Posts Tagged "book"

November 19, 2010

Nightmare fodder: Two Centuries of Children’s book illustration

The Public Library does it again, folks. This week I found William Feaver’s When We Were Young, Two Centuries of Children’s Book Illustration and it was like seeing Gremlins for the first time in second grade. I didn’t sleep.

Regardless, the book is a fascinating collection of what kids across the universe were looking at by firelight years ago. The image above is by Heinrich Hoffman and the caption reads, “‘Ah!” said Mamma, “I knew he’d come to naughty little suck-a-thumb.”‘ Dang, Hoffman!

More illustrations after the jump.

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July 2, 2009

stripe sf

Today my lovely friend Dakota directed me to the portfolio of Stripe SF, a graphic design firm in San Francisco. They have a lot of interesting work, you should check it out!


2/4 of a silk screened poster series. I really like the idea.


In case you don’t know, I’m a sucker for bright colors and crazy patterns.


I really like this footnote. I’m currently setting my first 200+ page book, and have a new found respect for details. Stripe has a lot of nice books in their portfolio, I wish we got to do more projects like that.


April 15, 2009

My dream team of magazine subscriptions

Yesterday Kristy created a nice little post about magazines she can’t throw away. While, I am the same way, and collect them as if they are first edition books, it got me thinking. Want to know what I was thinking? Overall, there are some really great magazines available, some of which come from other countries. If I had to put together a list of magazine subscriptions I would love to have, this would be the list.

Anorak Magazine – $45 for one year / 4 issues

Anorak Magazine

Anorak Magazine looks amazing, while it’s main goal it to be a childrens magazine, it appeals to us adults (but we really aren’t adults) because of it’s amazing illustrations. Every illustrator has a subscription and so should you. This magazine hails from The United Kingdom, and expect to pay about $45 for a one year subscription. But with only four issues per year, you can expect the illustrations will blow you out of the water. Subscribe to Anorak today

Baseline Magazine – $90 for one year / 4 issues

Baseline Magazine

Baseline Magazine is one for the grid enthusiasts. I seldom find an issue at the local Barnes and Noble, but when I do it’s a definite purchase. This magazine is over sized, has tons of great color, and sports amazing typography along with it’s beautiful grid based layout. A hefty price tag on this big guy, but with each issue being nearly a third of the size larger than your normal magazine, you’ll be sure to turn the cover pages into blankets. This magazine also hails from The United Kingdom. Subscribe to Baseline today

Proximity Magazine – $30 for one year / 3 issues

Proximity Magazine

Proximity Magazine showcases artists, homes, studios, and basically anything you can think of that pertains to art. Run by artists and printed by artists, this magazine is worth the purchase. Hailing from Chicago, this little guy is sure to not disappoint. The covers look beautiful and the articles look great. Proximity writers take tons of time making sure their content is in tip-top shape before going to print (hence the 3 issues per year). Subscribe to Proximity today

Uppercase Magazine – $65 for one year / 4 issues

Uppercase Magazine

Last but certain not least, Uppercase Magazine. This little guy sports some of the best illustrations I have seen in a long time. In fact, I am purchasing this magazine before any of the above. A beautiful Web site to match the beautiful magazine, I have to give all of Uppercase a serious applause. Their blog is great, and showcases some great finds, plus their book store contains items that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. Hailing from our neighbors to the north (Canada), this is my number one pick out of this entire list. Do yourself a favor, and just browse the Web site. You’ll find that you will not only be inspired, but you’ll be pullin’ out that credit card faster than an old western draw. Subscribe to Uppercase today

Enjoy, and happy reading!


February 25, 2009



Ghostshrimp is a guy named Dan.  Dan is from my homeland, New Hampshire.  In the past, I avoided Dan at parties and avoided his illustrations because of an overwhelmingly large and present community of hipsters that jock his style relentlessly.  Tired of hearing about how so many people “knew Ghostshrimp” (not liked his art, just knew him), I subconsciously boycotted homie’s work for the past few years.


I don’t live in NH anymore.  I live in NC.  And no one here talks about anything from NH.  Hell, no one anywhere outside of New England talks about NH.  So here’s some work from Ghostshrimp.  It’s a lot easier to like when you don’t draw an immediate association between it and nerds at house parties.  The relevance of this backstory?  There isn’t any, I guess.  Look at the illustrations.



Unwavering style is my new favorite thing.  I feel like 75% of the artists portfolios that I look at have two or three disciplines and only one is good.  So, hat’s off Ghostshrimp for doing everything you can with a single aesthetic.  I like it.


If associating Ghostshrimp with me and this obnoxious post hasn’t turned you off, you can see more (a lot more) of his work (and buy some stuff) at his site.  Do it!