Tag Archives: illustration

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But It’s Mine!: An Illustrator’s Brief Guide to Selling Out   December 12, 2019

“No illustrator has a ‘style’ until they literally can’t do anything else,” is something a professor once told myself and my fellow BFA-seeking illustration cohort. While I have gone back-and-forth with whether I agree with this statement, one thing is clear between the lines: one’s style is sacred. As a young illustrator in my early twenties, I fell deeply into Continue Reading

Andy Zetek  

The Art of Japanese Design Techniques   June 25, 2019

If there’s one thing western design has benefitted from, it’s Japan. Design has always been a cross pollination of ideas, and the influence of Japanese design, art and architecture on creative forms in Europe and the Americas has been powerful. For a better grasp on this influence, I’ve centered on the techniques specific to Japanese design that make it effective, Continue Reading

Todd Pierce  

Wine & Design: The Art of Labels   June 9, 2015

I want to start of by stating that I am not a wine drinker, nor could I tell you the difference between a Cabernet and a Pinot. (I just know they are both red wines.) However, I often find myself buying wine for either a party, a gift or just because I was asked to pick up a bottle on Continue Reading


Will Letter for Lunch   October 16, 2014

Lunch is a good thing. And so is lettering. Put them together and you’ve got a brilliant concept! Well, that’s what we learned from graphic designer Lauren Hom, who is giving the world an artful lesson in bartering. A recent Grub Street article, written by Sierra Tishgart, details Hom’s inspiring method of payment—and it’s filled with delicious design. Read on for the full Grub Street article. Continue Reading

Melissa Muñoz  

All That Glitters   October 7, 2014

Taking a moment to honor the memory of my grandmother, whose stories we will share—and wear—forever.

Paul Zdon  

Taking a Closer Look at Typography   August 12, 2014

Being a design student and working designer at the same time means constantly keeping my ears and eyes open for knowledge and inspiration. I’m particularly interested in custom lettering and type design, so it’s no surprise that when TypeCon rolled around this year I jumped at the opportunity to head to Washington, D.C. for a five-day retreat. Wait a minute—what Continue Reading

Becka Bates  

6 Questions for: I.M. Lerner   July 8, 2014

We are beyond thrilled to congratulate our client, partner and friend, I.M. Lerner, on the publication of the second book in her Under the Staircase children’s book series, The Hidden Entrance. We are again honored to have helped her bring this vision to life through illustration, design and layout.  I interviewed I.M. as part of our 6 Questions feature: a series of interviews to Continue Reading


Just a Taste…of Adventure   May 15, 2014

A mystery is brewing here at the BatesMeron office. Yes, sketches are being sketched, characters are coming to life, and a kid-friendly adventure is unfolding. We can’t tell you where this adventure will lead, but we can say that it involves fun, thrilling and page-turning action! Shhhh…here’s a sneak peek of what’s going on behind the scenes.


Unconventional Content   March 27, 2014

We like to keep the library here at BMSD chock-full of inspirational goodies. So, when we stumbled upon an unusual graphic novel, Building Stories, last weekend at a local bookstore, we just HAD to add it to our collection. Building Stories, created by American cartoonist Chris Ware, comes as a box set with several different pieces: 14 bound books, fold outs, Continue Reading


Economic Adventures & Celebrity Sightings   January 23, 2014

We’ve been holding back our excitement and giddiness in anticipation of this post. But the time has finally come: the books have arrived…and we’re basically famous. Well, not really. But lately we’ve felt like celebrities around the office because our work has been published in a wonderful children’s book! Yes, the hard work, creative touch and love of BatesMeron can Continue Reading