Simple, bold, and fun illustrations. Just like summer should be.
First in a series of images visualizing the creation myths of our planet’s diverse cultures.
Deep in Hell’s Kitchen lies a hidden oasis where today urban gardeners get their flora fix where crack houses once stood. It’s just one of hundreds in a patchwork of community gardens that thrive throughout New York’s five boroughs. Grassroots merchandising (tees & totes) is crucial to supplementing operating budgets, and I was happy to create the branding below when the Finance Committee came calling.
The winter sun is one of contrasting moods.
An Alexander Calder mobile hangs next to a medical text describing human blood clot formation. The striking similarity demonstrates the integral role of balance in each system.
I always found Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills both hilarious and unsettling. Simply as an entertaining exercise, I began saving snippets of imaginary dialog that popped into my head over time, adding fictitious TV Guide-like listings of the sort I remembered from childhood. As it turns out, writing the fake lines can be hilarious, but listing them in their context of time and memory is the unsettling part.
I’ve been struggling lately with the title of my autobiography.
Working title ‘My life open parens so far winky emoticon’ clearly isn’t going to cut it on Amazon’s top ten list. Helpful as ever, Google has offered: The Story of My Life (Paperback) by Helen Keller, My Life (Paperback) by Bill Clinton, and Life (Hardcover) by Keith Richards.
Clearly I’m close.
Each of these seven-deadly-sin logos were randomly generated by a free, online logo design site where text you enter is (intelligently?) matched with clip art visuals paired with various display fonts. Within the pages of mostly useless results can be found a subset that ranges from sublime to ironic. No art direction needed—just sit back and read into it whatever you want.
A new year often brings reflection and from reflection we gain clarity, or hope to. Created for a pharmaceutical product, this ad is one of several I have designed to incorporate open skies and panoramic vistas. Providing the viewer with room to maneuver visually or the ability to gain a clearer perspective taps into a desire for freedom.
It seems everyone is developing a “killer” app these days. Co-workers dream of quitting their nine-to-five, your waiter probably has created a few, not to mention family members (Et tu, mom?) I toss my hat in the ring with this photo app that acts like a time machine. Thanks to GPS, almost any location can be viewed live with an overlay of that same spot from decades past.
The recent shift back to Eastern Standard Time and its autumnal gift of one hour got me thinking about the seasons and hours. Of course the measuring of time from minutes to months is related, but I never saw them put together like my design below. Here the sweeping minute hand slows way down to indicate the month.
Plus, the motif will make a great Spring bracelet, only about 141,120 minutes away.
Gotta love it when billionaires give back, and all it costs us is the forfeiture of our privacy in perpetuity. I created this plan for an urban park and AIDS memorial for a landscape design competition using Google maps and Google SketchUp 3D rendering software.
My father had a phrase ‘busman’s holiday’ referring metaphorically to the poor bus driver who spent his vacation driving for the family road trip. It’s interesting to see what professionals do when they personally need the services that they are trained to do, like what does a chef cook for herself or how cool is an architect’s house. I experienced this dynamic firsthand while creating a new logo for a large advertising agency comprised of seven divisions spread across two cities. The new logo needed to symbolize a strong, unified front but somehow remain surprising and fresh.
Hey kids, go back to school proudly sporting the father of infectious disease, Rudolf Virchow! I’ve recently become obsessed with vintage stamps. These obscure mini masterpieces from the last century cover almost every subject imaginable and are available on Ebay for a song. The portraits below were created for a line of kitschy apparel and are based on soviet postage designs from post-war occupied Berlin.
Pardon me, Monsieur, may I turn your beloved national icons into decor? Below are some touristy snaps I took in Paris last year that work well for these large accent pillows. There are many sites out there that allow you to create great, custom products. I think Zazzle is one of the best. I cropped the photos tight for a bold effect.
Earlier this year I created a campaign using professional fencers. Borrowed interest is nothing new to the Olympics or sports in general. The promotion here was for a pharmaceutical product. See a video here.
The spiral design is an intuitive way to communicate proportions. It worked for renaissance artists and still works today. The color palette below was used for a Spring wedding.
The Pearson Archetypal system is popular for corporate branding. The designs below modernize these timeless archetypes, making them approachable and current.