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Category Archives: illustration
writing the last heart-related post reminded me of a heart-related piece i did back in the day. i also see that i used a strangely close and early iteration of my current logo that i posted a few days ago.
milton glazer, eat your heart out.
by oakland-based small stakes of course. i was at this show and this is not becoming a bon iver fan blog, just a coincidence that there have been 2 bon iver related posts lately. not quite sure why I didn’t purchase it. i do remember seeing it from afar, loving the simplicity of the heart illustration (i’m a sucker for heart drawings/diagrams etc., even though they are on the verge of cliche-dom as they are now found on everything from dish towels to t-shirts to coasters) then thinking because it had a guitar built into it, it was a little too “on the nose”….but after seeing it again i thought it was worth a post…even though there is no shortage of amazing gig posters. i love how the lines on the heart feel like broken strings…not sure if it was intended that way, but it works for me.
interesting tid bit…i was reading an article on pitchfork with volcano choir, justin vernon of bon iver’s side project and when asked “One Popular Band I Would Like to See Fall Into Obscurity”, Vernon answered: “bon iver. the sooner the better.” sounds like he has a bit of the cobain popularity complex.
delicious meal at anchor and hope on thursday night before the bon iver show at the fox theater (which is definitely worthy of its own post, what an amazing space!). the restaurant sits in a downtown sf alley and this sign sits outside the door. This “p” killed me. i sincerely hope a bus boy gunning for a promotion created this.
poster designed by access factory inc. in 1995 for poetry readings. fantastic illustration (and type placement!) poetry is such an abstract thing that can, in effect, be stamped with obvious visuals, it is nice to see something that feels anything but cliche.
garfield minus garfield is a site dedicated to removing garfield from the comic strips to reveal the existential angst of jon arbuckle.
beautiful block set by house industries inspired by alexander girard. the colors and illustration are fantastic. i haven’t played with blocks in awhile, but these make me want to sit on the floor and go old school.
was walking by a dentist office in jackson square this weekend and saw this poster hanging in the waiting room. designed by stephen frykholm (herman miller’s first in-house graphic designer) and philip mitchell for herman miller’s summer picnic in 1970.
matthew inman is one funny mofo. i strongly urge you to click this link. this piece along with the others on his site are pure comedy (with nice illustration to boot.)
a bumbling retail thief broke into the jack spade store in ny using what looks to be a giant log. he did the deed twice in one night, then once more after he was released from jail for the first break in. he was captured on camera and then the whole incident was made into an illustrated comic now sold in the jack spade store. they also have the entire event recorded on security camera that you can watch on the jack spade site. click here to check it out. you cannot make stupidity like this up. fantastic.
one of my favorite bands of all time are releasing a coloring book in time for christmas. finally a chance to really test my “staying in the lines” skill set.
the obama campaign has commissioned many artists to create posters for the cause, most famously shepard fairey’s “hope”. i found this piece by san francisco based artist scott hansen quite beautiful and inspiring. i tried to pick one up, but they sold out quickly and are now on ebay for much more than they were originally sold for.
looking at this as we are in the midst of the democratic convention has really gotten my head spinning with the party’s current division fueled by the hillary factor. it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the thinking that if you cannot vote for hillary clinton, you must abandon the party that was once supported to either lay dormant during election time or vote for another side. this viewpoint feels extremely selfish to me. to think that you’d rather stand by your guns which are now lacking any ammunition to prove a point that ignores the bigger picture is ridiculous. i hope to god we can all unite so together very soon and change the unfortunate direction the last eight years has taken us in. i just hope we do not come together too late. the time is now.