Section Logo

Jon Adams is an illustrator, designer and writer. He’s produced work for MTV, Bloomsbury, McSweeney’s, Chronicle Books, Wired, Electronic Arts, ... more

INSIGHTS

How did you get started in illustration? Like most, I started drawing as a kid, and fortunately I never stopped. My father is an illustrator, so I felt very encouraged. He would archive and date my earliest scribbles and write a description on the back, like “face” or “apple,” on things that looked like hairballs. My first real work came when I was seventeen and I started drawing for a local comic company. A year and a half later, they closed up shop, and I moved on to eventually write and draw my own comics and get my feet wet in commercial illustration.

What personal experiences or circumstances have most influenced your work or style? I think of myself primarily as a storyteller, whether it’s through ... more

RECENT INSIGHTS

Noise 13 founder Dava Guthmiller shares how to start a design firm—and stay inspired with food.

Justin Bolognino talks about the future of experiential design.

Design Details COLUMNS
by Jude Stewart

Jude Stewart on negotiating and exploiting color's surprisingly divergent meanings across cultures.

Advertising COLUMNS
by Ernie Schenck

When a client takes your work hostage, Ernie Schenck says to call in the FBI.

Creativity COLUMNS
by Elise Craig

Is the open office a design fail? Elise Craig seeks out the most creative spaces for work.

Design Culture COLUMNS
by Wendy Richmond

Wendy Richmond gets lost in the multifaceted meanings of maps.

Typography COLUMNS
by Allan Haley

Allan Haley finds font makers and designers looking to the past for the next big game-changer.