Sunrise VIII


Keeping it πŸ’― with my 100th visit to the gym in 2018 (Sunrise #8) : Leaving the gym, around 6:45am, looking east on Market Street. (L to R: 7/19/18; 7/20/18; 7/23/18; 7/24/18; 7/25/18; 7/26/18; 7/30/18; 8/1/18; 8/2/18; 8/3/18; 8/6/18; 8/17/18)

PWD Friday Studio (Counter-less typography)

Every few Fridays, the incredible team of talented folks I get to work with like to get away from our desks and screens and focus on some hand-done mini-projects. 

A recent "Friday studio" pulled inspiration from Sketching Type: A Guided Sketchbook for Creative Hand Lettering by Lee Suttey and an exercise on 'counterless type' or creating letters without the counter ('inner or enclosed space' of a letter, like the enclosed space in an 'o' or 'B').

These are some of the counterless letters I sketched out:


PWD Friday Studio (Collage)

Every few Fridays, the incredible team of talented folks I get to work with like to get away from our desks and screens and focus on some hand-done mini-projects. 

A recent "Friday studio" focused on collaging old, soon-to-be recycled paper products (out-of-date drinking water quality reports, old advertisements, various outdated outreach material, and some beautiful Communication Arts magazines from the 1960s.)

I immediately covered most of my 7" x 7" square with a swash of PWD blue (the back of a report from 2015.) From there, I was drawn to the old and beautiful relics of past design (that illustration style! the typography! the halftones!)

I ended up really liking the asymmetry of the collage, and leaned into the misogynistic/sexist undertones found in some of the source material (lookin' at you, 1960s Communication Arts...) 


Sunrise VII

Some fine summer sunrises 😎 (Sunrise #7) : Leaving the gym, around 6:45am, looking east on Market Street. (L to R: 6/29/18; 7/2/18; 7/3/18; 7/6/18; 7/9/18; 7/10/18; 7/11/18; 7/12/18; 7/13/18; 7/16/18; 7/17/18; 7/18/18)

Snail Mail "Pristine"

I heard "Pristine", the lead single from Snail Mail's debut album, Lush, on an episode of NPR's All Songs Considered and was instantly struck by the lyrics. The honesty and ripe emotion in Lindsay Jordan/s (who is... 19!?) writing is stunning.

It feels appropriate for being 19, or 14, or 22, or 27. 

Don't you like me for me?
Is there any better feeling than coming clean?
And I know myself and I'll never love anyone else
I won't love anyone else
I'll never love anyone else
If it's not supposed to be
Then I'll just let it be
And out of everyone
Be honest with me
Who do you change for?
Who's top of your world?
And out of everyone
Who's your type of girl?

It's obvious that I'm finding inspiration in the clouds and how the sky changes during the day, month, and year (see Sunrise posts.) The background photo was taken in late June at 2nd & Washington in South Philadelphia (flipped vertically.) The photo/texture from the text is a mistake that was captured via iPhone camera (you know when you accidentally take a picture out of focus, in motion, or of nothing? Yes, that.)

So, find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Cherish what speaks to you.




See ya, June πŸ‘‹πŸΌ (Sunrise #6) : Leaving the gym, around 6:45am, looking east on Market Street. (L to R: 6/11/18; 6/12/18; 6/13/18; 6/14/18; 6/15/18; 6/18/18; 6/19/18; 6/20/18; 6/25/18; 6/26/18; 6/27/18; 6/28/18)

Sunrise IV + Sunrise V


Sunrise IV

Leaving the gym, around 6:45am, looking east on Market Street. (L to R: 4/25/18; 4/26/18; 4/27/18; 4/30/18; 5/10/18; 5/11/18; 5/14/18; 5/15/18; 5/22/18)

Sunrise V

Leaving the gym, around 6:45am, looking east on Market Street. (L to R: 5/23/18; 5/24/18; 5/25/18; 5/29/18; 5/30/18; 5/31/18; 6/1/18; 6/4/18; 6/5/18; 6/6/18; 6/7/18; 6/8/18)

Los Angeles [May 2018]

After a couple of days in San Francisco, we took the shortest & most convenient flight down to LA (well, the Hollywood Burbank Airport) to continue our California adventure.

Highlights included: Driving around Silverlake + tacos at El Siete Mares / Runyon Canyon Hike / the delicious Korean BBQ feast that was Genwa / hangin' with Chelsea + Will (with a special shoutout to doggo Roscoe) / fun times in Downtown LA / the Bradbury Building / Frank Gehry's incredible Walt Disney Concert Hall / crazy good dinner at Bowery Bungalow / and the worth-it-but-trendy SQIRL (go on a Monday at about 9am.) 

San Francisco [May 2018]

Our trip to San Francisco in early May was a dream. It was beautiful, fun, tasty, and interesting. The weather was a brisk, but sunny/overcast 60ΒΊ – which made the city feel bright and energized.

My favorite things mostly centered around food, but included: fancy toast at The Mill / the beautiful, multi-colored homes / a lazy, delicious lunch at Zuni CafΓ© / lush plant life / Musical Night at The Edge with Joe / fun, weird dim sum inspired American food at State Bird Provisions / walking a lot (nearly 57,000 steps over 3 days) / wandering through Golden Gate Park / seeing great (old + new) art at SFMoMA

Here are some of my favorite photos from our days exploring (and eating) our way through the city.

type @ sfmoma

While exploring SFMoMA (which was closed/being renovated when I visited SF in 2014), I was struck by how exciting and expressive all of their exhibit graphics were. Each exhibit had a unique and thoughtful identity or entrance graphic.

