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February 23, 2014


In Kubrick’s Bathroom

November 18, 2013

Autoportrait Collage, 2013.

cut / once

October 25, 2013

I’m very excited that my first participation in a Kickstarter project is a success!

For the last many months, I’ve been working with Bruce Tharp and Stephanie Munson-Tharp of Materious, on a concept for new kind of ruler. The kind you can proudly display on your desk rather than hide in a drawer. It has been great to work through the process of making a beautiful, useful object and one for which the graphic design is an integral feature.

Get your cut / once Heirloom Ruler via Kickstarter today!

Inspired by the spirit of carpentry and craftsmanship: quality, efficiency, mindfulness.

The underside of the ruler features custom, laser cut numbering.

Non-toxic, No-VOC, Eco-stain. FSC-certified American hard maple. Fabricated locally in Chicago by independent woodworker, Davis Edson

New Wave

September 24, 2013

New Wave

The somewhat random results of a software demonstration presented in a foundation level class in digital media design.

105th Race to Mackinac

July 23, 2013

This summer, I was thrilled to participate in the 105th Race to Mackinac—the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world, from Chicago to Mackinac Island. For 105 years, sailors from all over the midwest and beyond—seasoned and novice amateurs as well as pros—convene in Chicago to set sail 333 miles all the way up Lake Michigan, under the Mackinac Bridge, and into the marina at the island. Although I’ve only recently started sailing, this was THE event I had hoped to do. I was fortunate to be a part of this year’s race, and it was an incredible experience. There was light wind most of the way, making this a slow, and very H O T race but well worth every minute of it. Here are some pics from on board WhoDo (USA 48004), a OneDesign 48 that sails out of Northport, MI. We had a great crew with varying levels of experience, but a collective interest in having a damn good time in this race. We placed 4th in our division, which was no small feat given the high level of competition. Until next year…

Design, Chicago, History, and Now-ness

July 18, 2013

…or Why I’m involved in Archive13


Archive13 Sacrifice poster, 24″ x 36″, 2013 (recto & verso)

I moved to Chicago about 3 1/2 years ago and, soon after, enrolled in the MFA program in Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I am now an Assistant Professor. At that time, I hadn’t heard of the STA or the Chicago Design Archive. In one of my studio courses, taught by Philip Burton, I created a project that was essentially a data visualization in poster form about flowers: bloom colors, preferred lighting conditions, blooming months, stem heights, latin names, etc. You know, super geeky design stuff. Now, you should know that Bob Zeni, Chairman of the Archive, is not only a tireless champion of Chicago design but also an avid gardener. So, I posted an image of this gardening poster on my website and very quickly received an email from Bob encouraging me to enter the Archive competition. “The what?” Read more…


July 12, 2013


Last glow of dusk in rural Indiana. Yes, there were bats!

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