Author: Evan

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Introducing: The Paris Journal


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We’re excited to announce the launch of The Paris Journal. The Paris Journal has been a multi-year labor of love. There have been a few twists and turns along the way, but we’re thrilled with where it has finally taken us. When we launched the app last year (all photos and video), we watched how

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How’s My Writing?


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Nichole and I are working on text for an upcoming book today, and some of my sentences were getting complicated. It was clear I was applying the proverbial lipstick to a pig – dressing up an uninspiring thought. So I scrapped it. I started playing with an idea for a simple matrix that would keep

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Kafka’s The Trial … again?


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Oops, I’ve done it. I typed a dangerous keyword. I assume the NSA supercomputers in Utah (is that you, WOPR?) are monitoring this blog post. I should have written Éd\/\/ård $nø\/\/dén. Or would that escalate suspicion? Can supercomputers identify irony? I read Kafka’s The Trial in high school, and it only seemed relevant in an

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Paris

The Paris Journal: The Story Behind The Stories


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To provide a little background on how The Paris Journal came about, I wanted to share a little of the long process that lead us here, including a few failures along the way. Although there are many things about this project that are breaking new ground for us, the aesthetic point of view behind it

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Bear Ceuse Album Artwork


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I knew I was going to like Cameron Matthews right away because his band’s name – Bear Ceuse – was completely improbable. I met with him and guitarist Adam Home in NYC to hear some tracks, and instantly loved the hard-hitting, smart fuzz-pop sound of his demos and ended up doing the artwork for the

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Emerson, Fitzgerald and Gide


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I had some time this week to complete several designs for the Illustrated Quotation Project, and would love to share them with you. MARTINI “They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald The roaring twenties, when booze was illegal and dresses were flappy. I love this quotation from

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Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens


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This is a favorite Dickens quote, and one that’s especially fitting for me today since I just returned from Paris – a place I visit, leave and revisit often. The design is based on a cobblestone street in Paris that has always fascinated me. Unlike other cobblestone streets, wihch typically follow a grid pattern or

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Paris Traveler Series


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I love travel posters – both for the sense of adventure they instill, and the way they allow the artist to take a complex subject like a city and distill it to a simple icon. When it comes to Paris, it’s no secret that Nichole and I have a penchant for the pedestrian pleasures. So

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Paris Neighborhoods


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[ylwm_vimeo height="371" width="660"]57692587[/ylwm_vimeo] This video by Havas Worldwide Paris just made my day. Inventive, clever storytelling about different areas of Paris through simple illustration, bold symbols and evocative typography. Plus it’s just super-cool. Via Pret-a-Voyager and David Lebovitz. – Evan

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I Have Measured Out My Life With Coffee Spoons


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While sipping my afternoon coffee today, I had the unsettling realization that I have ingested thousands of cups of coffee. I took it easy in college, but when I put the artist’s life on hold and had a stint in corporate America (oh, I did my time!), coffee became my twice-a-day escape. Just like Starbucks’

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Three New Illustrations


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I thought I’d share the latest designs for the Illustrated Quotation project. “Is there no way out of the mind?” – Sylvia Plath My mother (a Smith graduate) introduced me to Sylvia Plath when I was in high school and I was immediately transfixed. As a melodramatic teenage musician and budding writer, I was of

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Waxing Poetic


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Last week, Nichole and I paid a visit to the Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits. They had an amazing collection of original manuscripts, including some from notable French writers, and they inspired a few designs. More on the museum later but for now I’ll just add that, apart from the astounding whisky list at Verjus,

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