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
Many of us celebrate father’s day, but what about Bloomsday–the day James Joyce fans celebrate Ulysses? My ode to Joyce is above, and was inspired by a portion of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy in the book. For anyone who believes that James Joyce wrote Ulysses as an intellectual exercise designed to torture English majors, I appeal
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
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
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
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
This portulan (a type of nautical chart used from the 13th to 16th), by Francois Ollive is hand painted on parchment. Though it’s four centuries old, it’s still detailed, saturated and vivid. It was among many other maps and charts of a similar nature on display at the Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits. Very tough
[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
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’
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
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,
Evan added a few new prints to his literary illustration collection. I love them all! Lots more in his shop.
The best thing about books (apart from the smell, of course) is that when a little jewel of a sentence grabs you, you can underline it. If you’ve only ever read a book on a screen (hey, it’s not far off), then let me explain: Underlining something in your book is the original “interactive” media.