May 17, 2013
Here’s another in my spam poem series, created entirely from spam email subject lines (might as well do something with them, right?). Enjoy.
Sick of a dead end job?
I thought you might be interested in this offer:
This company will explode upon becoming fully reporting;
I await your response.
May 10, 2013
The latest book I had the pleasure of editing will soon be available: The Digital Creative’s Survival Guide by Paul Wyatt. The book offers insight into working on a wide range of digital design work including web, app, multimedia and broadcast design.
Filled with interviews and case studies, this is a book that you should check out if you’re working in this ever changing field.
May 10, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of my “spam poems.” Here you go. Constructed entirely from the subject lines of spam emails (including the title of the poem on this one).
You’ve said that you are not married.
Make a gift for your beloved one:
High quality Rolex replica watches.
All you wish + discount.
March 29, 2013
The latest book that I had the pleasure of editing is now available: The Web Designer’s Idea Book Volume 3 by Patrick McNeil.
Full of visual inspiration, the book showcases more than 650 examples of today’s best web design. You’ll find an in-depth discussion of content management systems and plenty of valuable insight into important topics like technology, site types, site structure, design styles and elements. A great book for anyone working in design today.
February 14, 2013
The other day I posted about the video interviews that would tie in to Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Journey. Well, the first video went up today. Danny interviews Liz Steel, an architect and world-traveler who has amassed around 100 completed travel sketchbooks in 6 years! Pretty cool stuff. Check it out.
February 11, 2013
I recently posted about Danny Gregory’s new travel sketching book An Illustrated Journey. To celebrate the book, Danny has planned a series of video interviews with the book’s contributors–which will make a great companion to the essays themselves. You’ll be able to check out first hand travel sketching tips and insights from the artists themselves.
The videos kick off in the next couple of weeks. Read all about it and check out Danny’s introductory video here.
An Illustrated Journey: Introduction to the interviews from DannyGregory on Vimeo.
February 5, 2013
Well, here we are in the middle of February. This cold time of year I always start thinking about vacationing somewhere warm… or maybe just somewhere else. And the latest book that I had the pleasure of editing is making me feel that itch even more.
An Illustrated Journey, by Danny Gregory (author of the popular An Illustrated Life) is a compilation of essays and images from a wide array of talented artists, designers and illustrators who share their ideas and experiences on travel sketching. If you’re looking for inspiration, then you’re in luck. These artists will definitely make you want to pack your suitcase (and your pens) and visit some exotic destination.
The artists share tips, insights from their travels, and suggestions for your travel art kit. If you’re an artist looking for creative ideas, the book is great for finding inspiration in the world around you. If you just need to get out of your head for a bit, the book is also a great read for the armchair traveler—plus I bet you’ll be inspired to take along a sketchbook on your next adventure.
January 22, 2013
Who says toys are just for the kids?
Designer and illustrator Aled Lewis sure doesn’t think so. His new book Toy Confidential is a celebration of the magic and wonder of toys (with a large dose of humor thrown in the mix). Have you ever imagined a showdown between a dinosaur and a cowboy? Or what about an Ewok sitting down to a trashcan dinner with a family of raccoons? Anything’s possible in the world of toys. And that’s what makes this book so much fun.
I had the pleasure of working as an editor for this book and highly recommend it as an imaginative gift or a nostalgic reminder that there’s still kid inside each of us.
January 15, 2013
A while back my spam filter at the day job didn’t work very well. And it was kind of awesome. I started writing these goofy poems using the headlines of spam emails.
Well, my spam filter is at it again. So this morning I came up with this poem, which I’ve titled “Rebound”:
Continuous moments of intimate joy,
Where do missing things go when they just disappear?
A kiss to you, my new friend.
Love and terror…
A potent mix.
January 7, 2013
I just got some news that The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook is currently Writer’s Digest’s bestselling book. Of course, a book written to tie into the blockbuster Tolkien movie is going to get some love, but still… I like to think the book’s success is in part due to some good writing.
The book was written by Peter Archer, Jeff Gerke, and myself with illustrations by Ben Patrick. Each author brought some fun things to their chapters (and Ben’s illustrations are hilarious). A great group of guys to work with.
If you’re curious, I wrote the chapters on hobbit etiquette, a section on self defense, the interview with the dragon, the introduction and the glossary.
Could there be a followup book? Hmmm. Maybe.
A chapter opener from “The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook”