The Design Detective

Hey guys! Haven’t been on in a while. I’ve been on my break. But I’m back, so hopefully I’ll be on now. :)

Anyway, here are some awesome designs of awesomeness that say “Oh my God, I’m so awesome you’ll puke rainbows!”





So yeah. Ya like? I’m still on the Photocopied Santa case, just in case you’re wondering.

More coming soon!


Back to the mystery of the photocopied Santa Claus! Finally, I figured out the dead end! I misheard the man over the phone. Thinking he said “Beautiful Days”, I thought I’d hit a gap that I couldn’t pass. But, upon inspecting the bag more, I realized that it was “Beautiful Bags,” not Beautiful Days. So, I’m expecting to have this case solved by next week! I’m glad to have this whole mystery finally almost solved. :)



What Makes Good DesignUgh. Sorry guys. I’ve really been slacking when it comes to work. I’ve just been having too much pleasure and not enough work. Sometimes having a lot of freedom goes to my head. But no more. My New Year’s resolution is to work on the website and blog and pin more stuff waaaaayyyy more often. Like everyday often. So yeah.

Anyway, today I’m going to talk about what think makes a good design. The #1 thing I think makes a great design is EFFORT. It doesn’t matter if your drawing or painting or whatever turns out different than you expected, if you put a lot of effort into it, it’s the best drawing ever. If you don’t really put your heart into it, it’ll turn out sloppy. Really sloppy. The other important-but-not-as-important rule in good design is doing whatever you want to do. Pour your mind onto it. Don’t think of the paper as just paper, but as a blank slate of imagination. You can do whatever you want with pencil and paper. Whatever you want. You could make your own world with a piece of paper. You can make a table set with the most delicious food you can imagine. ANYTHING.

So, even though it was short, that’s what I think makes a good design. Follow these rules, and you could become the next Picasso. The next Leonardo. The next Michelangelo. Just keep drawing and listening to your mind.

Stay tuned for more blogging and be sure to check out my Pinterest stuff. It’s interesting!!!


Original Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew Through the Years

Today, of course, we’re going to be talking about one of the greatest detectives of all time: Nancy Drew.

The author of the Hardy Boys mystery series began this beloved series in 1931. Starting with The Secret of the Old Clock and followed by The Hidden Staircase, The Bungalow Mystery and Mystery at Lilac Inn, Nancy Drew was becoming extremely famous. Even today, new variations of Nancy have been released, like the more modern Nancy in Nancy Drew Diaries, the eight-year-old Nancy from The Nancy Drew Notebooks, and the graphic novels based off of Nancy’s adventures. In fact, Nancy is actually the person who got me started on mysteries. She’s been my personal favorite book series since I was 4 or 5. Those who have not read this series should start now. It’s awesome.


Happy New Years everybody! SJP here with some new artwork and stuff to post, considering it’s 2014 now. Seems like 2013 flew by fast. First off, I’m going to give you the first piece of artwork, which I think is cool:

It’s supposed to look like a kaleidoscope, and I think it’s cool. The next one is also cool, possibly cooler.

Thanks for taking the time to view this. The Photocopied Santa is still in progress. I’ll probably have a new story tomorrow. I think I have an idea that could solve this case.



SJP here, saying I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!!!!! Yes, I’m stuck. I called Ingles, and asked if they could give me the name and phone number of the manufacturing company. I was placed on hold with really crappy elevator music for about five minutes, and finally they came back on. The man on the other line, said that they didn’t know if they even have a phone number (Oh, yeah right), but he did give me the name of the company:


I looked it up on Google, but nothing popped up. So now I’m officially at a dead end. But, I feel like I’m just getting the runaround. I WILL get to the bottom of this!!

More posts coming soon!



In the introduction I wrote mere minutes ago, I mentioned a certain cheap gift bag that my dad and I found for ninety-nine cents at Ingles. We actually bought it, if you can believe that. Anyway, I snapped some pictures of it with my cell phone, and got the original pic of the Internet. Here they are. I’m going to get better pictures later, but for now, here are these:

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Recognize Mr. Claus? Hint hint: he’s the 60’s mascot for Coca-Cola soda pop. So, yeah. Can you say “cheap copy”?

Here’s a list of reasons why we can tell it’s a rip-off

  • Look at the gift in his hand. It’s extremely cheap. I mean, just look. It doesn’t even match the Santa artwork!
  • The stars are obviously fake for the same reason as above.
  • Why is he randomly holding his hand up?! I mean, come on. It’s so lame it burns.
  • He’s smiling rather happily for sitting in a completely dark room with creepy little stars dotting the sky (or is it a ceiling?)
  • It looks as though his hands are melting into the gift. What the heck!

And here’s a list of things I’m going to do to finish “The Santa Scam”:

  1. Contact Ingles and ask the manager who the manufacturer is
  2. Contact the manufacturer and ask who designed the bag.
  3. Call the guy who designed the bag.
  4. Talk to the guy who designed it and ask if he feels good about ripping off a piece of classic Coke.
  5. Ask if he has a portfolio.
  6. Post the results on this website.
  7. Skip around in the pansies.
  8. Ummmmm….. pizza?



Design Detective
Design Detective

Me with a reasonably large turkey leg

Hi, I’m SJP. I’ve been assigned to be the Design Detective for Blue Dozen Design. So yeah. As you might have guessed, I’m James’ son. As you might not have guessed, I’m eleven. Now that that’s over with, I can get on with the intro/biography. I was born October 29, 2002. I started walking at eight months old, which might explain why I’m a great runner. I started mystery books and games at five, when my mom introduced me to the Nancy Drew series. I  remember I wanted to be Nancy, then at Wal-Mart, I was like, “hey, I could be a detective even if I’m not a girl!”

And from then on, I decided to solve mysteries whenever they came upon me. Then a few weeks ago, my dad had the idea to have me start working for him, when we found a stolen design on a Christmas bag at Ingles. That’s how I started working for Blue Dozen Design. Anyway, my first case is tracking down the maker of that particular cheap Christmas bag. Read my next post to see what I mean…