My sister asked me to design a tattoo for her of our beloved cat, Rudy, who is now drunkenly rolling around in that big pile of catnip in the sky, RIP Roo. I might not have a future career in tattoo design, but I had a ball drawing him anyway. He was a good cat.
I made this Star Trek Valentine book for my husband, and he insisted it was my best work to date, so I decided to throw them up here. If Star Trek is as important to your relationship as it is to mine, you are welcome to download the files and print them out for your the captain of your ship!
I’ve spent the past few months working on design for the new Atlas Obscura site, to be launched in early December. Though the site is going to be beautiful, a lot of the work I’ve been plugging away at is fairly uexciting, and not really worth sharing here. However, there is one portion that I am very proud of: Curious Facts. A new infographic about one of the Atlas’s curious places will appear on the new site every day. Below is a sneak peak at a few of my favorites.
I’m very excited to finally be able to post The Outstanding Mind-Bending Basketball Synergy Machine, a short film for ESPN (shown before all ESPN supported films at the Tribeca Film Festival this year). I created the graphics, tracked to some great stop-motion, over a hectic seven days earlier this year. I am so happy with how it came out. (My graphics begin at about 1:22 in the video below).
The Outstanding Mind-Bending Basketball Synergy Machine from Resonance Interactive on Vimeo.
We’re gearing up for a big day tomorrow – an Obscura Day walking tour of Dutch Kills at 10, an exploration of Staten Island’s forgotten beaches at 3, and at 9, my 30th birthday party, featuring big group games like pictionary and charades. Because what are your art school friends good for, if not a rousing bout of pictionary and charades? I am especially a fan of blind pictionary – the handicap is important because most of my friends are too good at drawing to pose a challenge. Non-writing hand pictionary is also a favorite.
Here is a poster I designed for Obscura Day – sadly, we didn’t get the printing order in on time, so for now it exists merely in the realm of the digital, but I’ll probably have my own printed at some point, as I’m pretty proud of this one.
I’m very excited to announce the launch of the Obscura Day website for 2012. I designed the site and badge this year, and am really pleased at how it turned out. If you don’t already know, Obscura Day (hosted by Atlas Obscura) is an international celebration of unusual places. On April 28th, people all over the globe will attend hundreds of curious events – backroom tours, private collections, and unique expeditions.
Dylan and I will be at as many NYC based events we can cram into one day. I’m especially looking forward to The Forgotten Beaches of the Forgotten Borough, hosted by Underwater NY. They always find the most incredible places to explore.
This Christmas for my husband’s family gift lottery, I decided to get all DIY with our contribution. Armed with my beloved Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paint marker, I made four camping/nature-themed mugs, and further equipped with Alton Brown recipes, whipped up some spicy hot chocolate mix and homemade marshmallows to complete the package.
I was excited about homemade marshmallows, but they ended up being an awful lot of work and mess for a final product that tasted EXACTLY like store-bought. If I was to do this again, I’d make them special somehow – maybe cardamom marshmallows. Actually…that’s a pretty good idea.
I’ve been meaning to share my wedding invites for a good month now, and this morning I finally laid the finished products out for their photoshoot.
The very first thing I did for this wedding was the stamp. I drew a picture of the barn we’d be dancing in and sent it off to be made into a stamp. If you’re in the NYC area, I cannot recommend Casey Rubber Stamps in the Lower East Side enough. John Casey has made a few stamps for me now, and they are always perfect, he his stamps are made with real red rubber, as opposed to the plastic stuff more commonly used these days.
I used the stamp to make the rsvp cards, and also stamped anything that could be stamped at the wedding.
For the rest of the invite, as well as the programs for the ceremony, I designed them in photoshop and then screen-printed them by hand using my beloved Print Gocco. The Japanese company that made this little screen printing kit shuttered it’s doors in 2009, and today the supplies are dwindling and the prices sky high. Luckily, as a bit of an art supplies hoarder, I had a small pile of screens and bulbs with which to make my prints.
The paper I used is my absolute favorite paper of all time to use for all things – Fabriano Medioevalis single cards and envelopes. They have rough-hewn edges, a perfect thickness, and a beautiful texture. And the 4-1/2″ × 6-3/4″ cards fit perfectly in the print gocco!
It was definitely a laborious process to hand print each piece of paper, but I couldn’t be happier with how they came out, and each piece is slightly different from the next.
I’m getting married this summer, and I just finished these guides for my maidens. I also got an iPad from Dylan for my birthday, so this post is mostly an excuse to play with the camera and wordpress app. Yay, toys for grownups!
Lately I’ve been really interested in graphic design. As a motion graphics artist, the idea of designing something that doesn’t then need to move or change is a novel notion. Whenever I have free time I’ve been dabbling in graphic design – my latest project has been creating little banners for thematic Atlas Obscura Guides. The first one, The Atlas Obscura Guide to the Longest Running Science Experiments went live a few days ago. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the other guides they’ve got brewing.