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A Stand-up Desk (Ikea hack)

With help from metalsmith-extraordinaire Dustin John and better-half Daniel Dunnam, I got to build my dream desk. Specifically, it is a minimalist convertible standing-sitting desk/storage unit made from Ikea cabinets, a top from Lowe’s and a linear actuator. It isn’t perfect*, but it has been awesome to use… and has practically banished the spiritually-degrading work [...]


New-ish Branding Projects

html { margin-top: 28px !important; } * html body { margin-top: 28px !important; } Recently, I created new visual identities for some of my favorite people/entities—aiming to pinpoint that key thing (for lack of a better term) that makes them beloved. This type of work means lingering on my own excitement surrounding the subject for [...]


The Existential Calculator (Take that job?)

A paper wheel answering the question: “Should I Take That Job?” About a month and half ago, Adobe contacted me to “make something interesting” for designers attending AIGA’s annual event—pretty much a dream assignment! The project ended up involving two of my favorite things: lo-fi prognostication equipment and paper calculation wheels. A paper calculation wheel is [...]


Illustrating Tinybop’s 1st App

Some longtime friends of mine recently started a company called Tinybop, that creates systems-thinking apps for children. Their first app, The Human Body, launches today and I’m proud to say that I contributed the 200-odd illustrations of bones, veins, nerves, teeth, guts, and chewed-up-food of which it is comprised. Anything that a real body does, [...]


Book Covers, Re-imagined in Paper

For the past month, I’ve been working on a 100%-analog, 100%-paper installation for the New York Public Library. I’ve been finding ways to convert the covers of books into paper sculptures for a window of favorite titles selected by Brainpicking’s Maria Popova (learn more about the project here.) As someone who has spent a disproportionate [...]