12 Jun 2011 7 am eastern

Jane – Kafka for Lovers

JANE IS A FAMOUS British comic begun during WWII to improve troop morale. The title character is a plucky English lady who always seems to lose her clothes at inopportune moments. This strange predeliction was enough to keep the fighting men happy and helped inspire them defeat the Gerries back in those horrible yet strangely innocent days. With constant changes of illustration style, the comic persisted into the 1960s. Of course the pill and the sexual revolution made the strange little cartoon irrelevant, and that was the end of Jane.

(I learned about Jane from the Penguin Book of Comics, which I was lucky enough to discover as a boy.)

Kafka For Lovers | jane by gesebel.

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16 May 2011 8 am eastern

And Baby Makes Art

Family, by Ava Zeldman

Filed under: art, family, glamorous, The Essentials

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10 Apr 2011 12 pm eastern

Edward Hopper, Soir Bleu

Edward Hopper 1882-1967, Soir Bleu, 1914.

Edward Hopper 1882-1967, Soir Bleu, 1914. Oil on canvas, Overall: 36 × 72in. (91.4 × 182.9cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest 70.1208. © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

Whitney Museum of American Art | whitney.org

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25 Jan 2011 6 am eastern

The glory of the doodle, the grandeur of the sketch, in A List Apart No. 322.

The glory of the doodle, the grandeur of the sketch, in A List Apart No. 322

In Issue No. 322 of A List Apart for people who make websites: respect the doodle, honor the sketch—use the power of visual thinking to create and share ideas:

The Miseducation of the Doodle

by Sunni Brown

The teacher who chastised you for “mindless doodling” was wrong on both counts. Far from shutting down the mind, the act of doodling engages the brain in the kind of visual sense-making people have practiced for over 30,000 years. Doodling sharpens concentration, increases retention, and enhances access to the problem solving unconscious. It activates the portions of the visual cortex that allow us to see mental imagery and manipulate concepts, and unifies three major learning modalities—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Doodle Revolution leader Sunni Brown introduces strategic doodling and presents the ABCs of our shared visual alphabet.

Sketching: the Visual Thinking Power Tool

by Mike Rohde

You don’t have to be a great singer to write a great song—just ask Bob Dylan. Likewise, you needn’t be a Leonardo to draw your way to more and better ideas. Sketching helps you generate concepts quickly, exploring alternatives rapidly and at no cost of resources. The looseness of a sketch removes inhibitions, granting clients and colleagues permission to consider and challenge the ideas it represents. Mike Rohde outlines the practice, surveys the tools, and shares ways to become confident with this method of brainstorming, regardless of your level of artistic ability.


Illustration by Kevin Cornell for A List Apart, a publication of Happy Cog.

Filed under: A List Apart, art, Best practices, business, Career, creativity, Design

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8 Dec 2010 12 pm eastern

NYC Must-See

People who are coming to New York for the first time always ask me what they should see. So I’ve made a little list. Here are eighteen of my favorite places in New York City.

Filed under: architecture, art, arts, cities, New York City, Parks, Travel, Urbanism

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9 Nov 2010 9 am eastern

Xiaoxi (Nancy) Zhang, illustrator

Xiaoxi (Nancy) Zhan

Filed under: art, Illustration

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20 Oct 2010 11 am eastern

Pixy Stix | Jason Santa Maria

I wrote a true story of  love, obsession, heartbreak, and candy and my friend Jason Santa Maria art directed it. I’m proud of this tiny, fast-reading story, which is like condensed essence of me (and all these years later, nothing has really changed) and I love what Jason’s done with the page. Please enjoy Pixy Stix, the October 19th Candygram.

Filed under: art, art direction, Design, experience, glamorous, The Essentials, work, writing, Zeldman

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17 May 2010 8 am eastern

Like it says

Bad Paintings of President Obama

Badpaintingsofbarackobama.com contains just that. Some are so bad, they’re good.

Via Coudal.com.

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23 Mar 2010 6 am eastern

Hockney and Friends

Circa 1963, Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and David Goodman; photo by Dennis Hopper.

Scads more in “DAVID HOCKNEY | STYLE” at The Selvedge Yard.


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10 Apr 2009 3 pm eastern

Meshes of the Afternoon

Some of my favorite images from Flickr; part of a series.

Favorites of the afternoon of April 10, 2009. Part of this complete breakfast.

[tags]flickr, favorites, art, photography, images, image, collections[/tags]

Filed under: art, arts, creativity, Design, flickr, Ideas, Images, Layout, links, photography, work

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