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A modest space
for ramblings
on rationale, from
scholarly research
to assorted
graphics ...

No project is undertaken willy-nilly, without an underlying motive, whether it is a map or chart based on historical research or a whimsical graphic for the designer's amusement. From time to time in this space, when the explanatory need arises, will be additional rationale for some of the specialty graphics featured here.

Don't see much text in this space? That is not an oversight. Please know that even in this information age of daily blog-blather and continuously-streaming "news," this writer is among the dwindling number still fully capable of holding to himself thoughts unexpressed.

Assorted Graphics:
Random Shavings from
the Designer's Workbench

From time-to-time this page will feature a selection of miscellaneous graphics, sometimes related to current research and publishing projects --- and sometimes not. Quantities are likely to be small and availability brief. Marketing types would phrase this as a "limited edition" approach. Have a look, be amused, intrigued, or non plussed --- but if you see order details and are interested in a particular offering, it is best not to delay.

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A FREE sign guaranteed to improve your design!

Tired of wasting time, money, and paper? Tired of bumbling along, designing ads and marketing brochures yourself, trying to save a buck --- and then getting underwhelming results? What to do?!? You could read The Cranky Typographer's Book of Major Annoyances: Helpful Graphics Tips for Do-It-Yourself Designers. And while you're reading and studying, you could start improving your work straightaway by downloading this FREE sign and mounting it front-and-center above your computer monitor.

FREE TO THE WORLD. A free downloadable 4.25"x11" PDF.
Unless you ignore it, it's guaranteed to improve your work!

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A FREE sign guaranteed to improve your writing!

Have you been "running a gauntlet" all these years? Until some sympathetic editor took you aside and quietly broke the news to you that you have really been "running a gantlet"? Who knew?!? How embarrassing! What to do?!? You could read The Cranky Editor's Book of Intolerable Fox Paws: Helpful Writing & Style Tips So You Won't Look Stoopid. And while you're reading and studying, you could start improving your work straightaway by downloading this FREE sign and mounting it front-and-center above your computer monitor.

FREE TO THE WORLD. A free downloadable 4.25"x11" PDF.
Unless you ignore it, it's guaranteed to improve your writing!

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Honk If You're a Goose! (Car Rear Window Sign)

Tired of all the honking? Tired of those bumper stickers that promote honking for a cause? "Honk If You Love Beer!" "Honk If You Support Referendum Question #17!" "Honk If You're Nuts About the Home Team!" Enough already. The world is noisy enough as it is. This sign will let the world know how you feel about all the honking, with the simply stated message: "Honk If You're a Goose!" In other words, if you're not a goose, cease that infernal honking. Lay off the damned horn.

FREE TO THE WORLD. This is a free downloadable 3x11 PDF. Make your own "Honk If You're a Goose!" window sign or bumper sticker and with this puzzling message, do your small part to quiet the honk-happy masses.

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Nurture the Spark (Motivational Poster)

Do you need a happy reminder that there are folks who really do have a spark of initiative? Imagination? Energy? Creativity? Throughout a 30-year career in the performing arts, the designer of this poster was surrounded by individuals that had that "spark," always giving their best effort in their work every single day. For circus/variety artists --- acrobats, dancers, jugglers, wire-walkers, hand-balancers, unicyclists, etc. --- a half-baked effort could land us in the hospital ... or even in the grave. After retirement from that arduous career, the "adjustment to the real world" included developing a tolerance of the "sparkless" --- and searching for ways to help kindle their missing spark. Use this "Nurture the Spark" poster as (1) your personal pep-talk, (2) a rallying cry for your workplace team, or (3) as a spiky prod to those slackers, dullards, and clock-watchers that impede the progress of humankind.

18x24 poster; designed for a standard-size 18x24 frame; printed on heavy matte-finish stock with UV resistant inks; shipped in a mailing tube.

$75.00 includes shipping in the U.S. (Inquire for international shipping charges.)

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Yes! --- The All-Purpose Election Season Sign

It's the sign for all seasons! Who can argue with supporting "brains, vision, compassion, integrity, tenacity, and global view"?* Basically this sign advocates all the right values, but gets you off the hook on revealing exactly who or what you're voting for ... or against. This is a thought-provoking (... or confounding?) election-season sign that takes a stand against ignorance and small-mindedness by stating the positive. There's no negative name-calling! With this sign, you're driving your own bandwagon of positive values!

*(Well, some folks are suspicious of brains, blind to vision, think compassion is soft, think integrity and tenacity have too many syllables, and bristle at the notion of a global view. But if you like this sign, those are probably the folks you want to annoy anyway.)

FREE TO THE WORLD. This is a free downloadable 24x36 PDF for those who want to advocate big for civilization locally and globally. Take the PDF file to your favorite printer and get a poster or sign made at the size of your choice.

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The Juggler's "Progress of Man" Poster

It's a well-worn theme: adapting the "evolution of man" art in a comic way to special interest subjects. Walk a mile in the shoes of an acrobatic juggler, however (... or better yet, sweat-and-groan with one for 30-plus years in the gym and on stage), and you'll begin to appreciate that (1) the athletic achievements are at a higher level-of-difficulty than those of the overpaid thugs in the mundane spectator sports like hockey or football, and (2) the artistic achievements call upon every bit as much discipline, practice, and refinement as those of the virtuoso musician. (Warning: Don't try telling this to the non-participant "cork-sniffer" critics: i.e. the couch-potato sports fan ... or the non-musician classical music enthusiast. On the other hand, the real athletes and real musicians will understand.)

18x24 poster; designed for a standard-size 18x24 frame; printed on heavy matte-finish stock with UV resistant inks; shipped in a mailing tube.

$75.00 includes shipping in the U.S. (Inquire for international shipping charges.)