Sometimes, you are asked to do a book presentation at a school. You do your bit, and you remind yourself you need to do this waaay more often, because the kids were adorable and the school was great, and the money was…uh, let’s just leave this with the adorable kids. And then there are the … Continue reading Tenderloin School
I’m one of those book design junkies who will buy a beautifully designed (or illustrated) book even if the story inside is so-so. I will also NOT buy a great story if the book that holds it is badly designed. I’ve written about my love for book design before. When I was in Holland a … Continue reading Boom Books
Is San Francisco beautiful? Yes. Is the view from the De Young Museum’s Observation Tower one of the most beautiful views in the city? YES YES YES! So guess who was up in the sky last Friday doing her Backseat A-B-See book presentation for a bunch of kids? This easily qualifies as the most beautiful … Continue reading Book with a view
Grumpygurl was my BFF right after Max was born. She was cheaper than a therapist and probably just as helpful in helping me out my hormonal rages, insecurities and crappy feelings related to being responsible for a helpless human being 24/7. The helpless human being has come a long way. He is now a tall … Continue reading I got me Grumpygurl for Mother’s Day
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to update my blog more. Since I’m already wearing flip-flops and my last post was uh…almost a year ago, I better get on it. My excuses? I could say that I ran a marathon (not), that I finally read that stack New Yorker back issues (nope) or that … Continue reading Where to start?
What do you think is the most ubiquitous design in the world? My money is on this design: If Roger Cook and Don Shanosky received a royalty every time the design was used, they could afford a gold plated, temperature-controlled commode that played Beethoven’s Ninth every time they sat on it. But they don’t, and … Continue reading A-B-WC
Flight 123 has landed. On my editor’s desk at Chronicle Books. It will be a sequel to Backseat ABSee, but it’s a counting book about airport/flight signage. I am working on three picture books this year, and all celebrate flight somehow. I’m about to start working on a sequel to Hopper and Wilson, who will … Continue reading Flying the friendly skies of children’s publishing
When I was in Holland, I stumbled across a vintage enamel KLM sign in a shop in Amsterdam. I am a sucker for vintage airline stuff: posters, graphics, fashion, interiors, suitcases. It’s all so beautiful. Flying used to be chic. A grand experience. My grandmother wore her best <GASP> fur coat when my grandparents flew … Continue reading Come Fly With Me!
Today is the book birthday of Backseat ABSee, my new book with Chronicle. This book was the first one I did in Adobe Illustrator, and it sparked a completely new style for me. It helps me create bold shapes, high contrast, stylized characters and vector graphics that can be scaled up and down without losing … Continue reading Saul Bass
Pal Matthew Willcox, who heads FCB’s Institute of Decision Making, told me about compatriot Jonah Lehrer. Jonah is a neuroscientist who studied literature and philosophy at Oxford, and has a couple of interesting things to say about how creativity works. Check out his interview with Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air and his book trailer … Continue reading Imagine this.