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Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien From the Eyes of Designers

The past couple of weeks, the media has been in a frenzy. When news that Conan O’Brien was getting the boot from NBC, there suddenly was an uproar. Everyone was defending Conan, including designers. Last week, my Twitter stream was filled with “Save Coco” or “We Love Conan.” Personally, I never really watched him and I don’t really feel sorry for him (he’s making millions from this), but because of all the hoopla surrounding this debacle, I decided to look around and see what designers have done. Usually, if there’s something big in the news, you can be sure that designers have already fired up Photoshop or have taken their pens and papers and have already started designing and creating something dealing with the issue.

Today, I’d like to showcase some Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno artwork. This just shows you that if designers get passionate about something, they can get really creative about that subject. Here’s a fun post for a boring Wednesday.

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Note: Please click on the images to see them in their websites and to learn more about their artists.

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Obama Conan6



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Riddler Conan11

Conan and Dog12

Cartoon Conan

Conan Unicorn13

Conan Cutout14

Captain Conan15

Conan Barbarian

Conan Wool16



Conan O'Brien18

Conan O'Brien19

Team Coco20


Jay and Conan22

Coco Leno23

Jay Leno Conan Movie24


Keep Coco25

Jay Leno Drawing26

Jay Leno27

Jay Leno

Jay Leno28

So which one of these illustrations did you like and why? Leave your answers in the comments below. You must also follow Design Informer on Twitter29.

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  1. 1

    Great fun….
    love them…

  2. 2

    A lot of really nice work. That plush Conan doll was creepy…but I would buy it in a heartbeat.

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    No problem. You’re right, if you click through and view the artist’s other work, they do have some awesome portfolios ;)

  4. 5

    Thanks Miriam. I was entertained just looking for these images as well.

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    Yeah, his forehead is huge. :)

    I’m not sure what you missed out on, I personally have only seen him a couple of times. Maybe that’s why their canceling him?

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    Thanks Brendan!

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    Yes, they both have facial features that just pop out. Not worst than Leno’s chin though.

  8. 9

    Thanks Iwani. I didn’t want to feature a full article today as it would have gotten no exposure due to the iPad’s release. So I thought a showcase would be appropriate.

  9. 10

    Hey Amber, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Cheers! :)

  10. 11

    Nice post with a creative angle. I LOVE the illustrations. I don’t know if the title should say from the eyes of “designers” since these are more illustrations than designs. It doesn’t really matter though–nice idea. A humourous post.

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      You’re right Preston. I should have used “Illustrators” as most of these are illustrations, except a few. ;)

  11. 13

    I'm With Coco

    January 27, 2010 7:20 am

    Enormous chin jokes never get old.

  12. 15

    Hahaha! Really funny, made my day. Thanks Jad for the compilation of Conan’s big forehead and Leno’s protruding chin, great artists and awesome caricatures.

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      You’re welcome Zanzu. I like how you describe Jay’s chin as protruding. LOL!

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    don’t go COCO!

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    I had no idea that the Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien saga had such a large following worldwide. The payout to Conan was a TON of money, and he will go on to make millions more at his new show. I always liked Jay but he seems out of touch with young people. The search/supply demand numbers we follow from around the world at , seem to point to a lot of opportunity for other late night figures to move into some of the mentioned time slots. We study supply/demand curves from around the world to find new niches and hot products before anyone else. We study what people are looking for and compare it to what is out there (think “results” in Google). I am usually at work at night to comment too much more as I don’t to watch much TV at that time, plus I need more sleep anyway.
    Here is a video on what I mean..

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      Hey Curt, they definitely had a large following. By the way, Conan is definitely going to make a lot more money with his new show. I wonder where that will be? ;)

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    Conan better get a new show.

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    These are really cool! I created a one too a few days ago!

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    As an artist myself, I have to say that some of these are great. I love the Coco Unicorn zip-lining to save LaBamba from the dragon.

    And the FELTED CONAN IS AWESOME. Who did that, and would she do some more??? I want one!

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      Hi John, thanks for dropping by. It’s a joy to hear that you enjoyed the round-up of Conan illustrations and designs.

      By the way, that felted Conan is definitely one of a kind. It would be cool to have one of those. :)

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    Definitely check them out and the amazing artists. Thanks Nikhil.

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    LOL! I think I’m too young to remember David Letterman on CBS. :)

    Anyway, glad you liked it and thanks for giving me the opportunity to be on Interviews by Design. I really appreciate it. Keep up the great work!

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    Nice Jad! Thank you…

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      You’re welcome Vita. BTW, thanks again for sponsoring Design Informer. I really appreciate it.

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    You can see my new oil painting at my website. It depicts Conan and Andy on their next move…
    Ron Keas
    Also a YouTube introduction of the painting at


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