Besides my dad who taught me so much, I’m perplexed by how few of my teachers pop in my memory. I could chalk this up to daydreaming in class which was almost a diagnosed condition for me (my 3rd grade teacher had my parents in to tell them “Gary is…

Reflecting on those times in the past couple of years I’ve been lucky enough to do things that help people with difficult challenges.

Illustrating how a rapid diagnostic tool can prevent the spread of a contagion in hospitals. Particularly important since the storyboard can convey to non-english speakers all over the world, how the technology works.

Biotia, https://www.biotia.io/

Thinking through how a CSI-like, DNA intelligence tool can aid in the identification of people in laboratories or in the field.

An illustration for Finn Brunton’s upcoming book on the history and state of cryptocurrency

As chronicler of Cornell Tech’s Digital Life Initiative, I shed light on AI with a focus on ethics, policy, politics, and quality of life. The subject is ripe for visual interpretation: from exploring “catness” in AI Bias, to examining the question of ostrich-like complicity amongst Facebook’s growth hackers, to looking…

Drawings on the wall near my desk in the Bloomberg Center on Roosevelt Island

The Runway Startup Postdoc Program teaches postdocs how to be both scientists and entrepreneurs. Offered within the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, it is part business school, part research institution, and part startup incubator. Along with the robust financial and strategic benefits of the program, Strategic Design offers these startups critical ground…

Bill Buxton, the great Microsoft UX designer wrote me a nice note out of the blue one day. Needless to say, I was blown away:

Dear Gary,

I just stumbled across your blog and had to drop you a note. I love your drawings from almost every perspective — imagination…

A mermaid mosaic by Cathy

A psychiatrist friend recently said, “There is no win in being just like anyone else in your family.”

Instead of carving out a spot between the 3D-ness of my wife’s costume and mosaic work, and the 2D-ness of my illustration and cartooning, our kids leapfrogged the visual arts, and landed…

It’s common to hit points in our careers, when we have to choose between two or more compelling job options. With creative people who are always “in the process of becoming,” this challenge may be even more pronounced, the potential outcomes more malleable. At times like these, our ability to…

The “Amazing Generalist,” WordsEye scene by zamchick

Joshua Walton, until recently of Microsoft Hololens, used the G-word to describe me in a LinkedIn post. He went on to say, “…Gary can do a drawing, act out an interaction, diagram a complex system, and vividly present experience design all in a days work.”

At first glance, I thought…

The Thinker, a WordsEye scene by boneybird

A lot has been written about the state of flow — those moments when an individual is so engaged in a task that the world disappears. Less is known about what enables teams or organizations to experience this same kind of productive, immersive experience. …

zamchick

WordsEye Co-founder. Illustrator of the best-selling "French for Cats" books. Strategic Designer. Contact me at zamchick@gmail.com

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