Wednesday, May 7, 2008


This is an illustration for Pocket Sized magazine. The theme of this issue was "space." I think the illustration has great movement. I like the contrast between black and white, it keeps it simple but energetic. All the different pieces flow well together without being too busy. It's dark and mysterious, but exciting and alluring.

Yes, this is how i feel after sitting at the computer all night working on finishing up all my projects.

Forever Plaid

PRINT magazine this month has an article about how everything in Scotland is plastered in plaid, from food packaging, to billboards, to people. Many of the images shown in the article are of traditional tartan plaid.

I really liked this variation, it's an ad promoting Glascow, Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth games. I think the plaid on top is a fresh take on a classic Scottish image and the logo below even incorporates plaid without being terribly cliche.

Colt 45

You'll have to click on this image to view it larger, and even then it's still kind of difficult to see all the details.

It is a brown paper bag with graffiti-like illustration to for none other than Colt 45. The brand is seeking new ways to promote it's image and appeal to a younger, hipper crowd. I think using a brown paper bag is genius! A reminder to designers to always explore different mediums but never forget something so simple and clever.

New Typeface

This is BLACK SLABBLATH, a new typeface from Stefan Kjartansson releases this past February. The article says
"it began as an experiment to push the maximum amount of black into white space, yet still carve each character judiciously from its initial block." -PRINT magazine, June 2008

i particularly enjoy the bold geometry and i think it's playful, almost like blocks or legos the way the letterforms fit together.


This layout isn't anything particularly special, but there is an element that I really enjoy: the paragraph breaks. You may have to click on the image and view it larger to see what i'm talking about.

Rather than using a traditional return, the paragraphs are separated by a double backslash. The backslashes are red to provide high contrast to the thick, black ink of the text. I think it stands out nicely and is a creative way to represent paragraph breaks.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

student work

speaking of student's the winning piece for print's annual student cover competition. looks great! i seem to remember seeing loopy, swirly patterns like that a lot of places over the past year.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


This is a typographic illustration by an artist named Travis Sterns. His goal with this project was to "develop new characters that express the way we talk and would make it easier for others to understand our stories.

The other important thing he says is "you have to be aggressive with your designs." I think that's great advice for any designer...don't be afraid of your own creativity.

body box

since we've been working on box designs in class this particular piece caught my eye. it's actually packaging for an invitation for a "heart art" event.

i think the image on the right is the top bottom front and back unfolded...pretty cool idea for an invite.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Od d

This is from How magazines' most recent design annual. It's in invitation for something called ODD SPACES. I really enjoy how the designer used a simple but eloquent space in his typography to illustrate the title of the show. I'll never cease to be amazed at how the simplest solutions are the most sophisticated and astounding.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


This piece was inspiration for one of my Pretzel Letter Package designs. I think it's the cover of a child's book to learn the alphabet. I like how the letters overlap, it's very energetic...perfect for kids. I will play around more with color and vary the opacity of my letters, as well as fine tune the typography.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Juxtapose Showstoppper

This is an image from JUXTAPOSE magazine. The image is entitled "Expressive Deviant Phonology" by Lucy McLauchlan. It was inspired by musical sounds and artists drawings. The musical inspiration comes through very clearly, her lines have a wonderful movement about them, almost as if they are sounds or melodies. The repetition of the faces moves your eye throughout the piece seemlessly over and over again. I really enjoy this one!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Point of View?

This is a photograph from Madrid's PhotoEspana show 2006. The series captures and abstracts natural landscapes. Clearly, this image stands out because it is upside down. I supposed it's not a difficult concept, to turn the camera upside down, or the print for exhibit purposes for that matter, but I find this particularly intriguing anyway. As you gaze at the image, you first wonder if maybe it's a reflection into a lake, but then you see the road, but just a glimpse of it. The tree takes up most of the canvas so there isn't much else information to go on, there almost isn't a clear perspective for the viewer, it's disorienting.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


this is a poster for the musical BKLYN. i think it's pretty amazing in how much it says without actually "saying" very much. the designers used a few key elements that convey a lot of information. placement of the poster on a chain link fence in the background gives it an urban feel, rips in the poster suggest decay or destruction, bold, stark letter forms beg your attention, and the heart is clearly iconic of NY.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Identity system

I chose this out of the Print magazine's Regional Design Annual from this summer. It's an identity system for some company. I didn't get the gist of what kind of company it is because the type is just too small to read, but the design is very appealing to me. Not only do I really like the warm colors, I like how simple the design is. It's very charming and a true testament to the "less is more" theory.

Thursday, January 31, 2008


this is a blog some of my friends are launching as a new business endeavor. I designed their business cards and the current that I know more about layer styles I'm definitely going to play around some more with the type. I only used the default bevel and emboss in this sample, I think I'll experiment with some more layer style options!