The view from a pelican’s mouth is an amazing thing. Especially atop a giraffe.

 

Illustration by Quentin Blake from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

Once you see it, you may never forget it. It might rest in the back of your mind for weeks, months, years, gathering dust. But someday, something might remind you that it was there all along.

And when you remember, you might realize that you never want to forget it again.

Exactly two years and two months ago, I was leaving an academic career in the sciences. I was leaving because I had remembered — not the view out of a pelican’s mouth, specifically, but same feeling. I had remembered the feeling of magic when graphics and writing combine to speak more powerfully than each can alone.

It’s a feeling of infinite possibility.

It can throw you a curve.

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

It knows no boundaries.

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

And since then, I have focused my work at the intersection of design and writing. I felt then what I know now: when design meets writing, magic ensues.

This blog is a commitment to remembering the view from a pelican’s mouth. Seeing the stories that surround us. And sharing commentary on what happens when design meets writing.

Follow the words of the Pelly, leading you down to that great golden space of possibility. And hop in.

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All images from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl.