A Triumphant Return!

Wow! I just checked to see when the last post I put up was, and it was mid-February! That’s quite a long time to go radio silent, but to be fair, I’ve been very busy. Since beginning what I hope [...]


In an effort to share my photography beyond those who see it now, I’ve opened an Etsy store where I’m selling prints of photos I’ve taken over the past three years. It’s a [...]

My 2017 To-Do List

Now that 2016 is behind us, I’m ready to take on this new year with drive and a lot of gusto. Last year was really great for me, and I think 2017 can be even better. With that in mind, [...]

My 2016 Library

This wasn’t my most prolific year when it came to reading. But I feel like what I lacked in volume I made up for in content. Since it was “Twenty Fixteen,” the bulk of what I [...]

House of Eternal Return

After our wedding at the beautiful Inn of the Turquoise Bear, but before embarking on a honeymoon tour through the Southwest, Laura and I visited an art installation that everyone we’d met [...]

Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.

Today Laura Miller's Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. (Flatiron Books) hits bookstores everywhere. I love this book not only because it's full of amazing vegan recipes that I'm going to make all summer [...]


Following up February's #28toMake daily series of creative prompts (which I blogged about here), CreativeLIVE is back with #30DaysofGenius for the month of May. This one is a little less [...]

DAILY ILLO: 04.02.2016

Today’s illustration has some meaning behind it. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so my doodle is of a bracelet given out by End Distracted Driving, an organization [...]

Inbox Efficiency

Like most people, I have a long history of inbox clutter. There are constant mailing list emails I don't remember signing up for, advertisements from companies I've made purchases through, [...]

The Daily Illo

Inspired by my time doing CreativeLive‘s #28toMake project—and especially the first week, taught by Kate Bingaman Burt—I’ve decided to continue on with daily drawings of random [...]

Oscar Pop!

With the Oscars only a day away, things are getting exciting. There were a lot of great movies last year, so it should be a good show. I'm still scratching my head over who to choose in some [...]

#28toMake, Day 22

I liked this day’s prompt quite a bit because it involved photography. We were asked by new CreativeLive prompter, Erik Marinovich, to take a picture of something shiny that we see [...]

#28toMake, Day 19

I’m catching up a bit here. I’ve been doing the #28toMake prompts, but haven’t had a chance to document them all like I had been earlier in the month. I was out of town for the [...]

#28toMake, Day 18

Today’s #28toMake was really interesting. The assignment was to take four sounds—a jackhammer, children playing, waves, and paper crumpling—and visualize them. It was pretty tricky and I [...]

#28toMake, Day 17

Before today I’d heard of tangrams, but never played with one. Turns out they’re a lot of fun. Coming up with some interesting tangram combinations was today’s #28toMake prompt [...]

#28toMake, Day 16

Another fun prompt today: Blackout Poems. This is where you black out the words in a newspaper, magazine, or any printed article, and leave only a few visible to read like a poem. It’s [...]

#28toMake, Day 11

Today on #28toMake, we got to draw doodles on photographs. When I saw the examples Ryan Putnam showed in the video, I immediately thought of the work of KAWS, who does some pretty prominent photo [...]

#28toMake, Day 8

Today marked a new week of prompts from CreativeLive. Week One was “celebrating everyday objects through drawing,” and this week is all about line form and texture with Ryan Putnam. [...]

#28toMake, Day 7

Today’s prompt might be the easiest for many people, but I think I find it to be the hardest one so far. It was: do nothing. I find that to be pretty difficult because I always want to be [...]

#28toMake, Day 6

I was wondering what might happen during the weekends throughout February and the #28toMake campaign. After five days of really fun drawing prompts, it looks like Saturdays and Sundays might be a [...]

#28toMake, Day 5

Today is the last day of prompts from illustrator, Kate Bingaman-Burt, and it turned out to be a very helpful, very tricky doozy. We were asked to draw a receipt. This sounds simple—and maybe it [...]

Snow Photos

They say that as a photographer, when the weather gets bad you get going. I’ve found this to be very true. I feel a little bit like the USPS sometimes: rain, sleet, or snow. So with Winter [...]

Vinyl for Sale

Back in the ’90s, when I was in my late teens/early twenties, I apparently had money to burn. Because while the CD was the hot format for music, I was also buying vinyl versions of [...]

Street Dreams Magazine

I don't think I'm at a point with my photography where I expect anything in return when I submit an image somewhere for consideration. I've spent money entering contests I knew I had no chance at [...]

The New Year

I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions. I don't see much use in it since I think you can decide on any day of the year that you're going to do something to improve your life. Yet, I'm [...]

Haskell Wexler

Up until about a year ago, I was running a film-related blog called The Jump Cut. As a graphic designer, a lot of what appeals to me about Hollywood is visual. Sure, I love the way a film is [...]

On Cat Photography

For about the past year or so, I've been working hard at my photography. For a while—before an overabundance of work got in the way—I was shooting everyday. I've been taking online workshops [...]

My Liquid Diet: Day Two

Today wasn’t as easy as yesterday was. I felt pretty worn out early in the day and nearly fell asleep on the train this morning. Of course, this could be from foolishly thinking that [...]

