Here are some rejected-by-the-publisher proposals for my latest book cover project— a lovely Romanian folktale-ish novel that I’m a bit stuck on: I don’t have that much to say about these. They basically cannibalize the collage stuff I did for the Right Reasons web site. I like them but don’t love them, and don’t begrudge the [...]
I’m working on a new book cover project for Twisted Spoon— this one is a story called Miruna, A Tale by the Romanian author Bogdan Suceavă. It’s a lovely text that reminds me of the ‘magical realism’ genre in its better moments: a manner of storytelling in which very strange things are made commonplace, and mundane things [...]
It happens that, right at the time I’m visiting San Francisco, the Berkeley Art Museum is hosting the first major exhibition in fifty years on the work of mockduck favorite Kurt Schwitters— master collagist, all-around loon. Belying his tendency to dress like a banker, Schwitters was one of the great eccentrics of the early modernist [...]
My latest Smashing Magazine rant is up: A Social History of Jamaican Album Covers. The intention was to write something that’s enjoyable if you’re a fan of the music, interesting if you’re not a fan, and validating if you hate the music. Accordingly, my favorite twitter comment so far was when somebody wrote, “This looked [...]
On Tuesday, I took a train to Prague to personally chaperone my final proposal for the Jewish Museum identity redesign to the museum administrators. My proposal did not win. In fact, I got the phone call from the museum’s PR department while I was still on the train back to Berlin the next day. I [...]
Oh yeah: the Rock-A-Mambo exhibition opening party happened last Thursday. I’ve just been too busy to write one red word about it… but now that I finally have photos from the event, I barely have to! Details of the exhibition are written up here. Thanks to Tina Simonova for snapping the pictures. She did such [...]
Hey, look what just came back from the printer: It’s my first book cover for Twisted Spoon Press (and the subject of one of my first-ever blog posts), Vyacheslav Pyetshuk’s New Moscow Philosophy. More information on the Twisted Spoon site. Order from Amazon here.
My latest time-consuming shenanigan has been to organize a show of student work for an exhibition called Rock-A-Mambo. The work comes out of an assignment called ‘Culture & Cliché’ that I gave to eight successive semesters of bewildered students for my Ideas Generation class. Basically, students are tasked with designing a CD cover (although I’m [...]
My current attempt to redesign the visual identity for the ZMP (Jewish Museum of Prague) is the kind of project that involves a lot of trolling around the internet disguised as ‘research’. Here are some compelling images I’ve turned up along the way. Obviously, most of these have no discernible connection to Judaism or museums [...]
Last one is taken from the visually poetic Awkward Stock Photos.