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It’s Christmas in Leiden…

  Ok, not quite. It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I've managed to find some inspiration in my new home and finish my Christmas card early this year. As usual, it's inspired by the great Art Deco racing posters of Geo Ham (and others) and this year features a 1933 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix racing along the canals of old Leiden.

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A pie in the oven.

[caption id="attachment_375" align="alignnone" width="605"] Sunbeam 1000 H.P. Land Speed Record Car[/caption] Sunbeam 1000 hp Land Speed Record car You know how cooking shows always seem to have a perfect version of the final cooked dish waiting in the oven? Artists need them sometimes too. This is my “pie in the oven” for an Autodesk Sketchbook Pro demonstration that I’m giving tomorrow at the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam. Even though I’ll be doing...

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Welcome to my new site and new life.

[caption id="attachment_372" align="alignnone" width="628"] The Old Rhine in Leiden[/caption] After moving to the Netherlands in January, I've decided it's time to go back to work for real. I'll be updating my website with my most recent work, but also throwing in some pics and tidbits about my new life in Leiden. Enjoy.

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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)

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Jumping out of my ‘skine

Ok, so all the cool kids are posting their sketchbook pages these days, so I thought I would too. I've been trying to sketch more regularly to get out of my keyboard and mouse mentality, and although the results have been mixed, I thought I'd start to post them when they go well. Here's the first of several I've done recently and that are awaiting posting. Done in Moleskine 5...

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Things get ugly at Car magazine

Car magazine has long been one of my most cherished and revered sources of car news, photographic inspiration and cutting-edge design. Published in the UK, I have been spending my hard-earned cash on the import-priced glossy loveliness for almost 20 years now. Not anymore. Car has gone and done the unthinkable—they've dumbed down the design to blend in, rather than stand out, from the crowd. Just a few years removed...

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I’m not bitter. Really.

[caption id="attachment_284" align="alignnone" width="580" caption="Karim Habib"][/caption] 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...

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The Truth About Logos

A commendable car blog called The Truth About Cars has asked its readership to submit logo designs for the site. Typically, I would consider this an affront to designers (and maybe it is), but I have a lot of respect for them and what they stand for (completely unbiased and brutally honest auto reviews and news), so, despite my better judgment, I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring...

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You can go blogging again.

I'm going to start this blog up again and see if anyone notices. Doubt it, but then again, yelling into the void helps you release stress just as well as yelling at your wife, without the consequences. I'll be adding current projects, twits, insights and anything else that comes to mind in shorter, more concise posts.

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Sketchbook Pro 2010 announced

[caption id="attachment_51" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="©2009 Andrew Meehan"][/caption] 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...

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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...

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The democratization of car buying?

I've always said that you can tell a lot about a person by the car they drive. Whether you like it or not, even the blandest car makes a statement about who you are and how you live. Very rarely would you be surprised by a slick salesman in a Honda Civic or a hippy in a BMW M3. But these days, gas prices seem to have changed that, forcing...

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