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!
It's almost the end of summer and that can only mean the AIGA Always Summer Poster Show is here. I've been busy slaving away on this years poster and if you attend the show you can see it firsthand. If not, I'll be posting pics once the show is over. For now you can check out a little interview I did with AIGA Jacksonville about the poster I designed last year, check it out here.
I just received some photos of the food truck I designed for the awesome dudes of Grilled Cheese Bandits and I think it turned out pretty rad. While working on the logo I was also thinking of food truck designs to keep everything moving. After some initial talks and sending design comps we went with the cheese drips flowing down the sides and a view from the back as if you were looking into the truck and seeing the bandits with their loot, bags of grilled cheese sandwiches. I really wanted the colors to pop so you could see this thing from miles away and the orange and black tie into into the colors of a little baseball team in S.F you may have heard of. In all this was an awesome project to work on, I got to work with great clients who let me flex my illustrative muscle and do what I do. If your in the San Francisco Bay area feeling hungry, check out Grilled Cheese Bandits. Man, I could really go for a grilled cheese sandwich right now.
Above are a few T-Shirt designs I created for a client who wanted classic Rock n Roll song lyrics translated into T-Shirt graphics and I received the honor of getting the classic Bruce Springsteen song, "Born In The USA". This was a really cool project to work on because I'm a fan of The Boss and I had to translate his lyrics in a not to cheesy Americana graphic. I mean whats not to like about getting a project like this.
I'M GOING TO HOW! OK, I got a little excited there but I'm actually really excited to be going to HOW Design Live this year in Boston. I've never been to a large design conference and I'm really looking forward to seeing some great speakers, meet fellow designers and just immersing myself in everything design for a weekend. As an added bonus I'll be seeing a Redsox game.
It turns out that the talented Colin Adkins was so impressed by my last show flyer I made for him that he requested another one, and I was happy to oblige. This time around he played with Robin Rutenberg and Friends, and Tobacco Pat. It was a great show at Underbelly here in Jacksonville. I might do a step by step on this poster once I get back from the HOW design conference. I'll also be designing a poster for Robin Rutenberg in the near future so be on the lookout.
Having been in the design game for a few years now I've learned to understand the importance on networking. I'm not talking about all the people you know on LinkedIn or handing out business cards. I mean really getting to know people and being introduced to, or introducing them to others and having meaningful conversations. In Jacksonville the design community is fairly small and there is a very communal feel to it so when my good buddy Ryan King informed me on his new venture I was happy to learn he wanted me to help design a logo for his new media company Drawing Lines Media Group.
After some initial talks with the team (Drawing Lines consists of some really talented people BTW) I had some direction to go in but also a lot of freedom. I initially came up with a few designs that were extremely different from one another and we slowly whittled out way down to their main logo. They wanted the logo to stand out from the crown of busy logos so we went with an approach to make the logo appear elegant and timeless. I've always liked vintage logos that used an X as a divider and I thought it would work perfect for Drawing Lines since 1. It uses lines, and 2. It shows an intersection which represents paths crossing. By keeping the design minimal and clean I feel it gives it a classic look that will have a long shelf life.
As a bonus they wanted to use one of the other versions I came up with that is a much more modern look and uses a custom typeface I created. The secondary design below will primarily be used on their video projects.
In all, this was a great project to work on and I will most likely be working with these guys in the future since I feel we've been "drawn together."