By Bill Keaggy
Hi. It’s been a few years. Actually, it’s been since November 2014—before the collapse of American democracy! Wow! I hope you are doing as well as can be expected.
Since it’s been so long I’m going to highlight a few big categories of projects rather than featuring every one. This is some serious catch-up, link overload, time-wasting you’re about to experience (or ignore or unsubscribe from). Either way, enjoy!
EXHIBIT A: MORE (BAD) BOOK IDEAS
I should make clear that these are not books that are available (aside from 50 SAD CHAIRS). They’re just concepts and mockups. I have no book deal or publisher or anything. I’m just feeling out the idea of making 50 books, each featuring 50 themed things. It would be fun and challenging. These two are the most promising so far—they’re actually quite well along in concept and content, and are not just the set of photos you see on the site. Someone find me a publisher!
> 50 FOUND STATES
| A collection of found U.S. state shapes. This came together (mostly) during a series of very cold walks in February 2015, the year I tried to post a themed Instagram photo every day, with a new theme every month (I failed in the literal sense but achieved an equally satisfying version of success via the sheer ambition involved).
> 50 DEAD WORMS | Dead worms? You must be asking, “Why?” Because they were there. Because I noticed them. Because everyone—even a lowly worm—has a story. And these worms are shaped like letters, numbers, and puncuation—no, really. They are!
EXHIBIT B: PRIMITIVE WOODWORKING
My wood projects won’t win any awards for craftsmanship, but they’re fun to make—especially after spending so much time making digital things.
> Table Scraps | You see, it’s a table made entirely from scrap wood (except the legs). So it’s called Table Scraps.
> Meditation bench #1 | A small waterfall bench made from walnut, ladder rungs, shims, and dowels.
> Artificial Limb bench #1 | This one also uses old ladder rungs, but one of the legs is a tree branch.
> Artificial Limb bench #2 | Same here. There are other Artificial Limb pieces (a chair and a table) in progress.
EXHIBIT C: TREMENDOUSNESS PROJECTS
Happily, my design company Tremendousness is cranking along thanks to my amazing partners and our great team. Here’s some of our non-client work.
> The Gateway Arch
| We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Arch by designing a huge poster filled with interesting history and factoids. You can buy your own copy here.
> The Science of Gratitude | One of my favorite projects! And it’s at +27k views. Two minutes well spent.
> What is Gaslighting? | ...and is Trump gaslighting America? The answer, of course, is yes—but if you want to get a better understanding of exactly how this abusive psychological manipulation tactic works, check out our video and infographic.
> Total Eclipse of the Heartland | We made an infographic to help people understand last August’s solar eclipse.
> Let's get visual. | A quick look at visual thinking.
> Paper Airplanes! | I drew a fun and informative mural on a wall at our St. Louis office.
EXHIBIT D: FAMOUS FICTIONAL PROJECTS
It’s always fun to have a project where a theme is defined for you and you get to interpret it however you’d like. Here are my last three pieces for the annual Famous Fictional exhibit.
> The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog & The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch
| The 2015 theme for Famous Fictional was “Friends & Foes!” I went with some good ol’ Monty Python.
> Veruca Salt vs Sgt. Pepper | Made with vintage salt and pepper shakers and a primitive old chess board, this piece follows the 2016 Famous Fictional exhibit theme of “Versus!” It’s an ambigram.
> Indomitable Spirit | My 2017 piece under the theme “Goes to 11!” (fictional musicians and bands). I know making a “Mr. Show” themed bench is kind of random and abstract, but it’s what popped into my head.
EXHIBIT G: MORE
Listen, there are plenty of other new and old projects up at keaggy.com. Maybe not as many as you’d think after several years, but still plenty. And they’re still all over the place, half stupid/half clever. I’ll just leave it at that for now.
Be well, everyone... and thanks.