Sunrise III


Loving these pastels! Leaving the gym, around 6:45am, looking east on Market Street. (L to R: 3/23/18; 3/27/18; 3/28/18; 3/29/18; 3/30/18; 4/4/18; 4/5/18; 4/9/18; 4/10/18; 4/11/18; 4/23/18; 4/24/18)

No use crying over spilled milk...


While waiting for the trolley recently, I saw this abandoned + splattered cup of coffee. It looked so violent and extreme, I had to take a picture of it.

I added some text and played around with adding some color. Just something fun -- an ode to caffeine. 

Sunrise II


Another batch of sunrises β€” leaving the gym around 6:45am, looking east on Market Street (L to R: 2/20/18, 2/21/18, 2/26/18, 2/27/18, 2/28/18, 3/6/18, 3/9/18, 3/13/18, 3/14/18, 3/16/18, 3/19/18, 3/20/18)

Drink & Draw Sketches

AIGA Philadelphia hosts a series of events called "Drink and Draw." Various artists chat about their process/work and inspire those in attendance to do some drawing themselves. 

The February event was hosted be MECRO, who is known for his use of dynamic, bold, and layered typography. He encouraged us to explore how different styles of text layer on top of one another. I was struggling to come up with words to write (do I use song lyrics? do I think of clever words that look appealing? what about random words? or one category of a thing?) So I instead turned to a summary of the event & my experience at the event.

After spending about half an hour working on this – adding in comments, overheard conversations, observations, and details, I was ready to move on.


For my second sketch of the night, I wanted to try something completely different but still in line with MECRO's thinking. I chose to treat the word "Fluxy"(an obscure reference to a song by the band The Early November that i've adopted and been using since 2008.) I drew some boundaries and started layering and adding type (playing with scale and density). The "final" piece is weird, imperfect, and fun.


This is one of the benefits of getting up early and going to the gym – leaving around 6:45am and catching the sunrise and changing sky as you look east down Market Street. (Left to right: 1/3/18, 1/8/18, 1/9/18, 1/10/18, 1/29/18, 1/31/18, 2/5/18, 2/9/18, 2/12/18, 2/13/18, 2/14/18, 2/19/18)

Playa del Carmen [January 2018]

My family and I went on a cruise to the Western Carribean / Mexico to celebrate my Dad's 60th Birthday this month. Despite some not-so-great weather during our trip, we had a fantastic day while in Cozumel, Mexico (except we were only in Cozumel for about 30 minutes total...)

We chose to head to Playa del Carmen (and then further south along the coast to explore the Mayan ruins in Tulum). During our trip out of "downtown" Playa del Carmen and further south, I saw some great colors, typography, and general design.  

Best of 2017

Album Art

Not only are these two albums (Lorde's Melodrama and Manchester Orchestra's A Black Mile to the Surface) two of my favorites of the year, but I also am really drawn to the simplicity and effective use of color. The Lorde album cover is haunting and captivating. The hand-painted portrait captures the album's emotion & spirit. 

Book Covers

There are so many great book covers from the year - it was hard to narrow down to a few of my favorites. I had not seen the cover for When Dimple Met Rishi until I was looking around at some of the 2017 book covers, but I was instantly drawn to the casual, cheeky, and specific aesthetic being communicated from the cover. Janet Hansen's cover for All We Saw is simple, restrained, and intriguing. And Nick Misani's cover for The Age of Perpetual Light is so effectively executed that it completely encapsulates the title and makes for a fantastic image.

Brand Redesign

I'll be very curious to see the Chobani rebrand roll out into stores. I'm wondering if it will stick (is it too design-forward and "now" looking to last in the mass market?) and/or how it will continue to evolve. I love the new typographic choices, and the effective use of illustration and photography makes for a fascinating system. 

Movie Posters

Even though I hated the entire experience of sitting in a theater and watching mother!, this poster is stunning and a work of art. The soft painterly style adds to the image that is laden with visual references to many of the Biblical undertones and allegories from the film. (Side note: I lauhged out loud and rolled my eyes a number of times throughout the movie...)

Philly Free Streets: September 2016

(Keeping this as a blog post so I can update the Philly Free Streets page with more current work.)

While working at the Philadelphia Water Department, I was lucky enough to get to do most of the branding, advertising, marketing, and day-of design work on the inaugural Philly Free Streets - which temporarily closes Philly streets to cars, inviting people to walk, bike, & play. Philly Free Streets is a people-powered initiative of the City of Philadelphia. I worked closely with the wonderful people from the city's Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems.

Working with my Creative Director to finalize the logo, I developed a wide scope of materials that lead up to the event, as well as some items for the event itself. Some of the first things I worked on were the icons that would round out the pedestrian icon - aiding in showcasing a variety of activities & types of people who would come out to experience Philly Free Streets.

The first part of the process was to slowly roll out the brand across a variety of channels - through traditional press and social media.

As the event drew closer, we wanted to ramp up visibility, and had advertisements displayed at bus shelters around the city. Both print posters & digital displays were used. 

I designed two different styles of t-shirts for the event itself, one for volunteers, and one that was a giveaway to Philly Free Streets participants.

Berkshires [August 2017]

A long weekend in the Berkshires (Pittsfield & Camp Becket) that culminated in one of my good friends, Chelsea, getting married. It was a beautiful weekend and an incredibly fun wedding. 

Here are some of my favorite shots from the weekend.

 look at this tomato!

look at this tomato!

LA [July 2017]

Quintessential Los Angeles -- couldn't resist this dreamy shot before I left for the airport :)