Walking on the Moon

Hard Case Crime is reprinting classic noir with covers by my favourite illustrator, Robert McGuiness. I love his low BMI women, with impossibly long legs. This lady, based on the size of her head, would be around nine feet tall, and gravity would crumple her-unless, like Sting, she was “walking

If Wozzeck drank beer…

Wowzers! Found the coolest beer graphic on a recent foraging trip to the local beer store. It’s like sitting in a Berlin café, dodging Brownshirts and drinking German Expressionism! I feel like Wozzeck. Or Joel Grey in Cabaret. 


One of my myriad pet peeves is the misuse of “who” and “whom”. (This ranks slightly below using a clerk instead of a bunny to knot running shoes. The horror! The horror!)
In the Atlantic, Megan Garber writes “whom” is fading out of use, and will be “mostly gone in 50

The Alchemical Thief

The title sequence for “It Takes A Thief” (1971) remains one of my favourites. Unicase fonts, Don Grusin’s definitive 70s soundtrack, and graphics I still plunder.
So much of good design is knowing from whom to steal. It does takes a thief-but a discerning one!!
Designers were sampling long before musicians started

What do Lady Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in common?

First, the creepy part: this book is about computational linguistics, a new science using powerful computer programs to crunch words into dehumanized abstract spreadsheets.
Now, the warm and fuzzy part: The Secret Life of Pronouns, by social psychologist and author James Pennebaker, is written for laypersons and does a superb job

Symbionese Literary Army (SLA)

A new manuscript just popped into my inbox! There is nothing more exciting than picking up a new draft and grabbing a first read to get a feel for the potential design. The symbiosis between author and designer is unlike any other type of client relationship, and I’ve been really

Wounded Tortoise

I’ve been asked to create a logo for my running and biking group-a crew of old farts aging very ungracefully. Years of 100 miles-a-week running, and 100 miles-a-day biking are catching up. That miracle drug Glucosamine can’t keep up. We all creak and pop going up stairs, and our PRs

The Big Black Rocket

Every Fall, as Summer winds down, I pull out Gravity’s Rainbow (GR) and crawl into this amazing book. I first discovered GR in 1974, and it fuelled much of my early artwork.
GR paid for my first art show in London. Luckily, I knew a bit more about Rilke than the


Pronoia is the opposite of paranoia, and aptly describes the mindset of anyone writing a blog. I’ve dabbled with Blogger for years, but have decided to make the switch to WordPress for the control it allows. Automattic was so pleased to have me swap they changed the W logo to