Feeling like you can't keep all the moving pieces in line and shopping for office supplies makes for some interesting type. Who knows if I actually needed paper clips, but my subconscious needed something to keep things together, be it paper or life.
Everyone has that person in their lives that makes them whole. This is an effort to typographically illustrate how integral that person is.
Sure is what you say when you don't really want to do something but feel obligated. A response to "make the logo bigger" for example. A depiction of seedy neon type since saying sure to some things makes you feel icky, like you've compromised your design values.
Disruption and change will meet resistance. It even be ugly, but it's necessary and rewarding if you pull it off.
I often struggle with picking color palettes. In this illustration I also experimented with a new style. It served as the 'germ' for some illustrations I did for an article about neuroscience and viral content I wrote for CMO.com.
"The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you want to do," said Amelia Earhart. I love badass women. Dabbled in mixed media collage on this one.
A punny illustration for a weird mood. Somewhere, someone out there must also consider relaxing to good music 'playing hard'.
Graphic depiction of imagination inspired by this JK Rowling quote: "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation."
If you do, you'll never fall out of love. Fall for Dance happens annually in NYC, and companies are invited to showcase a variety of projects. Usually there's one piece that's just magical.
Winning is fun. Playing with texture, dynamism and movement.
Always curious. Never rest. Great approaches. Words to live by.
Rereading the Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison inspired a typo collage.
You know those people with the cloying smiles and sweet veneers. They make me think of sticky donuts with pink frosting and sprinkles made too sweet.
Selfies are ubiquitous and too many people are completely missing moments as a result. Sometimes there's value in going back to analog because it forces you to focus on what matters.
Design education can be better, bolder, more multidisciplinary. DesignJam throwback illustration for my graduate design thesis at Pratt.
When you're ready for the weekend, there's no better way to finish the week off than with some bold type, color and texture play.
Some people play ball, others play with shapes. On a shape kick, not sure why. But using a bit of drop shadow gives more dimension.
Inspired by some sheet music I found while cleaning. Reminiscing about fingers flying on ivy. Interestingly enough I had started putting the keys somewhere on the P until I realize that that was silly and an entire baby grand would fit perfectly into the hole.
The 4/5/6 is always insane on Monday mornings in Manhattan. You feel off kilter and stressed. Yay for Mondays.
Been thinking a lot about being thrown into new situations and adapting quickly. Then I thought about chameleons and how as designers we need to be like them, able to change depending on who we're pitching, could be an internal stakeholder or a client.
Having the drive to push until the job is perfect is both a blessing and a curse. You push too hard and you start circling burnout, which is never good. An illustration to remind myself that I'm not a machine.
A quality I admire most in people is the fearlessness to dive in and run with an idea. Even if it's not fully formed, the recognition and confidence that it'll happen is exciting and inspiring. An illustration to celebrate those who don't ask permission and just dive in.
Sometimes briefs come to us incomplete. It's on us as creatives to push back on clients to get the information we need to produce the best possible solution. We have both the skills and creativity to do this. It just takes a little boldness and a lot of tenacity. This illustration depicts finding your way through the maze with little info to the best solution.
Unexpected and wonderful things happen. There's an urge to pinch yourself to see if you're dreaming when everything feels so perfect.
A reminder to shake things up and keep things fresh. There will be resistance, but it's because change is hard but ultimately healthy and necessary. It was also a while since I'd drawn on actual paper and scanned in the sketch.