The Art of Seeing What’s Not There, Or, Imagination

Yesterday, my daughter — who has been a constant source of amazement for me lately — decided to take a fake cardboard guitar we made for her and stand on the coffee table in our living room to give a brief, private concert.  (She didn’t end up...

iOS 7 and Flat Design

After so much scientific proof to the contrary, maybe — just maybe — the world is flat. No longer are we trying to capture realism with Apple’s former vanguard in skeumorphism.  No longer are we slapping a ton of gradients and drop shadows...

The Paradox of Privacy

You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.  You can’t both possess it and enjoy it.  In it’s most literal sense —  once you eat the cake in its entirety, you no longer “have” it in the same way that you once did. In this age of...

Art Critics Everywhere

Art critics — they’re everywhere. As a Graphic Designer, it’s difficult to be hired to design something because of your field of expertise, only to be criticized by someone who has no idea what he is talking about.  Immediately the old adage,...

The Fear of the Blank Page

Even before I began to compose this, I didn’t know where to begin. At the beginning of nearly every illustration, I have a fear of the blank page. And isn’t that the point?  For all the planning, outlining, themes, topics, and elements of a composition...