Things that were on my desk at some point today

Friday, February 2, 2018

A clementine (it was delicious).

This book (the author was 16 when it was published).

My friend’s engagement ring (the diamond was her grandmother’s).

Matches from a bar I have not visited, but props for the cocktail recipe inside (Thanks DJ)!

My card

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Had lunch at Scotti’s—an Italian restaurant that’s been serving up pasta and garlic bread for over 100 years.

One of the jovial owners was asking my lunch mates if they had his card.

Then he laughed and handed these out to the table.

This was my inspiration to finally update my personal business card.

ID10T podcast cover

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

On the last day of January, the new brand of Chris Hardwick was about to re-launch. We’d locked down the logo, but the podcast was set to debut and we needed a cover.

Hardwick suggested an airplane safety card and I ran with it.

What you see here is the initial drawing and final art.

Yes, sometimes I trace. Then vectorize it. Then pretty much redo everything, leaving some flaws because I believe in the beauty of human error.

(Super) happy to help ID10T into the world.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

If it seems like I go to a grocery store every other day? I probably do.

Then again, I was up getting my car serviced and when you’re that close to Jungle Jim’s, you go. (Previously, when I processed photos too gloomy.)

Screens, everywhere

Monday, January 29, 2018

One of my very first jobs? Going around Kroger* with a clipboard asking the manager of each section for their sales of the week and which needed a small, medium or big sign. Then it was back to the breakroom with a handful of markers and go to town, using the preferred lettering style in which I was trained. Afterward, I’d get all the signs installed and carry some blanks and make a few on the spot if there was a need outside the list.

I loved that job. It required an awkward 16 year old to engage with adults and hone a craft.

Now stores are testing these endcaps with thin electronic displays. That yellow “Better Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix” sign in this photo is a screen, as is the Maxwell House mix and match.

Screens, everywhere.

I get it. It’s efficient. Eye-catching. Eventually creepy, with personalization as you walk by. But I wonder if there’s a way to bring some humanity back into it? Perhaps illustrations by a local human? Information that makes us think? Easy topics would be food and nutrition, but messages could also encourage us to think about others. Who deserves a cake? What small thing could you celebrate tonight and share? Call your mom!

Just because we have all this technology, doesn’t mean we can’t inject some soul.

* Forest Hills Kroger. It has since been turned into a hospital and a newer, incredibly huge Anderson Township Kroger was built across the street.

College Hill walk

Sunday, January 28, 2018

We met at the Old College Hill Town Hall, pictured above and below. Come to find out, it’s another building designed by Samuel Hannaford (of Music Hall fame).

This walk by the Cincinnati Preservation Collective brought together folks for a stroll around the neighborhood led by the College Hill Historical Society.

Learned lots of insight to how the place has changed over the years. Didn’t realize a favorite illustrator, Caroline Williams, grew up there.

A handful more photos

The Handmaid’s antique store

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Afternoon with mom. We went off the beaten path we normally traverse and came across this West Chester Antique Center.

Aimee Mann at the Madison Theater

Friday, January 26, 2018

No editing can really help this poor quality mobile photo from way back.

But the concert was quite lovely.

The first time I’d seen Aimee Mann live and the first time I’d seen tables and chairs set up on the floor of the Madison Theater.

Bonus: Jonathan Coulton as opening act and joining Aimee on for many songs he’d co-writtten on her new album.