Sometime a creative brief lands in our inbox and even if we are beyond booked and busy, the art ask is so good we just can’t say no. Thus was the circumstances when we opened up an email from Karen Williams at San Francisco Magazine early last May. From the moment we saw the art memo we knew we wanted to do the job. Thankfully they ask with plenty of time in advance so we were able to make it happen a little later in the month. Both Karen and the Art Director Clark Miller wanted something different from what they had done in the past. They wanted humor and a quirky nature, the color pallet was a fun place to play, and they were super receptive to our silly, funny, slightly slap stick concepts. With Ali Wong being on the cover, we landed on the idea of incorporating classic comedy prop items into 4 different section openers plus an overall art opener for the “Best of Scan Francisco” feature.
Thank you to our killer hand model Myan for playing in our silly world. We are over the moon about how these images turned out. I smiled all day just looking at the chicken pot pie. That is also the most baking I (Robin) have done in years.
And here are all the images in layout. Clark did an amazing job on the design! so happy to be a part of it all.
Another fun cover story for Popular Science. The weird weather issue challenged us to make fire pillars, rainstorms and blizzards. Thanks Thomas Payne and the Popular Science art department for the amazing collaboration!
Loving how the Texas Monthly cover came out! A few gallons of milk and cold pressed juice + eggs and veggies = an epic mess in our studio. Thanks, design director, Emily Kimbro for the excellent assignment!
Last year, with the reboot of X-Files, Adam and Robin watched all 10 seasons…start to finish…in a row…movies included. It took 10 months. We had both watched seasons 1-9 in college but wanted to rewatch them chronologically and together before we started season 10. We know there are dozens of amazing TV series to watch, but for us, X-Files has our heart.
Randi Klett knows our sci-fi love and and said she thought of us immediately for an IEEE Spectrum story about Cold War research into the paranormal. It’s so bazaar to read about real experiments of astral projection, mind control, telekinesis and bunny torture carried out by the Russian and America during this time.
The silver lining to all of strange experiments, however, is the technology that emerged which became the foundation for todays brain computer interfaces.
Beside the subject matter, Randi also pushed us to create photos that are not our typical style, but felt like grainy silver prints from the time when these experiments were taking place. We could not be more happy with the results.