Friday, September 12, 2014

Imagined Physics Experiment

Final version.

Can you spot the errors in this penultimate version?

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Present for You...

The top line is a sample of their newly-iconic? typeface which is available to you for free.  Click my name above.  It was made by Chester Jenkins for the Cooper Hewitt Museum which is set to Reopen December 12th.

The top is the museum's typeface, the bottom was adapted by me with a more open c and round i dots.  The Cooper Hewitt Typeface by Mr. Jenkins is great, especially for headlines and short phrases for graphic impact.  You will love the capital letters. I think the small case letters would read nicer if there were a round dot-i and a round period option, like in the Times font you are reading here.

And here is where I had fun customizing the Cooper Hewitt Typeface Bold, the original is below...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Cubism + Hijab + Velazquez

My work was extracted from Velazquez's painting of a girl, quite a contrast to his court paintings in simplicity.  In some of his paintings, the less significant portions were sketchily done in less detail, a nice effect.  See his Portrait of Juan de Pareja at the Met.

The sketchy portions have the imprecise feeling of the cubist works of Picasso and Braque and coincidentally, his palate looks chosen by those later cubists.

The above painting is part of the collection of The Hispanic Society of America, here in New York.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Middle Eastern Lute, Cartoon Version

Inspired by the tanbur and oud.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

An Elegant Met Museum Bassoon Reimagined as a Half-Contrabasssoon


I think you would need to stretch the bottom keyworks upward to make a working instrument, which would also improve the aesthetic balance of this half-contrabasssoon.  A good name for the instrument would be "the bumblebee."

In the same spirit, I have long admired the made-up instruments of the artist Donald Evans, who used them on pretend stamps for one of his fictional countries.

above photo from ebay

Saturday, August 2, 2014

"The Pianist" by Hans Memling?

Here is my fabrication (above) from Memling's 15th century painting (below).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Glass Works

Small Mushroom.

Large Public Monument.

Wood Bench

Jack Van Rysek was my father's partner.  They worked together as roofers.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The World of Action and Story

Parisian Corner Building

First the French taxed real estate based on the number of rooms but attic rooms were not counted.  Builders started making Mansard roofs to create more untaxed rooms.  The French government (Parisian?) then started taxing the rooms behind Mansard roofs.  Eventually the builders responded by making Faux-Mansard roofs; for people liked the look of Mansards but it was cheaper to make boxy buildings with a fake slant of roof atop.

In the same way, at one time the French levied real estate based on closets.  The people responded with armoires.

I assume all this is true.  My old boss and real estate appraiser, James Mason, told me these facts.

I like the way LARGE words were sometimes painted on French buildings of Atget's time.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

An Old Concept

A Circus Train Comes to Town

Plush, Velvety Quilt

Isn't this inviting?  Like being wrapped in a Whitman's Sampler with chocolates and Jordan almonds.

In Deep Wood, Abstract

Monet's Water Lilies, Abstraction, At Night

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Letter "A"

Corkboard Font "A" or perhaps Marbletop Font?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Faux Etching

Sampled from the above old etching, and with a little magic, reconfigured below...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Collector of Collectors

Museums collect not only works but they collect collectors.  Thomas Campbell, director of the Met, said that 85% of their art works come from collectors and only 15% from museum purchases.  Last year one generous collector gave the Met about 87 pieces of cubist art worth over one billion, count 'em, dollars.

Chaim Soutine as an Expressionist

Friday Night



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A New Typeface Design

I think I'll call this font Banknote.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I Foolishly Redesign the Japanese Flag.

The Japanese flag is a red circle on white.  Simple and elegant.  It is reflects the Japanese red crowned crane, (see below), which is mostly white with that same red accent.  It has been described as the perfect flag.

But if you followed the hearts of the Japanese people, their flag would have a spring-green circle instead.  The Japanese are simply obsessed with this color.

Above image from

Written in Stone

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Book of Alternative Phases (for Moons in Galaxies Far, Far Away)

Souff appears to flatten as it wanes.

Chesh, Chekar and Parchizi are three moons revolving around each other without a central planet.

Doont* has frequent partial eclipses.  The people living on the planet around which it revolves cannot yet explain why it happens.  And this phenomenon was the source of some interesting mythologies among their various ancient cultures.

I once had a very technical book on the interior elemental makeup of our planets.  I couldn't and can't imagine how scientists figured out, say, the iron percentage of Saturn's core.  I loved the book but it was not so useful to me and now I am sad I got rid of it one day when I needed space.  That was many years ago.  This imaginary book of alternative satellite phases was made to comfort me in that nostalgia. 

*Doont is pronounced "sand dune" + "don't"