ENGENIUS: Inventive, engineering minds exist across gender boundaries

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One of Boffin Academy’s  best selling designs of all time is the EnGenius I design. This simple, monotone design blends the definition of engenius with line drawings of vintage locomotives. EnGenius 1 is part of a series of EnGenius designs that you can find in the ENGINEERING section of the store.

While many people associate terms such as engineering, invention, and locomotion with males, it is interesting to note that this design doesn’t only sell to adult males. It’s a hot favorite for children’s t-shirts (and not only for the boys’ market), and is a top selection for teen and adult female shirts.


In case you are unfamiliar with the term, an engenius (a term coined by Pearl R. Lewis for this design series) is simply defined as: a clever, original, inventive thinker focused on using moving parts to covert power into motion. The word is derived from the fusion of “engineer” and “genius”, and is used to describe individuals with a strong leaning towards creativity and innovation in the context of a mechanical environment.


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aHEAD: Face to Face with Smart Phone Fashion

aHEAD: Smart phone line art fashion that is head and shoulders above the rest

aHEAD: For Those Who Stay Ahead of the Pack

If it matters to you how your device is “dressed”, aHEAD may have something to offer you. And even if you are not device fashion savvy, but you are a little curious and tend to enjoy “the unusual”, aHEAD has your name all over it.

Inspired by the Headhunter Collection

Originally inspired by the line art designs created for an upcoming book, aHEAD grew out the desire to give people a range of cell phone covers or cases that are as unique as the collection of data stored inside the device. Each person’s phone holds a reflection (perhaps a little distorted, but a reflection nonetheless) of that individual: it’s a collection of pictures of their favorite people, a library of conversations (the good, the bad, and even the ugly), it’s shopping lists, work emails, funny videos, phone numbers that are not written anywhere else, hundreds of apps once downloaded and then forgotten, and so much more.  No two phones ever look the same inside, so why should everyone cover their phone in the same dull, generic cloaking? If it’s different on the inside, make it different on the outside.

Head and Face Designs

The aHEAD designs always feature part of a face or the side of a head. While most heads are humanoid, some bear characteristic animal features, and others appear less earthly and a little more alien. The designs are predominantly monotone, giving a classic sophistication to the image. Most aHEAD designs are weighted to the right, leaving the left side of the design uncluttered.  If you would like to purchase a phone case with a mirrored or reversed aHEAD design (i.e. with the image weighted to the left), use the contact form on this website to connect with us and tell us which design(s) you want to see in mirror mode.

Designs to Fit Your Device

Most of the aHEAD designs are available in cover sizes to fit the more recent iPhone and Samsung phone models. Other cases will be added to the inventory as they become available to us. Again, if you want to see any of the designs on a case size that is not already listed in the aHEAD store, use the contact form on this website to let us know. Cases are printed on demand and dispatched by CafePress. As new designs are added to the store, we will announce them here on this blog. Use the SUBSCRIBE button alongside this post to be added to our blogging distribution list, and you will receive an email when we add a new post to this blog.


ACEO: Start Small to Collect Big Value Art

Saxman ACEO Series by Pearl R. LewisSMALL BEGINNINGS

Don’t be afraid to START SMALL. This is particularly true if you want to put a creative idea on paper. If you have limited time and resources to spend on your creative adventures, it makes sense to start a project that you can finish quickly without spending a small fortune. So what is a good way to START SMALL? ACEOs.

What is an ACEO?

ACEOs are LITTLE artworks – literally. To qualify as an ACEO, the creative work must measure exactly 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. That’s the size of a poker (not bridge) playing card. The acronym “ACEO” stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. Although typically two-dimensional artworks, ACEOs may sometimes include elements that transition the piece into a three-dimensional artwork. Textured collages and sculptures are examples of this digression from the world of flat. ACEOs can be originals of any medium, but limited edition prints are also common amongst collectors.


If you like the idea of being an art collector, but don’t have the financial resources to purchase large gallery works, ACEOs are your ticket into the business. For just a few dollars, you can start your collection today. eBay is a great place to start your search for little pieces that match your tastes.

ACEOs have the added benefit of being well suited to the creation of an artwork series. If you have a few different ideas that share a common thread, you can use each idea as a theme for a new ACEO and string the cards together as a series. An example of this is the SAXOPHONE MAN ACEO series that I recently launched as part of a bigger “musician” ACEO collection. This original series features caricatured silhouettes of sax players in different lighting conditions. The pieces in this series are multi-media works including ink, marker, paint and colored pencil.