Force Justify 2 is one of those things I am going to come back to and flesh out when and if 1PT.Rule ever gets a printed volume. I think I owe it to the people who would buy that fictional tome. Regardless of skipping a week and jumping way ahead like this, I promise you — nay, state as fact — that it was always going to end like this.
Next week we’re traveling to Denver to cover three, three, three HOW conferences and we’ll have all sorts of content every day. Mark your calendars. We’ve got, like, all kinds of mess.
Before what turned out to be a great speaking event put on AIGA Nebraska last Thursday, Ellen Lupton stopped by the studio to talk about a wide variety of topics. Besides the soon-to-be-released update of her already historic book Thinking with Type, we talk about the book she wrote with her sister – one that even your mother would enjoy about design – Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things (as well as how to properly buy a bra – Ellen tells us what mistake over 80% of us make).
The other books of Ellen’s that we cover in a show that goes by way-to-fast are: D.I.Y.: Kids, D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (a book so cool even Urban Outfitters carried it), and Exploring Materials: Creative Design for Everyday Objects.
We also take a break to ask Ellen about her writing at Fast Company. And since she wrote Time and Identity: What Your Clock Says About Your Personality, we have her see what she can figure out about me from the timepieces in my office. The show ends with a cameo by AIGA Nebraska’s Director of Finance, Jim Wolf. He’s still wrong though, I stand by my answer of Paul Rand. The answer is always Paul Rand.
It was a pleasure to speak with Ellen Lupton, and if you ever get an opportunity to see her speak, I highly recommend it. Her talk was informative, fun, and filled with great visuals. Exactly what you would expect from an AIGA Medalist.
Omaha has a great community of artists and designers – especially for a city this size – and today presented me the opportunity to view a few studios within blocks of my house. Besides the amazing work I saw at the houses, at the last stop someone asked who I was. When he heard me answer ‘Donovan’, he said he’d never met a Donovan before. Since he also had an uncommon first name, he spoke of hating it when he was a kid, but has grown to love it. I told him I had the same experience – that I always went by Don to try to fit in when I was younger – but finally figured out I was who I was. That was Donovan. I told him I got the name because my mom didn’t want me to be Donald Newton Beery the Third.
And on the way home, this conversation reminded my of my first job. A job I talked briefly of years ago, but forgot to talk about the first decent size project I ever got there.
Late Friday post! I wonder if anyone will see this before Monday? What can I say, I’m a working man, too. So much so, in fact, that I am struggling to find something wonderful to say at the beginning of this post and I got… nothing.
Creatively tapped out. Hopefully some Mass Effect 2 this weekend will cure it. Expect next week’s Force Justify comics to take a freak sci-fi twist if that pans out. Happy weekend, everybody!
Force Justify 2! I love drawing these strips, and composing them without panels this time around is an interesting challenge. So far I’ve been a little time crunched on each comic so they’re coming together similarly, I have high hopes of expanding on the visual storytelling here.
The writing is, of course, sooper-dooper time consuming. Graphic-design-based detective noir is a fairly specific subset of authoring, and I feel like I’m hitting the keys at the pace of a cro-magnon.
Next strip is Friday if my computer continues to hold up. So far every day begins with an adventure titled “How Many Startups Before It Stops Kernal Panicing?” It’s not a very fun game.