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August § The Common Test / 2016-02-16 21:04:46
Robin § Unforgotten / 2016-01-08 21:19:16
MsFitNZ § Towards A Theory of Secondary Literacy / 2015-11-03 21:23:21
Jon Schultz § Bless the toolmakers / 2015-05-04 18:39:56
Jon Schultz § Bless the toolmakers / 2015-05-04 16:32:50
Matt § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-05 01:49:12
Greg Linch § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 18:05:52
Robin § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 05:11:02
P. Renaud § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 04:13:09
Jay H § Matching cuts / 2014-10-02 02:41:13

Kirby's Caesar


So apparently Jack Kirby—one of the most legendary comic book artists of all time—once kinda randomly designed the costumes for a production of Julius Caesar. And they totally look like a super-team! Look at Flavius! And Calpurnia!

Here’s a bit more Kirby.


Chromatic circuitry


This one, too.

And this! I love it all!


I would like all of my William Gibson novels illustrated in this style, please

I concur with Kitsune Noir and ISO50: Matthew Lyons is the jam.


Lots more here. I like the atemporality. Some of the colors and shapes seem very midcentury and Saul Bass-y (I’m sure there are better descriptors) but at the same time there’s this really up-to-date polygonal video-game streak running through all of it.


Design unstuck in time


Terrific insight into the process behind Frank Chimero’s design above—part of the Kitsune Noir Poster Club.

What a lovely phrase. Kitsune Noir Poster Club. Can’t stop saying it. Kitsune Noir Poster Club.

See also the poster for Infinite Jest.

Via @EC.


Arcade Expressionism


Arcade Expressionism from Brock Davis. H-O-T hot.

I feel like the wonder gets split evenly here: on one hand, Davis’s images are so striking and playful; on the other hand, it’s amazing the originals were so bold and evocative to begin with.

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Drawing classes at Starfleet Academy


I love Luke Butler’s Enterprise series. Drawn puts it nicely: “His paintings seem to capture both the campiness and the pure spirit of adventure of the original series.”

Don’t miss this one.


Tomer Hanuka

I absolutely love Tomer Hanuka‘s art, design and book covers. Over on his blog, he’s just posted the step-by-step development of a cover that ends up looking like this:


But wow, you’ve got to see how it starts out.

I love process! Love it!

I think the first Hanuka work I ran across was this cover he did for a new Penguin edition of a Marquis de Sade book. I love that he presents the whole thing, flaps and all. One of the things that makes book covers such a great canvas is their modularity; there are at least three distinct parts (front, back, spine) and sometimes two more (the flaps). They’re all related, but there’s also this sharp-edged division. (And one of my favorite things in the world is a book with a contrast-colored spine.)

Hanuka also did the cover for Alive in Necropolis—San Francisco’s One City, One Book pick this year. And finally, I think this poster for Blow Up is one of the slickest things I’ve ever seen.

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Look up

Wow, I did not expect to be linking to a Quicktime VR (??!) movie, but here you go: a lovely scene from Kozyndan. Via @drawn. Look up!


Building an imaginary tower

Over at, as part of my Kickstarter book project, I just posted a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of an illustration. This one, in fact:


And, nerds take note, it involves Processing! Which, just between you and me, was probably not 100% necessary—but, as I’ve said before, one should always be looking for excuses to use cool tools.

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Just add ruckus


Could this drawing be any more charming? So sweet, sincere, straightforward. And yet it implies such a racket. I mean… gong!

Here’s the whole orchestra. Here’s some bagpipes.

(From the excellent tumblr diagrams.)