King Edward I

The King and I

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My mother once told me I was descended from royalty. Yeah, right.

As it turns out however, with a little Wikipedia and genealogy research, she’s absolutely correct. Compare this image of King Edward the I of England and photo of me from my college/beard days. It’s a match!

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Vintage Watch Typography

By | Commentary, Typography

I recently sold a collection of early twentieth century watches in preparation for the Apple watch revolution. Before letting go of these treasures, I took some macro photos of the distressed lettering adorning their delightful and distinctive faces. I’m fond of this style of robust lettering.

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Salvaged Typography

By | Commentary, Typography

I spotted these curious artworks at Baruch College while attending a concert there recently.


Sculpture made from cash register parts by Nat Werner: “Peacock”


Sculpture made from typewriter parts by Nat Werner: “Mask of Messumeh”

Signs with a British Accent

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Take Courage
Hot PiesCommit No NuisanceI wish messaging in the States was as poetic and thought provoking as these signs seen recently in London. “Take Courage” is a local beer advert. “Hot Pies” contained kidneys and were offered for sale at the local gourmet market. “Make No Nuisance” is a wonderful placard posted on a brick wall of a public housing project. It has applications that go beyond a rowdy game of football in the streets. I live by it.


Wall Street or Sesame Street

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Yesterday’s presidential debate was unremarkable in most respects. One item stands out. About 15 minutes into the debate Mitt Romney tries to explain what programs he would cut. “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually like you, too. But I’m not going to − I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for. That’s number one.”

In response to this we developed a site where you can comment. Which side are you on?

wall street or sesame street

Or register you opinion here on Facebook.

Data Visualization: A Love Affair

By | Commentary, New Work, Websites

I just had a date with Data and I’m in love.

I’m not talking about infographics. I’m not talking about pictures of charts. I’m talking about living breathing ever-changing DATA. There are mountains of it created every second and designers are finally equipped with the tools to make it beautiful. To make it understandable. To make it valuable.

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Vintage Psychedelic Posters

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Push Pin Graphic no. 52

My father is a graphic designer and in the 1960s he was one of the lucky recipients of the famous Push Pin Graphic periodical, a promotional mailer highlighting the work of (left to right) Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast and James McMullan. Some issues of the Graphic were fold-out posters drawn in a psychedelic style typical of the period. He brought them home and I hung them on my bedroom wall. Eventually I grew up, became a designer myself, and went to work at Push Pin Studios. Life imitating art I suppose. I have the original posters to this day. Maybe I’ll go get them framed.