Under Cloudy Skies

The background of John Porcellino’s website, King-cat.net, is a Crayola-blue sky populated with fluffy white clouds. The comics artist’s digital wallpaper genially marries the aesthetics of nursery-school nostalgia to those of upbeat indie animation, but anyone familiar with Porcellino knows …

"Robin and The Earl of (George) Booth"

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with George Booth on three advertising campaigns, and he was even kind enough to design one of our cards of “Happy Holidays” past. Working with him opened vistas for me and redefined what collaboration …

From A to B

Malcolm Sutherland’s made an awesome little animated journey from point A to point B, laboriously performed by a cacaphony of idiotic little creatures and contraptions who are having a really hard time dealing with it. It’s an adorable exploration of …

An Illustrator "Celebrity Cruises" The Animation Waters

This’ll be the first of many posts (once a month, hopefully) presenting work I’ve done and the process used to produce it. When my wife Patrice and I originally opened the studio, it was to offer up to advertising clients …

The Art of Peck

Best known for his television, series Duckman (1994-1997, USA Network), Everett Peck is a an animator,  cartoonist,  illustrator, and  painter. His solo exhibit at Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, Ca., September 11 – January 29), It’s Not My Fault: The …

It Takes a Monkey

In the 1930s (and before and after) men who repaired the mammoth illuminated signs, known as spectaculars, that towered over places like Times Square were called “sign monkeys.” A term of endearment then, it is out of fashion now. Yet …

Today's Obsession: The First Animated Tattoo

I have always been confused about QR codes and wtf they’re even for. Don’t we already have bar codes, which are about the same thing? Well, yeah, sorta, but no. The advantages to QR codes over bar codes are aplenty: …

Today's Obsession: Pixel Perfect

Here, to sate your hunger for retro delight, is a marvelous little tumblr called Pixel Perfect. It’s a collection of silly animated .gifs, and not the current crop that’s so popular. You’ll find no ironic Michelle Obamas giving us thumbs …

My 10 Best (and One Worst) Design Items of the Half-Year

My editor told me, “Everyone likes an end-of-year list, right?” Well, I don’t. But this one’s for you, James. Happy 2011! These date back to early July, when Imprint officially launched. First the Worst. The worst “Mad Men / Creative …

Today's Obsession: Kim Pimmel

Kim Pimmel is a User Experience Designer with Adobe, a lighting designer, a photographer, and a huuuuge nerd. My partner recently ran across one of his lighting experiments on Vimeo, playing with a combination of stop-motion photographs of lighting stitched …