Ben Dunkle’s Blog


Aug. 01, 2016

Summer Gouaches

These have been really fun to make and gouache is just the best medium IMHO. I made a bunch of prints of them at the local shop, and after a couple of shows sold quite a few. Contact me if you want one!

Jul. 17, 2016

Software and Experience

The longer you’ve been using an application, the less value you hold to the app developer as a user. Take Facebook. Once upon a time, it was a linear, flowing post stream. If you missed something, you missed it. Now, I have no idea where my posts go or who sees them or in what context. Facebook […]

Jun. 28, 2016

The English Beat at Ironworks

Great show. Loved the sax, and seeing it live made me realize how hard it is to pull off solos like they did in the 80s. Not enough people there, which is a shame. We’re lucky they keep coming back and should support one of the most notable, iconic sounds out of that era.

Jun. 15, 2016


Best month of the year. Each day is wide open. Seems like this June stretches on forever.

May. 22, 2016

Fontself is pretty cool

Made it a lot easier to make fonts. I hate having to export glyphs to another program. Website: Here’s my first attempt:  

Apr. 19, 2016

TV Shows

Vikings is one of my favorite shows. Great characters. I’ve especially liked scenes with Harbard lately. He’s an amazing, intriguing character that embodies the mythology and superstition that were rampant in that time. My favorite line of his came during the last show, “Possession is the opposite of love”. Can’t stop thinking about how true that […]

Dec. 26, 2015

Crystal Beach paintings

A couple more before I give ’em away…

Dec. 21, 2015

WordCamp US

Quick summary of the trip: The conference: The location: Weather: was awesome Family: Loved seeing my Mom, Dad, Clare and Bob, walking around and learning the neighborhood The Barnes Museum was too crowded. But this made it all ok. Food: Spice End was the best thing I ate on the trip. Second best was Tir Na Nog because it was […]

Jul. 22, 2015

WordCamp Scranton

What an awesome experience, and great job done by the organizers. As an organizer myself, I learned a few tricks and got some ideas for the next WCBUF. One thing I want to consider is killing the whole lunch thing altogether. Too many variables that inevitably go wrong. Provide coffee and water all day long, […]

Jun. 26, 2015

Pier paintings

Jun. 02, 2015

Hj in progress…


Jun. 01, 2015

Herb falls in the brook WIP


May. 25, 2015

Barn on the beach


Apr. 21, 2015


Work is good when it’s used as an agent of self improvement.

jQuery: why I like it

I’ve never found anything I can’t do with it that I had to do before with JavaScript. It’s less lines of code.

Apr. 08, 2015



Mar. 24, 2015

New stuff

making some gauche drawings/paintings  

Mar. 18, 2015

Why I don’t put a link to my website in my clients’ footers

Because it looks bad. When someone builds your house, they don’t put “built by houses-r-us™”. When someone replaces your roof, maybe they’ll stick a sign in your lawn saying “Roof by roofs-r-us™”, but you’re gonna yank that thing out pretty quickly. If people want to know who built my site, they’ll contact the site owner.

Feb. 18, 2015

Lorem Ipsum

Why do we use this in designing comps? There’s a psychological occurrence that needs to be explored here. “Pretend this is the text that will really be hear” is a loaded request.

Jan. 25, 2015

Nancy soccer

She’s the only one on the field without an “uh” sound at the end of her name. The coaches are playing with them in a little scrimmage, and they keep kicking the balls at the girls.

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