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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Here’s a self-mailing card (no envelope necessary, it comes with a round white sticker for closing) featuring original design and illustration to send to someone special. You can get one FREE simply by requesting it here. Continue reading
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
This was a fun — a portrait of a friend’s pug, Harley. Working from several photos, it was an exercise in obsession. It’s easy to get lost in the detail of fur.
Illustrations done for a wildlife refuge center.
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
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Last week I attended an AIGA talk by Noah Scalin at Wichita State University. He discussed his Skull-A-Day project from a few years ago, which he started out of frustration about losing his creative edge (here’s the skull he made with students from WSU). He and his sister Mica run a project call Creative Sprint, and Noah challenged all of us to take part, following a creative prompt that comes via email each day during April. Here’s what I made for Day 1 — the directions were to make something from the elements in your immediate environment.