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Tanks for the memories.
So, I get a text about a cover job for Successful Farming Magazine. Never heard of it? It's going strong into it's second century, owned by Meredith Corporation (which happens to have just purchased Time Inc).   I've had the good fortune of doing many covers for my good...
Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a logo pitch for an upcoming musical based upon the 2001 film Moulin Rouge. I can't help associating this famous Parisienne nightclub with the 1970s disco hit by LaBelle hence the title of this post. Sadly it only went as far as color...
A gift from Macy's
It began in the usual way, with an email query about designing  a gift card for Macy’s men’s store. I responded promptly including links to my best work.     Thus began my hopeful adventure to create something that would not only be widely viewed but, also...
Large Letters
I make letterforms that are as much illustration as they are typography but, sometimes the characters are simply a shape that the illustration sits within. In the longstanding tradition of large letter postcards, here are a couple recent and a few more well-aged examples. Left: A gently...
How I became a type designer.
Decades ago, I sat in the chilly offices of International Typeface Corporation and, in the glow of a space heater, listened to Director of Typeface Development, Ilene Strizver suggest that I could make fonts. Today, more than a score of years and fonts later, Ilene has honored me with...
Deadline tomorrow afternoon? No problem.
During the past few months, I've illustrated a weekly piece for the NY Times Real Estate section. It's a Q and A about the trials of apartment living, with reponses from real estate and legal professionals. I love nothing more than getting a manscript, panicking, and forging...
A new font and ancient story
"In mythological legend, Chloris, the goddess of Spring flowers transformed the body of a nymph into the first Rose. Aphrodite gave her beauty. Dionysus, the god of wine gave her, a sweet fragrance and the three Graces, charm, joy and radiance. Crowned queen of flowers by Apollo, she is...
La crème mains est arrivé
I've had the privilege of designing a great line of products for La Société Parisienne de Savons. There are 20 different fragrances, each with a unique design motif including soaps, creams, powders, candles, fragrance diffusers, ceramic soap dishes and, a few more...
Scared the crop out of me
In addition to enamel signs, matchbook covers, cigar bands, vintage tins and more, fruit crate labels hold a lofty position among the inspirations for my work. Their deep, rich colors and decorative typography provide a splendid tableau to tell a story that delights as well as, informs. The...
If it worked once before...
Sometimes, you just have to get things wrong before you get them right. Such was the case with a cover of New Jersey Monthly for the very kind and understanding Laura Baer. I started out sketching a bunch of tired dentist clichés. We narrowed them down to one with an awards plaque. I...