Joan Didion’s packing list

Joan Didion’s packing list
I have reread Joan Didion’s “The White Album” more times than I can count.  Included in that book is her packing list (below). I would love to see an entire book of just the packing lists of interesting, famous people. Though this was written in an era of travel that seems more romantic than the one that we have now.

Featured Customer: Michelle

Featured Customer: Michelle
Meet our first featured personalized print customer Michelle! Here is Michelle is on the left with a couple, Jinnefer and Aaron, who received Michelle’s personalized city print as a wedding gift, along with her husband Ray.

Boston Marathoner Art Print

Boston Marathoner Art Print
Our studio is just a couple miles from the Boston Marathon finish line, it’s one of the things I look forward to every year. The cool thing is that we are personalizing our Boston Marathoner Map Print for the runners. The idea came after my friend Holly had us do a series of Personalized Map Prints for her Marathon-running sister-in-law. It was really fun to do and the story the prints tell of travel and athleticism is really inspiring..

Watch us make our The Bronx Map Print

Watch us make our The Bronx Map Print
I’m so excited that we finally did this! We took a little video of how we make the maps for our City Maps series. First we draw the neighborhood map (not shown because it takes for-ever), the we make the drawings into clipping paths.

the hustle: watercolor trials

the hustle: watercolor trials
One ways I’ve been breaking free from my creative block is stepping away from computer illustration. I love my vectors, but it is time to incorporate more into them. My goal is to take some of my favorite existing patterns / places and recreate them using different methods such as watercolor, paper marbling, and printmaking. I started with watercolor.

LOVING: kellyn walker

LOVING: kellyn walker
One night, while laying in bed perusing graphic design on Pinterest, (a favorite pre-bedtime activity), I came across the work of graphic designer Kellyn Walker. I was so inspired! I’ve been killing my creative block by incorporating more handmade elements, scanned objects and collage-ness to my patterns and designs.

The Top 6 movies for creatives

The Top 6 movies for creatives
Last month I had surgery and spent about a week and a half sleeping off pain killers and watching movies. I have been going through a bit of a creativity crisis and watching so many great process movies and biopics has really helped. Here are some of my favorites that I watched while convalescing.

infographics as art

infographics as art
I love complex infographics, layered pieces beautifully showing lots of information. We interview a lot of Massachusetts College of Art + Design students at JHill, many have a project of making an infographic of a Girl Talk song. T