Two years ago I started drawing bar graphs as a release from the creative frustration and boredom I was experiencing at work.
A year and a half ago, I started the Coolness Graphed blog on Tumblr. I didn’t know how the graphs would be received, but Tumblr seemed like a good place to share them.
Less than three months later, Jason Oberholtzer of I Love Charts wrote a piece about Coolness Graphed on Forbes.com. I knew then that I was on to something, mostly because the people I see reading Forbes look really important and probably know five different ways to tie a tie.
A piece on the Pleated Jeans blog, an article on MSN.com and plenty of tweets spread the word to a larger audience, making my handwriting so well-known that I’ll never be able to write a ransom note anonymously.
Less than a year ago I got an email that I could tell was very important because it contained the phrase “you had us at ‘sporklift.’”
Today, I’m excited and proud to announce that Coolness Graphed is now a book from the awesome folks at Knock Knock.
The book, designed by Mia Natsume, has 50 of the most popular graphs from the Tumblr and looks super cool.
Read more about the Coolness Graphed book and preorder online now at KnockKnockStuff.com or soon at Amazon.com. And look for the book soon at Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters and other places you might expect to find books with elementary sketches of bar charts.
Thanks to all of you who have liked, reblogged, and shared my graphs over the years (including the 9,800 Tumblr followers). Obviously I wouldn’t be making this announcement without you.
More to come,