James OBrien
January 2011
NYTimes illo in today's Home section

Above is an illo, from today’s NYTimes Home section. Below is the sketch. The story is about universal remote controls, how they don’t necessarily work that well. I arranged the letter buttons to suggest the shape of the remote, and to allow some of the letter buttons to overlap the thumb and finger to imply that it wasn’t working. The floating letters suggest a flimsy, rickety construction, as if pushing a button causes it to move and move around the other buttons.

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