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Pretty is practical. It is the visual sum of order and balance. We are attracted to it and inspired by it. But good design does not start with pretty. Good design, whether that is furniture, websites, animation, packaging or architecture doesn’t separate the surface appearance from the whole design process. A good design starts with…

Here’s a quick example of us drawing our version of Willie The Lion Smith’s face. We use the word stylizing to mean “a visual interpretation of the object so that it is recognizable, but has the artist’s style present”. That may seem obvious, but maybe the part that isn’t is the fact that an artist’s…

Unless you are a fairy with wings made out of tears from happy children, art isn’t magic. It’s a skill like cooking. And like cooking the results depend on the ingredients and conditions. So, obviously, if I provide an artist/craftsman the proverbial sow’s ear, I should not expect back a silk purse. Or to put…

A time-laspe for our interns to show a process of creating infographics using one of series of infographics for an educational supplement to the Ken Burn’s documentary on cancer. This is a lot faster than in real time, but it shows the abbreviated actions from thought to final product.

Humor is how I make sincere connections quickly. I’ll make a stupid joke about the weather while I am standing in line – a personal observation to a complete stranger that could wind up in a genuine smile between us. We elicit emotions from each other like this all day, because we need to connect…

Well, according to the header it’s drawing with graphite. But that’s just how we start sometimes. There is just something about the way a pencil feels on paper – nostalgia, I guess. But in the video below we show the other way we draw on the computer. I think this is it for 2D on…

Everyday people ask us how we create illustrations. No they don’t. No one ever asks. But below is a video of us in Adobe Illustrator using a mouse to draw with the vector pen tool. It sort of does the same thing that a french curve used to do in the olden days, but this…

If you hire a driver, let him drive.

Collaboration makes creating better. It finds flaws and lets the best ideas rise to the top. But collaboration must stem from a genuine need. It cannot be forced. Many folks buying creative know this and give creators the trust required to get outstanding results. These clients leave final decisions to those doing the work, letting…