Each individual dot creating the image below represents a single life lost by each of the 107,162 Canadians killed in both World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping operations and the conflict in Afghanistan. The image below attempts to give a visual perspective to all that we have lost, and all that has been given.
2:40 pm • 11 November 2012 • 153 notes
I thought I did a pretty awesome Election Day front.
But then I went through today’s Newseum and I realized I did an ok front. Seriously, looking at some of awesome fronts today make mine look like amateur hour. Here are some of my favorites. I also reblogged the awesome Emmett Smith cover of the Plain Dealer earlier. Check that out here.
Probably one of the most creative and clean fronts today. I love the thoughtful illustration with the states and how everything seems to be nice and tucked away in its place. I also like that they didn’t just go with big pictures of the candidates. Everyone knows what they look like, we don’t really need to see them. Color me impressed by the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville.
The Hutchinson News
Lots of papers did these collage fronts. I’m not sure, but those photos look like Instagram pictures, though that might have been the point. Either way, I like the idea of showing these moments all together that are culminating tonight. It also isn’t too busy and they didn’t try to force too many pictures in here. It’s all grid work and I love it. Another cool collage front was done by…
The Fayetteville Observer
Again, I think this is so successful because the photo editing is spot on and it doesn’t deviate from the grid. That headline is pretty good too, haha.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan
I think I just have design boner for all things Colin Smith and considering he just did a lovely redesign of the Coloradoan, I love all things the Coloradoan. The illustration is clever and different and I like how much real estate they are spending on letting people know how to vote. You really get a sense that providing this public service is important from the page and the newsroom.
The Town Talk
I mostly like this because of the in your face headline. The overall boldness of the page is all business. The photo filters are a little crazy, but not a deal breaker. What is though is what the Daily Advertiser (which is a sister paper I’m assuming) did to the same front:
What? Why? Whatever.
The Chicago Tribune
Papers with the resources were able to pull of some awesome illustrations. This one by the Chicago Tribune is super clean and almost looks like they could appear in their own comic book. Also, check out how big they are! I bet the fold lands nicely under the headline. Super cool.
The Tribune’s commuter and youth tab also has a pretty freaking cool illustration on their cover today, too. Totally a different style, but just as sharp. I especially like the vs. part.
Las Vegas Sun
The creme de la creme of illustrations today, though, goes to Elizabeth Brown and the Las Vegas Sun. This Obama illustration is huge and gorgeous and the entire page is just organized so well. I can definitely see the people of Nevada saving this page for years to come. The best part? Page 8 apparently has the same treatment for Romney. I reached out and I’ll hopefully have that page to post here later today.
As promised, here’s both together.
- All pages courtesy of the Newseum
12:46 pm • 6 November 2012 • 4 notes
An imagined conversation regarding this gorgeous A1.
Editor: “We need a cool illustration for today’s centerpiece.”
Designer: “Oh yeah, no problem. I’m thinking a really sparse, but interesting watercolor of Nevada.”
Designer: “Yeah, no, I’m going to do it and it’s going to be awesome.”
This talented designer gets the credit for the awesome illustration.
12:02 pm • 24 September 2012 • 4 notes
The Quantified Month: August
From Chavril to Pussy Riot, Sarah Lazarovic looks at the month that was in cultural highs and lows.
I just can’t believe how cool the National Post is.
3:09 pm • 4 September 2012 • 71 notes
The leaves may be turning and the kids may be heading back to school, but the arts scene really kicks into high gear in September (case in point: TIFF, coming soon to a Toronto near you). We’ve compiled our picks for your early autumn culture kicks above. Click the calendar to see a full-size version! Illustration by Sami Viljanto
One day I will buy/make prints of all these pages and use them to decorate my house. ONE DAY.
2:39 pm • 30 August 2012 • 10 notes
I just got an email from Rich Johnson, war artist extraordinaire for the National Post in Canada.
First, I can’t believe I got this email. He said he sent this email to a blanket of people who he was a “relationship with” which makes me very excited and happy. Rich emailed me a while back because I had blogged about his very cool Dollywood page. He pointed me to his previous work being a war artist, which is mind blowing. His work is even part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection, so that gives you a little bit of how great his work is.
Rich is on his third trip to Afghanistan right now, where he is ”writing stories about soldiers, and blogging my experience. No political agenda. I write what I see in the hopes that people will learn a bit about what it is like for our folks on the ground here.”
He continues to say that Canada has almost 1,000 personnel in the country.
You can follow Rich and his travels at his blog, Kanadahar Journal, where this sketch accompanies a very scary post where he describes how he has written letters to his family members, like he has every trip to Afghanistan, in case something should go wrong and he doesn’t make it back home.
Also check out his post detailing what he has packed for his trip. It’s actually more than I thought.
Good luck and best wishes Rich.
p.s. Also, follow the National Post on tumblr if you don’t already. They are my favorite newspaper on tumblr. :)
1:47 am • 20 August 2012
Two illustrations for this past weekend’s Boston Globe magazine! This time I was honored to be illustrating the cover again, as well as an accompanying page inside.
The theme of both illustrations is the power that moms wield through online networking. It’s easier than ever for moms to share tips, info, advice, and warnings on a variety of sites, blogs, and forums that are catered to them, and this connectivity gives them big influence!
I’m always excited to make illustrations about strong ladies, and I had a great time riffing on Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People for the cover! More on my blog!
Magnificent to say the least~
7:32 pm • 5 August 2012 • 1,728 notes
Hooray for Dollywood
The Post’s Richard Johnson pushes aside his feelings on country music and roller coasters to survive a summer vacation at Tennessee’s ode to all things Dolly.
Reading through this story, I couldn’t help but pause and take in this project. I don’t know if the text is actually hand lettered or just a nice typeface, but Christ is it nice. I also don’t know if this is web only or whatever, but imagine, Richard Johnson had to go to an editor and ask if he could do a whole page dedicated to his trip and he wanted to illustrate the entire thing. What was that meeting like? NParts does such cool stuff, it makes me want to cry.
1:45 pm • 10 July 2012 • 11 notes
Cinematic Summer Style
We bet you’ve never seen a fashion spread like this one, brought to you by Style editor Nathalie Atkinson and illustrator Kagan Macleod.
The commitment to illustrations by the National Post continues to astonish me. Any newspaper that still, first of all, is committed to doing any kind of fashion spread would not even consider to do it as an illustration. Why would they? Fashion spreads are typically carefully crafted photo shoots - that’s the norm.
Well thank God the National Post is anything but normal. I can’t wait to see the rest of the spread.
1:11 pm • 29 May 2012 • 111 notes