Eye Candy

I’ve added Pintrest to my list of obsessions. What a rabbit hole it is for anyone visually minded. You stumble on evocative-and erotic (you can’t have one without the other)-images that literally take your breath away. This is Maureen Dunlop de Popp, who flew Spitfires in WW2. I’ve gazed at

Fat, fun and funky.

After constant whining to the manager, the running store where I have my weekend “hobby job” is stocking Hoka Stinsons. It’s a great shoe, and the Stinson, with a more forward rocker panel is easier to adjust to than the Tarmac. The Stinson road feel reminds me of the earlier 3


A blizzard and storm day, so I’m playing with my LPs till the power goes. I realized how prophetic this was. Funny then, but sadly true now. Gatefold from 10CC’s “How Dare You”, 1975. Design by Hipgnosis (The firm that inspired a generation of designers.)

Runners Redux

As I continue my scorched earth policy in the basement as part of my fantasy move, I’m finding some funny stuff. Check out these covers from the April 08 and April 12 Runner’s World. In their defence, it must be difficult to come with new things to say about

Target Fixation

So, I’ve designed a lovely book set in Bogota, and spent a chunk of money to buy images of Bolivian stamps to use as graphic elements. This morning, my editor informed me that while he liked the llama stamps, Bogota is in Columbia, not Bolivia. Opps. If “Zoolander” had been

Gabba Gabba Hey

Following the success of his X-Men, Marvel hired my son to “re-interpret” Spider-Man. I’m pleased to see Jed’s Spidey, and excited to see kids his age embracing the 70s punk ethos. Not since the music of James Brown, Little Richard and Elvis has music so impacted and changed society. The 70s

The Dark Forest

These lines always spring to mind at year end, when the forest seems especially labyrinthine.

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.

Best Bridges

Thomas Thiemich, who designed the wonderful Alto Mono, has released Fakt Stencil. I’m a sucker for stencil fonts, and this one is gorgeous. The bridges are the best I’ve ever seen-they become a structural part of the glyph. And jeepers. how they dance! (Check that capital A.) $450USD @ Fontshop.

Amor Sacro e Amor Profano

I’ve designed a Christmas card for as long as I can remember. I usually do two-one with a Christian theme, another more worldly-and funny. For the last ten years, our cards have featured our pal Jack the Corgi. We’ve been running out of Bible verses that mention dogs, (Dogs don’t

I’ve got mono.

Monospaced typewriter fonts, that is. I love typewriters-especially IBM Selectrics. The soft, reassuring whir of the motor, the subtle whiff of ozone that permeates the air, and that substantial clunk of a mechanical keyboard firing an impact on paper is soothing and makes writing a physical act and a pure