Category: Collage


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April 9, 2012 edition of The New Yorker


hortly after graduating from college, I started subscribing to The New Yorker. It is certainly a writer’s magazine. But when it use images, they’re usually awesome. So it didn’t take long for me to start tearing into the pages and collages with the pictures used to illustrate stories and ads. A good number of these can be found here.

Now that I own a fancy-ass new iPad, and subscribe to the fancy-ass New Yorker on it, I can use the fancy-ass app Mixel to continue my collaging habit.

I always liked collaging by hand with clips from the magazine because it’s lo-fi and impressionistic. Unlike digital design, my options were limited to only a single copy of the images used in the print edition, glued down at the size they appeared. Mixel allows me to resize and flip and copy images, but it’s limited to crude cutouts (which prevents me from making the most of my masterful X-acto skills) and web resolutions, which gives it a nice, hand-done feel.

These aren’t exactly meant to be gorgeous, they’re just visual doodles and puns. But it’s been fun playing with them in much end same way I did as couple years ago, but in an entirely new medium.

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April 16, 2012 edition of The New Yorker

happy christmas
Happy Christmas! I’ve spent the past couple days playing with my niece’s Christmas presents, like her new toy block set.


The Bourbon needed a bunch of last-minute posters, so I made some up quick.


ootball season is around the corner, which means sports sections in newsroom across the country are working long hours. Ours is no different. I spent a solid 36 consecutive hours last week designing daily sections and working on my contribution to this year’s College Football Preview section. And I took a few pictures along the way.

The section’s theme centered on books and NU’s departure from the Big 12 to the Big Ten next season. So, I built a pop-up book with a page closing on the old conference and opening on a new one.


First I came up with a digital sketch of how the illustration may come together.


Then I broke down all the pieces of that sketch into basic shapes.


Next I printed the shapes out in reverse on the appropriate color …


… and cut out each of the some 200 pieces of the helmets.


Along with the typography.


Then I glued them all together.


I built up a field as the base of the page.


Finally, I put together all the pieces on a notebook.


I took it into the studio and had one of our photographers shoot the finished product.


The final illustration didn’t come together quite like the original sketch, in part because of time constraints and pure fatigue, but also because fake pop-up books are — as it turns out — really hard to make.


A paper illustration for the World-Herald’s golf section. Photo by the inimitable Matt Miller.




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