


Tom started this first of 2 American Indians back in July and we’ve just gotten around to a second sitting where we added the gilded frame to the first Indian. We still have a session to add the gold color to the frame and the sepia toned wash to the Indian but as you can see from the picture below I’m real jazzed about our progress.

I knew the addition of the frame would turn a decent sized piece into one that covers the back of my calf but seeing it now I’m really happy with the size and placement, not to mention Tom’s work. If you haven’t looked him up for your next tattoo I highly suggest you do. You can contact Tom via e-mail: or give him a shout at Wells Tattoo in Vandalia.

2009 Hollinger Applebutter 108th Reunion


By: Rob Anspach (Bonnie Hollinger, Barbra Minton, Jennifer Romick)

2009 applebutter weekend started off a bit touch-n-go on the wet side as cold October winds and rain greeted my son Dallas, his girlfriend Kate and I as we journeyed back into Mark and Pam Heirholzer’s woods Thursday to set up camp. After setting up mom’s trailer we decided pretty quickly to get a fire started and that we not only needed to get some tarps up to block the rain but that we could also use a few more. After a quick trip to Ansonia Lumber the tarps were stretched out from the trees, we began the process of staying dry and cooking around the fire. As evening approached we were joined by several others throughout the night.

Friday morning rolled around and Mother Nature greeted us with much more of the same weather. After a late morning breakfast Joe Ungericht and I ran to pickup cider and apples at Downings Orchard over by New Madison, Ohio. The apple smell when we walked in the barn at the orchard was truly overpowering. I’ve never wanted to eat an apple so badly in my whole life. All toll this year we used 13 bushels of 4 varieties of apples and 90 gallons of cider. Despite the rain and the cooler temperatures many of our relatives came out Friday night to find the bad weather subsiding for the weekend. Those who braved the elements gathered around the fires and under the tarps to enjoy several massive trays of ribs and other assorted goodies. Festivities continued well into the night and left yours truly as a casualty beside the fire.

Soon after and early Saturday morning the applebutter fires were started and our process of making applebutter began by boiling down the cider, coring, peeling and snitzing the apples. Everything proceeded as if we’ve done this a time or two in the past and around lunch we gathered together for a few announcements, the saying of grace and a wonderful meal compliments of the many generations of wonderful cooking traditions that run through our family. I’m always amazed by the amount of wonderful dishes—the pie table alone is enough to challenge even the sweetest tooth of the group. And of course the chicken spitted and cooked rotisserie style over the file is always a treat.

As day turned into night everyone began lining their crocks up in anticipation of the fresh hot applebutter. This year’ we finished with 38 gallons. Once everyone claimed their applely deliciousness many gathered around the chicken fire-pit for a festive end to a hard day’s efforts. Overall our attendance was a little lower this year than it has been in the past. Thanks to all of those who joined us this year and special wishes go out to all our family members and friends who were unable to join us for this years event. You were all missed.

The Hollinger applebutter reunion is a wonderful event that helps to pass on our families culture, heritage and our traditions. Special thanks to all those who help keep this event going year after year.

Photos from 2009
Please follow this link to view photos from the 2009 applebutter reunion.

If you took photos and would like to add or upload them to this Flickr set simply e-mail photos to this e-mail address:

Unexplained Artifacts: Part 2

Every once in a while archaeologists and sometimes regular people, make some remarkable discoveries. Stunned, they are often unable to explain what it is they’ve found, how it came into existence, or ascertain its value. This is the second of two posts of a comprehensive listing of such artifacts; artifacts that many believe should have never existed given the discerned age/period of their creation.

Unexplainable fossils and metal objects

Geology is a relatively “new” science. The progress and developments made through experimentation are absolutely remarkable and have helped in many other fields. Still, there are some things yet to be explained. Though the honeycomb pattern of paleodictyon is already well known, we remain stumped as to the creation of such and more questions are being raised.


