Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I'm trying to make a lettering promo to send out. Do you think this is cool? Y or N? Good enough for a promo? I'm going to work on colors. Do you think I could print wrapping paper if I did a couple more designs?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


i designed this (foolishly) in RGB and now i'm trying to recreate the look in CMKY. any ideas? any tricks? everything i try to do seems to muddy it up like crazy…

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

please make a decision for me

Hello friends. I need some advice. Here is the situation:

I am just finishing a freelance job designing those kind of Christmas cards that go online and people put their own picture in them. I didn't love this job because they pay a fixed amount per card and I wasn't expecting to do millions of changes on something they weren't paying me very much for. Lesson learned. Or is it?

The next thing I am thinking of working on is a collaboration with a friend of mine who has a letterpress. She says she will pay me $75/card design, which is like half the amount of the above job that I hated. The difference with this one is I'm pretty sure I have full creative control, I am getting props on the back of the cards, and I think she is taking them to the Stationary show in NYC, which is cool. She says the usage would be a standard-seat license up to 499,999 impressions for cards. Is this a good idea or am I just giving away my work? Would it be a better idea to design my own cards and then pay a letterpress to print them and sell them myself? I just don't want to get into something I'm going to hate again. What would you do?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

a website for me?

Hello friends!

I am constantly trying to design a website for myself, but this time it is really going to happen. My only real goals for it are to represent my personality and my work really well. I am pretty happy with what I have so far but thought I should ask yous opinion (people really pluralize you like that in New Zealand).

So when the website comes up it will just have my name and the links to the left. When you click on a link, the appropriate thing will come up. Then, for example, on the portfolio page you click on a number to see different items. I don't want it to scroll so I'm just setting stuff up to fit on the front page. I will attach a couple of screen shots. What do you think?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

coolages (cool collages)

I am working on a little home decoratey project, which may or may not be welcomed on this blog. It's design related I promise!

I want to frame some of my bfa pieces for my living room. I did 24 collages, but some of them are total crap so I want to get some sweet square frames and pick my favorites. I can't decide whether to do a series of six or nine. The the frames are like 20"x20". So they are pretty big. That is why I'm hesitant about doing nine. That would take up a big chunk of wall, but I'm not opposed to it because I think they lend themselves nicely to the whole square motif. But I can't choose which ones to elimate? What say ye? Which ones should I frame and should I do a series of 6 or 9?! 

 Or just six????
Or maybe just four? Vote! Help!

Friday, September 3, 2010

insideSales posters

Some of you may know that I used to work for a company in Utah called inside|sales. You can see some of the collateral and branding I did for them a couple years ago on my site.
Anyways, they got in touch with me about a month or so ago to do some posters for them. The concept behind them is tying their achievements in their sphere of influence to great world leaders/innovators of the past. Lets get past the moral issues of making a claim like that—another conversation entirely. These are basically in-house propaganda posters to try to sell the "vision" to the employees. So, such bold (or blasphemous) claims kinda slide a little under that kind of setting and use. And, really, without getting too much into their story, lets just say that the stretch may not be as ridiculous as it seems right off the bat.
ANYWAYS. here are some of the illustrations (in order of completed-ness). Click on them to see some details since they're probably going to be pretty small here.

Any thoughts on these? The artistic concept behind them is kind of a fusion of Russian Constructivism and Web 2.0/2010 tech-style. And here's the precedent:
So, I feel pretty good about the illustrations. But I'm struggling on the accompanying typography.
I feel like the type should be pretty contemporary, almost verging on "trendy" and I've been looking to a lot of NIKE ads and design for inspiration. I have 7 different directions that are really rough at this point, but I'd love to get some feedback on them.
And a couple implemented into the design…

Any thoughts, critiques, suggestions you can offer would be great. really appreciate them from the other project…

Friday, August 27, 2010

Heaven and Health

I'm making this logo for a friend who is opening a massage therapy business. She really likes it but thought the lines should be thicker (see second image). She sent it to some "friends" who said it is hard to read. I told her I would try to make it more legible but I can't tell what about it is hard to read. Everyone I have shown it to around here can read it. Any opinions?