One of my favorite AIGA events is the Always Summer Poster Show + Mixtape. The concept behind the show is to design a poster based on a song and during the show they play all of the songs while you look at all the great submissions. Seriously, it's a great event. This year I chose the song Creature, by Tijuana Panthers. My good friend Faruk introduced me to the song so I only saw it fitting that I turn him into a creature of the night. To top it off I added the currently popular Stephen King font as I like to call it. Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I hope this poster does the song justice.
I've posted a lot of my new work on society6. They carry my designs in a range of products from fine art prints to duvet covers so if you've ever been interested in buying some of my work head over to society6 here.
Another year, another One Spark. Sometimes I can't even wrap my head around what the small team of One Spark accomplishes every year, and I'm humbled and grateful to be part of such a hard working team.
In general, One Spark is a 5 day festival that connects ideas to resources. Imagine a live Kickstarter. Creators pitch their ideas to attendees in hopes of raising capital from individual contributions and awards in a festival atmosphere.
As the Art Director, I’m responsible for basically everything visual involving One Spark with an exception to the bulk of the website and app. Creating signage, stage banners, ads, collateral, headers, merchandise, the event guide, etc… It can be a daunting task, but the payoff is always worth it.
I could go on an on about each individual piece but I think the video below captures the energy of One Spark in more ways then I could.
Poor Blog, I'm sorry for not keeping you updated. So much has been happening and I've been ignoring you when I should be focusing on you to help spread the word of all the greatness happing.
Well now that I've cleared the air, my solo art show Graphically Speaking was a huge hit. I sold out opening night. It was a wonderful, humbling experience and has made me determined to focus on more personal/art based projects this year.
The show took place at Brew and was up the entire month of March. Thanks to all who attended and supported.
Frikin lasers! Well, thats who just made this awesome laser engraving of my Nerd Skull illustration for me. Now that I'm staring at this awesome piece of engraved wood my mind is overloaded with ideas of illustrations I want engraved and various products I could create as well as cool color combinations.
If you're interested in a quote contact Shay at firstname.lastname@example.org
I started working as One Spark's Marketing Brand Manager in July of 2013 and I've designed nearly all of our collateral, merchandise, signage, ads as well as many assets for the website and social media outlets. It hasn't been like any other design position I've held and the results have been amazing. For a designer, it's just a great feeling seeing all of you hard work turned into the tangible, as people look through the event guide you designed, or wearing a shirt you designed.
As you're reading this I'm already working on designs for One Spark 2015.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WR16erLaww My long time friend and super talented MC, Benefit was just featured on a track produced by Mr. Green and featuring Matisyahu. Benefit and I go way back, we went to high school together and he lived a block away from me. He was always making beats and I was always drawing. We've collaborated a few times threw the years and he's rockin a T-Shirt I designed for Burro Bags. He also throws out "Eyes Wide Awake" towards the end. Alright, enough talking, press pay already!
LPS' 30th Annual Information recently celebrated a milestone, 30 years of presenting their annual Client Conference themed Decades of Distinction. My concept was chosen and I was tasked with designing and branding the entire conference to engage clients and promote the companies products and solutions.
This was a very large and intensive project that required a broad scope of branding that covered everything from an onsite guide, pocket guide, entry way signage, kiosks, pods, promo items and multimedia as well.
Well I've finally gotten around to posting all of the awesomness that is the Underdark! Intuition Ale released their limited edition Underdark bottles recently, and I had the wonderful privilege to design it. In addition to the bottle I designed accompanying poster, T-Shirt as well as a snifter.
The design behind the Underdark comes from Intuitions owner, Ben Davis' love for D&D. For those of you unfamiliar with a 20 sided dice, D&D is Dungions & Dragons a role playing game of epic proportions and the Underdark is an underground region within the game. Having rolled a few dice in my day Ban and I hit it off with our conversation on design ideas and what he would like to see. After a few initial sketches, the Mind Flayer look was chosen and I really wanted the bottle to stand out against other beers on a shelf so I incorporated the lime green. As the Underdark is aged in burbon, the lime wax is a nod to this and the lime color acts as a highlight throughout the designs.
In addition to art duties I also got to flex my creative writing chops and wrote the description of the Underdark.
This was an amazing project to work on and the beer tastes awesome as well.
To say I've been lacking with updates would be an understatement. I've been trying to figure out how to present my work in a new way by updating the site. With that said it will be a slow process but I have a few new projects that I'll be posting soon and I'm really excited to share them. Stay tuned.
So This morning I found out that my beloved team, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a new logo. Not to pass up an opportunity to put my creative twist on the new logo I have created the Jacksonville Grumpy Cats logo. I used the new Jacksonville Jaguars logo as the basis and incorporated everyone's favorite feline meme, Grumpy Cat.
Also, please bear with me, I created this on my lunch break so it's not perfect but I wanted to design it while my inspiration was running high. I'll try to come up some more comps options when I get a chance. For now, please enjoy and share with anyone you think would find this entertaining.
The Underdark is almost here. Intuition Ale will be releasing their limited edition Underdark bottles this weekend. I had the wonderfull opportunity to design the bottles as well as accompaniying posters, T-Shirts, and snifter which will be available at the release this Saturday from 1 - 9PM at Intuitions mead hall. More info here.
I've been wanting to do a year in review the past couple of years but have always decided against it due to laziness and just being too busy around this time of year. I've bucked the trend and decided to do it in a visual representation. Above are some selected images of projects I worked on this year. Some will carry over till next year but I wanted to show some of my favorite projects this year. Enjoy!
After a long hiatus I'M BOARD is back for it's fifth event! This year I'M BOARD will take place at CoRK, Saturday February, 16th from 6 - 10 p.m. For now here is the basic info and I will be adding more info once available. For now get cracking and start making some art! Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate in this open call for entries in I’M BOARD 5 - a skateboard art show
- All art must be on a skateboard deck.
- Any medium can be used but take into consideration that these will be hung so please do not make them to bulky or heavy for display.
- An artist may submit more then one piece.
- Include your name, number, email address and price on the back of your work.
- Deadline for submissions is Saturday, February 2nd.
Submissions may be dropped off at CoRK and further locations TBD.
Intuition Ale has their two year anniversary coming up and I used their preexisting style and logo to come up with a celebratory pint glass as well as a poster. I love beer, and I love working with breweries on projects and this was no exception. Intuition has a week long celebration planned in which they will be releasing a new beer every night and then all beers will be available at their two year anniversary celebration. Drink up!