autonomous pilot

SECURITY AND THE PILOTLESS PLANE

I’ve previously written about the advent of autonomous vehicles: cars that drive themselves. With the tragic Germanwings crash this week – which was allegedly caused deliberately by the copilot – I’ve been wondering about the possible role of autonomous systems in commercial flights. If the technology exists to allow planes to fly by themselves, then…

MARKETING THE PROCESS

I’ve previously written about my approach to creating infographics. I frequently get asked to design these technical diagrams that help explain a company’s production process. An image can often be the most concise and engaging way to communicate and market what is often a complicated set of industrial procedures. The drawing might require a simple…

THE MOUSE

My five-year old computer mouse recently began to act up. I’ll admit it, I’m a little obsessed with input devices for my computer. Adjusting bezier curves on a detailed infographic with a mouse that momentarily ignores you, only to suddenly skip an inch or two can get old really fast. After blowing, tapping, shaking, and…

green infrastructure water conservation

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

I created this 3D illustration awhile back for h magazine (agency: Landesberg Design). It appeared in an article about the impact of storm water runoff in urban communities like Philadelphia. The drawing highlights various green initiatives, including permeable parking lots, bioswales, rainwater gardens, stream buffer restoration, rain barrels, and green roofs. Thanks to Kipp Madison…

virtual software draft sketch

THE DIGITAL SKETCH

Illustrators are always looking for ways to improve their workflows. Whether it’s the latest update to their favorite application, a more comfortable chair, or hiding a secret stash of art tools that the kids won’t find (done that), anything that streamlines the creative process will make for a more efficient and profitable business. One of…

Radar absorbent paint stealth aircraft 3d illustration

STEALTH

One of the nice aspects of being a technical illustrator is the constant variety of projects that I get to work on. Even if I’m rendering something relatively mundane like a radiator valve, I’m always learning new things about topics I might not have even considered. But it’s especially fun when I get to create…

gatestrainer streetwise gate box

THE GATESTRAINER

This is a recent 3D illustration created for StreetWise Utlities of their “GateStrainer” product. This is a simple device that is inserted by hand into a gate box on a street, and protects against debris build-up on top of water, sewer, or gas gate valves. The challenge with this illustration was to provide a context…