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Today! (that day)

Today! (that day)

After a wonderfully busy couple of weeks, I’m finally catching up with the blogspace! It was, gosh, about 2 weeks ago that Super Satya Saves the Day officially landed!

As a book illustrator and art director, there are times when work is about more than emails, deadlines, manuscripts and schedules. I’m so touched and honored to be part of this special project with these amazing people. Satya, RaakheeAgan, and Bharat Babies…Thanks for making me part of this. I loved drawing this story! Woo hoo!!!!
You guys! Click on the image below to catch Satya's story on the Today show!

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Frolic!

I was interviewed by my client, Sparkhouse, for their blog. This week they're devoting their posts to the launch of the new product line "Frolic" which I designed and art directed. Check it out!

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Frolic!

Hey guys! This past year, I've been working with Sparkhouse Family as the Art Director for their newest line of books. Already in production with the second season and some wonderful surprises, Sparkhouse is announcing season one of Frolic board books (4 titles), picture books (4 titles), and a bursting-with-cuteness 40-page board book Bible!

This has been so much fun working with the great folks at Sparkhouse. What a wonderful bunch of people coming together to bring kids and families these very special books! And I couldn't have had more fun working with artists Natasha Rimmington and Mike Garton (and of course their superstar agent Lucie Luddington) from Bright. So happy to be making these books alongside this team.

Check out the Sparkhouse Family Blog post and keep an eye out for more stuff!

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Album Cover Crush

I can’t take it! It’s really a perfect, perfect thing. Once I got over the initial shock that The Pet Shop Boys were brining us something awesome, I realized the awesomeness didn’t stop with the music. This album cover is … SUPER! (sorry about that.)

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ON MY SCREEN  This morning, I’m gleefully buried the design and art direction of this beautiful Tarot kit. The design is coming together perfectly for  Tarot De Marseille  soon to be published by Race Point Publishing with The Book Shop, Ltd. The recreation of these gorgeous cards was done by the embarrassingly talented Rachel Clowes. Check out her post on this project  here !

ON MY SCREEN

This morning, I’m gleefully buried the design and art direction of this beautiful Tarot kit. The design is coming together perfectly for Tarot De Marseille soon to be published by Race Point Publishing with The Book Shop, Ltd. The recreation of these gorgeous cards was done by the embarrassingly talented Rachel Clowes. Check out her post on this project here!

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GO FOR THE GOLD!

I’m excited to announce that a book I designed for Octane Press has won the Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for Cover Design-Non Fiction by the IBPA. Last year, I designed the cover and interior concepts for Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding. The award winners were announced in Austin, TX on April 10th. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with Lee Klancher and the folks at Octane on this book featuring the gorgeous cover illustration of Irma by Equity Creative. And it’s a huge honor for all of us to be recognized in this increasingly competitive Indie Publishing market!

Click here for the listing!

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Books are creepy.  
 Well, this one is…in the best way possible.Over the summer I wrapped this book project with The Book Shop, Ltd. for Race Point Publishing. Samples arrived this week. So proud of this one. It was a lot of work, but (as always) well worth it in the end.   Check it out on my Behance portfolio.

Books are creepy.

Well, this one is…in the best way possible.Over the summer I wrapped this book project with The Book Shop, Ltd. for Race Point Publishing. Samples arrived this week. So proud of this one. It was a lot of work, but (as always) well worth it in the end.

Check it out on my Behance portfolio.

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Hollywood! 
 I’ve been a bit behind in my portfolio posts. After a really busy summer, I’ll be catching up soon. But in the meantime…check  this one  out! As a fan of shows like Face Off, I had so much fun designing this book! Coming soon from Race Point Publishing!

Hollywood!

I’ve been a bit behind in my portfolio posts. After a really busy summer, I’ll be catching up soon. But in the meantime…check this one out! As a fan of shows like Face Off, I had so much fun designing this book! Coming soon from Race Point Publishing!

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"You can say, 'I love you,' in Helvetica."

Today, the graphic design world lost a leader and an innovator. Internationally acclaimed modernist designer Massimo Vignelli passed away in Manhattan. He was 83.

Vignelli took a minimalist, readable, clear, and concise approach to identity design for clients including Ford, JCPenney, Bloomingdale’s and IBM.

If you’ve watched the documentary, Helvetica, you know his work … work that you might see in your daily life. One of his most appreciated and famous logo designs was for American Airlines in 1964. Until a much-criticized redesign last year, this logo has been for almost 50 years … unchanged and unchallenged. There isn’t a lot to challenge, sometimes less is more…and perfectly appropriate.

“There was no need to change. It’s been around for 45 years  … Every other airline has changed its logo many times, and every time was worse than the previous one. Fifty years ago there were very few logos in general. Somebody started to do logos and people started thinking that logos were important … It’s ridiculous. A word is so much better.”

