How To Frame Your Art

The topic of framing our art came up on our Facebook page recently:

"All of our prints are made to fit standard frames. 11x17, 18x24, 12x36 are all standard sizes you can get at your local mom and pop frame store or the bigger chains. Michael's has a large variety and great coupons and weekly sales. We make it easy for you."

This is definitely a built in benefit, making it easy to frame your new ilostmydog art. You can see how some of our prints have been framed—very simply:


To give your print a little something extra, you can add a mat to your framed print. Our friends over at 20x200 put together a video on this very topic—enhancing your art with a ready-made frame and a custom mat. Some of the guidelines are:

  • Simple frames are better (especially if you're on a budget)
  • A black frame is a great choice (and hides wear and tear easily)
  • Buy a frame bigger than a piece (e.g. for a 8x10 print, go for a 14x17 frame)
  • Shop around for frames.
  • Inspect for damage first.
  • Get a custom mat (throw out the one that comes with the frame).

Check out the video for more tips, especially when it comes to the custom mat.


November 11, 2013 by james mcdonald

Some Great Changes Going On

As you can see, we've made some noticeable changes here on the site. We've got a great new look on the front page and are pretty psyched about this sweet image collage going on. It's easy to find things with the drop down menus at the top. And I'll be updating the site with even more work, so stay tuned for that.

We've also ramped up our social media presence. Most significantly, we now have a Facebook page, which we encourage you to follow. Our already established Twitter and Instagram feeds are a bit busier and going strong. Follow us there, too, and we encourage you to share our content with your friends!

Finally, we're working on a monthly (or so) newsletter, which should be pretty cool. You can sign up for it on ilostmydog.com, and we look forward to you joining the community!

If you have any questions, or have an idea to share, or if you want to hire me, just shoot me an email at james [at] ilostmydog [dot] com.

November 08, 2013 by james mcdonald
Tags: news

My Brooklyn Map in Ray Kelly's Hands

Imagine how excited and happy I was to see my rainbow color Brooklyn Type Map being given to NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly!

Brooklyn City Councilmember Vincent Gentile gave the map—"a poster that colorfully delineated the neighborhoods of Brooklyn"—to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. It was during a Bay Ridge luncheon honoring the Police Commissioner, held at Third Avenue’s Greenhouse Café, and "was an opportunity for community representatives to thank Kelly for his leadership, and for Kelly to update the group on the NYPD’s evolving crime-fighting techniques."

I think it looks pretty great! Hope you like it, Commissioner Kelly. 

Here's the article, if you're curious. And get the map here.

Photo credit: Home Reporter

November 04, 2013 by james mcdonald

Brooklyn Type Map Poster on Amy Schumer show

My poster spotted in the apartment on a hilarious skit on Comedy Centrals Amy Schumer show. I almost fell of my couch when i saw this. It's is the type of stuff that makes me proud to be a designer.

October 27, 2013 by james mcdonald


Obviously I am dumbfounded by the devastation around our area. A lot of friends, families and our customers got affected by Sandy. We got spared from some of the major effects the storm brought so I am working on some new art and some fundraising options to help support. My hands and hearts go out to all those affected.

Here's a few quick desktops and icons for your computer or FB page.











Im in the house this Friday at the Garden for the home opener. I am very optimistic about the NBA this year. The new new flop rule is going to help keep the pace up and the cheating down. Also the Nets are invading my Borough and that should add a new rivalry that lights a fire under my Knicks.

I made a new color version for each of the teams and included the locations of there stadiums. Either one will make a great edition to the Basketball fans home or office. Can check them out here:


October 29, 2012 by james mcdonald

Raul wins it for the Yankees

 One of the perks of being a season ticket holder (ok ok quarter season only....) of the Yankees is getting tickets to the playoffs. The stage was set last night for some late heroics and Raul Ibanez came up big. We had some great seats down the right field line for all the action and of course stayed until the last pitch. Evidence can even be seen in my electric blue windbreaker for a quick second when they show his game tying and game winning blasts. An electric night in the BX. Here's a few picks and will upload some video when i get a chance. Also be on the lookout for a few Yankees pieces I have been busy working on.


October 11, 2012 by james mcdonald

SITE NYC Pop-Up shop tonight



Was pleased to see New York magazine used my Queens rainbow map when talking about some upcoming art shows and events over the next few days. If your out in Queens tonight stop by there store at 35-11 34th ave. in LIC/Astoria for some free wine/beer/ and 20% off everything in the store.

September 13, 2012 by james mcdonald

TOP 10 websites for designers


Here's a cool link that i came across today on over at How Magazine. Some good sites and resources for all you designers out there. In other news, i am just about finished with my first official Font. Beta version of STAKS .5 in a True Type version available for free once i wrap up a few bugs.

September 05, 2012 by james mcdonald

Fall Show List

Mark your calenders for some great events coming up. 

Long Beach: August 25-26th on the boardwalk

Argyle Lake Arts & Craft Fair, Babylon NY: Sunday, Sept 9th

West Islip Country Fair: September 23rd

Bay Ridge 3rd Ave festival: Sunday September 30th

Irish Fest Long Beach: October 6th

Oyster Fest 2012: October 13th and 14th inside the tents

St. Anthony's Mothers Guild Holiday Fair: November 3rd St. Anthony's High School, Hicksville NY