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Every which way

It’s been a very fortunate year for series. Quite a few assignments this year have been for multiple illustrations. My favorite part of doing a series is getting a feel for the project and finding a “voice” which connects the illustrations but still offer enough variation. This series for American Educator magazine was for a feature titled “The Mind Shift in Teacher Evaluation”. It is about a rethinking of the process of teaching and the profound effects the shift has on education. I used arrows as a playful approach to represent this “shift in direction”. Thanks to Michelle Furman, AD for letting me take a fun approach to the feature.

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high anxiety part 1

I was joking to a friend I was smarter before the internet because there was less noise cluttering the brain. Turns out this is a big problem for consumers who want to have healthy eating habits. There is so many conflicting news stories and reports about nutrition and it is made more difficult by deceptive reports about food. Experience Life Magazine had me do a series of illustrations for a feature about being a smarter consumer of information regarding nutrition. Thanks to Lydia Anderson for commissioning such a fun project.

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From here to there (on the third try)

It’s always a treat to work with SooJin Buzelli at Asset International. One would never think a financial client is a place where you can push yourself creatively as an illustrator but this is exactly what happens at Asset International. This illustration was for an article about putting your retirement planning on autopilot. The extreme horizontal format was a format which was difficult in my earlier days but these days I really enjoy playing around with it. This was created for PlanSponsor magazine.

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For some reason, it took me a couple of attempts at the final before I was happy with a version which I felt was SooJin-worthy. It was a classic case of an idea looking better in your head than in reality. The first attempt didn’t work for me because it didn’t feel playful enough and the image does suggest an amusement park type of metaphor.

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Tried another version adding more colors but it looked fragmented or pasted together.

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Started channeling some of the great european illustrators from the 60′s and early 70′s and finally hit on the winner. The final version in print made me very grateful the third time was the charm.

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Always the bridesmaid

Dan Smith from the Wall St Journal called with an assignment about companies getting on board with big data. Seems like they see other companies using big data and they are scrambling to get on board so they won’t be left behind. As a child my biggest worry was being the last to know if the other kids were doing something fun so this was a very easy concept for me to create. Come to think of it, many of my concepts are probably rooted in the dynamics of the playground.

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Passing through

The Chronicle of Higher Education and I go way back and it is rare to have a client for the life of a career. They were my first client and we have worked together ever since. It has been satisfying to watch the Chronicle grow in stature and see their articles selected for many of the aggregate sites I read.

This illustration for Art Director Scott Seymour was for an article about the retreat of  US university education from an international scope at a time when the world is becoming more interconnected. What makes this even more distressing is US universities historically were leaders in an international view on education, especially during the 50′s and 60′s. The idea behind this was playing on the fear of being left behind.

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Going with the flow

Watched a little  football playoffs this weekend and one team’s success was attributed to chemistry between quarterbacks and receivers. They know each other so well the quarterback knows where the receiver will improvise when a play breaks down and the receiver knows where the quarterback likes to throw the ball.  Art Director SooJin Buzelli and I have a similar relationship. It is uncanny how many times she picks the sketch I’m most excited about doing without any prompting. This was an illustration for PlanSponsor about how generation Y is learning how to adjust to the ups and downs they have confronted with the economy.

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The sketches were ideas about the ups and downs generation Y has to endure. My gut said sketch 2 was best but any of them could have worked depending on the emphasis of the story. SooJin read my mind and picked sketch 2 but it is not uncommon for us to like the same approach.

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We should really think about taking our mind reading act on the road.

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Joy to the Emerging World

Emerging Markets have been a big theme for the last few years even though many of the “Emerging” countries are much older than the US. This was an illustration for Orlie Kraus for the Weekend Wall Street Journal with a quiz for investors about investing in Emerging Markets.

Layering has been a thing of mine lately and it was fun creating a texture with multiple flags in the background.

Wall Street Journal: What do you know about emerging markets?

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Bully on the block

With numerous stories about bullying appearing in the news recently it was inevitable a bullying article would come across my desk as a project. This story is a little different as it talks about some extreme cases to stop bullying turning into cases of institutions bullying students. Illustration for Liberty Magazine. Bryan Gray, AD

 

 

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Spread the wealth

Nothing expands your thinking like traveling abroad. It was amazing how traveling changed my view of the world.  An interesting thing about investing is most average investors have a home bias. This CFA institute cover was for a feature about diversifying investments globally. Tim Priddy, AD.

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Judgement day

It can be overwhelming with new products and ideas flooding us each day. Kickstarter makes it even more intense with endless people asking for seed money from the public. I’m always curious about what works and doesn’t work on Kickstarter. The Wall St Journal has a fascinating list of good and bad Kickstarter projects. Christian Drury, AD

 

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How to succeed in business by really trying

Series of illustrations for Computerworld magazine’s annual job survey issue. The big takeaway is work is picking up but people have to work a lot harder. April Montgomery, AD.

 

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If you build it they will come.

Illustration series for aiCIO magazine about building financial products to protect institutional investors. As you can imagine, investments designed to not blow up in your face are high in demand. Soojin Buzelli, AD.

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Helping hand

Illustration for aiCIOSU11, an online magazine for institutional investors. The article is about managers deciding whether to hire an advisor or go it alone in a dangerous investing environment. This magazine is part of an emerging trend of magazines that are viewable through the web or devices. Soojin Buzelli, AD.

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Hello doctor

Fun spread, cover, and inside illustration for Tufts University alumni magazine about dentists having to manage the fears of children and their parents. Betsy Hayes, AD.

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Fly With Me

Illustration for the New York Times Sunday Business section for an article about the Web making a comeback. Fred Noraard, AD. The idea for the airship came after seeing a clip from the movie, “Sucker Punch”. Critics have called “Sucker Punch” the worst movie of the year. At least the airships were nice.

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