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Jason McDowell

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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
 
 Sports - January 23, 2014
 Milwaukee Bike Polo makes GQ
 Former Milwaukeeans Brian Dillman and Eric Kremin were featured in GQ this month for their tenacity in the sport of bike polo. In 2010, with the help of their original teammate Joe Burge, the team took the World Championships. In 2012 they took the North American Championship, and in 2013, after a move to San Francisco and the acquisition of new teammate Joey Halverson, they took both.
 
 Living - January 8, 2014
 Learn another language with 4 easy apps
 There is a belief that making small, incremental changes is the best way to go about changing your life. This is why big goals like exercising and eating right fail so often. While always a good idea they're just too disruptive to handle with ease. But what about learning a new language? That may also sound like "too disruptive" of an idea. Learning a language is complex, time-consuming, and getting the right software is expensive, but in the past few years a solid group of apps have risen to the challenge of making language learning easy, fun and for the most part, free.
 
 Holiday Guide - November 25, 2013
 Hundreds of Santas to cycle for spirits, support and ska
 The Santa Rampage is an annual event in Milwaukee that has reached cult-status, featuring hundreds of people in Santa suits - as well as a wide swath of various holiday-themed costumes - riding their bicycles through the city. The occasion is so beloved that even the dodgy weather of the season typically does not detract from the merriment or the number of riders who participate in these festivities.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 23, 2013
 "500 Clown Frankenstein" combines clowning, Frankenstein
 "Frankenstein" features three performers who are charged with a task: "make monster." Bound in elaborate Edwardian costumes, the trio embarks on a journey to construct Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory while they struggle and battle through acrobatic feats." What better way to enjoy the Halloween spirit?
 
 Marketplace - September 4, 2013
 Getting down to it with a phone sex operator
 A former phone sex operator in Milwaukee recalls her time in the business in this eye-opening interview.
 
 Festival Guide - August 11, 2013
 Beer, film and underwear for a good cause
 New Belgium is back with the Clips Beer and Film Tour, a "beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show." Since its inception Clips has raised more than $200,000 for nonprofit organizations. This year it is supporting the Wisconsin Bike Fed with 100 percent of the profits from beer sales.
 
 Marketplace - August 11, 2013
 Big Dogg Bakery satisfies the pickiest pooches
 Frank Ortlieb at Big Dogg Bakery has been baking homemade, natural, healthy dog treats on-site in Bay View for about nine months. "Dogs seem to have more dietary restrictions than people, as well as the normal people-type allergies," he told OnMilwaukee.com.
 
 Music - July 18, 2013
 Heartthrob has heart
 There is always an internal debate about how early one needs to arrive at a show, particularly when the opening act is a mystery. Choose incorrectly and you're stuck impulsively checking Twitter all night, sucking down cocktails too quickly, and waiting impatiently for the opening act to utter those magic words, "This is our last song." Luckily the opening band was well worth the gamble. It only took a few chords before the conversations quieted and many heads turned. This, everyone's eyes seemed to agree, was going to be a good night.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - May 8, 2013
 Bike to Work Week 2013, May 13-18
 Don't feel like you need to ditch your car. The overall goal is participation. Don't feel bad if you can't ride all seven days, but don't give up after only one. Take small steps towards enjoying riding a bike. If you find a problem, ask around for a solution; odds are someone has already figured it out. Bike to Work Week may not convert you to a spandex-loving gear head, but it might provide you with a new, fun weekly goal.
 
 Marketplace - May 3, 2013
 The Fyxation Quiver: The first and last bike you'll ever need
 The frame starts out as one would expect, with 4130 chromoly tubing in "a traditional double triangle design with a horizontal top tube, aero profile fork and horizontal dropouts to easily accommodate a singlespeed, fixed, or internal gear hub." But here is where it gets interesting. "The Quiver also ships with our proprietary derailleur hanger and removable cable stops so it can be built up as a geared road bike with front and rear derailleurs."
 


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