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.


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!


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):


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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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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I had the recent pleasure of photographing the inner workings of Elixir, a brand identity firm based in San Francisco. Some of the photos now populate Elixir’s redesigned website; others can be seen below. (Note: Many of the photographs on Elixir’s site were taken by the inimitable John Dolan.)

It was nice to spend time with old friends and colleagues (and even celebrate a birthday!). Having managed Elixir’s day-to-day operations for 14 years (’97-’10), this team is invariably both. If you’d prefer to see the team baking cookies(!), click here.


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My recent back-and-forth with Peggy Roalf, Editor of DART: Design Arts Daily, was published yesterday.


DART: Design Arts Daily is a daily art and culture email report for and about the creative community, covering events, exhibitions, performances, with interviews and a behind-the-scenes take on what’s happening in New York and around the globe. Published since 2005, DART reaches over 20,000 readers who have an insatiable interest in photography, illustration, art, design, fashion, architecture, music, publishing and arts education. 

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I’m honored to have had my work featured by a few different sites in recent months.

Last week: The Bold Italic published a series of my photographs taken inside San Francisco’s Mission High School.


Last month: The University of California at Davis (my Alma mater) published a profile about me and the mural I created for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.


November 2013: A few illustrations were selected by Lustik, a curator of art, and design (and all other things creative and interesting). Thank you Béatrice Lucas—and Petits petits tresors, The Pixelated Nerd and everyone else inspired to reblog. Just like Pinterest (and all you crazy, beautiful pinners), Tumblr is a rabbit hole of delight!


August 2013: Find an interview with me on Found Folios, detailing the process of art-making for a story published by Kiplinger’s.


Finally, I’ve been really pleased to see the nice reception Parenthood Listography has received since it was published in April (Chronicle Books). You can find the book (in great company) on Cool Mom Picks, Green Genes, The Weekly Review, Pop Sugar, Apartment Therapy and the SFMOMA Museum Store


Thank you!



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Open today! I’m honored to have created a mural for Q?rius (pronounced “curious”), the new education center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. My mural greets visitors to the 10,000 square foot interactive environment, just inside the Constitution Avenue entrance along the National Mall.

With 7,600,000 visitors in 2012, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History lays claim to most attended museum in North America—and is only 2nd in the world behind the Louvre in Paris, France (with its 9,720,000 annual visitors). Its collection includes more than 126 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts—from the Hope Diamond to the Hall of Dinosaurs.


Q?rius combines labs, unparalleled access to collection vaults, creative studios and hangout spots—to inspire exploration by teenagers and help them understand how science is relevant to their everyday experience. This ties in with a national effort to increase interest in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. In a current series of New York Times editorials, the need is laid bare: the number of students pursuing careers in these fields is plummeting as the need for those workers soars.

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