It was my great honor to once again work with the James Randi Educational Foundation, to help with the creation of two of their newest “JREF in The Classroom” lessons. Head on over to the JREF website to learn more about these great, free resources for teachers and students! I’ll just touch briefly on my role as the artist here. The basic template elements, such as the headers, had already been established; I was of course beholden to an official style guide; and I was given a few of the images to work with. My role was to arrange the copy, create the layout, and fill in the gaps with images of my own. I don’t like using generic stock imagery, so I created all the images I wasn’t given from scratch, including both covers. Aside from illustrations, some of the photos were also taken by me, in locations surrounding Madison where I live (the house that looks like a face, and the tree featured in the brain diagram, are in our local arboretum, for example).
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I went to TAM this year! The Amaz!ng Meeting is an annual skeptics conference sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation. What’s a skeptic you ask? The short version is that we are concerned with promoting evidence-based, rational thinking. I won’t get too much into that here, but suffice it to say, I had an absolutely fantastic time; met lots of wonderful people; listened to some great, thought-provoking talks and panels; and had a blast with the entertainment. The energy throughout the week was positive and friendly and I left with a very strong sense of pride and optimism. Newsweek had what I think is a fairly accurate write-up of the event, for those interested.
This trip was a big deal for me in two ways, it was very much business and pleasure. T-shirts I had designed were on sale at the JREF table, and I had worked on the graphic design for two of their new free educational modules for students and teachers (Pareidolia and Power Balance).
The Skeptic Ink blog network was there with materials carrying the logo I designed for them (pictured here with an interesting little souvenir I bought: a chunk of ulexite, a mineral that naturally behaves like optic fibers).
I also met many great people in person whom I had, until then, only known on-line; as well as all new friends and connections. In between official events we would meet in one of the hotel’s lounges for drinks, chats and Cards Against Humanity.
I am so very thankful to have gotten to work with the JREF, and to have had the pleasure of meeting all of these fine folks. I’ll treasure these memories, and here’s to making more at future TAM’s!
VERY proud to have had the opportunity to work with JREF once again on a fun t-shirt design project. This time it was to celebrate the Amazing Adventure, a seven day cruise to the Mayan Riviera. The design plays with pop culture memes concerning the apocalypse supposedly predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar. I hope everyone involved had a ton of fun. It pains me that I was not able to participate. Here’s to next year!
And for an additional treat, the man himself has been wearing the hoodie with the design I made for last year’s TAM:
Only a few weeks after meeting David and Deborah Weekley, I got to meet another of my illustration clients, D.J. Grothe, and his partner Thomas, when I visited Los Angeles for a vacation! This was timely too, since I had worked on their respective commissions back to back.
D.J. and Thomas took us to the Magic Castle, which exceeded all expectations and was an amazing adventure. Pictured here with us are my travel buddy Mike, a friend from Madison, and our lovely friends Justice and Kristin, whom we stayed with during our trip.
I had such a great time with all of these people, I’m already planning my next visit to L.A. And I really love meeting my clients in person, I want to make this an on-going trend. The latest person I’ve worked with has been Chris Stedman, so I’m thinking a trip out east is in order some time soon. 🙂