Jon Contino: Illustration from the Heart of New York

Logo for Jon ContinoNew York is full of illustrators of all kinds, serious and silly, extravagant and minimalistic. Many grace the world’s best loved publications while others sink into obscurity. All of them have that one thing in common, they have New York as their home.

But Jon Contino is a true “New York Illustrator.” His work pulls from a history of city living and a deep knowledge of what it really is to be a New Yorker. To examine his work, one finds a love for old-style Americana, shot through with nautical themes and a deceptively casual implementation of hard-earned skill. Illustrations that could be relics from a bygone era are charged with life and hand-drawn lettering that speaks of a personal familiarity with the past, all step forth from his drawing board and into the light of modern New York City. Continue reading Jon Contino: Illustration from the Heart of New York


Recycling Retro: Consumer Products Come Full Circle

Most in their 30’s and 40’s can probably remember the cheerful marketing of their favorite household products in bygone days. From the lovable grump Mr. Whipple’s “Don’t Squeeze the Charmin”, to the charming child playfully hiding beneath a blanket on the Downy bottle. This type of cheer and smile-generating appeal has been usurped by the “no-spill spout” and “new and improved” packaging elements of modern life. With progress has come drop-shadowed type and gradients used so frequently today to create bold but rather sterile layouts in product packaging. Continue reading Recycling Retro: Consumer Products Come Full Circle

Productivity Tips For Running A Web Design Business

Here’s a great one from one of the gurus of great web design, Paul Boag. Productivity Tips

I have been a follower of Mr. Boag’s for years now, a regular listener to his podcast, and his insight has opened up a lot of doors for me. Check out his blog at and listen to his recently revamped podcast on iTunes. The podcast is set up in such a way that he divides it up into seasons based on who he is addressing (ie. Season 1 is aimed towards website owners, Season 2 towards the web designer). Regardless of this, there is great usable information for web designers in every podcast.