Thoughts: Ukaranian Banksy

So everyone knows who Banksy is by now. And you may know that I have a Tumblr dedicated to my love for Pencils (myfavoritetoyis.tumblr.com). But what you may not know is a graffiti artist by the name of Šharik (Ukraine: Little Ball).

His piece below has quickly become one of my favorite ideas, images, graphics and one that I want to blow up as a poster on my wall. It illustrates and illuminates the creative process. Simply put, “My favorite toy is a pencil.”

Sharik - Ukranian Banksy

More of his work can be see here: http://banksysforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=everywhere&thread=1050

Shout-Outs: Thrillist Boston

No better way to beat a case of “The Mondays” than by waking up and seeing your own work in your inbox. Just want to thank everyone at Thrillist Boston for making me part of the Boston local discourse. Read more at  http://www.thrillist.com/home-gadgets/boston/russ-gossett-illustration_art

Do the opposite of what Billy Ocean wants, and get out of the car and onto the edgy arteries of Allston via highlighted scenes of Cambridge & North Beacon Streets, Allston Alley, and even a digital drypoint that depicts a young boy looking at an information kiosk/ city map and is titled Lost in Boston, also a spinoff series in which Jack and the group find themselves crash landed on a beach in Southie, and must find their way back to the Red Line without taking the Number 9 bus (Spoiler Alert: No one survives).

Read more: http://thrillist.com//home-gadgets/boston/russ-gossett-illustration_art#ixzz1oFxfngO4

Working: Public Media Mantra

Reading up on my long-time design idol, Bob Gill on WYNC I stumbled on a blog post referencing a talk that Hugh Dubberly sat in on as an art school student, which got me thinking. As an art student at the Art Institute of Boston I was privy to a number of influential talks and lectures; artists that AIB had speak and spread their knowledge. In fact, listening to the artists and designers like Malcolm Grear, Steven Heller, Wolfgang Weingart, Vaughan Oliver, Clifford StoltzeCF Payne, Brad Holland, Tim Bower, Sterling HundleyMarshall ArismanAnthony Freda, and Wim Crowel has had a profound impact on me. Just being in the same room, listening to their personal experiences, seeing how they speak and carry themselves, and speak about their own work is one of the most important parts in my education as an illustrator and designer.

One of the designers that I remember speaking to the Design students at Lesley University was Chris Pullman, V.P. of Design at WGBH in Boston for 35 years. His talk was formatted in a simple way. It was titled, “What I’ve Learned” and it listed his top ten lessons learned.

Chris had given this talk to others in 2008, in fact Jason Kottke, who runs a blog, wrote about Chris’ talk. In his post he highlights Chris’ #2 thing: Work with people you like and respect. Chris goes on to talk about the respect and encouragement he received at WGBH which allowed him to stay happy for 35 years.

Perhaps all of public media is like this because all of my colleagues at NPR seem to be gracious, respectful, encouraging and enriching. So, I second Chris Pullman’s second. A sentiment I guarantee everyone of the influential artists and designers that I listed above would agree upon.