Photoshop Turns 25-ish

It’s been a quarter century since the first version of Photoshop was released as part of a scanning software package. Back in the late 90s I was thrilled to be able to clip and clone my way through image files where backgrounds didn’t cooperate, and passersby or telephone poles photo-bombed seemingly non-stop. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

Classic Literature-Themed Birthday Poster

A good friend of mine hit the big four-oh this summer and her mother asked me to produce poster artwork for the dinner party. Her original idea was to create a collage, but she decided it would be too much work, so we settled on a single baby picture and a reference to forty years … Continue reading

Label Artwork For Home-Brewed Ale

Neck Label For Home-Brewed Beer

Well, it’s just a batch of home brew so it doesn’t need an entire identity and marketing campaign. But it’s nice if it has a label so you’re not stuck trying to Sharpie some tiny abbreviation on the cap, or worse—scribbling the batch date on a strip of blue painter’s tape and sticking it to … Continue reading

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: Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Stranger Things: Saturday, September 8, 2012

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

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

Book Covers Strictly for Fun

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

Repeated Pattern: Motif

Batik-Style Artwork

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