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Newspaper in my maillbox mail. The Pencil Factory: 15 Uses For Newsprint

Last year around this time I was the happy recipient of 12 posters directed by Jennifer Daniels. Each poster from a different illustrator representing a month. Here’s my post about […]

We Are All Connected Illustrated

Nice illustration by Marc Johns. Blog post from Marc about his illustration here and you can buy the illustration over there.

Link Drop (8·28·09)

This week’s collection of stuff that I’ve found interesting via Link Drop contains a lot of new themes. There’s stuff about smell, flowers and even Whole Foods. Apple makes it’s […]

Link Drop (7·17·09) & (7·24·09)

This week’s Link Drop is a double issue as I was preoccupied with being in SF last Friday. For this post I combined the best of what I found in […]

Link Drop (6·19·09)

This week’s edition of Link Drop is a bit lighter than usual. The summer is supposed to be less busy but that doesn’t seem to be the case and in […]

Link Drop (06·05·09)

This has been one of those strange weeks where everything on the outside looks the same, though on the inside there’s a lot going on. It’s been a cool week […]

Link Drop (5·29·09)

I’m not entirely sure why but I’m pretty happy how this week turned out for Link Drop. Lots of Design process, typography, NYC, social and business stuff. Art doesn’t usually […]

Link Drop (5·22·09)

Summer is just about here. It’s getting nice n’hot, the humidity is about to get a lot worse and there’s a long weekend coming up asap. Things are good in […]

Link Drop (4·17·09)

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DesignNotes Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC

A couple weeks ago Blogs.com asked me if I was willing to pass them on a list of design blogs based in NYC (I considered Brooklyn as part of this […]

Link Drop (4·10·09)

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What is illustration and wondering about broader definitions

Before I start I should just outline that I’m being a bit facetious with my “what is illustration” diagram. To some degree I think it’s not that helpful to lock […]

LOOKING AT: GOP 100 Deconstructing Dumbo

While politics is never out of season, in my guesstimation people are more concerned about the economy than the DMC and GOP logos at the moment. However I finally got […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 6th (March 2009)

Road Map for Financial Recovery: Radical Transparency Now! and Web-Savvy Obama Team Hits Unexpected Bumps A couple tech. infused politic posts about building from the ground up Obama style. Just […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 20th (February 2009)

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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 13th (February 2009)

Illustrating the web

I wanted to give this post a week before I mentioned anything. Last weekend in the NYT Sunday Magazine there was a great series of illustrations from the Heads of […]

Learning from laughing

The Mister O comics strip by Lewis Trondheim above illustrates some great points depending on your point of view. I’ll let you decide for yourself what it means, but for […]

One more person you should bookmark from ffffound

I kind of have a luv hate relationship with ffffound – there’s cool stuff to look at, but after a while it all looks the same. But every once in […]

Dot matrix illustration that moves with muzak

DOT MATRIX REVOLUTION from superbrothers on Vimeo. A couple months ago I mentioned the illustrations of Superbrothers, now I’ve found them in motion…

Music, Illustration and France

A couple days ago I was passed on an email from the musician Orouni mentioning his album Jump Out The Window. The music is pretty good but what I found […]

Pixel Illustrations

While I wish I could get my hands on a bigger version of the NHL illustration that Craig D. Adams did for ESPN magazine, even at thumbnail size it looks […]

Raymond Biesinger flow-charted history of Edmonton bands

The talented illustrator Raymond Biesinger has created a fascinating 16 lane chart that covers Edmonton’s (Alberta, Canada) music scene between 1956 through today in 2008. While I wasn’t much of […]

No permalink or url for that matter

To completely contradict my permalink post here’s a page from the New York Times on leap day. Sometimes not having a url works out.

Designing a typeface with the tools of production in mind

I found a really interesting post via Uppercase Journal about a student that designed a typeface with the tools of production in mind. The final letters were going to be […]


Here’s someone that should have a book on their work – Bryan Christie Design. I would be interested to read about the process to create the illustrations shown on the […]

Hey look, it’s Robin Sarah April Foerster Cameron

One of the cool things about living in NY is meeting talented people, and sometimes even getting to work with them. Robin Cameron who’s Canadian (just like moi) comes via […]

Motion on paper

Who says illustration is dead? The above video still shows it’s still alive in an albeit weird kind of way at http://www.blogotip.com/2007/03/12/patty/

Edward Monkton has a new site

Edward Monkton’s new site has the same feel as his work. It’s fun, there’s room for discovery and yes, it’s even inspirational. Whether it’s a website for an illustrator, photographer […]

Marian Bantjes has a heart for designers

Not only did Marian Bantjes draw out 150 different hearts, she had to do at least five different Michael’s which is quite a feat in itself. Take a look at […]


, originally uploaded by sueanddanny. Yes, even Canadian’s in the USA celebrate this holiday, especially this one considering I haven’t been on a break since the big move. Happy hunting […]

DIY Hieroglyphics

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Here’s a pretty cool generator. You […]

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