I'm Phil Thompson. When I get obsessed with things, I make art for people who are also obsessed with those things.
When I was 7, I made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles drawings and sold them to my classmates. Years later I got into craft beer and made an illustrated map of Chicago's best beer bars. Then I got obsessed with houses and started making home portraits. And so it's continued.
I went to school for international relations, focusing on trade. After graduating, I spent ten years advising companies from Sweden on doing business in the U.S. Eventually I decided to pursue my long-time love for illustration and turn it into a more dedicated venture.
Now through Cape Horn, I go from interest to interest, and share what I make with others. You can see works in progress and failed experiments on Instagram or Facebook.
Other Perspectives: ArchDaily, Apartment Therapy, Chicago Tribune, Chicagoist, Curbed, Daily Candy, DNAinfo, Modern Luxury Interiors, Thrillist
Services on the Digital Side
I love sharing my experiences and helping companies with their digital presence.
I partner with the web development company Restful Brilliance, run by my good friend Rob. He brings a vast depth and breadth of web development knowledge, and I bring a design sense and my years of online commerce experience.
There are two areas where I provide value to clients on the digital side:
Shopify (a platform to create and manage an online storefront)
. As someone who has tried many forms of commerce online, Shopify has been the answer to my prayers and I have been shouting this from the rooftops. With RB, I build Shopify stores and have become part of the Shopify partner program. Recent clients include Tom Bachtell
, Illustrator for The New Yorker
, Life Fitness
, for four of their European markets.
Content Marketing. This is one of the best ways to improve your site's search ranking and drive traffic. It's deceptively simple: Make quality content that is shared easily and generates backlinks to your site. Because the web is visually biased, some of the best forms of content are in my wheelhouse: Infographics, maps, charts. I can help you make compelling visual content for your niche.