This book started out as my collection of unusual, offbeat resumes. But the concept proved to be too limiting. I collect stuff! What about my collections of folk art, chopstick rests, yo yo’s, books, catalogs, magazines, umbrellas, kitchen timers, photographs, 9/11 publications, measuring devices, Ken’s file, musical spoons, Chinese take-out delivery cardboard graphics and material on interior design, the graphic design business, graphology and atheism, among other things.
I store my stuff on shelves—in lateral files, transfer files, flat files and various other storage devices, but it’s still stuff. Sprinkled throughout this book are a number of firsts: my first paycheck(s), book design, resume design assignment, birth announcement, patent application, moving notice, annual report, book authorship, Vol.1- No.1 magazine collection, and even a letter to me from the CIA.
Is this book really a mini-memoir that is told through a peek at some of my most unusual stuff? I wonder. But as a biography it is woefully incomplete. And I've made no attempt to keep the sequence chronological.
I've always been a student and appreciator of quirky, eccentric and irrational human behavior, and I hope
this book will give you a hint of my observations and obsessions. Above all, I hope you really enjoy yourself while looking over my shoulder at part of my life.
Milton Simpson, a graphic designer and collector of American folk art, was a partner for many years in the award-winning design firm of Johnson & Simpson Graphic Designers. Simpson has designed numerous illustrated books for publishers, museums and corporations. He is the author of "Windmill Weights" (recognized for excellence by the American Institute of Graphic Arts) and "Folk Erotica: Celebrating Centuries of Erotic Americana" (Harper Collins). Born and raised in New York City, he still lives and works there.
So, what's with this family? Published August 04, 2011
From Fort Dix To Korea: A Photobook 1951-1953 Milt Simpson Published February 11, 2011
A Trip to Texas Published June 24, 2010
Windmill Weights Published December 21, 2009