-Bloomberg BusinessWeek

But, my favorite contribution of his was the iconic, streamlined NYC subway map design in 1972. Rather than relying on a mapmaker’s accuracy in plotting the subway lines, he took an approach that make the map streamlined and easier to decipher. A simple map showing starting and ending points of your subway travel in the city, kicked a mess of controversy. While a lot of people thought he was completely disregarding New York’s geography with this map, he was actually creating a beautiful “diagram of how to get from point A to point B”. It’s visual device (still used today) that changed the way New Yorkers and visitors find their way around this monster of a city.

He didn’t stop there. He created the legendary New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual. Check it out!

Massimo Vignelli will forever be a design influence and guru…as he should be.

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Strategy  
 Today, I’m jumping head first into a client project about Chess. (It’s a pretty great project…more details to come.) But, here’s the first spread of the book. 
 One spread down, 55 to go … Stay tuned, folks!

Strategy

Today, I’m jumping head first into a client project about Chess. (It’s a pretty great project…more details to come.) But, here’s the first spread of the book.

One spread down, 55 to go … Stay tuned, folks!

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Intern Season  
 I guess I got a bad one. It’s not that his photo retouching skills aren’t there. They are. He’s really good. It’s just that he has no thumbs to hold the stylus.

Intern Season

I guess I got a bad one. It’s not that his photo retouching skills aren’t there. They are. He’s really good. It’s just that he has no thumbs to hold the stylus.

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I gave Rapunzel a facelift.

Alright, so I didn’t really. But I did update my take on her most famous moment. About a year or so ago, I created the illustration on the left. Pretty happy with it. But as my style has evolved and I’m using more artful/organic textures, I new this piece needed a lot of work. 

“…let down your hair.”

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Lion gets a makeover.  
 A very wise (and impeccably dressed) art agent, Kirsten Hall, gave me some advice yesterday. I took it and am loving the results. Still a lot more exploration to go. But the lion on the right (with his more expressive eyes and softer, more artful edges) is much more in the space and category I’m after. 
 Keep an eye out. Miss BirdieBird’s getting a makeover too. Of course, she doesn’t think she needs it. ssshhhh!

Lion gets a makeover.

A very wise (and impeccably dressed) art agent, Kirsten Hall, gave me some advice yesterday. I took it and am loving the results. Still a lot more exploration to go. But the lion on the right (with his more expressive eyes and softer, more artful edges) is much more in the space and category I’m after.

Keep an eye out. Miss BirdieBird’s getting a makeover too. Of course, she doesn’t think she needs it. ssshhhh!

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We love Irma!  
 Hey! I’m designing a calendar! On the heels of the Irma Harding Cookbook, Octane Press asked me to jump in and work on the calendar. Ummm, yes! The agency that creates the Irma illustrations has me so inspired on these projects. They could not be more fun to work on. Aside from the insanely charming art, the very brand makes me so nostalgic for the trips to Greenfield, Massachusetts to visit my grandparents when I was a kid. 
 Keep an eye out. the pages of the calendar are coming together. More to show soon!

We love Irma!

Hey! I’m designing a calendar! On the heels of the Irma Harding Cookbook, Octane Press asked me to jump in and work on the calendar. Ummm, yes! The agency that creates the Irma illustrations has me so inspired on these projects. They could not be more fun to work on. Aside from the insanely charming art, the very brand makes me so nostalgic for the trips to Greenfield, Massachusetts to visit my grandparents when I was a kid.

Keep an eye out. the pages of the calendar are coming together. More to show soon!

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Birdie Bird!

So, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been messing about with illustration lately. I’m growing the TPC empire. Ha! But really, it’s time to bring illustration into the fold.

Not only has this been an amazing time of exploration professionally, I can tell you that this period of creating images has been nostalgic and wonderful. I’d forgotten what it was like to sink into the couch with a sketch pad and play…and play…and play…and play. To put on paper (then into photoshop) what’s in you brain is so gratifying. And sometimes, things hit the paper before they hit your brain. That’s where the real magic is. 

I didn’t sit down with plans to sketch Birdie Bird, she just showed up in front of me. Showed up unannounced on my sketchpad. She didn’t call or anything. Rude, yes. But, how can you be angry with a plump little beauty with feathers like hers?!

Anyway, stay tuned! There’s a lot more to come!

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Create.

So, getting a little work done on this beautiful Saturday. Feeling completely inspired to “make stuff” as I have the documentary Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams playing on my iPad next to me. It’s a pretty great doc about Stevie Nicks making her first solo album in 10 years. the album was produced by Dave Stewart and recording in Nicks’ home. Amazing! It’s a pretty cool peek at the process.

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