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Late to the Dashboard Party


…but better than never.

If you’re using a Mac, you might like the quick and simple Illustration Friday Dashboard Widget the folks over at Labs whipped up as a bit of fun for IF’ers.

The Illustration Friday widget will keep you posted on each week’s exhibition, showing the 30 most recent entries hot off the IFri presses, with links to each author’s own post of their image, and of course ways to click on to the main IFri site.

You can grab the Mac-only widget right here. (We’ll do versions for iGoogle and possibly for Vista, should demand arise.)

To install the Illustration Friday Mac Dashboard Widget:

  1. Download the zipped widget file: (252KB)
  2. Double-click the file saved on your computer (if you’re using Safari, step #2 may be done for you automatically)
  3. Double-click the “Illustration Friday” dashboard widget icon that is expanded from the zip file to install it in your dashboard.

Posted by admin on 02/04/09 under IF news update,illustrationfriday

iFri (blog) on your iPhone

As just the first hint of a number of exciting developments for a mobile Illustration Friday, we’re introducing a version of the blog today that’s formatted specially for iPhone, iPod touch, and other PDA/Smartphones. To check it out, just pop our URL into your mobile browser and let us know what you think.

The formatting of WordPress posts and pages is courtesy of a slightly-modified version of the excellent WP-PDA plugin. We’ll be making our changes available to the author and to the community as we work the bugs out. Stay tuned for more developments on this and more mobile-friendly interaction around the entire Illustration Friday site.

Posted by admin on 01/31/09 under IF news update,illustrationfriday,iPhone
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Community Powered

If you’re looking for a better way to follow the weekly topic announcements than the primitive mailing list, hop over to Twitter and follow Illoannounce, the newly-officially-endorsed-unoffical Illustration Friday twitterer.

Posted by admin on 01/30/09 under IF news update,illustrationfriday
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Happy 4th Anniversary, IF!

  Four years ago this week Penny and I flipped the switch on Illustration Friday’s very own site, and here we are today! Thank you, P, for the most fun I’ve ever had writing code. :)

Posted by admin on 12/02/08 under celebrate,IF news update,illustrationfriday

All Aflutter Over Geninne’s Birds


Geninne D. Zlatkis was born in NY, but has stretched her wings all over Latin America & the US before building her nest atop a mountain near Mexico City. There she lives with her husband and two sons while painting, sewing and embroidering adorable creations of all sorts.


What has captured my fancy has been Geninne’s birds. As a lover of all things avian, I was instantly smitten with any bird that flew from the tip of her brushes from the first entry of hers that I ran across here on i-friday. (I especially love those she gave little bird-brain sized hats!) Since then I always make it a point to swoop by Geninne’s Art Blog to see what whimsies she’s been spinning.

Geninne's Studio

Geninne sells limited edition prints of her feathered friends and more at her Etsy Shop, Go take a gander.

Love Birds by Geninne

Posted by admin on 10/17/08 under artists,illustrationfriday
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We have TWO special birthdays this week, our very own Melanie Ford Wilson and Rama Hughes!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

To celebrate, let’s share some dancing cake!!


Posted by admin on 12/19/07 under artists,celebrate,illustrationfriday

Episode 1: FOUND Magazine

Russ Roca posts a video recap of Davy and Peter Rothbart from FOUND magazine performing at Open in Long Beach.

Not only is it a great video, but – look at all that lovely art on the walls! (A nice way to sample the IF show from the comfort of your computer monitor).


From the FOUND website: “We collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, telephone bills, doodles – anything that gives a glimpse into someone
else’s life. Anything goes…”

Posted by admin on 11/20/07 under artists,contests/projects,everyday art,illustrationfriday
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The Illustration Friday Group Show at Open

The first ever Illustration Friday show was amazing. I was sure I’d be able to blog it as it happened – hanging the art, setting up the stage, the creation and presentation of 150 cupcakes, meeting the artists. I have no idea why I thought that, because I ended up being so busy with preparations that I barely sat down from Friday until midnight on Saturday. It was so much fun.

Sé and I stayed up very late getting the art placed within the gallery. Unpacking all the artwork (25 boxes!!) was like an early Christmas – we ooh’ed and ahh’ed over prints and held things up across the room yelling “What do you think? Is it crooked?”. Every single artist participated, and I am just incredibly awed and proud of everyone – we gave you a tight deadline and you all met it with room to spare, and gave us a wealth of beautiful, professional work to display.

I’ve put up a few photos at Flickr, and I’ll confess that I was having such a good time talking to the artists that I only took pictures as the night was winding to a close. But the show is hanging at Open (map) until January 20th, so you have plenty of time to see it for yourself!!

Front Gallery

Open II

Posted by admin on 11/06/07 under artists,IF news update,illustrationfriday

The Illustration Friday Show at Open

Illustration Friday and Open are excited to showcase twenty-five community-chosen artists at the first ever Illustration Friday gallery show!

The show begins November 3rd and runs through January 20th.

Open is located at 2226 E. 4th St. in Long Beach, CA (map).

The IF community created 678 total entries, and if you haven’t taken a look at “open“, then you are missing some of the best work of Illustration Friday yet!

Chickengirl Design
Cory Godbey
Digital Scott
doni conner
Doreen Mulryan Marts
Irina Tozzola
Jacob Souva
maja veselinovic
Marci Senders
mike r baker
Rebecca Hahn
Sparky Firepants
stephane Lauzon
Steve Morrison
Sweet Pea
Yara Kono

Congratulations, you guys! And many thanks to all the artists who make Illustration Friday such an inspiration week in and week out. See you at the show!

Posted by admin on 10/19/07 under artists,contests/projects,IF news update,illustrationfriday

A is for…

In honor of this week’s topic, I thought I’d post some of my favourite abecedaria, or alphabet collections. Some consider the abecedarium to be a poetic form – others an illustrative form. Personally, I think it is a delightful opportunity for type and illustration to tango.


1. Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies is the definitive alphabet book, in my mind.

2. Here’s a collection of Sesame Street alphabet animations, handily outlined.

3. Lastly, when I was researching abecedaria and ABC books, our own IF Blogger Steve Mack showed up in my searches numerous times with his gorgeous ABC: An Illustrated Alphabet Compendium – and he’s made it available online in Flash format!


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Posted by admin on 09/04/07 under artists,books,illustrationfriday
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