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Huck Finn River

In 2007, an investment firm hired my studio, ERA404, to design an “Indiana Jones diary” for a global investor, as a unique way of showcasing their findings from a literacy study they conducted. Part of the project was creating a dozen or so original illustrations from his travels. One of the illustrations was of Huckleberry Finn rafting down the Mississippi River. I confess that I borrowed inspiration from an iconic book cover when creating the artwork.

"Huck Finn River" Google Search ResultsA few weeks ago, a friend and colleague pointed my attention to an article on which incorporated a cropped version of this illustration. On a whim, I did a Google Image Search, and was able to find that this image has been reproduced, re-cropped, and re-used in 8 pages and 90 links worth of results, making it one of the most frequently returned images in Google searches with the keywords “huck finn river”.

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The Herb Ritts Foundation

The Herb Ritts Foundation

This week, my design and development studio, ERA404, launched the new web site for The Herb Ritts Foundation. The press release is below.

Los Angeles— features the largest collection of the late photographer’s work online, while offering the opportunity to explore every aspect of his career.

Dozens of editorial examples, advertising tear sheets, book spreads, and museum installation photos mixed together demonstrate how Ritts’ work embedded itself into popular culture.

In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts also created successful advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Gap, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Levi’s, Pirelli, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Valentino among others.

The site features an interactive timeline of Herb Ritts’ life. For the first time, visitors are able to see examples of Ritts’ directing work including award-winning music videos and commercials. Further insight is offered into the Foundation’s history and mission: to advance the art of photography and support HIV/AIDS causes in a manner that reflects the spirit and values exemplified by Herb Ritts during his lifetime.

Designed and developed by ERA404 Creative Group, the site allows visitors to conduct advanced searches through Ritts’ vast archives and follow the Foundations social media presence.

Herb Ritts’ iconic images have been exhibited in museums worldwide, including hugely popular exhibitions at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.


Tattly Uncharted Collection Set

Tattly Uncharted Collection Set - Original Photo

Tattly made me (quasi) internet famous.

Tattly Founder/CEO and friend, Tina Roth-Eisenberg, reached out to me over the summer and asked me a strange question. She wanted to know if I played any of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted games and knew of the game’s main character, Nate Drake. You look a bit like him, she said.

With the help of Nic-Annette Miller‘s Art Direction and Ace Boothby‘s photography, you’ll recognize a familiar jawline on the collection packaging.

Get yourself a set from the Tattly shop.

Project Comet

Project Comet

Adobe’s Project Comet, coming in 2016, promises to let us design and prototype websites and mobile apps with the same tool.

More than just allowing for interactive prototypes—which we’ve done with Invision—it also provides functionality to let us update the design (seamlessly with Photoshop and Illustrator) without losing any changes to the prototype, and touts lightning-fast performance with intuitive layout tools.

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If you thought the only thing scary about paper was the occasional paper cut, think again. Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami brings the screams with 20 spooky kirigami (cut-and-fold) designs. Each project comes with a precise template and clear instructions with plenty of photos of the entire process and all the ghoulish-greatness of the finished project, so you’ll know you’re on the right track. From Gallows Hill to Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s castle, every Horrorgami project has been meticulously designed by noted paper artist Marc Hagan-Guirey, who has exhibited his horror-themed paper sculptures all over the world.

While Horrorgami‘s extremely thorough instructions make these projects great for beginners and seasoned paper veterans alike, there is quite a bit of cutting required and it may not be the best solo project for children.

(via Colossal)

Citarella Gothic Regular

I’m happy to announce that Citarella Gothic Regular is available for download at Thanks to everyone for the kind words and encouragement since I released Citarella Gothic Ultralight back in January. Your support (and purchases) has really been a tremendous help in pushing this project forward. Thank you!