Ben Dunkle’s Blog


May. 25, 2017

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 […]

Mar. 22, 2017

Meadow Glen barn

Feb. 15, 2017

The best cole slaw recipe

I only post recipes that I make up and are simple, easy, and cheap. I’m a terrible cook because I’m impulsive, lazy, and AADHD. However, this one usually works: Half a cabbage, cut up however you like it. I sliver mine with a razor sharp Global. 1 TBs Sesame Oil 2 TBs Rice Vinegar 1 […]

Feb. 10, 2017

New MacBook OLE Keyboard thing

Finally figured out a reason to like this thing. I stopped using function keys for years, once it became necessary to hold FN to modify them so you weren’t, like, turning the volume down. Sure, you could set it up so they would behave normally, but then you had to hold FN to, like, turn […]

Feb. 05, 2017

Dumb comic

Jan. 21, 2017


Jan. 12, 2017

Jones Beach gouache painting

Loyola Marymount

This is for my Uncle Billy. He’s not feeling too great so I’m sending it to him.

Dec. 31, 2016

Small gouache painting of lakefront

Dec. 29, 2016


Small gouache and graphite on arches paper

Dec. 16, 2016

An old monoprint

Digging through my old stuff, and thought this was nice:

Dec. 14, 2016

Studio window

I have a bunch of birds that hang out in the trees outside my studio window. I got my good camera geared up with a zoom lens and I try to take photos when I see them. Still getting used to the camera, so expect improvements over time. Here’s the latest:

Nov. 30, 2016

A couple of oldies

Took some picks for my sister of old stuff I did. Here are a couple I forgot about.

Purchase days

Nov. 16, 2016

Typography sucks on screen

We’re in an odd place with the whole typography thing. Most people who look at computers on a daily basis have an idea of what fonts are. They just have no idea about how beautiful they can be. The reason is that screens suck. They are either too low resolution (we can see the pixels) […]

Nov. 07, 2016


This was one of the first techniques I learned when I began art school, back in fall ’89. It was eye-opening. For the first time, I wasn’t responsible for every nuance that came along. The surface dictated what marks were left. Suddenly, I felt a sense of freedom from that burden of decision in art; […]

Oct. 19, 2016

Fonts I’ve made

Oct. 09, 2016

Crystal Beach Pier

A couple more paintings from this summer, based on memory of the busted up pier that juts out into the point at Crystal Beach, Ont.

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