My take on the future of design

magazine cover for 1961 issue of Design Magazine

…and kind of life in general:

Having spent the majority of my design career in print I had grown anxious and weary about the future with digital media, but I am no longer worried. It’s all about, as it’s always been about, quality content and the means to promote that quality content.

The world seems to be spinning faster than ever before… growth and change in technology is a moment by moment occurrence… life is constantly in transition… and I just can’t keep up… yet I’m okay with that!

Enjoy the ride. What’s good and noble and of lasting value will endure and the rest will become just another soon-to-be-forgotten iPhone app.

Peace 🙂

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United and Untied

illustration titled -  United and Untied

Another side trip. An illustration done for an article written by author and friend, Carol Peterson. She didn’t ask me to do it, but I appreciated what she wrote and felt an urge to illustrate her thoughts.

Here’s the article she wrote:

Well, I did it again. Actually it happens all the time, and I’m trying to learn not to take it quite so seriously. Only God is perfect, right? And to prove that’s true, a few weeks ago there was another typo in the Sunday bulletin. Actually, it wasn’t that bad of a mistake; almost everyone read right over the word and said it as it was supposed to be and not the way it was written. But then someone had to ask me about it. “It says untied. Don’t you meanunited?” Now I do tend to get embarrassed and all bound up about such things, bound up in human imperfections as I am. But when I thought about the error, it seemed to make perfect sense. It was in the offertory prayer. “As grains of wheat are gathered for bread and as grapes together are poured out for wine, so may we be untied in your presence through this sacrament of grace.”

There’s a real sense of accomplishment when we do something well, when we get it right. But our brokenness and imperfection can leave us all tied up in knots, that’s for sure.

Yes, it is true that we are in bondage to sin, and we cannot free ourselves. We sin by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We don’t love God wholeheartedly and we don’t love our neighbors as ourselves, either. We are all bound up in our humanity.

Yet we hear words of forgiveness as we receive the body and blood of Jesus, who lived and died and lives again so that we can stand before God untied from our bondage to sin and set free from our imperfections and brokenness.

So we pray, As we come to your table, O Christ, may we be untied in your presence, to live in the wonderful freedom you have won for us!

Carol is the author of the novel “Eddie’s Wake” that I had the pleasure to cover design. Besides being a writer she is a wife, mother, lover of Lake Superior and an interim pastor in the Lutheran denomination. She resides with her husband Tom in Wisconsin. Her blog is called, “Writing Eddie’s Wake”

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Taking a side trip with photography

With this business of books and book design, like many other businesses, there’s much hurry up and wait. In other words, “We need ideas now but it will be a while until we’re ready for you for the next stage.” That seems to be the nature of things for me.

So in my “side” time I follow another passion with photography. Here are a couple of things I’ve recently been working on that I thought I’d share.

First, a few stills taken in Providence, Rhode Island. Such a beautiful city that has gone through a renaissance of its own. I enjoyed using Photoshop to create an illustration feel for these. If you click on the images it will bring you to my Flickr site and from there you can view them at a larger size if you wish.

Providence River Panorama

Providence River/Canal

South Water and Memorial - Providence

And a short movie I created from stills and video, compiled with a music track in iMovie. I had way too much fun.

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The Last Matryoshka (book title revealed)

book cover for "The Last Matryoshka"

Oh, so that’s the title of the book .What in the world is a matryoshka you say? Well, you know those charming Russan nesting dolls, the ones that are usually made of wood and are hollow, and you open one and find another, open that one and find another, and on and on. Yeah, that’s what this is, but they’re usually not as creepy looking as this one.

“The Last Matryoshka” is a suspenseful mystery that takes place in Russia. There’s blackmail, dark prisons, lewd tattoos and lots of bad guys.

So my work is done for a little while on this. The advanced reading copy has gone out and I await the final instructions for the back cover and spine.

The Last Matryoshka book cover - 3D

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Sneek peak – revised

Skully the Matryoshka Doll

The revised illustration - more sinister looking.

Round Two

It’s been a little while since I revised this illustration (with the “sinister filter” in Photoshop). I am waiting for the final go-ahead to complete the cover of this book so that I can post it in its entirety, but I wanted to show the approved illustration. Definitely more sinister looking. The client, author, and publisher all agreed thankfully, and love it. (Whew!)

Besides the skull face I added texture to the surfaces to give a more realistic feel and move away from the flat, cartoony look that I had before.

Next step will be the back cover, flaps and spine for this one. Looking forward to it.

-Dave

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Sneak peek and the mystery of interpretation.

illustration of nested doll

This is an illustration for a upcoming mystery novel. I had a lot of fun with this, but the client felt it just wasn’t sinister looking enough. So back to the drawing board I go.

Interpreting the wishes and desires for a client is a tricky thing at times. You go over the client’s instructions and suggestions, do your research, and then do your best to interpret it all with the creative energies they’ve hired you for. Sometimes it’s a bull’s eye hit and other times the target is missed all together. All part of the process.

I found out that I’m not too far off from the mark on this one. I’m getting ready to tweak it with the Sinister filter in Photoshop. 🙂

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My Fears and the Future of Print Design (and kind of my take on life in general)

Dave holding a copy of Print Magazine with the heading, "Changing Directions?"

"Changing Directions?" - You can count on it!

Having spent the majority of my design career in print I had grown anxious and weary about the future with digital media, but I am no longer worried. It’s all about, as it’s always been about, quality content and the means to promote that quality content.

The world seems to be spinning faster than ever before… growth and change in technology is a moment by moment occurrence… life is constantly in transition… and I just can’t keep up… yet I’m okay with that!

Enjoy the ride. What’s good and noble and of lasting value will endure and the rest will become just another soon-to-be-forgotten iPhone app.

Peace 🙂

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