thealanknox Dot Com Gets a Facelift

January 15th, 2009

You wouldn’t know it save the National Bureau of Economic Research’s early December revelation – but we’re finally in a recession. So what better way to fight it? Don’t save; simplify. Forget existentialism – essentialism, baby. Instead of spending all free waking hours sitting in trees, lets sit on, where less is more. Hope you like it.

Why America Won’t Last

September 12th, 2008

I just read a CNN poll – only 16% of Americans surveyed said they do anything significant to mark the 9/11 attacks each year. A mere 7 years after the worst attack on American soil. That attack we would never forget. That purple fury that would never die. Grandpa, thanks. I’m so sorry.

Valentine Group

June 12th, 2008

I honestly don’t know if you can find anything wrong with these guys. Some of the most stunning craftsmanship on the market. The visual elegance is unsurpassed. Beyond that, these folk launched the magazine Real Simple, which entered the scene unequivocally as the home design magazine standard.

Accept & Proceed

May 29th, 2008

Just perusin around in between portfolio, identity, website and job search work. I’ve determined – shows how rook I am – that googling is not your design friend. Chainlinking or something to that effect is what it do. Put differently, find a designer you like and then go study the ones he/she likes. Repeat process. Just make sure you can spare the time.

Check out dude called Von. I recognized some of his other work from Build’s ‘Get Involved’ poster campaign. It’s about 2/3 down. Also recall seein it in collab with aussie Justin M. Maller. Should be relatively near the top of the page on Maller’s site, which is worth your time.


May 20th, 2008

Alright, here is the new status – after a significant 3 month holding period, of course. No one died in the tornado on my campus, though many died across the states. 51 students got injured, 2 critically. By the grace of the Christ, not all of my possessions are gone, and, yes, the computer did make it! So it’s not all gone, and I still have a portfolio! In fact, most of my main possessions that I cared most about [computer, bible, lebron james drawing, and books] made it out. David Hume probably has an explanation for that …

I am three days graduated and trying to get my bearings straight like western Alaska. I’m searching for a communication design job in Nashville right now. While I am in wait mode between resumes and interviews I am updating the site as well as trying to perfect what exists in my portfolio. In other words – I have designated this period to strengthening what remains instead of tackling new tasks. Right now I need the focus, because, frankly, I’ll be grindstonin it hard enough in a few months.


February 7th, 2008

As many of my readers probably know, my school, Union University has just gone through a devastating tornado. No one is dead, though some are injured. My possessions are gone however, including my computer. All 4 years of college, gone. So what elements of my portfolio are still online will have to remain as a representation of what I can do and the direction I want to go. This is a very difficult time and honestly I am not too awful focused on the design world right now. I still have my first love, and that is Christ. What a sad day for the droves in design who have nothing more than a few shiny pixels. Jesus is real but that’s not enough. If Romans is true, convincing you that Jesus is real is a waste of effort. What matters is that Jesus saves us from the wrath of the Father and furthermore, he solves the sin problem. That’s what matters. And that’s a disaster I’ll never be able to make sense of.