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WInd up Cover-Mockup_small

I gave myself an assignment to do a quick cover design for Murakami’s The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, which I recently read and loved.

fox trap mockup small

I’ve always hoped i’d get the chance to design some beer packaging but have never gotten the opportunity. A couple of months ago I finally just decided to make some for myself and started sketching, and many weeks later I finally had a free moment to put this all together.

The concept was inspired by a stressful period a couple of years ago where a bunch of neighborhood cats started turning up dead. It left a strong impression.

Anyway, If you are a beer-making sort of person and think you might like something like this get in touch and let’s work together!


Final poster pink

I was excited to get the opportunity to illustrate the posters for this year’s National Portfolio Day events hosted my my alma mater the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. These are events where high school students show up with their work and meet with admissions reps (like my awesome friend Elizabeth who set me up with this great gig!). I remember showing up to one of these warily some time in 2007 or so, and getting to work on the poster feels like coming full circle. The layout was done (very nicely) by Laura Burns. Thanks for looking!

final poster blue


CUP 360

A few months ago I got an exciting call to contribute to a new line of packaging for Chipotle. Jonathan Safran-Foer was curating a series of short stories and essays to be printed on cups and bags, and each piece would be illustrated. I was given a story by Malcolm Gladwell about an experience with Old Order Mennonites .


After a little bit of back and forth we settled on this sketch, focusing on the barn-raising. final art_NM
A full color version I worked up before the decision came out that the cups would be brown and white.


And the final piece! Read the full story and check out the rest of the pieces here!

BerniephotoHappy New Year! Here is a fun little thing that i got to work on for the latest issue of Howler. As you can probably tell it’s a folding paper model of Real Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Berneabau. Designing it was a fun challenge and unlike anything that i’ve done before.

Working with Howler has been an absolute pleasure. It’s a young magazine and they are extremely open to doing cool unusual stuff. This project, like many of the things I’ve made for them was my own idea. As an illustrator i’m unfortunately often at the end of the line creatively, and many people come to me with already formed ideas that they would like me to execute. This is of course fine and i’m grateful i get to do it, but it’s a real treat to be able to come up with something myself and see it all the way to fruition which Howler has been allowing me to do. The fact that the subject matter, soccer, is something I love makes it all the sweeter.

Also, on another note. I’m going to try to post here more often this year. Recently i’ve been taking on some larger scale projects which i’m not allowed to share until completion, if at all, which leaves me with little to post. I’m going to try to post some more personal work, get back to sharing sketchbook stuff and hopefully come up with some process posts and things of the like. If there is anything that you would be interested to see or read about please let me know!


Iampacked is this neat blog where people document everything that they are bringing with them on trips. I think it’s interesting because you get to imagine all these little stories based on the items that people present, and it also winds up being a neat take on a style blog. I’ve wanted to make an illustrated contribution for a while. I submitted this the other day and I have no idea whether they will post it or not since it’s not a photograph but it was fun to make anyway. And remember: Always be knolling.



Decided to try my hand at designing a phone case. Check em out here:


Let’s Party!!!


I’ve done a number of posters for the Eastman School of Music’s various productions and was excited to get the call for another! This time it’s for “Orlando” but with a production concept based on Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige” which involves magic and murder and intrigue and hopeless romance. Good stuff. We wanted the piece to feel like a victorian magician poster. I had a lot of fun fitting in suggestive little plot elements, and hand drawing the type. Thanks to director Alison Moritz for the job!


First, Sorry for the drought in posts in the last couple of weeks.  I got to spend a couple of weeks traveling and then returned home to bury myself in all the projects i’d put off. I’m in the closing stages of a couple things that i should be able to share soon!

This is an image i created for the cover of “After the Great Recession” published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Barry Cynamon, Steven Fazzari, and Mark Setterfield. The book focuses on a few major facets of the recession and subsequent stagnation, particularly the home mortgage crisis. It’s a dense one, and we wanted something that felt approachable. I see this image as sort of a roadrunner vs. coyote take on some much more serious issues.

the book is available for purchase Here