New Assigment: Typographic Comics

I assigned a new project to my Graphic Design I students at Appomattox Regional Governor's School. They were asked to make a typographic comic, using a chapter from Alan Lightman's book Einstein's Dreams. Students were encouraged to play with time perception, using innovative panel arrangements - thus reflecting the content of Lightman's book. So many of the solutions were very impressive. Below are three of them.

by Claire Sullivan

By Cristina Peters

By Sidney Tilghman


Death Is Not Justice!

The above poster was inlcuded in the top 100 of the "Death Is Not Justice" poster campaign about abolishing the death penalty worldwide. The campaign was initiated by Poster For Tomorrow.

You can order a catalogue of the top 100 here.

Original Creative Brief:

We want universal abolition of the death penalty in 2010. It’s simple. The death penalty is a violation of human rights. Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

How does that fit with beheading, stoning, hanging, lethally injecting or shooting someone?

The problem is that there’s no going back on a death sentence. And in a world where every judicial system makes mistakes, it’s inevitable that innocent people will be executed. Which is simply not acceptable. More than two thirds of countries in the world agree, and have banned executions.

Sadly, shamefully, 58 still persist in killing people in the name of “justice.”
In 2009, countries with the highest number of executions were Iran (with at least 388 executions), Iraq (at least 120), Saudi Arabia (at least 69), and the United States (52).

In China information regarding the death penalty remains a secret, but estimates show that China executes more people than the rest of the world combined.

But there is hope - the number of people being executed around the world appears to be declining. And in December the United Nations will vote on a universal moratorium on the death penalty. It’s a vital step towards abolishing the death penalty once and for all.

No matter whether you live in a country that practices capital punishment or not, we have to raise awareness across the whole world that the death penalty is a violation of human rights that has no place in modern society.


Daughter As Warrior Princess.

Spent some time on and off working on this illustration of my daughter in traditional Iranian female warrior garb. All of the references were photos of her. The faces of the two secondary figures were obviously changed. Not sure if it is done yet. Perhaps the image is very close to completion.



New Work: All super quick flyers.

A few posters with short deadlines for three events. Two were designed in less than 30 min. One was designed over the course of an afternoon.


Inspiration, Cool Stuff, Etc #35

Conflict Kitchen - take out from only countries the US has conflict with. (I was sent this by numerous people awhile ago. I am not sure why I haven't posted it sooner.)

What Social Entrepreneurship Can Teach Social Design

Ralph Caplan pod cast - dialogue about design that is functional versus just looking good, the civil rights movement, branding, fashion, obsolescence and designer responsibility.

Maira Kalman on the Colbert Report

Billionaires Favorite Politicians Infographic

iPhone Ap to help people conserve oil - the application is the tope view of a glass full of water. You are encouraged to set in on the dashboard of your car. The more water you spill from driving erratically the more oil you have wasted..