Alison Garwood Jones

Skillshare vs. Netflix

Originally published in April 2016 in Blog

My favorite kind of homework. Hardest letters: S, Y. #brushpenlettering #brushguide (h/t to our teacher, Miami-based art director, Andrea Campos) It’s no contest. Given the choice between, say, Scarface and a tutorial on brush pen lettering (above) or a primer on watercolour techniques, I’m going with the loaded brush. I think Skillshare is one of the biggest gifts […]

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Going Green

Originally published in December 2015 in Blog

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Typeset truths

Originally published in October 2015 in Blog

For my friends at Lean In Canada.

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Performance Art

Originally published in July 2015 in Blog, Chalkboard Art, Doodling, Graphic Recording, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Visual Notetaking, Visual Storytelling

I’ve been doing chalkboard art on the windows at The Merchant Tavern for two weeks now, armed with my ruler, Sharpie paint markers, Q-tips and a bottle of nail polish remover. One hundred thousand commuters flood Toronto’s Financial District on weekdays, and during the morning rush hour about ten thousand of them walk past the spot where […]

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Switching gears

Originally published in July 2015 in Blog

I like drawing because it uses a different patch of my brain than writing and makes me tackle math and spatial questions. For me, drawing is an act of joy — not some predatory career move — although I joked with friends on Facebook this week that monetizing the hell out of ALL my skills […]

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We Know What Jane Would Do

Originally published in June 2015 in Blog

 #GardinerEast: “It’s an awful handicap.” ~ Jane Jacobs

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Printemps

Originally published in May 2015 in Blog

Orange tulips smell like oranges. In a loud way. Purple tulips … you guessed it. They smell like grape! Not real grape, grape popsicles. I have no idea why this is so. But it’s marvellous.

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Kidd Stuff

Originally published in November 2014 in Blog

My favourite quotes from Chip Kidd’s most recent book, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design. He’ll get you thinking. Thanks Chip! . . . . .

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Newby

Originally published in October 2014 in Blog

For most of my career, I’ve had this feeling of just starting out. To wit: grad school took me forever (don’t ask), and no sooner had I earned my degree in art history when I hit the road in search of something beyond the four walls of a museum. Journalism felt vital and risky, so I […]

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Warp speed

Originally published in September 2014 in Blog

My favourite moments in Star Trek, the original series, weren’t the fight scenes where scrums of Beatle-booted characters threw fake punches and ricocheted off walls with a little too much actorly enthusiasm. And it wasn’t when Spock grew a beard and waxed poetic about the universe. And it certainly wasn’t when Kirk fell in love. I […]

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