For example, a fossil of a human handprint was found in limestone estimated to be more than 110 million years, a fossilized human finger with just as much, and the aparent discovery of a human footprint that possibly sported a sandal which dates to more than 300 million years ago. These amazing fossilized imprints/remains have left the scientific community scratching their collective heads. Not to mention the 65 million year old semi-ovoid metallic tubes being dug out of France, the unusual block of coal discovered 124 years ago which contained a metal cube that couldn’t have formed naturally within the lump, and many more such things

The Piri Reis map

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In 1929, a group of historians made what can only be described as an amazing discovery, written on the skin of a gazelle. After study and research, they found that it is a genuine map drawn in 1513 by Piri Reis, a well documented admiral of the Turkish navy. He depicts Europe and North Africa, the coast of Brazil, several islands (Azores, Canary Islands, and the mythical island of Antilia), and even Antarctica, which was thought to be discovered more than 300 years later. The most puzzling thing is not that it shows we need to rethink the chronology for a number of exploratory discoveries, but that it describes Antarctica’s topography as not being masked by ice and in great detail. The last time that occured was more than 6000 years ago. Tell me then. How did a Turkish admiral from half a millenium ago map a continent that’s been covered by ice for the last 6000 years?

The Nazca Lines

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The Nazca drawings (or lines) definitely have something otherworldly about them. Discovered in 1930 — when the US inaugurated two new commercial lines — they cover 450 square km and some measure more than 200m in length. They depict lines, geometrical figures, animals and figures that we haven’t entirely figured out yet (many believe them to be constellations). Whether made for the gods or for some other reason, it’s obvious that they were meant to be seen from the sky. Scientists have had trouble trying to figure out how they could have been designed and created without somebody directing the work from above. We can only marvel at these amazing figures and continue to wonder how and why they were created by a people called the Nasca.

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nazca lines

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The mysterious city of Nan Madol – a city built on corals

The city of Nan Madol was built between 200 B.C. – 800 A.D., on a coral reef near Micronesia. It consisted of about 100 artificial islands made from huge basalt blocks and connected with viaducts. From the start, it dazzles us with a mix of the bizarre and grandeur. From the start it seems incongruous; 250 million tons of offshore basalt in the middle of nowhere. How were these huge blocks quarried, transported, and placed in the perfect spot? Even by today’s standards, it would an impressive engineering feat. Additionally, the reasoning behind its development remains a mystery. Archaelogists have few clues as to what happened to the civilization responsibile for its creation.

The Sacsayhuaman walls

Near the city of Cuzco, more than 3500 meters above sea level, these amazing walls first fascinated the Spanish conquistadores. They were astonished to discover how these people who, according to them, were ignorant and lacked the ability of logical reasoning required to have built such wonders. They are in fact 3 concentric walls, the average being roughly 360 meters in length and 6 meters in height, made from limestone blocks that weigh about 300 tons each. They didn’t use mortar or any other kind of cement to bind the walls, but they are carved and placed in such a way packed so closely that even a sharp knife can’t be wedged between 2 blocks. Scientists have tried to achieve this at a much smaller scale and have failed in their efforts to replicate the tight joints of the Sacsayhuaman walls.

Info via: ZME Science

DCS Presents: Modern Dog

Modern Dog

Dayton Creative Syndicate proudly presents guest speakers Robynne Raye and Michael Strassburger from Seattle-based Modern Dog Design Company. They will focus on the 22 year history of their company with a few highlighted client relationships. Learn about how they got started, how to be persistent but not annoying, their creative process and how they get their ideas into production. They will be giving out a lot of small presents and door prizes to people who ask good questions.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, one lucky attendee will win a free copy of Adobe Creative Suite 4, courtesy of the DCS Adobe User Group!

Seating is limited, so register online today to ensure your spot.


  • Thursday, September 24 @ 6:00
  • School of Advertising Art – 1725 East David Road
  • Q+A and book signing afterward
  • CS4 raffle prize provided by the DCS Adobe User Group
  • Drink tickets for sale at the door
  • Please help us promote this event by printing and hanging our poster


  • $10 DCS members
  • $20 non-members (Envious of the member price? Join today!)
  • $5 students*

Register Online Now

About Modern Dog

Since co-founding Modern Dog Design Co. in 1987, Robynne Raye and Michael Strassburger have continued to do work for entertainment and retail companies – both local and national – and counts poster, packaging and identity projects as some of their favorite work. Recent clients include the Disney, Seattle Aquarium., Blue Q, Olive Green Dog Products, Shout! Factory and HarperCollins. They have received recognition from every major design organization in the U.S., and their posters are represented in the permanent archives of the Louvre (Rohan Marsan wing), the Library of Congress, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe, the Warsaw National Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum among others. Currently they both teach at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, In 2008, Chronicle Books published their monograph, Modern Dog: 20 Yeas of Poster Art.

*Student rate only available at the event. Must present a valid student ID. Cash only please.