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Where Records come from…

“They were notorious for making their records out of dirt (literally) from the Milwaukee River.” —Dean Blackwood (Revenant Records) The path that music from the past takes to arrive in our hands today is often so tenuous—the odds so stacked against its documentation (much less its preservation)—that it is truly amazing that we have any [...]

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Talking While Female

Most of us have received unsolicited feedback about our speaking voice at some point in our lives, but few are likely to endure the level of scrutiny apportioned to female NPR correspondents—whose voices constitute their public-facing identity. When Kainaz Amaria and Claire O’Neill approached me to animate NPR’s report on Talking While Female, I was [...]

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A Paper Forest

Last year, I got to draw 275+ body parts for Tinybop’s very first app, The Human Body. Today, Tinybop released their 2nd app, called PLANTS!. It is basically a working forest in a box (the box, in this case, being an iPad.) It aims to help kids understand that the forest is a system—making nature’s [...]

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Designing for the new Russ & Daughters

“There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.”  ― Jane Jacobs   Yesterday, the bench outside of Russ & Daughters was the only place to sit. Today, the bagel-and-lox-institution opened their new Orchard Street restaurant to [...]

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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 [...]