Have you seen the funny and “clever illustrations of bad decisions”? In the same vein, Evan Robertson, a New York–based graphic designer and writer, created a line of striking illustrations based on quotes from famous authors. He described his inspiration for the series in a Huffington Post interview, deftly breaking it down for the internet generation:
The best thing about paperbacks—apart from the smell, of course—is that when a little jewel of a sentence grabs you, you can underline it. If you’ve only ever read a book on a screen, then let me explain: underlining something in your book is the original “interactive” media. Think of it as a hyperlink that redirects to your own thoughts, and like a hyperlink, it can leave the rest of the story behind and open up a new window of ideas, insights, musings.
That’s the spirit of this series of illustrations. I took little snippets of text and ideas from some of my favorite authors…and let the words be a springboard for an illustration. The illustrations incorporate and interact with the text and hopefully add up to something that engages the mind as much as the eye.
He and his wife, Nichole, run a multidisciplinary studio called Obvious State (formerly Little Brown Pen). You can find the prints for sale on their Etsy page, where they describe the exact origin and literary context of each selection.