The Bolt Shirt – Retro Muscle Leather Bar 1970

Posted in Dark Designs, Dark Logos, Dark Themes, Dark Typography, RedBubble Designs with tags on June 3, 2014 by darkvotum

From the nostalgic times of San Francisco gay bars, I decided to re-create my favorite t-shirt. The Bolt bar came in the late ’70s with some other famous bars in Folsom Street.

The bar had an audience of big bodybuilders and leather men, and definitely was my favorite bar to sport my muscles. The Bolt always reminded one of the superheroes fantasy with supernatural powers.

You can order this one in dark background here. You can find in my RedBubble portfolio, the same design with white background should you prefer that option here. Thanks.

The Bolt Gay Bar - San Francisco

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Your Personal Mars One Mission – Why We Go To Round 2 In The Selection Succesfully

Posted in Dark Themes, Production Advertising, Strategy Branding with tags , , on April 5, 2014 by darkvotum

Regardless of our professional or military education, this is a learning lesson for other candidates who would like to apply in the future missions of Mars One. It describes features and characteristics of our personality desirable not only for Mars One but also in any other job you want to apply as a team. Use them in your job interviews.

Human Factors Characteristics in Practical Applications


  • Your thought processes are persistent.
  • You persevere and remain productive.
  • You see the connection between your internal and external self.
  • You are at your best when things are at their worst.
  • You have indomitable spirit.
  • You understand the purpose of actions may not be clear in the moment, but there is good reason—you trust those who guide you.
  • You have a “Can do!” attitude.


  • You adapt to situations and individuals, while taking into account the context of the situation.
  • You know your boundaries, and how/when to extend them.
  • You are open and tolerant of ideas and approaches different from your own.
  • You draw from the unique nature of individual cultural backgrounds.


  • You ask questions to understand, not to simply get answers.
  • You are transferring knowledge to others, not simply showcasing what you know or what others do not.

Ability to Trust

  • You trust in yourself and maintain trust in others.
  • Your trust is built upon good judgment.
  • You have self-informed trust.
  • Your reflection on previous experiences helps to inform the exchange of trust.

Creativity / Resourcefulness

  • You are flexible in how an issue / problem / situation is approached.
  • You are not constrained by the way you were initially taught when seeking solutions.
  • Your humor is a creative resource, used appropriately as an emerging contextual response.
  • You have a good sense of play and spirit of playfulness.
  • You are aware of different forms of creativity.


Airspace Technical Font – NASA Flight Deck Typography

Posted in Dark Fonts, Dark Typography, Strategy Branding with tags , , , on March 20, 2014 by darkvotum

Reading at the NASA Flight Deck Documentation report (1992), I realized there are very few fonts applied in the design of digital cockpits panels and technical documentation and most of the fonts used in aircrafts, shuttles, checklists, maps and airport charts have graphical deficiencies.

I decided to get in the design task of producing a single Western technical font that I called Airspace. The font is a commercial typeface and consists of the following features:

  1. A sans-serif font non-geometrical with non-square format more legible than font with serifs
  2. Improved legibility in distance and light conditions
  3. Documentation text with uppercase and lowercase letters
  4. X-height and height-to-width- ratio of 5:4 for front and distortioned position in optimal reading
  5. Vertical spacing (leading) between lines no smaller than 25%, preferably 33%
  6. Horizontal spacing (kerning) at 25% of the overall size
  7. Characters designed for digital cockpits panels
  8. Improved non-optimal conditions for colors and small size fonts
  9. Font designed considering middle-aged and elderly operators
  10. Font design for high-risk industries such as nuclear power, process control, military, maritime, and aviation

Below, I have included samples of my Airspace font for your review and consideration. The samples include a character map, sample of a cockpit panel and a sample of a checklist manual.

The commercial font can be purchased with a limited license using PayPal’s credit cards. For more information, on how to pay for the font and license, please contact me directly at darkvotum@gmail. Any comments are welcome from professionals involved in the mentioned industries.


Bacterium Font – Science Fiction School Typography

Posted in Dark Designs, Dark Fonts with tags , , , , on February 1, 2014 by darkvotum

Bacterium font is a Western commercial font designed from the screen titles of Ridley Scott’s The Andromeda Strain. The font has different variations in large and small caps because the movie included three or four design versions of the font and it makes me wonder the post-production process was not very consistent for the four hours of this 2006 television event.

The novel is a great story based on the discovery of a mutant lethal virus denominated Bacillus Infernus, written by the author Michael Crichton. Definitely, it will be something to consider as a possible reality in the realm of biological wars.

Below, I’ve included a character map sample should you want to use the Bacterium font in your professional projects. You can use PayPal’s credit cards to purchase the font license and get inmediate delivery. For more details, contact me – darkvotum at gmail directly. Thanks for your consideration.