Have you watched Ken Burns’ documentary, The Address? The film tells the story of a boys’ school in Vermont where each year students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address. Continue reading
noun (pl. pollices ) Anatomy & Zoology a person’s big toe; Zoology the innermost digit of a forelimb, especially the thumb in primates. Origin: mid 19th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘thumb or big toe.’
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The owner of Sweet On You chocolate shop asked me to create some custom illustrations of truffles. My plan was to do a set of six pencil drawings of truffles on plates. I did one drawing right away, then got very busy with client work, and didn’t start again until right before the opening. I spent every spare minute ‘truffling.’
I’ve professed my admiration for Milton Glaser for years. When I saw this series by Stephen Alcorn, I was immediately envious — and very impressed.
Stephen had early exposure to Glaser’s genius (his father, John Alcorn, worked with him at Pushpin Studios), which provided inspiration for this project, and I love his emphasis on learning from history and then thoroughly exploring his subjects.
Now I’m inspired by Alcorn, and am having lots of ideas for subjects to obsess about.
… but not on Milton Glaser’s coolness.
At almost 90 years old, Milton Glaser is still a dynamic force in the design world. His firm is responsible for the new identity promoting Rhode Island. Despite the designer’s reputation, reactions to the logo are mixed. Many people see it as amateurish, finding fault with everything from the overall concept and tagline to minor (but important) design details. Continue reading
Did you watch the Oscars? The entire production was, of course, too long, and there weren’t many surprises. For me, one thing stood out (aside from being thrilled that J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor!): the title sequences that introduced each category. Continue reading