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  • In 2020 I had something of a minor hit on my hands, with The Amazing Ballot Race. This was essentially a grassroots campaign to promote voting by mail; its precise definition and boundaries are somewhat vague, and expanded as it went along. By the conclusion of the campaign, I think around half of Cleveland’s Democratic […]
  • Despite everything, my wheels mostly kept turning in 2020, including professionally. A diverse mix of projects and clients included the newspaper, aspiring and current officeholders, local government, grassroots activists, the solar industry… It’s a delight above and beyond this that one of my final paid commissions for the year was a true one-of-a-kind Xmas gift. […]
  • I have not published any more ebooks of my own since Hancher vs. Hilton, nearly four years ago. But in the past year or so I have continued to land the occasional freelance ebook project, so I have a little sense of what’s going on with this format today. Fixed-layout ebooks seem to be the […]
  • An overdue update; in 2019 I provided a lot of creative work to local candidates. One is now Lakewood’s mayor, a number did not succeed, and one is still running in the primary which was supposed to be over this week (but is now in limbo because an unfit president declined to respond to warnings […]
  • Thanks, University of California Irvine for commissioning this addition to the school’s whimsical family of anthropomorphic anteaters.
  • As of last month, I have taken on the art direction for DD214 Chronicle. DD 214 Chronicle is a bimonthly newspaper created in 2010 for northeast Ohio veterans. Our press run of 11,000 copies is delivered without charge to VFW and American Legion posts, health care facilities including the VA hospitals, more than 80 libraries, […]
  • Hand-drawn lettering and technological substitutes coexist with tension. For example, try bringing up the subject of cursive writing and younger generations, and strong opinions are likely to follow. Ohio state legislators recently proposed that the tradition of cursive even requires intervention by the state, to preserve it from extinction in a society where many people […]
  • The past few months brought a good deal of campaign work. Lots of literature, lots of mail; doorhangers, “palm cards,” web sites; advertisements, more mail. This is just a selection: This go-round I worked further up the ballot than last fall, and further down. Design for two state senate candidates, as many as four candidates […]
  • Much of the 11-month interval since my last post, here, went into my work on the Tristan Rader for Lakewood City Council campaign. This was not entirely design work. I made a lot of contributions to the campaign, honestly. The bulk of it on a volunteer basis. But a lot of it was design work. […]
  • I recently began some work for a new client, Pineapple Press, including an ebook edition of their upcoming Hemingway and Bimini. As a result, what would otherwise have been my third time out creating an ebook file was the fourth, instead. The requirements of their book differed a little from those for Hancher vs. Hilton, […]
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