Plagiarism, Homage, Infringement and the Collective Creative Consciousness

Is creativity finite, or do good ideas naturally have multiple lives? A lesson I remember from the sixth grade focused on an essay by a writer accused of plagiarism. We read the piece, then engaged in some pertinent classroom activity, the point of which was to send us forward in our academic careers appropriately recognizant … Continue reading

Stranger Things: a Comic by Gina and Bruno, Premiere Panel for September 8, 2012
Up Nights Cover

Book Cover Design Takes Home the Silver

One of my colleagues issued a general inquiry this week into the design process. She’s been following our progress on a particular upcoming title. This is more or less what I shared with her. Where/how do you start when you are asked to design a cover? I read the manuscript and the design brief. I … Continue reading

Infinity Ball

All Those Palettes and Menus, and it Turns Out the History Pane is King

What began as an eight-ball tattoo design got turned on its ear, in a manner of speaking, and became an “infinity ball” logo and artistic concept. The stationary version carries a different connotation than the one floating among the clouds. Photoshop just kept providing the media: brushes, paths, adjustment layers, filters, raster effects,  gradients, light effects, … Continue reading

The Picture of Dorian Gray Book Cover

Grammar Details: Articles and Prepositions

I was recently entertained by a fellow blogger’s deconstruction of the craft of writing movie synopses (blurbs, really) for a popular online DVD rental giant. He was compelled by the description on the mailer sleeve for a Cassavetes classic, only to find out that it had been lifted from a book about the director’s contribution … Continue reading

Repostería Menu Re-Design

A group of us were given the opportunity to come up with a new layout for Pambiche’s menu. I remember it being of muted tonality, so I brightened it up with the caribbean aqua and pink tones. My version would print onto 8.5 by 14 heavy-ish text weight stock and be tri-folded. This is a … Continue reading

Goudy’s Diamond-Shaped Tittles & Punctuation… and Other Charms

This retro ad is super-cool, and set in enormous Goudy Old Style. I found it here. A chubby little font with mostly substantial uprights, Goudy Old Style is nice and readable as well as being a little on the dark side in the block on the page. That’s not automatically a bad thing, I’ve been known to … Continue reading

Batik-Style Artwork

Repeated Pattern: Motif

In the late ’70s, when I was a girl, a neighboring family had a half bath in their San Mateo, California home papered with persistent, full-frontal sketches of a 1920s-era Rolls Royce.  The washroom was tiny, and artificially lit; and the toothsome grills and buggy head lamps stretched floor to ceiling. As if this wasn’t … Continue reading