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How to leave a party: Ghost vs. Goodbye – another brilliant flowchart for modern life from artist Wendy MacNaughton and writer Caroline Paul (a powerhouse creative couple), who previously gave us Should I Check My Email? (one of the best infographics of 2013) and What Mode of Transportation Should I Use?
Pair with MacNaughton’s wonderfully thoughtful illustrated love letter to life’s meanwhile moments and some of our past collaborations.

How to leave a party: Ghost vs. Goodbye – another brilliant flowchart for modern life from artist Wendy MacNaughton and writer Caroline Paul (a powerhouse creative couple), who previously gave us Should I Check My Email? (one of the best infographics of 2013) and What Mode of Transportation Should I Use?

Pair with MacNaughton’s wonderfully thoughtful illustrated love letter to life’s meanwhile moments and some of our past collaborations.

Albert Camus’s diary meditations on happiness and love, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton.
Available as a print here, with proceeds benefiting A Room of Her Own, a foundation supporting women artists and writers.

Albert Camus’s diary meditations on happiness and love, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton.

Available as a print here, with proceeds benefiting A Room of Her Own, a foundation supporting women artists and writers.

Over on the TED Ideas site, Helen Walters look at how Wendy MacNaughton's impossibly delightful illustrations of animals enrich and enhance Jon Mooallem's scintillating TED talk about the strange story of a teddy bear and what it reveals about our relationship to animals, based on his must-read book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America.
Yes, those are a lot of superlatives. They are all warranted. 
For more of MacNaughton’s own animal-related illustrated storytelling, see her Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology and Meanwhile in San Francisco.

Over on the TED Ideas site, Helen Walters look at how Wendy MacNaughton's impossibly delightful illustrations of animals enrich and enhance Jon Mooallem's scintillating TED talk about the strange story of a teddy bear and what it reveals about our relationship to animals, based on his must-read book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America.

Yes, those are a lot of superlatives. They are all warranted. 

For more of MacNaughton’s own animal-related illustrated storytelling, see her Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology and Meanwhile in San Francisco.

For National Poetry Month, Mary Oliver on the mystery of the human psyche, the secret of great poetry, and how rhythm makes us come alive.
Excerpt illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton. 
Meanwhile
Anatomy of the San Francisco burrito by Wendy MacNaughton from her altogether fantastic Meanwhile in San Francisco.

Anatomy of the San Francisco burrito by Wendy MacNaughton from her altogether fantastic Meanwhile in San Francisco.

Thrilled to see Wendy MacNaughton's lovely illustrations in Jon Mooallem's TED 2014 talk about the fate of wild animals in our modern world. The teddy bear, pictured here, was invented in 1902 and named after President Theodore Roosevelt, under whose watch bear populations in America underwent a “spasm of extermination.”  
Mooallem’s book, Wild Ones, is a must-read and was among the best science books of 2013.
Find more of MacNaughton’s endearing and thoughtful illustrations in her first solo book, Meanwhile.

Thrilled to see Wendy MacNaughton's lovely illustrations in Jon Mooallem's TED 2014 talk about the fate of wild animals in our modern world. The teddy bear, pictured here, was invented in 1902 and named after President Theodore Roosevelt, under whose watch bear populations in America underwent a “spasm of extermination.”  

Mooallem’s book, Wild Ones, is a must-read and was among the best science books of 2013.

Find more of MacNaughton’s endearing and thoughtful illustrations in her first solo book, Meanwhile.

Wendy MacNaughton's tender, witty illustrated meditation on subcultures and shared humanity. Pictured here, The Hipster. 

Wendy MacNaughton's tender, witty illustrated meditation on subcultures and shared humanity. Pictured here, The Hipster. 

Meanwhile
The evolution of grape to raisin, illustrated by the inimitable Wendy MacNaughton, from a fantastic piece on the twelve cakes of Christmas.

The evolution of grape to raisin, illustrated by the inimitable Wendy MacNaughton, from a fantastic piece on the twelve cakes of Christmas.

Famous writers’ sleep habits vs. literary productivity, visualized – see the full graphic, a labor of love months in the making, here.

Famous writers’ sleep habits vs. literary productivity, visualized – see the full graphic, a labor of love months in the making, here.

Crazy Cat Lady illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton (♥), one of the entries in Anna Holmes’s wonderful Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things, 
Pair with MacNaughton’s fantastic Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology.

Crazy Cat Lady illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton (), one of the entries in Anna Holmes’s wonderful Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things

Pair with MacNaughton’s fantastic Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology.

The magnificent Wendy MacNaughton – illustrator of marvelous things and existential insights – is back with a heartening open letter to the internet. Einstein would nod in agreement, as would Amanda Palmer.

The magnificent Wendy MacNaughton – illustrator of marvelous things and existential insights – is back with a heartening open letter to the internet. Einstein would nod in agreement, as would Amanda Palmer.

Another ingenious diagram by Wendy MacNaughton – who has illustrated such diverse delights as the world of wine, what cats teach us about love, and the taxonomy of jaywalking  – from a New York Times article on why we make bad decisions. 

Another ingenious diagram by Wendy MacNaughton – who has illustrated such diverse delights as the world of wine, what cats teach us about love, and the taxonomy of jaywalking – from a New York Times article on why we make bad decisions

Charming illustrated guide to wine