Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

Unicorn Facts

Don't be fooled by its equine appearance - the unicorn is actually most closely related to the Croatian shrieking leech.

Unicorns first came to North America as pests on ships carrying spices from the Orient.

The gestation period of the unicorn is fourteen seconds.

Even with all their magic, there is nothing unicorns can do to prolong your steady march toward the grave.

Friday, February 3, 2012

More A2Z Brain Snacks

With the calendar out of the way, I've been slowly working my way back into some of my other projects, which went neglected at the end of last year. Here are a few new signs I made for work.

I got this idea from The Elements Vault by Theodore Gray. The book is a fancy companion piece to his book, The Elements, and includes a bunch of carefully reproduced postcards, advertisements, and letters related to the history of the periodic table. Both books are gorgeous and well worth seeking out. This image is probably the most pseudo-sciencey thing I will do for the store. I had a hard time finding information about the periodic table that everyone I know didn't learn in high school. But when I read about this concept in The Elements Vault I got excited, and I hope that means other people will, too.

This is a question that just showed up in my head one day. I did some Googling, and found that there isn't really a clear answer, but that it doesn't look like other animals have dominant hands. And no one is quite sure why. One major theory is that it has to do with language, as explained  in this io9 article on handedness by Alasdair Wilkins. But it's far from conclusive. One of my favorite things about science is the way that what seems like a simple question can lead to a million more questions, and the answers are often located far beyond what we currently know. There's so much left to discover in every direction.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bygone Bureau Illustration

A few weeks ago a friend of mine, artiste extraordinaire and art director for The Bygone Bureau, asked me to do an illustration for an upcoming humor piece. Today, lo and behold, it has been posted! I might be mistaken, but I think this is the first time anything I've made has been posted on a website I didn't make.

You can see the full image and read the article by Jeremy Blachman over at The Bygone Bureau.

I'm also selling the original drawing, so email me if you're interested.