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Jan. 02, 2018

On Teaching

This spring, I’ll be teaching my age-old 2D Graphics course. Every time I teach it, I spend waaaaay too much time wondering what I should include in the course content. I change it every year. Adobe is the go-to graphics software company, and that hasn’t changed since they bought Macromedia long ago. I started off […]

Oct. 12, 2017

On light

We see because of light reacting with our crazy eyes and ocular nerves and brains. But there’s a lot to learn about where that light’s coming from. It’s either being emitted or reflected. The primary point of emitted light, for most of our existence on this planet, has been very hard, even dangerous, to look […]

Multiple master icons

Just like fonts, icons can be designed in different weights. Here’s how it works in my current design, chubbicons:   These are all rendered at 32×32. The bold weight was designed with 1 pixel wide stroke on a 9×9 grid, while the light weight was 1 pixel on an 18×18 grid. The solid is just […]

Sep. 18, 2017

Modes of Transportation series

I’m having fun with this theme. It makes it easy to think of things to make.

Sep. 09, 2017

A standard for user interface icon design

Editing this article to discuss general icon design standards, which I believe are needed. Icons should down-rez gracefully to small sizes, with vertical and horizontal edges aligning to the pixel grid at sizes as small as 9 pixels. A 3×3 sub grid should be adhered to when designing icons. [codepen_embed height=”265″ theme_id=”1″ slug_hash=”EvqZQZ” default_tab=”html,result” user=”empireoflight”]See […]

Sep. 06, 2017

Some older work

These were from Jeanne and my show at the Albright Knox back in ~2001.

Aug. 29, 2017

Big Guys ‘n ‘Lil Guys : The Tale of Reggie and Mike

First draft of a children’s book I’ll maybe Illustrate someday Reggie was a Big Guy. He could lift anything, even big buildings and cars. He was strong. Mike was a ‘Lil Guy. He was really fast and could fit into small places when he needed to hide. Reggie and Mike were really good at building […]

Aug. 22, 2017

Cooper Union

As soon as I was considering life after high school, I had my heart set on Cooper Union. I wanted to make “cool looking shit”, I was good at it and CU was where the best in the world did it. Plus it was in Manhattan, my favorite place in the world and a 45 […]

Aug. 08, 2017

A couple more gouaches

Some new acrylics on linen

Jul. 25, 2017

First “daily recap” post

Jeanne and I were talking about how we have no idea what we did a year ago on any given day, and it’s time to start writing stuff down. So here we go. Today I: Met some cool people in Lockport Worked on a few projects Ate a chicken wing Drove to Canada on a […]

Jul. 20, 2017

Some gouache doodles

Testing out the new scanner…

Jun. 27, 2017

Small gouaches

Jun. 25, 2017

Had to be the most beautiful day

Went up to Canada with Nancy and her friend. Stopped at the grocery, got the guac stuff and some burger meat.Chased a few house wrens away. Cleaned the cottage up while the girls made guac. Went surfing at Pleasant, watched Nan and her bud get sweet rides. Got a ticket there and almost towed but […]

Jun. 24, 2017

Me and Griff back in the old days

Jun. 17, 2017

In defense of “Code is Poetry”

Just watched Boone Gorges break down the ubiquitous motto. If not poetry, what is code? Gorges suggested craftsmanship, architecture, bridge-building, collaboration, engineering. None of those is text. Each of those has associative materials that could connect a perceivably banal thing with beauty: wood is craft, steel is architecture, mathematics is bridge-building, software development is collaboration […]

May. 25, 2017

Sketch

I have the app, I’ve played with it, made some icons, and I still don’t get it. I think folks who use it a lot aren’t fluent html/css coders. For me, it’s a lot easier to do the things people say Sketch shines at directly in code. Do you use Sketch? Do you consider yourself a […]

The most beautiful soft rain

is falling outside my Lyons office window.  

May. 22, 2017

WP font

Who’s down to make a font for WordPress? I am! I’ve brought this up before. It makes sense to have a custom font for your brand; Youtube just did it. WP has such a strong brand that its own font just makes sense.

Apr. 23, 2017

Mystery Meat Icons

Icons are everywhere. As the contexts within which we interpret content become more unpredictable, so does our reliance on iconography to communicate ideas and messages. The use of iconography has exploded as dissemination of information must reach a multitude of user contexts. Icons can summarize universal ideas and complex actions with a few shapes. Icons […]

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