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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.
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.
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.
For Bottleneck Gallery’s It Came From 1984 Show, which opens Friday.
New work for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
A Cornell University professor offers10 alternatives to crawling down a hole and hiding when you suffer a professional setback.
This was selected for Communication Arts Illustration Annual 55. I am honored to be included. Thanks to the jury and AD Marianne Seregi.
I did a couple of illustrations for a Grantland.com feature on a ‘magical putter’. The rather interesting article by Caleb Hannan tells the story of a ‘scientifically advanced’ club that seems destined to revolutionize the game of golf. That is, until he meets the person who designed it.
Read the whole thing here
I’ve got a handful of images in the current edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. This month, the higher education publication takes a look at the job search process and offers job advice to job seekers in their annual ‘Careers in Academe’ special report. The lead story this time around focuses on Ph.D’s who are seeking employment outside of an academic setting. The subway concept on the cover was a hit, so it was carried inside for the rest of the art.
This appears with a story on taking a slightly different career path.
Landing a job when others are on the same path.
The fight over office space
Look at Me! I’m a Doctor!
Microagressions in the office and how to deal with them.
A big thanks goes out to AD Scott Seymour for the assignment. I do a lot of drawing on the R train, so this was a fun assignment to work on.
With the major provisions of Obamacare taking affect, I’m sure that there will be no shortage of caduceus art this month. Here’s mine.
The other story I illustrated was about corn. Specifically, things farmers should have on their minds when planting continuous corn–that is planting corn in the same field year after year. Traditionally, farmers rotate crops because its better for the soil. However, sometimes it makes sense financially not to do that.
Happy New Year. Here’s my first illo to roll of the printing presses in 2014.
The University of Rochester recently unveiled it’s capital plan for 2014. The January issue of Rochester Review takes a look at what’s in store for this year and beyond. Art direction by Scott Hauser.
I’m on the cover of the 12th issue of The Work Style Magazine. Well not me personally, something I drew.
The latest edition of the quarterly publication examines the relationship of ‘Rules and Passion’. In the context of work, rules often provide structure and guidance to channel passions to productive ends. Without them workers can get caught up in what they are doing and lose sight of the big picture. The story of Daedalus and Icarus seemed like a good jumping off point for this idea of following the rules and not getting caught up in the joy of what you are doing.
A big thanks to art director Marta Scetta for the assignment.