How often do you get a chance to put a big octopus in your poster design! I recently created this for the U-M EEB department. There are no design rules that I need to follow, other than making sure the course information is all there, so I have fun playing around with new design ideas. When I began this one I had been looking at some old drawings of shells stored at my office. Some are done by artists as far back as the 1930s. Techniques range from beautiful carbon dust drawings by Grace Eager to coquille board and pen and ink. I was thinking it was a shame they didn’t get seen more often so here is a small sample.