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Illustrated as a designer at Bussolati Associates.

Magazines shmagazines.

Even I thought I’d never get around to actually posting about what I do at Bussolati Associates. Here’s a very small part: I design some layouts for publications like ACC Docket, the magazine for the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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Customize everything.

Help your home tell a story with every item.

I designed these pillows after being inspired by images of the Sami people in Scandinavia. What beautiful shots. Check them out in the latest Communication Arts Photography Annual.

Do not be evilly ironic.

An illustration and a lesson for you, my dear reader.

Hello, LetterCult!

Matryoshka 8

As I previously mentioned, I’m trying to get my type skills in order. I know that practice is the only way to get good at something, so I’m forcing discipline through submissions to compilations such as the Alphabattle on LetterCult. Today they posted my first submission!

The idea is that participants submit interpretations of a chosen character every week. This week’s is “8”.

Matryoshka 8

There’s something inherently nurturing and feminine in the forms of the 8, and my solution played with a matryoshka form. I’ve also played around with other solutions, such as a snowman:

Snowman 8In the end, it was just too bland.

And a few other ideas that never made it past the sketch phase because I ran out of time. Once again, I was thinking about the ideas of nurture and love, so my solutions had to do with motherhood and lovers linking hands.

Sketches 1

Sketches 2

Please ignore the snake-head woman on the left. I have no idea what part of my subconscious that monster thing came out of.

See the rest of the 8 submissions here.


Piggy banks

I really want to push myself until I learn to make great:
1. Infographics
2. Illustrations
3. Hand-drawn type

I’m incredibly lucky that employer has allowed me to really explore #1. I’ve made five infographics since starting at Bussolati, which is incredible considering the short time span and their trust in me.

I’m also really lucky to have some amazing outlets for #2, one of which is my work with Community Ladders. They’re releasing a bi-weekly newsletter, which requires me to conceptualize finance-related illustrations executed in a 120px*120px space. Here are some of the images I came up with for the upcoming issue. All of these deal with the theme of Savings.

Next up, hand-drawn type! Look out for a separate post around Monday. I have some projects brewing.

In other news, I have discovered Emiliano Ponzi and I. Want. To. Be. Him. His beautiful illustration style, impressive list of clients, and beautiful simplicity in the portrayal of clever  ideas are everything I aspire to have. Good work, my man, good work.


Love Lives On

Although it’s the only studio class so far to make me feel completely incompetent, I’m going to miss screenprinting. It’s strangely satisfying. I never expected to want to make illustrative work like this, but being in this class unlocked this really weird desire to draw characters. I’m probably not going to do well in that class academically because none of this is “fine art,” but I’m way beyond caring. I’m happy with what I’ve been doing.

On another note, every day I’m reminded how lucky I am to have found a romantic partner who’s truly that, a partner. I’m about to start an employment stint in an amazing little design studio, and I can only hope that I can also find the same level of support and cooperation professionally, working in a tight-knit team that works like a miniature design family. Can professional “love” be found in a company when you’re just starting out?

Here’s a screenprinted illustration I made that sums up the type of love I like to surround myself with. Love’s not perfect, but it runs deep.

It means so much when they can tell you that you’re wrong and you actually enjoy hearing it, because you know that you’ll both just learn from it.

Love Lives On