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Writing

/ 13 July 2020

Major League Baseball, COVID-19, and the Temple Cup

We're about to get Major League Baseball back. Right? Sure, it'll be without the players who opt out of the season. And without the players who test … read more
/ 7 July 2020

Soccer Out of Context: The Complete Illustrated Project

I still get asked about it all the time. Seven or so years ago, I published the Soccer Out of Context project. I was just coming into an obsession with … read more
/ 29 November 2019

Identity Sketches for the Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire updated their identity this week. As the news hit and reactions poured in, I kept some distance. I used to weigh in on this stuff all … read more
/ 4 October 2019

Binary Star Posters

I make posters as a design exercise. A way to keep myself thinking in a few different directions at once. Any excuse to make a poster will do. A soccer … read more
/ 22 April 2019

Designing an Earth Flag

I have a neighbor who puts out flags for almost any occasion you can think of. Holidays. Sporting events. National celebrations. (You should have seen his … read more
/ 31 July 2018

Putting a Bow on the Ribbon Project

32 designs. 32 shirts. 40* posters. Designing for the 2018 World Cup was a blast. Well, that was fun. If you're just catching up, here's the deal: I designed … read more
/ 5 June 2018

Designing for the 2018 World Cup: Group H

Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan We made it! Group H rounds out our field of 32. We’ll recap the project later, but for now, if you haven’t already, … read more
/ 3 June 2018

Designing for the 2018 World Cup: Group G

Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England The penultimate group! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction to the Ribbon concept, which drives this … read more
/ 2 June 2018

Designing for the 2018 World Cup: Group F

Germany, Mexico, Sweden and Korea Republic We’re in the home stretch now. If you haven’t already, check out our introduction to the Ribbon concept, which … read more
/ 30 May 2018

Designing for the 2018 World Cup: Group E

Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia We‘ve reached the back half of the World Cup field. The end is in sight! If you haven’t already, check out our … read more
/ 24 May 2018

Designing for the 2018 World Cup: Group D

Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria With Group D, we’re halfway there. If you haven’t already, check out our introduction to the Ribbon concept, … read more
/ 18 May 2018

Designing for the 2018 World Cup: Group C

France, Australia, Peru and Denmark Let’s keep it going! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction to the Ribbon concept, which drives this … read more
/ 15 May 2018

Designing for the 2018 World Cup: Group B

Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Iran Now we’re rolling. Time to introduce our Group B designs. If you haven’t already, check out our introduciton to the … read more
/ 11 May 2018

Designing for the 2018 World Cup: Group A

Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay We’ve been over the rules, and the Ribbon. Now, let’s dive into some World Cup-inspired designs. We’ll start … read more
/ 8 May 2018

Designing for the 2018 World Cup: The Rules

My favorite thing about the World Cup? It encourages bold, pattern-breaking behavior. Skip work and hit the pub at 2 in the afternoon. High five, maybe … read more
/ 15 March 2017

If Clean Sheet Co. designed caps for the World Baseball Classic

I like to find the places where established systems and traditions smash into one another. For instance: what happens if you mix the visual cultures of soccer … read more
/ 1 December 2016

Clean Sheet Co. Takes the Next Step

My favorite Clean Sheet Co. moments have involved hanging out in parking lots. There’s usually a table with our shirts and scarves scattered across the top. … read more
/ 19 February 2016

The Third Star

At Clean Sheet Co, we’ve been wanting to celebrate the U.S. Women’s National Team for a while now. There are many national teams under the American soccer … read more
/ 7 October 2015

The People’s Crest is Yours

I’ve been in stadiums blanketed with English flags, each with a different slogan. I’ve felt thousands of Jamaicans and Trinidadians and Ghanians move and … read more
/ 5 October 2015

Apple Can Help Fix Distracted Driving

I’m a stubborn guy. But over the past few years, two occurrences have completely changed my routine set of behaviors. I got a smartphone. I … read more
/ 21 August 2015

Identity Sketches for U.S. Soccer

The general thrust of the new idea was “something dynamic breaking out of an inner circle.” I wasn’t sure what, yet. I made a lot of sketches that looked … read more
/ 5 June 2015

Come and Take It

A quick story about a cannon, a Cup, and a rivalry. In 1835, Texas wasn’t yet America. It wasn’t even really Texas — yet.  It was Mexico, and had been … read more
/ 27 February 2015

The States, Vol. 2: Michigan, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Kansas, Idaho

Clean Sheet Co.’s The States project is off and running, and the response has been fantastic. Thanks for ordering shirts, giving feedback, and asking - … read more
/ 17 December 2014

A Few Songs to Beat Christmas Music Fatigue

Sunrise, the morning after Halloween. Jack o’ Lanterns on front porches across the country awake to a distinct sound rolling over the hills: ….I just want … read more
/ 20 November 2014

The States, Vol. 1: California, Vermont, Louisiana, South Dakota, Maryland

Two years ago, I took a crack at giving major league baseball teams their own soccer jerseys. I had a blast – so much so that last year, I started Clean … read more