Wednesday, December 10, 2008

On Skeletons

Sometimes, you forget that you were going to reveal something.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

London Fog

Woke up early to a city of fog and mystery the other day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

They're Not That Great, Actually

Drawing of a monkey announcing The Astounding Halls of Mediocrity

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Collect Them in a Jar!

*In other news, the Design Monkey Compendium now has access to a scanner. Huzzah!

Monday, October 20, 2008

No Scanner

Updates to the Design Monkey Compendium are being impeded by a lack of hardware. This should be resolved soon.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Smithfield Type

Some awesome engraved type from Smithfield Market.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Have We Met?

What? You don't know Messrs Caltrop and Petard? Oh, you will. You most certainly will.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Battle Royale in My Brain

I definitely feel this way sometimes. The calculus doesn't always jive with the design thing. Though it has proven useful when I've needed to integrate the type with the photography. Heh. Math jokes.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


I'm thrilled to say that, after many months in secret, that I can finally reveal a major project. Below is an interactive version of the 2008 - 2009 Orchestra London Canada brochure (click to view larger).

Friday, August 15, 2008

Still Quiet!

But here's some more hand-rendered type.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

It's That Time

The blog's been quiet due to some crazy deadlines. Thankfully, I'm now in the final phases, so expect more soon!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Serious hotness from House Industries.

Friday, June 27, 2008

More recently.

More sardines. See the series at Curiosity and the Cupcake.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


It's been quiet over at the headquarters of the Design Monkey Compendium. The design monkeys have been off traipsing about the globe, quickly using up their alloted vacation days, personal days and sick days. Meanwhile, the photo monkeys have been busy at work, taking frame upon frame of delicious food stuffs.

Friday, May 30, 2008

On Grid Design

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Type Compositions: Two Days

Although I love the Moleskine Cahier series, I have a special place in my heart for the Letter-sized, classic, black sketchbooks. I have a number of these, and aside from the usual monkeys and robots, they have almost all of my project-based work and sketches in them. Of course, they've got warm-up pages of type in them as well.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Type Compositions: Warm-Up

The pages of my sketchbook are occasionally... lacking, something that is usually due to a lack of coffee, or not having warmed my hands up as yet. Here's an older type composition - dig that crazy typographer's "hand", to say nothing of the "unfortunately". Yikes.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Unemployed in London

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Guitar Zero

I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but this comic is based on an actual conversation. Which also implies that we were listening to Extreme.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The State of Being

I haven't had a haircut since before I travelled to Peru, which was in October 2007. As such, this is a pretty decent approximation of what I look like on any given day. And, although I don't own a shirt like the one pictured, I fully agree with its sentiments.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Type Compositions: End of 4C

I recently finished up a three-pack of the Moleskine cahiers. As my regular sketchbook is appropriately named "4" (it being the fourth in a line of identical, 8x10, black sketchbooks), I lettered the Moleskines as 4A, 4B and 4C. Here's the last page of the last one.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Photoshop Now Online

I mentioned this a while back when it was still in the works. Today, Adobe has released a version of Photoshop Express as an online web-app. I poked around with it quickly and was impressed – it's got a significant number of key features that will improve the average person's photos. Things like red-eye reduction are to be expected, but the white balancing feature is really impressive.

Also a nice touch is integration with Picasa, Photobucket, and Facebook. Strange there's no Flickr support, but that could be forthcoming.

Check it out here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Type Commission: Top Guys

Some hand-rendered type that I recently completed for a client.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Type Compositions: The Jazz Trap

You're probably familiar with this scenario. It's Sunday. The sun is streaming through the windows, warming you as you write in your sketchbook. You put on some jazz and Coltrane quietly segues into Oscar Peterson and then again into Etta James. Before you know, it's four hours later and you'd really meant to go to "_____" but now it's closed.

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Long-Lost, Endangered...

* Not actually Jackalopes. Still, giant, strange, rabbity-things darting about in the mists of Machu Picchu? It's an honest mistake.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Freelancer's Dream

Found on the side of a jeweler's store near Holborn.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Le Cafe

Heh. Certain French Canadian words get lost in translation in Paris.

Friday, February 22, 2008

The New York Public Library

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sunset in the Andes

Sunset while hiking in the Andes, October 2007.

Friday, February 15, 2008

It's True

Monday, February 11, 2008

Type Compositions: Agrah!

This one is, of course, a reference to the early 19th century ballad sheet.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Type Compositions: Cramming

These days, before I get down to the real business of the day (drawing monkeys!), I usually warm up by doing a page of hand-drawn type. I've started using Moleskine cahiers, and I find the size perfect, not only for carrying around everywhere, but also for using the entirety of the page, something at which I'm not typically very good.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Project Mercury

Here's to you, Ham.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Les Adventures de le Singe Nommee LE COCO

Maintenant, nous trouvons notre héros, Le Coco, dans une brasserie. Mais, ce n'est pas une brasserie normale…

REGARDES! Les Adventures de Le Singe Nommé

Monday, January 14, 2008

Gaming on the Big Screen

About a year ago, I developed a campaign for Cineplex Odeon to promote playing video games at the cinema. This project was a great opportunity for me to push my skills in Photoshop – with no budget for photography, I ended up generating all of the imagery in the ad.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Photographic Deliciousness

I'm busy these days revamping my photo portfolio, and shooting new stuff whenever possible. With that in mind, here's some recent work: pastries by master chef Pierre Hermes.

Plaisirs Sucrés