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A failed car designer tries to make sense of a flat design world.

More sketching…

Ok, these aren’t really coming in order, but I thought I’d post my favorite recent sketch next.

This is a morning sketch of my office after a night on the sofa. Still just getting back into the groove of sketching with a rollerball in a sketchbook. It’s been so long.

Sketch is done with a Pilot Precise rollerball in a hand•book 5.5 inch square sketchbook (from Dick Blick)


I’m not bitter. Really.

Just jealous.

One of my former classmates at Art Center, Karim Habib, just jumped ship from BMW to Mercedes to “oversee” their Advanced Studio in Stuttgart. Karim’s a great guy (or was anyway, might be a d-bag after years with Chris Bangle), but it hurts me every time I see someone I was in class with (and better than?) have such success in the car design world. I screwed up bigga time and this punctuates it.

Link to the story on Autoblog

Oh well.

Karim Habib is headed to Mercedes

Sketchbook Pro 2010 announced

©2009 Andrew Meehan

©2009 Andrew Meehan

I’ve been a beta-testing Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro for years now (since version 2), so I’m really excited to see the new version (2010) is getting released soon. Sketchbook is a lightweight, fast, digital sketching software that I use every day in my workflow. If you’ve never tried it, you owe it to yourself to download the free trial here.

There’s also a great article outlining some of the new features coming out in the 2010 release on Autodesk’s AREA. The ellipse and rulers have changed my life.

This is really a great product that not a lot of artists and designers know about, and that’s a shame. So check it out. It’s cheap, it’s great, and you’ll never go back to sketching in Photoshop.

Does anyone know if Adobe fixe…

Does anyone know if Adobe fixed the “outline stroke” tool in Ai CS4? That alone woul dbe worth the upgrade. Grrr.

Nobody’s reading this anyway…

…so I might as well say what I’m really thinking, right? I’m changing this blog from a design critique to a more generalized rant about what bugs me – in design and the world in general.

So, first things first. I’m sick of things being done faster, cheaper and “good enough”. I got into this business because it seemed like one of the few places where people still strived for perfection, and now I spend my days trying to crank out design like a sweatshop worker. I’m hoping to end that soon.

My goal is to endorse the “slow work” movement (which evidently exists:, in the spirit of the slow food movement. The idea being that my work, like cooking, is best left to simmer to achieve its best result. Can I design a logo or a set of icons in an afternoon? Yes. Should I? No, and shame on you for asking. Yes, it will be cheap, but it will also look that way. If you can’t tell the difference, then you shouldn’t be making the design decisions.

That said, I need to make a living, so I’m going to be going out of my way to find clients who appreciate things done right, clients with attention to detail, clients who care. If you’re one of them, and you’re looking for someone to create a brandmark, icon or illustration for your next project, drop me an email or a comment and I’d be happy to discuss what you’re looking for – maybe over a coffee or lunch?