Infographic closeup
Here’s something I worked on over at Hoodline, a neighborhood news site I’ve been loyally reading since we moved to San Francisco. It’s a bit of comparative data analysis and visualization of the longevity and composition of two neighborhoods’ main commercial corridors. Stay tuned for more!

The Upper Haight has long been known as a global destination for hippies and the tourists who love them. But did you know that the neighborhood has also become a hotspot for urban streetwear retailers in the last few years?

Divisadero, meanwhile, has seen an influx of new restaurants recently. But did you know it’s still a big hub for local service businesses, including a collection of decades-old car repair shops? …continue reading on Hoodline »

Rachel Gibbs Therapy

Rachel Gibbs Therapy

Here’s a little peek at a project we’re working on at Red Bird Grey Bird. Rachel is building her relationship therapy practice in San Francisco and wants to project a cohesive, friendly, energetic image for her business that captures her personality and approach to her work.

We’ve completed her graphic identity and new portraits that will help her patients become familiar with her before they meet. Next, it’s on to her new site!



Detail of fireworks

Last night we camped out by the bay for a few hours, waited until the sun set, and watched the annual fireworks show. At the last minute, people came and stood right in front of us, violating my inalienable right to gape at fireworks while seated and / or lying down. We couldn’t see anymore (and neither could my camera from its gorillapod situation on the ground), so I had to stand up to watch and free-hand the photos. Since my own unsteadiness becomes a big feature in these pictures, they’re not really of fireworks anymore. They alternate between abstract and surreal. These are just a few of them, but I put more on flickr.

Face of a Patriot

What better way to kill a couple of hours before a fireworks display than photoshopping? Clearly there is none.

Flag portrait illustration

Joe Biden's face superimposed onto a portrait of John C. Calhoun
Maybe a week and a half ago, I happened upon this incredible image of John C. Calhoun [7th Vice President of the US, war hawk, really into slavery, known for not being much fun at parties] while meandering down some internet rabbit hole. It tickled me so much that I’ve had it open in a tab ever since, and I peek at it at least a dozen times every day. Today’s holiday inspired me this afternoon, and it turns out that this hairdo flatters our current VP, Joe Biden, more than I had expected. Also, I finally have closure and can close that browser tab.
John Boehner's face superimposed onto a portrait of Joseph G. Cannon
When I had finished with Biden, it already felt like a theme. Here’s Speaker of the House John Boehner inhabiting the style and facial hair of one of his predecessors, Joseph Gurney Cannon. I admit that I mainly chose Cannon because I sincerely find this portrait of him to be very arresting, but it turns out that the Speakership (is that a word?) was likely never as powerful as it was during his tenure.
Antonin Scalia's face superimposed onto a portrait of Thurgood Marshall

Since I had already covered the executive and legislative branches, it seemed necessary to choose a Supreme Court justice. Here, Scalia angsts about whether or not he’s pulling off Thurgood Marshall’s glasses and mustache. Or possibly about how history is going to remember his work last week. You know, could be either.


Wendy Davis's face superimposed onto a portrait of Ann Richards

So many people have been throwing Wendy Davis and Ann Richards into the same sentence lately that this seemed appropriate. There aren’t enough good photos of Wendy from a variety of angles yet, so the photoshopping here admittedly suffers. The hair, however, is still majestic.


Barack Obama's face superimposed onto a portrait of George Washington

This one I did because: had to?



Detail of heart illustration

Mother's Day flower illustration
This one was for my mom. I started with this picture I took of a ceiling in the Hearst Castle (side note: go there! it’s good.) a couple of years ago and used shapes from that image to cut out photos of flowers I’ve taken everywhere from Texas to Ireland.
Father's Day heart illustration

This one I made for my dad. I took a geometric pattern that I’ve seen used in pottery (like this vase from Acoma) and filled the positive areas with different sunsets I’ve captured and the negative areas with a single blue sky.

The geometry of the “editing” container graphic seems to be the most important factor in determining whether the final image suggests a stack of flat objects or a unified three-dimensional one.

aimee mann cutout illustration

Chapman and Robin cutout portrait
I made these illustrations to put in a card for Chapman. I wanted to play around with building one image with shapes cut out from another. All of the source photos here are from trips we’ve taken together. I did one of Aimee Mann because we’re going to see her next week. It’s our Manniversary.
Black and white cropped view from my window.

View from my window at two different times in one morning.
A little after 8, the light was soft through a shroud of mist. The tall trees and mist we have here always make me daydream about a dinosaur lumbering by. I blame Land Before Time. Half an hour later, the sun washed everything in super-saturated yellow. This might happen every day, but I only notice it sometimes.