The Blog: News, Works in Progress, Reflections
I made this little illustration of one of the little wonders of the city: The iconic Chicago hot dog stand. Love these spots. Here's my piece. And below the drawing, all the must-haves for any truly authentic Chicago hot dog joint.
Painted in super-bright colors. By that I mean red and yellow. Picnic table & an umbrella that matches the building.
Called Sammy’s, Marty’s, Charlie's. A name that sounds like someone your grandpa would have a coffee with.
Proudly World Famous, Original, Founded circa 1954 or some combination in a fifties-era font.
Some relics of the good old days that actually date back to the good old days. For a few examples: a newspaper dispenser, pinball, gumball machine.
Some hints of their old logo or old name, maybe on a second sign or inside.
On the front of the building, everything on their menu painted in big letters.
- Inside, a menu with replaceable letters and very bare-bones descriptions, like "Hot Dog - $3."
Vienna Beef logos. Bonus: The Vienna Beef poster with the gigantic hot dog on Navy Pier.
Two line cooks with their heads down, working like crazy, radio turned up.
Amazing meats and fries, unbelievable cheap, incredibly fast.
One that I was happy about was getting an art appearance "The Big Sick." Great movie, a surprise box office success. I've always been a fan of the Director, Michael Showalter, and I'd loved Kumail in Silicon Valley and his podcast appearances with Pete Holmes.
This is a bungalow in Mayfair, a neighborhood bordering Albany Park and rich in bungalows. I thought this home was cool because of its Spanish tile roof and dormers. I also thought it was interesting in that the home has its entrance on its broad side. Generally, Chicago bungalows have their front doors on their narrow side--which is part of what makes the Midwestern bungalows unique and distinct from the much broader California bungalows, for one. Enjoy.
This was made by talented videographer, Jack Brandtman, who has a series of fantastic Chicago-themed videos on his Youtube channel . This is part of his series on Chicago makers. Go support him by watching and subscribing!
Closeup: The Subway Ride.
Closeup: The Selfie.
Here's a look back at a selection of the homes and buildings I drew this past year. It was a great year. Wishing you all the success and happiness you wish for in 2017.
Some friends of ours, Keith and Laura, opened a brewery in Rockville, Maryland, called 7 Locks Brewing. It's a great spot, great beers, highly recommended--check it out if and when you're in the area.
Last year, the 7 Locks crew decided to give their original logo (below) a re-design ahead of some new beer releases.
Keith approached me to take on the task, which I gladly accepted. I shipped them the final logo just before this past Thanksgiving.
I was happy with the outcome and the development process. In this post I wanted to share that process, showing the stages from concept to finished logo, with the sketches along the way and my thoughts and reflections on each.
Whenever we head back to Katie's hometown in more pristine northwestern PA, I'm always blown away by the epic night scene that reveals itself nearly every night. These days, the closest I'll get to the night sky from within the Chicago city limits is a visit to the planetarium and packet of astronaut ice cream.
This past summer, Katie challenged me to come up with a way to combine the fascinating patterns of city streets with the immense depth and unique patterns of the night sky. Many iterations and false starts and trashed drafts later, we finally came to a design that we liked a lot. The series includes Chicago, Washington, DC, Boston, New York, and San Francisco.
We're happy to introduce this as out latest print release, and it's available exclusively through Uncommon Goods. Right here. Image below for your consideration.
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Thanks for reading. There's some work that I'm chipping away at that I can't wait to share with you. In the meantime, I wish you a great and comfortable holiday season for you and yours. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any ideas for projects, prints, or world peace.
All the Best,