This is a piece I did last week for the Atlantic. Article on how GDP is not an accurate indicator of a countries well being as there are many factors that go into a happy prosperous country. Melissa Bluey and I chatted about ideas and it turns out we were both thinking in the same direction, to show production but something amiss, crumbling factory, something like that. Since we had agreed on the general direction I just did two roughs on the same concept.
I've gotten more than a few calls over the years asking for a Rube Goldberg type of contraption. I was always aware of his work, the name pretty much being a part of the American vocabulary to describe something ridiculously complicated, circuitous, or convoluted, I played mousetrap as a kid. Did it ever really work? The most recent request was from Josue Evilla at the Boston Globe Magazine. Josue was great to work with, I expressed how I couldn't do a true Rube Goldberg where there is a very well thought out sequence of events with a definite result, but I could certainly do something with that feel. The story was on political corruption in Boston and what Josue really wanted to show was a politician receiving bribes from contractors, many bribes, that kind of thing, a composition with lots going on.
This was a piece I did for Larry Williams at Pace Communications, they're the design house that does the beautiful United Airlines Mag and many others. This was to be an illustration for one of their magazines on Real Estate showing some do's and dont's of buying. I sometimes enjoy these info type illustrations if the art directors are willing to make them a bit more than that. I've been doing technical type illustrations for This Old House and others, sometimes fun, sometimes a headache. This was fun and I enjoyed doing this very dead on cross section approach.