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03/25/2014: Portlandia Activity Book

Portlandia, the popular IFC show midway through its fourth season, now directs its keen eye for satire toward print. This well-designed, companion, activity book takes on similar subject matter with similar wit. Written by Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Jonathan Kristel, the book appears to be a massive creative undertaking. It contains art direction...

Free Pouring: A Typology of Latte Art

My kitchen has an espresso machine, an industrial grinder, a home grinder. two coffee pots, an iced coffee maker, a french press, a pour over kit… Needless to say, I’m well-equipped in case there is an apocalypse and the new currency is coffee beans. My first introduction to the merits of latté art was...

Striking Gold

Starting my own business was always one of those things I knew I would do. I’d worked for enough self-starters (as well as being raised by one) to know what I wanted, but after grad school it seemed like the practical thing would be to get a job, work off some debt, and then—someday—start...

Superheroes and Supervillains

I recently completed a project that combined the creative writing of grade school students from 826NYC with artwork from the Senior class in the Illustration Department at Parsons The New School for Design. The project began with a creative writing workshop of 30 grade school students (ages 6-11) who created a collection of new...