Goodbye!

November 3, 2011

I have a shiny new website.
And a shiny newsfeed built right in.
So… Au revoir to this blog!
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New York Times Op-Ed illo

October 26, 2011

I have an Op-Ed illustration in today’s New York Times. Why do the 99 percent look to the 1 percent for leadership when it comes to deciding the economic future? James Livingston suggests that consumer spending and debt are better for economic growth than private investment.

Huge thanks to the amazingly talented (and very kind!) Matt Dorfman! I’m stoked to be the first to work with Matt at the Times.

The New York Times
Art Director: Matt Dorfman

We The Designers exhibition

October 20, 2011

I was asked to contribute some work to a new exhibition at Northeastern University called “We The Designers: Reframing political issues in the Obama era.” It’s an honor to have my work sit next to a group of incredible designers who I admire.

On top of that, I was also asked to contribute to a book that Brian Collins was doing for the show. He asked 55 designers to visually respond to 55 thesis’ that he and his team called, “The Triumph of the Commons.” A beautiful book designed by Matt Luckhurst. Thanks to Brian for this!

And what would a political show be if not for some controversy. Thanks to the awesome curator of the show, Thomas Starr, for asking me to be a part of this!

If you’re in the Boston area, you should definitely check it out.

September 29 – December 15, 2011
International Village, Northeastern
Free and open to public

16: The expansion and extension of play is then, the essence of wealth. John Ruskin pointed this out more than a hundred years ago in discussing the etymology of value: “Valor, from valere, to be well or strong; strong, life (if a man), or valiant; strong for life (if a thing), or valuable. To be ‘valuable,’ therefore, is to ‘avail toward life.’ … For wealth, instead of depending merely on a ‘have,’ is thus seen to depend on a ‘can.’ … And what we reasoned of only as accumulation of material, is seen to demand also accumulation of capacity…. Wealth is, therefore, ‘The Possession of the Valuable by the valiant.'”

My piece for the exhibition below. Exhibition designers: Christopher Brand, Alicia Cheng, Collins:, David Comberg, Matt Dorfman, Allan Espiritu, Sarah Gephart, Milton Glaser, Timothy Goodman, Lucinda Hitchcock, Pamela Hovland, Mirko Ilic, Daniel Jasper, Garland Kirkpatrick, Dylan Lathrop, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Steven McCarthy, Post Typography, Andrew Sloat, Topos Graphics, Winterhouse, Brett Yasko, Edvin Yegir

Communication Arts Insights

October 15, 2011

I have a brief interview with Communication Arts for their “Insights” feature! Don’t tell anyone, but they think that I’m an “illustrator.” Oh man, this word is such an enigma. Anyway, big thanks to Sue Garibaldi!

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New Article on Imprint

September 25, 2011

Last week I posted a letter on Imprint entitled, “An Open Letter to Graphic Design Students: Don’t Follow the Web, Follow Your Heart.” I’m touched and thankful for the hundreds of responses and retweets on Twitter!

My intention was not to provoke anyone, but instead lend solace to students who might make decisions based on fear. However, I understand that it might have ruffled some feathers. And I’m not, as some speculated, anti-technology. I basically spend my life (sadly?) on the internet—not to mention I work in Silicon Valley! Anyway, I hope we continue to have healthy dialogue like this in our community.

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AIGA 365 Exhibition

September 17, 2011

My Ace Hotel mural was included in this year’s AIGA 365 Exhibition. This is a big honor, and I’m particulary excited to have something artful sit alongside a collection of amazing cross-media design work. (Although I hear it wasn’t included in the exhibition, among others’ work. Interesting.) Anyway, make sure to check out the show in NY!

September 15 through November 23, 2011
AIGA National Design Center
164 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Herman Miller Lifework

August 28, 2011

Recently I was asked to be a part of “The Playlist,” a music series and interview for Herman Miller’s blog, Lifework. It’s a series of questions about how music influences my work, including songs I listen to while designing. Thanks to Amy Feezor!

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