Author Archives: Mason Currey

Obsessing with Kate Bingaman-Burt

The Portland, Oregon–based illustrator and teacher on daily drawings, bleeding money, and the trouble with interns     Photograph by Liz Devine    Your new book, What Did I Buy Today?, is an illustrated journal for people to use to record their spending habits—as you’ve been doing since 2006, with your daily purchase drawings....

Posters as Lesson Plans: Timothy Goodman Teams Up with the Institute of Play

The Institute of Play is a New York City–based nonprofit that designs “experiences that make learning irresistible”—a mission that encompasses everything from digital game research to a pair of innovative public schools in New York and Chicago. Now the Institute is trying to amp up after-school learning through its Off the Wall Learning series. “The curriculum for after-school...

A New Idea for Sandy Relief: Illustrated Junk Bonds

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City more than two weeks ago, the sleepy waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn, suffered some of the worst flooding in the five boroughs. Even now, as much of the rest of the city has resumed normal operations, some Red Hook residents are still without power, and many area...

Posters for Public Space

Recently, the San Francisco–based bicycle company Public invited 27 designers, illustrators, and cartoonists to create a series of posters that interpret the concept of “public”—and, in particular, that promote urban spaces that are friendly for bicyclists and pedestrians. Called Public Works, the project drew an impressive roster of talent, including Roz Chast, Milton Glaser, Maira...

Skyping with Slavs and Tatars

The international art collective on its first solo museum show in the United States, the perils of splitting checks, and Beyoncé.   Your work focuses on an “oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians, and Central Asians.” How did you settle on this project? We founded Slavs and Tatars in 2006 for equally intellectual...

Jessica Hische Does Drop Caps for the Classics

Is it too early to start shopping for Christmas? Probably, yes. Nevertheless, we couldn’t resist sharing these images of the forthcoming Penguin Drop Cap series, which will offer some excellent holiday gift options for the bookish typography-and-illustration buffs in your lives. Each of the eventual 26 hardcover books in the series is a design...

James Victore on Day Jobs, Creative Burnout, "Serious Play," and His Upcoming Symposium

Navigating a career as a so-called creative professional can be a tricky and occasionally demoralizing project. Designers, writers, artists, and their ilk want to do original, meaningful work—but they also need to make a living, and that can necessitate some painful compromises (taking on less-than-ideal commissions to build a portfolio; slinging espresso shots to...

Young Jerks' Dan Cassaro on His New Identity for Lands' End (and That Misplaced Apostrophe)

Earlier today, Young Jerks—the one-man Brooklyn studio run by Dan Cassaro—unveiled its new identity for the classic American clothing brand Lands’ End. The handsome family of logos is a distinct improvement on the brand’s current design, and they manage to reference the company’s heritage without feeling fusty or nostalgic. We e-mailed Cassaro to find out a little...

Irma Boom Designs a New Logo and House Style for the Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is nearing the end of a decade-long renovation and restoration project by the Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz. As a prelude to its reopening next April, the museum has just unveiled its new logo, designed by Irma Boom. “My starting point was the fact that the Rijksmuseum is a national museum with international...