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The Winter 2014 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly was released last week and includes the artwork above running across a full-spread. The feature provides readers with information on the Alexander technique—a mindful, movement-oriented method that supports the human body’s design, improving balance and coordination while releasing unnecessary tension. The photograph was provided by Buddhadharma.

Buddhadharma is a magazine serving Buddhist practitioners and communities of all traditions. It is published four times a year by the Shambhala Sun Foundation.

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The December 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s Magazine features my full-spread photo illustration for the article “Best of the Online Brokers”. The survey of ten leading online brokerages included ETrade, Firstrade, Merrill Edge, Schwab, Scottrade, TD America, TradeKing, tradeMONSTER, TradeStation, and Fidelity—who has since opted to reprint and distribute the article at its branch locations nationwide.

The illustration served as a section opener for “Investing” in the monthly magazine’s issue dedicated to “The Best List” (Kiplinger’s picks for everything from phone plan and ride-sharing service to wireless audio and place to retire). The collage of hand drawn elements include a charting of the S&P 500 and ink and watercolor renditions of app icons.

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NewSlowCity-cover

Advance copies of William Power’s book New Slow City arrived last week ahead of today’s official release. I designed the cover of Power’s memoir, including the photo-illustration and hand lettering, and created 11 illustrations for interior pages. New Slow City was published by New World Library in November, 2014.

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About the Book
Burned-out after years of doing development work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina, as recounted in his award-winning memoir Twelve by Twelve. Could he live a similarly minimalist life in the heart of New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro-apartment” in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a two-day workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people—and planet—friendly.

About the Author
William Powers has worked for two decades in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune and on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. Powers has worked at the World Bank and holds international relations degrees from Brown and Georgetown. A third-generation New Yorker, Powers has also spent two decades exploring the American culture of speed and its alternatives in some fifty countries around the world. He has covered the subject in his four books and written about it in the Washington Post and the Atlantic. Powers is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.

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You will find hidden treasures where least expected is the seventh in a series featuring found fortune cookie text. Photographs were taken in Mammoth Lakes, California, in 2014. Find the rest of the series here.

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TAM-animated

Middlebury Magazine’s Summer ’14 issue includes my illustration of the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) on a two-page spread.

Developed with Design Director Pam Fogg, the map highlights many of the features you might see while wending along the 16-mile loop: Midd’s golf course, baseball diamond, organic farm, and Old Stone Row; Chipman Hill (the college’s former downhill ski area); and cross country runners, wooden teepees, discarded Christmas trees, and croaking frogs. Get on it—the 25th anniversary of the TAM is this year.

The map has been a recurring feature since the magazine’s 2012 redesign—a collaboration between the magazine’s staff and Pentagram.

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Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college located in Middlebury, Vermont. Founded in 1800, it is one of the oldest and consistently best-ranked liberal arts colleges in the United States.

Photograph by Paul Dahm.

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An illustrated birth announcement upon the arrival of our friends’ new baby boy. Congratulations Ashley and Aaron!

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Kiplinger’s April issue includes seventeen of my photographs with the story “The Upside of Downsizing.” I had the pleasure of meeting two of the profiled couples at their new homes.

Patty and Mike Denevi’s new condominium in downtown Los Gatos, CA (50 miles south of San Francisco):

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Peggy and Mike Santella built a new home in Sun City, Mesquite, an active adult community located 80 miles east of Las Vegas, NV:

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I had a great time speaking with visitors and staff Saturday at the National Museum of Natural History. My two hour program provided an opportunity to discuss process and share original drawings that I incorporated into the mural at Q?rius, the museum’s new interactive learning space. It was my first visit since the mural’s installation and Q?rius’ opening in December… and particularly fun to see how engaged my boys were exploring it all on their own. Henry was particularly interested in the microscopes he used for up-close inspection of the museum’s collections (Q?rius has over 6,000 objects available to view), while Auden was obsessed by the numerous activities he could complete to earn a digital “badge” for his fieldbook. I’m just thrilled to be part of it.

Our week-long visit (over the boys’ Spring Break) afforded time with family and visits to the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, National Air & Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, and a trip to Baltimore to see the Visionary Art Museum, National Aquarium, Fort McHenry, and catch the Orioles vs. Red Sox at Camden Yards.

If you’re interested in a “key” to the mural (which comprised part of Saturday’s presentation) you can find that here.

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I was excited to find New Slow City available for pre-order on Amazon yesterday. Authored by William Powers, the 288-page book will be published by New World Library in November. In the meantime, you’ll find me working on the interior illustrations beginning next week. Take a look at the book’s summary and Powers’ bio below—this promises to be good.

Summary of New Slow City:
Burnt out after years of doing development and conservation work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot by 12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina. Could he live a similarly minimalist way in the belly of the go-go beast — New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot micro apartment in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a 20-hour work week, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries, rooftop gardening and beekeeping, and Glassphemy! recycling. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers practical inspiration to anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly.

About the Author:
Born and raised on Long Island, William Powers has worked for over a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Washington, D.C., and Native North America. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His writings on global issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Slate, and the Sun. Mr. Powers has worked at the World Bank, and holds international relations degrees from Brown University and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He is the author of the Liberia memoir Blue Clay People, the Bolivian memoir Whispering in the Giant’s Ear and the memoir of living “off-the-grid” in a twelve-foot-square cabin Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream. He is currently based part-time in New York City, and is freelance writer, speaker, and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute.

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Lost-Found-Hero

There’s a fine line between “lost” and “litter”. As the finder, who are we to judge? My series of Lost & Found flyers are up on The Bold Italic today. “Found” items were photographed at a number of locations within the northwest corner of San Francisco including The Great Highway, Inspiration Point (Presidio), Mountain Lake Park, and the Academy of Sciences and Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

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