Introduction 1I’m a graphic designer. I develop branding. I make websites. I make magazines, and brochures, ads, and all sorts of things. I’ve been doing this professionally since 1992.I’ve worked for Governor Ed Rendell, notably doing all design work for both 2003 and 2007 Gubernatorial Inaugurations including logos, commemorative programs, brochures, tickets, banners, credentials, and way more. I also worked with the Honorable Edward G. Rendell when he was Mayor, including all Host City Events for the Presidents’ Summit For America’s Future and was also recommended to the White House Advance Team to produce stage design and backdrops for events featuring President Clinton and Vice President Gore.I’ve also worked on brands including Florida Tourism, SmithKline Beecham, University of Pennsylvania, Napa, Damon’s Grill, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Albright College, and many more: big and small.And I'm an educator… I teach at Moore College of Art & Design where I teach website and UI design, digital painting, and intro to Creative Suite classes.
Introduction 2I’m also an illustrator. My work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Wall Street Journal, Outdoor Life, and the Utne Reader among others.But you know what else I am? A Storyteller. When I design a logo or a layout for an article… I'm telling a story about a company or an institution and an idea. When I draw a picture I'm also telling a story. I'm trying to communicate a concept.I've worked since I was a kid to hone skillsets that would allow me to tell a story. I design. I draw. I write. I make comics. I tell stories.
The ContractThis is a self-generated project.First you make the deal.Query Letter to an AgentOr send it directly to the Publisher, slush pile.An agent can shop the same idea, but it will go a lot farther as Editors trust Agent’s judgments.
The ManuscriptI needed to have at least 35,000 words. Typical page has 300 to 350 words on it. Book needed to be at least 160 – 176 pages long. Had to carefully plan out the number of graphics and illustrations to insure balance.
The PagesVery and challenging process.
Birthdate: January 17, 1706 (originally Jan 6, 1706 until the calendar system changed to the Gregorian calendar in 1752)Died: April 17, 1790Arrived in PHL: 1723 (aged 17 years, hadrunawayto NYC fromBoston)
Public CitizenJunto (1727)Library Company of Philadelphia (1731)UnionFireCompany (1736)American PhilosophicalSociety (1743)Associatorsfor City & Liberties of Philadelphia (1747)University of Pennsylvania (1749)Pennsylvania Hospital (1751)PhiladelphiaContributionshipfortheInsurance of HousesfromLossByFire (1752)Founder and FramerAlbany Plan of Union (1754)Declaration of Independence (1776)Treaties of Amity and Commerce (1778)Treaty of Paris (1783)Constitution (1787)Inventions by Ben Franklin:Swim fins (1717)Pennsylvania Fireplace (1744)Battery (between 1745-1751)Lightning Rod (1750)Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America (1751)Glass Armonica (1762)Charted the Gulf Stream (1769-1770)Bifocals (1784)Long Arm (1786)
Publications and Periodicals published by Ben Franklin:The New England Courier (1721-1723)The Nature & Necessity of Paper Currency (1729)The Pennsylvania Gazette (1729-1800) Poor Richard’s Almanack (1733-1758) The General Magazine (1741) Plain Truth (1747) Proposals Relating to Education (1749) Experiments & Observations of Electricity (1751) First American Political Cartoon (1754) The Way to Wealth (1758) The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791)
Graphic Designer?Typesetting, incorporation of fonts and graphicsThe Nature & Necessity of Paper Currency (1729), Junto (1727)Cato Major— considered to be the finest example of the printing art in colonial America (1744)The Pennsylvania Gazette (1729-1800)Poor Richard’s Almanack(1733-1758)
Cartoonist!First American Political Cartoon (1754)
Ben Franklin is famous for a lot of pithy quotes that are still commonly repeated today. Interestingly enough, these quotes were mostly intended as space fillers on pages within “Poor Richard’s Almanack” where there were blank spaces.
This is also a famous quote from Benjamin Franklin… in fact he just tweeted this one this morning.
Deborah Read Rogers Franklin d. 1774 age 66 (Franklin was overseas for 10 years when Debbie succumbed to a stroke)William Franklin (1731-1813)Francis Folger Franklin (1732-1736)Sarah Franklin Bache (1743-1808)
“If you would not be forgotten,
as soon as you’re dead and rotten,
either write things worth reading,
or do things worth the writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
BEN FRANKLIN FOR BEGINNERS
Written and illustrated by Tim E. Ogline.
Published by For Beginners, 1 October 2013.
Distributed by Random House.
Ben and Beginnings
Born: January 17, 1706
Parents: Josiah & Abiah Franklin
Fifteenth of Seventeen Children
Hometown: Boston, MA
Arrival in Philadelphia: 1723
Who was Benjamin Franklin?
The New England Courier
The Nature & Necessity of Paper Currency
The Pennsylvania Gazette
Poor Richard’s Almanack
The General Magazine
Proposals Relating to Education
Experiments & Observations of Electricity
First American Political Cartoon
The Way to Wealth
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Once a Printer,
Always a Printer
The body of
B. Franklin, Printer
(Like the Cover of an Old Book
Its Contents torn Out
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding)
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost;
For it will (as he Believ'd) Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected
By the Author
The Quotable Ben Franklin
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.”
“Genius without education
is like silver in the mine.”
“God helps them that helps themselves.”
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
“Applause waits on success.”
“Early to bed and early to rise
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain,
except death and taxes.”
The Quotable Ben Franklin
“Never trust quotes on the Internet.”
The Franklin Family
Wife: Deborah Read Rogers Franklin
Son: William Franklin
Son: Francis Folger Franklin
Daughter: Sarah Franklin Bache