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Jason McDowell spent most of his life in central Iowa until that fateful day in the new millennium when he packed his bags, kissed his mother good bye, and headed up to school at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. While at MIAD he studied graphic design animation and illustration, which combined his love for art with his desire to call attention to important issues.

After graduating, he ultimately realized that Milwaukee is the place to be and has lived in no fewer than five neighborhoods throughout the city.

In his free time he enjoys riding his bicycles, discussing the finer points of typography, discovering new and unusual music and walking his eight-year-old Beagle named Frutiger.

Currently Jason works as a graphic designer and occasional blogger for OnMilwaukee.com. He can also often be found in the bike lanes, on the bike trails, or near a bike rack.



Recent Articles
 
 Living - July 25, 2015
 Take a lap with the Riverwest 24
 The Riverwest 24, a 24-hour bike races through the Riverwest neighborhood, enters its 8th year and welcomes 1,200 riders and several hundred volunteers. It's popularity has remained at something of a fever pitch despite the only prizes being ice sculptures with hot dogs inside.
 
 Living - July 18, 2015
 53212 Unity Ride aims to connect two similar, yet diverse neighborhoods
 The 53212 Unity Ride hopes to help bridge that demographic gap with an slow-rolling, exploratory bike ride that will bring together numerous community organizations from several diverse neighborhoods to look at gardens, murals and other historic points of interest.
 
 Sports - July 15, 2015
 The Admirals new logo skates between fan bases
 It's a combination between the regalness of the old, 1997 skin-clad Admiral and the more recent 2006 bare-boned version. This new logo seems to be designed to split the difference between the desires of the fans of the either, but as a result it loses some of the dynamism of both.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - June 24, 2015
 Timothy J. Reynolds' journey to Twitch
 Timothy J. Reynolds, who goes by the online handle turnislefthome, is a digital artist who specializes in adorable lowpoly 3D renderings of cartoon cars, imaginative, pastel and otherworldly landscapes, and video game inspired nostalgia.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - May 8, 2015
 6 things I learned in Germany
 No matter how far away you go for vacation, it's hard not to keep track of the similarities and differences of the cultures that you encounter along the way. Here are a few notes Jason McDowell kept during his visit to the motherland.
 
 Sports - April 2, 2015
 The new Bucks logo is better, but is it good?
 Basketball is a game that involves quick moves, clever tactics, and constant energy, but there is nothing dynamic about this logo. The whole thing is mirrored from right to left. There is nothing interesting about that. I want this deer to be doing something. Not running or fighting or playing basketball, but something as simple as turning its head would tell me it's a three-dimensional living, breathing, exciting team.
 
 Marketplace - March 13, 2015
 Bublr is back with new stations and pricing
 Bublr, the city's first bike share system, rolled out last year and was subsequently rolled back in before winter. But while the wheels were only on the ground for a limited time, the company still deemed it a success, coasting through the finish line with an impressive 5,500 trips. What was not so successful, however, was the confusing pricing. So as Bublr gears up to return, the company announced a new, simpler pricing structure.
 
 Dining - March 4, 2015
 Ramen party is a perfect pairing with Wisconsin winters
 Ramen for a dinner party is an exciting and relatively inexpensive theme to craft a dinner party around. At its very basic it only requires a few veggies and a handful of noodles, but it has the ability to unfold possibilities like a flower. During a ramen party, there is something of a slow, orchestral build until suddenly the cymbals are crashing, the violin bows are fraying and the tubas are blasting fortissimo.
 
 Music - November 5, 2014
 NO/NO is not The Delphines (but it used to be)
 The Delphines' club shows were frequent and album releases were fast and furious. Eventually a full length album called "Hush" was released, but shortly afterward the band quietly broke up. Disappointment followed. How could we allow this to happen? This band felt like it was composed of sun-bleached driftwood, waiting for a match to drop and set fire to the music scene. It was a band that made Milwaukee's music scene vibrate. So I was surprised this morning when my phone lit up with a message...
 
 Arts & Entertainment - September 6, 2014
 The Steampunk Circus celebrates 40 years of the Milwaukee Public Theatre
 The theme is Steampunk, which is essentially a Victorian alternate reality in which electricity was never discovered, but steam-powered clockwork-based technology continued to move forward regardless. Thus the fashion show should feature gears, glass and leather laden corsets, top hats and other Victorian-esque paraphernalia.
 


Recent Podcasts
 
Music - May 7, 2008
 Shawn King talks about selling out to the McRib
OnMilwaukee.com reporter Jason McDowell chats with DeVotchKa drummer and trumpet player Shawn King about the dangers of selling music for commercial use.
Length: 00:07:33
 
Arts and Entertainment - April 17, 2007
 Interview with artist Jessica Bayliss
Jessica discusses how she got into animation, her recent projects, and how long it takes to film two minutes of stop motion. Jessica will be showing her work starting April 20, 2007.
Length: 00:19:20
 
Arts and Entertainment - April 5, 2007
 Interview with artist Katie Musolff
Katie Musolff, an artist & portrait painter is located in Bay View. In her interview we find out how the artist can support herself in the Milwaukee scene through teaching, portraits, religious iconography, and contests and still find time for her personal work.
Length: 00:21:20
 
Arts and Entertainment - January 19, 2007
 Interview with artist Neil Kloppenborg
Neil and Jason discuss Neil's new gallery showing on Gallery Night featuring his work from the last three years.
Length: 00:10:04