Researchers May Have Found the Earliest Drawing

In South Africa’s Blombos Cave, researchers have discovered what is believed to be the world’s earliest drawing. The drawing—a crosshatch made on one rock using another—predates other uncovered art by a whopping 30,000 years. Researchers claim, though, that this by no means makes the Blombos Cave people artists, rather it identifies their interest in “graphical designs,” says Chantal Tribolo from Bordeaux Montaigne University. The team admits …

Adam J Kurtz’s “Pick Me Up: a Pep Talk for Now and Later”

An activity book full of sound advice and existential, gallows humor

Brooklyn-based artist and designer Adam J Kurtz is launching his second book, “Pick Me Up: a Pep Talk for Now and Later” (the follow-up to “1 Page at a Time”), and it’s very much an activity guide for grown-ups. Not only are there spaces for drawing and writing poems, the majority of the pages are full of relatable modern-day anxieties and plenty of existential, dark …

David Shrigley for Flying Tiger

Super-colorful and playful, the new collaboration between Flying Tiger Copenhagen and David Shrigley—called “Strong Messages”—includes everything for heading back to school or work. From pencils and totes, to tablet sleeves, notebooks, and iPad and iPhone cases, the products are useful for any office. Beyond desk work, the line offers up a few bonuses: a towel, shower curtain, and even bathroom scales. Our favorite, however, is …

One Man is Illustrating Every NYC Subway Station

For the past 38 years, New Jersey native Philip Ashforth Coppola has spent his evenings, weekends and vacation days underground in New York City’s subway system. There, he studies and illustrates the city’s historical subway architecture, mosaics and signage as a means of preserving old New York. So far, with just a black pen, he’s drawn out four volumes worth of subway stations and won’t …

Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process as an Act of Drawing

An exhibition at NYC's The Drawing Center focusing on methodologies, not finished products

In its own way, “Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process as an Act of Drawing” is just as much a piece of educational performance art as it is an exhibition. A group of acclaimed designers will take turns producing works at a pop-up design studio, within the Lab gallery at NYC’s SoHo-based The Drawing Center. Equal attention will be placed upon the …