My Liquid Diet

No, this isn’t the Mad Men liquid diet of only brown liquor. I recently decided to do a three-day juice cleanse. One reason is to lose weight for some upcoming events I have to attend where [...]

Funny Business

Since I started commuting to work five months ago, I’ve had a lot of time on the train to read and to listen to things on my iPod. But what began as fumbling around the iTunes store’s [...]

My Year That Was

I don’t think I’ve ever written something to sum up a year in my life before, and I feel like I kind of abandoned this blog a few months back. But now that it’s officially 2012, [...]

Veganism: One Year In

I might have an addictive personality, and this isn’t necessarily bad. The things I find myself wrapped up in are generally good, or at least not harmful to me or anyone else. For example: [...]


You’ve probably seen or heard about this site. It’s nothing more than a virtual bulletin board that you can share with people. I can’t quite explain why this concept is so [...]

Spoiling the Story

There’s a great article on one of my new favorite sites, Grantland, today. It’s called “Are Spoilers Flipping the Script?” and it’s by pop culture analyst, Chuck [...]

Movie Review: Priest

I usually like comic/graphic novel movie adaptations. Especially when I’ve read the print version, which is a lot of the time. I never read the manga book of Priest though, so I [...]

Killed Covers

Every book designer has an idea that didn’t make the cut, no matter how great it was. I know I do. There are a lot of people who need to sign off on them: publishers, authors, marketing [...]

Movie Review: Thor

Of all the Avengers superheroes, Thor has always been the least appealing to me. I’m not sure what it is, but I just never got that excited about anything the character was involved in. The [...]

Movie Review: Fast Five

Against my better judgement, I headed out to the movie theater to see Fast Five this weekend. I prefer going during the week because there usually aren’t as many people, and I knew the [...]

Movie Review: Hanna

FInally got a chance to see Hanna in the theater. I’d been excited about this film because even from the trailer I could tell there was a much different feel to it than most things out [...]

For the Animals Sanctuary

It took me a little while to go vegan. I was a vegetarian for about seven years, and a very conscious carnivore for a few years after that. I’d always had something inside telling me that I [...]

Cover That Mug!

Has anyone else noticed a trend in type-over-the-face movie posters recently? Seeing the new one-sheet for Thor over the weekend got me to thinking about it a bit.   I can remember seeing a [...]

Mitt Romney and Aquafresh

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney unveiled his new logo today. Apparently, it’s remarkably similar to the Aquafresh logo. I can see the resemblance when I look at it. But to get a real sense [...]

The B.S. Report

I used to be a pretty big sports fan. From my time in high school throughout my mid-twenties, I played both hockey and basketball on local teams, and I even played a little weekend baseball every [...]

Guess the Designer Baby

I’m a little late to this, but Design Observer has been running baby photos of designers in a lead-up to Mother’s Day next month. Today’s image is the last one and it looks like [...]

Earth Month Movies

There have been a lot of really compelling documentaries about environmental and social concerns over the past few years–some of them even getting Oscar nominations and wins (The Cove, [...]

My Favorite Things

I love book design, and I love movies. Now, these beautiful new covers from Megan Wilson and Evan Gaffney marry the two things perfectly. Vintage is releasing new editions of James M. [...]


It’s always exciting when I wrap up another issue of Monkeybicycle. For eight years I’ve been editing and designing these books and I’ve been able to work with an extraordinary [...]

Save 50/50

Apparently the AIGA has decided to discontinue their 50 Books/50 Covers competition after a measly nine decades. Is this a sign of the digital times? Perhaps. But it doesn’t have to be. [...]


Working in graphic design usually means managing large files. That’s the case for me, anyway. As the designer of several publishing imprints, space fills up pretty quickly on my hard drive. [...]

30 Covers, 30 Days

The great Office of Letters and Light is smack dab in the middle of their 30 Covers, 30 Days project. The gist of this is that 30 NaNoWriMo authors were selected to participate, and they provide [...]

Music As Reminder

Do you have music that you associate with a certain time of your life? I guess decades could be like this–80s=hair metal, 90s=grunge–but I’m thinking about something more [...]

Please Hurry, July 25th

Now that Breaking Bad has ended another incredible season–did those last few episodes blow you away like they did me? (Ha! a pun!)–it’s time to move on to Mad Men. Season four [...]

Mud Luscious Press

For the past year or so, I’ve had the opportunity to do some book jacket work for Mud Luscious Press. If you don’t know about them, you should. They’re a small press doing big [...]

Wired to Design

Each morning I try to find one or two things to inspire me for the day. They’re usually design-related, but sometimes they’re other things, like a social cause or my cat. But lately, [...]

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

It’s not too often that I have my Sundays free–I’m usually either working on something for my job, trying to drum up some freelance income, or doing something around the new [...]

Haiti Still Needs You

When the earthquake in Haiti hit, there was an outpouring of support like I’ve never seen. Everyone–every individual, every organization–they all wanted to help. Maybe it was [...]

Photo Miscellany

I’ve always loved photography. Back in the late ’90s I had a mentor who was a Naval photographer, and he convinced me to buy my first SLR camera. He taught me a lot about composition, [...]

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