New Yorker Halloween Cover


I like this illustration for it's understated color and ironic message.

2010 calendar from Amy Soczka



Beautiful and simple vector natural art on this calendar featured at Design*Sponge.

Type Around a Sphere and Other Type on a Path Tips

I don't know how long it has existed but I only discovered the Type on a Path dialog box recently. That's the Adobe suite for you - there are always a couple different ways to create the same effect and the easiest, most efficient way is sometimes hard to find. At least I know about it now. These tips work in both Illustrator & InDesign.

Arcing Text around a Circle


I used to create this effect with two circles of different sizes and visually and manually align them so they looked even. This way is much easier:


  1. Open a new document and draw circle (hold down Shift while drawing to keep it proportional).

  2. Select the Type on a Path tool and click on the circle. Type in your text and center it. With the hollow point arrow tool, move the text center line to the outside top of the circle.

  3. With the text still highlighted, double-click on the Type on a Path tool in the toolbar to bring up the Type on a Path dialog box. Select Effect: Rainbow, Align to Path: Center and click OK.

  4. Copy the text, Paste in Front and move the text to a new layer. Move this text's center point tot the bottom center.



Wrapping Text Around a Sphere


  1. Open a new document and place your world graphic or other round object. Draw a long oval as shown.

  2. Select the Type on a Path tool and click on the oval. Type in your text and center it. With the hollow point arrow tool, move the text center line to the inside bottom of the oval.

  3. With the text still highlighted, double-click on the Type on a Path tool in the toolbar to bring up the Type on a Path dialog box. Select Effect: Skew, Align to Path: Center and click OK.