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Building better leaders for the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Art direction by Joey Mancuso.

Building better leaders for the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Art direction by Joey Mancuso.

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This appears in the latest issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. David Waltham writes about the need to continue to explore the cosmos. Recent discoveries raise the possibility of a vast, expanding, infinite universe that may be part of an unseen multiverse. Waltham worries that the realization earth is an isolated blue speck which could cause the public may lose interest and force scientists turn inward, limiting space exploration as a means to solving practical problems on earth. That, he argues would be a mistake.

Art direction by Janeen Jones.

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This appears in the latest issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. David Waltham writes about the need to continue to explore the cosmos. Recent discoveries raise the possibility of a vast, expanding, infinite universe that may be part of an unseen multiverse. Waltham worries that the realization earth is an isolated blue speck which could cause the public may lose interest and force scientists turn inward, limiting space exploration as a means to solving practical problems on earth. That, he argues would be a mistake.

Art direction by Janeen Jones.

We live in a world aglow with wireless devices. These things were supposed to make life easier, but instead tend to keep us plugged in 24/7. The Spring issue of JWM Magazine, the in-room publication of JW Marriott Luxury Hotels,  has a handy list of ways to make your virtual life more efficient so that you can re-charge your batteries for a change.
Art direction by Diana Haas of McMurry/TMG.

We live in a world aglow with wireless devices. These things were supposed to make life easier, but instead tend to keep us plugged in 24/7. The Spring issue of JWM Magazine, the in-room publication of JW Marriott Luxury Hotels,  has a handy list of ways to make your virtual life more efficient so that you can re-charge your batteries for a change.

Art direction by Diana Haas of McMurry/TMG.

A quick illo for a Grantland.com feature on a sports agent in China who is trying to lure American-born talent to the Chinese Basketball Association.
Art direction by Juliet Litman.

A quick illo for a Grantland.com feature on a sports agent in China who is trying to lure American-born talent to the Chinese Basketball Association.

Art direction by Juliet Litman.

New work for Grantland.com.
Sometimes the stories you get assigned are a little nuts. This one is about the surprisingly large number if men who get vasectomies in mid-March so they have an excuse to skip work the first two days of the NCAA basketball tournament.

New work for Grantland.com.

Sometimes the stories you get assigned are a little nuts. This one is about the surprisingly large number if men who get vasectomies in mid-March so they have an excuse to skip work the first two days of the NCAA basketball tournament.

This is the time of year when I try to sneak baseball-related sketches past art directors. They’re usually thrown out by a wide margin.

These were pitched for a story about leadership. Calling your shots on the top. Clear communication on the bottom.

It goes without saying that real estate in New York is expensive. It’s not exactly cheap out in farm country, either. The current issue of Successful Farming identifies a handful of places where you can find deals on acreage suitable for agriculture. I made art for the cover and inside. Thanks goes out to art director Matt Strelecki for the assignment.

Here’s something a little more narrative than what I’ve been doing lately. It appears in the latest issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Author Brian Goedde looks back on the year he spent telecommuting from Taipei to an adjunct teaching position in Ann Arbor, Mich. He comes to realize the only way he can provide for his family on an adjunct’s salary is to flee the country.

Here’s something a little more narrative than what I’ve been doing lately. It appears in the latest issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Author Brian Goedde looks back on the year he spent telecommuting from Taipei to an adjunct teaching position in Ann Arbor, Mich. He comes to realize the only way he can provide for his family on an adjunct’s salary is to flee the country.

Something quick and dirty for Jezebel on internet racism

Something quick and dirty for Jezebel on internet racism

Quick turnaround job for Deadspin on the effects of Title IX.

Quick turnaround job for Deadspin on the effects of Title IX.

This past weekend, athletes and math-letes gathered at MIT to talk about statistics at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. For the past eight years MIT has hosted the forum to discuss the ways advanced statistics and metrics are changing the face of sports–from the way teams evaluate talent to the way we watch on TV.
ESPN’s Grantland searched their archives and put together an anthology of writing on the subject and the event for conference attendees. I was tasked with illustrating a story by Bill Simmons in which he outs himself as a basketball stat geek…and demands more statistical measures to apply to the game.

This past weekend, athletes and math-letes gathered at MIT to talk about statistics at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. For the past eight years MIT has hosted the forum to discuss the ways advanced statistics and metrics are changing the face of sports–from the way teams evaluate talent to the way we watch on TV.

ESPN’s Grantland searched their archives and put together an anthology of writing on the subject and the event for conference attendees. I was tasked with illustrating a story by Bill Simmons in which he outs himself as a basketball stat geek…and demands more statistical measures to apply to the game.

Ladies and gentlenmen, I present to you General Tommy Bahama…

Seriously though, if you pay taxes to the federal government, a pretty big chunk of those funds ends up at the Department of Defense. Going forward, the DoD willl get a slightly smaller large chunk.

As a result of the budget battles, the end of combat operations in Iraq and the drawdown in Afghanistan, the Pentagon is slimming down. Adrian Bonenberger,  makes the case, in The Washington Post, that the Pentagon should cut from the top and push older officers into retirement. He argues that older set, who rose through the ranks during the Cold War are less equipped than the men and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan to meet the challenges that the military is likely to face going forward. Read the article in it’s entirety here.

Art direction by Marianne Seregi.

Ladies and gentlenmen, I present to you General Tommy Bahama…

Seriously though, if you pay taxes to the federal government, a pretty big chunk of those funds ends up at the Department of Defense. Going forward, the DoD willl get a slightly smaller large chunk.

As a result of the budget battles, the end of combat operations in Iraq and the drawdown in Afghanistan, the Pentagon is slimming down. Adrian Bonenberger, makes the case, in The Washington Post, that the Pentagon should cut from the top and push older officers into retirement. He argues that older set, who rose through the ranks during the Cold War are less equipped than the men and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan to meet the challenges that the military is likely to face going forward. Read the article in it’s entirety here.

Art direction by Marianne Seregi.

In the time of the dinosaurs, redwood trees grew all over what would become North America. Millions of years later, when modern man showed up, his instinct was to cut them down. In the process many trees that were hundreds, if not thousands, of years old were felled. A letter from the editor in the current issue Sierra, highlights the struggle to protect these gigantic trees and why preserving this link to the Jurassic period is so important. Art direction by Tracy Cox.

In the time of the dinosaurs, redwood trees grew all over what would become North America. Millions of years later, when modern man showed up, his instinct was to cut them down. In the process many trees that were hundreds, if not thousands, of years old were felled. A letter from the editor in the current issue Sierra, highlights the struggle to protect these gigantic trees and why preserving this link to the Jurassic period is so important. Art direction by Tracy Cox.

If you read only one story today about the state of professional pool, make it this one…because I made the art for it.

This was an overnight job for Grantland.com. Art direction by Juliet Litman.

If you read only one story today about the state of professional pool, make it this one…because I made the art for it.

This was an overnight job for Grantland.com. Art direction by Juliet Litman.

This was a quick job for Grantland. 

Paul Wachter takes a look at life on the Futures Tour, the lowest level of professional tennis. Most of the players down there face Sisyphean odds of making it to the top of their chosen profession. Read the whole story here.

This was a quick job for Grantland.

Paul Wachter takes a look at life on the Futures Tour, the lowest level of professional tennis. Most of the players down there face Sisyphean odds of making it to the top of their chosen profession. Read the whole story here.