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News, the occasional rant and maybe even something smart to say. If I'm going to write it down for posterity, it's going to be here.

 

For the love of sternums

Say for a moment that you have an old sail boat. There’s some heavy weather coming and your boat needs some major structural repairs. So you take it to the boat yard, haul it out and they fix it. But here’s the catch: they do the major structural repairs with what amounts to binder twine and say good luck, and, by the way, you can’t actually sail it for about six months until we know the binder twine worked. “What the heck?!” you naturally say. They just shrug and respond “We’ve always done it this way”. This is a lot like sternotomies.

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Desert Island Books: "The End of Average" by Todd Rose.

In short, this is a great little read if you work in design - whether that's interface, experience, industrial design or what have you. It's a great read if you're in human resources. It's also a really great little summer read if you're a teacher or educator working with little and not-so-little minds, unique and not-so-average as they always are. But this is an even greater read if you, like me, never quite feel like you fit in anywhere.

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The Ugliest Thing

I spent a good portion of the last two weeks combing the through Global, European and American IP registries looking through some 400 patents for signs of innovation that didn’t quite materialize. A little tired of looking at the screen, I decided to make something ugly and useful by hand with newly acquired skills. And that’s a nice pic of one of the snapping turtles laying eggs in our garden allotment. Relevant.

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The Process (part 2)

Sketches, sketches, sketches. I learned a long time ago that freelance illustration is like a game of squash with your friend. You both like a good rally, and that's what you'll remember about the match, but secretly you really just try to keep wacking the ball into your friends side of the court to keep them running while you work on other stuff. In this episode I send off my first sketches, discuss how I know they're 'right' or right enough, and basically try to keep moving.

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The Process (part 1)

What, oh what goes into making a series of illustrations? Here I document my process for generating a series of images for an old client. And people think I just sit here drawing pictures. There's a lot of work involved in just sitting here drawing pictures.

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