St. Bernard's Pass

My name is Brandon Bernard. I'm a graphic designer, storyboard and layout artist, and writer. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and lived in Los Angeles for 12 years, then in Austin, TX, for about a year, and I'm now in Brooklyn, NY. This blog is a virtual scrapbook of things that inspire me. Unless otherwise specified, the work here is not mine. Anything else you'd like to know? Feel free to hit up my "ask" box!


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    Hi, followers! I wanted to announce a new blog that I created on Tumblr called “Shell of the Nut: a microfiction brewery,” where I’ll be posting original works of short-short fiction (to those of you familiar with the term “flash fiction,” happy National Flash Fiction Day to you).

    I’ll be continuing to share awesome graphic design here at Design Intervention, but The Shell is my way of satisfying my more literary urges, by posting stories you can easily start and finish reading while you wait for your coffee order to be up.

    So swing by and check it out! I would love it if some of you followed my new blog.

    And, by the way, constructive feedback — as well as submissions! — are encouraged. I look forward to hearing from the wordsmiths among you…


    Swiss modern gig poster porn

    swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer mike joyce, owner of stereotype design in new york city. drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism, two movements that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters.

    Worth clicking through… Beautiful collection!


    selection from sky series by eric cahan

    The question every young writer asks is: “What should I write?” And the cliched answer is, “Write what you know.” This advice always leads to terrible stories in which nothing interesting happens. The best advice is not to write what you know, it’s write what you *like*. Write the kind of story you like best. We make art because we like art. All fiction, in fact, is fan fiction. The best way to find the work you should be doing is to think about the work you want to see done that isn’t being done, and then go do it. Draw the art you want to see, make the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read.

    Austin Kleon (via thelovelanguage)

    (via moncabinetdecuriosites)


    1. Pay attention to what you envy. Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You only envy those who have what you desire. Back when I was a Wall Street lawyer, some of my former law school classmates got together one evening, and compared notes on alumni career tracks. They spoke with admiration and, yes, jealousy, of a classmate who argued regularly before the Supreme Court. At first I felt critical of their envy. More power to that classmate! I thought, congratulating myself on my magnanimity. Then I realized that my largesse came cheap, because deep down I didn’t aspire to the accolades of lawyering. When I asked myself whom I did envy, the answer came back instantly. My college classmates who’d grown up to be writers, or psychologists.

    2. Ask yourself what you loved to do when you were a child. How did you answer the question of what you wanted to be when you grew up? The specific answer you gave may have been off the mark, but the underlying impulse was not. If you wanted to be a fireman, what did a fireman mean to you? A good man who rescued people in distress? A daredevil? Or the simple pleasure of operating a truck? If you wanted to be a dancer, was it because you got to wear a costume, or because you craved applause, or was it the pure joy of twirling around at lightning speed? You may have known more about who you were then than you do now.

    3. Pay attention to the work you gravitate to. When I was a lawyer, I never once volunteered to take on an extra corporate legal assignment, but I spent a lot of time doing pro bono work for a women’s leadership organization. I also sat on several law firm committees dedicated to mentoring and training young lawyers in the firm. Now I am not the committee type (I’m an introvert!), but the goals of those committees lit me up, so that’s what I did. Today I’m doing a version of this kind of work with my writing and consulting, and I wake up every day excited to get started.

    4. What makes you cry? This one comes courtesy of Steve Pavlina, over at Personal Development for Smart People. He advises that you sit down with a blank sheet of paper, ask yourself what your life purpose is, and keep writing down answers until you come to the one that makes you cry. I experienced a variation of this many years ago. I was having dinner with my good friend Katie Orenstein. I mentioned that I’d always wanted to be a writer but could never find the time to actually write anything. We were having a casual conversation, but I saw the depth of my emotions reflected back in Katie’s face. And I burst into tears. Now here I am, with my first book coming out next year. (Check out Katie’s inspiring Op-Ed project here; she may change your life too.)

    5. You may think I’m conflating work with life purpose here. I am. In an ideal world they will be one and the same. For many people, however, it’s not an ideal world. In that case, try to earn your income from work that doesn’t take too much time and energy. Then spend the rest of your time doing what you truly love.

    Yes! Yes! Yes!


    Mitch at Feed the Monsters scored himself an internship at Concept Arts (congrats, Mitch!) and was very responsibly asking me if I knew of any great Photoshop tutorials.


    Well, sadly, I didn’t have a really good answer for Mitch. So it got me to wondering, where do you all go to find cool tutorials? I reblog links to interesting tutorials that I see posted on Tumblr, but outside of that I don’t really shop the tutorials as much as I should. So, how about it? Where do you go for great lessons? Answer this post, or hit up my “ask” box, and I’ll try to share whatever I find out with everyone.


    Also, be sure to congratulate Mitch by following his excellent design/inspiration blog.

    The 2011 Spring Collection from St. Bernard Records. Get it (for free!) here.

    poster designed by Pulse Advertising


    The summer of 2002 I worked at a movie theatre in Albuquerque, and the one thing I wanted before I left to go back to school was this poster. Inexplicably, my bosses at the theatre mailed me a One Hour Photo poster instead. :/

    This is one of my favorite Eames quotes, so I set it in the Eames Century Modern typeface from House Industries that my girlfriend and her mother gave me for Christmas. The photo is one I took of a detail of the Eames House in Southern California.

    Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

    Ira Glass (via hyperallergic)

    (via processrepeat)

    I still have 18 of these signed and numbered prints for sale at my store, St. BernART. At a mere $10 a pop, they’re a steal, so get one for yourself and that Jules Verne/steampunk/literature/nautical enthusiast on your holiday shopping list!


    Simply visit StBernardsPass and click on the red “store” button at the top to place your order. But hurry: whatever remains after the 1st of the year will be sold off on Etsy, and will have to be slightly more expensive…

    What I do on Halloween…


    poster designed by B.D. Fox Independent 

    Poster designed by Crew Creative Advertising

    Character poster concepts for Universal Pictures’ Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, by Brandon Bernard

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