No it’s not a movie sequel, an epipen, or a cable sports channel.
As I found out from working on this assignment from Strategic Finance magazine, EPM2 stands for Enterprise Performance Management. The “2” part is because a new generation of the software has been developed to better help MSCO’s (manufacturing and supply chain organizations) plan and manage their businesses.
Mary Zisk, the art director, always does a great job of helping me wade through the alphabet soup of corporate accounting that fills the prose of the magazine she directs. She boiled it down to thinking of EPM2 as helping companies that make and sell their own stuff. She suggested some kind of factory setting.
Northwestern University commissioned me to illustrate several essays in their alumni magazine. What was especially fun on this assignment was their openness to taking an entirely different approach on each image.
This was a lighter essay about a lifetime love of running.
So an illustrator is supposed to develop their style or “brand” (as they call it these days) and stick to it. Unfortunately that can sort of stunt one’s creativity. And I can only cut little people out of paper for so long before going a little loopy. So it was fun to take this assignment in a new direction.
I’ve developed a body of work based on drawing with Krink K-60 graffiti markers. John Paxson over at Washington State Magazine was open to taking this new bolder, simpler visual approach on an assignment to illustrate sleep research being conducted at WSU’s sleep research lab in Spokane. They are researching how sleep (and sleep deprivation) affect job performance. Particularly jobs directly relating to public safety. John and I were both especially compelled by the examples in the story about airline tragedies and sleep deprived pilots.
Not everyone was comfortable with this new approach but John lobbied hard to get it into print. Thanks John for pushing for it.
The ACS is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year and they asked me to create a giant birthday cake for the cover of their magazine. It ties in with their slogan “Creating more birthdays”. They also animated it for their online version.