“I was asked by the NYT to draw Glenn Beck for the cover of the Sunday magazine — apparently, he wasn’t going to sit down for a photo-shoot with the Times and so they had to hire an illustrator for their big profile. … I turned in the illustration on a Monday and was told that Beck had in fact agreed to come in and sit for a photo over the weekend, so they couldn’t use my illustration. Thanks for telling me. The back-and-white photo they used was perhaps a bit more complimentary to Mr. Beck, so I’d say he made a good call.”
Great coverage of type-related updates to both Esquire and Condé Nast Traveler by André Mora at Fonts In Use. Both publications have adopted Commercial Type’s geometric sans Graphik, pairing it with commissioned serif Granger (named for its editor) and the playful swashes of DSType’s Leitura (pictured), respectively.
Portland illustrator and designer Frank Chimero is kickstarting a book about why people make things, entitled The Shape of Design. If you’ve read his blog or seen him speak you’ll know he thinks deeply on this and related topics. I predict he’ll breeze past his target
in the next few days : consider me signed up. Also: ecstatic that Frank is a last-minute addition to this year’s Webstock speaker lineup!
Oregon artist Carson Ellis earlier this month revealed her cover illustration for the first in husband (and Decemberists frontman) Colin Meloy’s forthcoming series of books for young people, entitled Wildwood. The book, “a classic tale of adventure, magic and danger, set in an alternate version of modern-day Portland” will be published by Harper Collins in September.