Cartographics color the way we see the world when we get there.

A non-exhaustive survey of art and culture in NYC, watercolor

A bit of in-progress work for a travel project— a bit of an arts and culture map via watercolor. I find it sweet and endearing. But then I would; I’ve been working on it for two weeks, and have become rather attached.

Can’t explain it in full, as it’s for a small audience, but I wanted to share just a sliver or slice of what’s been taking up some of my time and best efforts. To be repetitive, I’m so happy to be working at a place that makes use of these, the more vague or difficult to explain (on a resumé) of my talents. Overjoyed they want them, now they’ve seen the work in situ*, as it were.

NYC cartography of culture watercolor map

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After a day where a sudden drop in tempurature causes green leaves to fall like the piano needles from Charlie Brown’s xmas tree

I must quiet my mind.

Sometimes it can be done with reading on the train. And sometimes it needs to be done by formulating, or finding, some clear thing out of the jumble of tangled strings and wires— the ones that formed knots in one’s head during the tumult of the day. 

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Stained glass abandoned in favor of a vintage flavor

I decided against the stained glass approach in the end. I Chose instead, to focus on repeated patterns— a race horse silhouette, with the silks in the spotlight, and a larger repeating pattern behind them.

After much experimentation with various backdrops and shifts in color for the silhouettes, I landed on a maximum vintage palette and pattern, which incidentally called for my current favorite typeface. 🙂

Below: a couple of the numerous rejected schemes

Silenced is not Equal: #BlackLivesMatter

Silenced Is Not Equal: #BlackLivesMatter
H
ere is the latest in my “Don’t See Don’t Speak” (or the Red Hand of Shut It) series— something more topical in response to the tragic and avoidable events of last week. Please feel free to share this widely and repost (as is).

Below are some progress scans of the pencilling. One again, I forgot to do process while painting.

003Process:
Layers of pencil beginning with HB and working up to 2B then 4B (softer, darker shades from the medium grey HB) using woodless pencils and workable fixative in between to avoid smudges and to compound the layers. Same basic technique with the watercolor.

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A 2015 Calendar: Kickstarter

Alright! It’s time again for another Electrofork calendar. I’ve been threatening to employ Kickstarter for some project or other for years, and the time has come. The project has been laid out as follows:

A calendar for 2015 featuring the signs of the Zodiac reinvented as Sigils of the 12 Houses— Winter is coming

[Press Release for full details here.]

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the coffee is working

website
(sneak peek of site in development)

It’s another gorgeous fall day, and I ought to’ve gone out there much earlier, but when you catch some flow on a project, it’s criminal to interrupt, even for such a gift of a day. I’ll head out soon, though, before the sun’s gone. I’ve been indulging in some good walks the past few days; two and a half hours of a wander including the park on Friday; a walk to and from the Cottage in Gowanus last evening for BBQ and a few hands of Tarot. Otherwise been inside most of the weekend working on a sorely-needed redesign and rebuild of electrofork.com.

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Calendria in the press

Just stumbled upon a post at TopDesign Mag entitled “Calendar Design at its Best—15 Superb Examples“, and to my delight, Calendria (my calendar for 2010) was among them. Bloody jolly! Maybe I should design another calendar this year, as I’ve not done one since. Hmmm something to think about; always good to have a project in addition to work projects.

Additional sightings found here, here, here, here, here, and of course at Strange Maps, and The Map Room, and For Print Only.
25 Oct 2013: edited to add Fuck Yes Maps! and I Love Handmade.

Justified hyphenation

The Knight Errant cover page

Last weekend I visited the Grolier Club to view the exhibition “Printing for Kingdom, Empire & Republic”. Although it was not part of the exhibition, above is part of a gorgeous cover design for a quarterly magazine which was framed in the basement (click to see full image). Although it is generally frowned upon these days, I have always loved this sort of extreme force-justification wherein words will be split up with little regard to legibility, the designer being more focused on arriving at a perfectly balanced block of letterforms. I wish I’d been able to get a sharper image of it; the engraving around the borders is detailed and fantastic.

The exhibit itself contained many beautiful and precisely-carved letter blocks, and in many alphabets (read languages), although some of the documentation left a lot to be desired (not enough information in some cases, and in others, rather too specific without much of a bigger picture). Alas, too, we had not enough time as there was a private event (a memorial for a recently deceased club member, so it had not been listed on the site) being set-up in the main gallery.

Design for Safety

I did some pro bono design work for the community, to help get the info out about three great services that help folks get home safely at night. There are links below to access the PDFs.

Safe Home poster and fliers

download the 11×17 poster  |  download the letter-sized fliers

more apartment shots

handmade headboard
the headboard; button-upholstered with matte white vinyl

menagerie of pictures on bathroom wall
the gallery wall in the ‘outhouse’; all black and white drawings and etchings

Here are a couple more shots of the interiors of No.6. The one in the bathroom is taken in the mirror, as the room is so small that’s really the only way! These are just lo-fi iPhone photos; one of these days (soon before the light changes!) I will set up the tripod and try to get some good and proper shots of the rooms.