Designer, Artist, Writer living in Seattle, Washington
Color Swatches for Imagine Crafts Catalog 2018
One of the key changes in 2018 edition of the catalog from the 2017 edition is the improvement of the color swatches. Each color swatch was designed to create a mood for the product line and to indicate the best qualities for the ink. Designed in Illustrator and Indesign.
Here are icons I created for the color swatches. The top left red notebook for example is the icon for the VersaMagic inks. VersaMagic is popular with Planner crafts because of its ability to stamp without bleeding through the thin pages of journals. The second icon is a mountain to represent the Delicate ink brand. Delicata is a metallic shimmer ink and the mountain represents the difference metals mined from the mountains--Gold, Silver, Ruby Red, etc.
Catalog Design 2017
Catalog design for Imagine Crafts 2017. This 52-page catalog features over 15 ink pad and art brands with a range of 12 - 80 color swatches per brand in different size containers and display options as well as art examples, tools, compatibility charts, SKU codes, etc. Full color. 8.5 x 11 inches.
My role as in-house designer was to fully design from cover to cover the concept and layout to make the catalog easy to use. Each ink brand has properties that make its use in paper crafting special. The goal was to highlight how and why the inks are different.
This catalog is designed to use as a B2B marketing tool at Creativation a large arts and crafts conference held in Phoenix, Az.
Imagine Crafts is an arts and crafts supplies distributor and maker. Imagine distributes Tsukineko (Tokyo, Japan) ink pads and markers to the Americas and makes shimmer sprays, mixed media supplies and embossing powders as well.
My role as inhouse designer is to maintain all digital assets One of the challenges of marketing is showing off the depth color swatches available. In order to meet this challenge with energy and excitement, I work with my team to plan out color features for each month of the year. This gallery features art and photography I created for our social media pages and monthly newsletters.
Imagine Crafts released Fireworks Craft Spray in a 0.5 bottle that was sold individually and in 3-packs. In Spring 2017, Imagine Crafts released a 2 oz size in all 24 colors.
My role in this design was to develop new art for a product release of the 2oz bottle. I converted art, text, colors, color swatch titles and new bar codes for 24 files.
Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray
Label Design for Imagine Crafts
24 colors of Fireworks
Civil Bikes is a bicycle advocacy program in Atlanta, Ga that focuses on healthy living, bicycle education and civil rights history tours. The logo design focused on a fun imagery incorporating the bicycle wheel and the red star to denote a sense of justice.
My role in working with Nedra was to create an initial logo design and collection of assets to help build the Civil Bikes brand. Nedra has printed flyers, stickers, t-shirts and an embroidery patch.
Hand-drawn typography for the logo. I went through dozens of type faces before I decided this logo needed hand drawn treatment!
Lecture series imagery for Civil Bikes to reuse for multiple speakers and guest invited to share at community events in Atlanta.
Pottery Northwest is Seattle's premier ceramic art studio that offers a variety of classes, events, gallery openings and is home to a competitive artist in residence program. One of the most popular events is a drop-in style Friday night wheel throwing class that was originally branded as a date night. Since it has been changed to Clay Night to encourage everyone to join. Other regular events include art calls, competitions and artist talks.
My role at Pottery Northwest was to build web, print, and social media content to communicate all of the classes and events at the studio. This gallery show some of the web banners I created during my time there.
The 50 for 50 campaign highlights significant people over the years who contributed to the studio's success.
50th Anniversary Logo
This graphic element is a temporary logo for 2016 to celebrate Pottery Northwest's 50th anniversary. It was used on the website, facebook page, and in print materials.
Wheel throwing class image
In addition, to the gallery openings I was responsible for building out the class pages on a quarter system.
Brochure Design for Pottery Northwest
Writing for Vanguard Arts & Culture
From 2014 to 2015 I was the film writer or critic for Vanguard Arts, Fashion, and Culture--a Seattle-based online arts magazine. My monthly responsibilities were to suggest films I felt had something awesome to say or to offer criticism to film which I felt left a bad taste in my popcorn loving film buff mouth.
I was able to learn a great deal about my own personal writing and how even an English degree doesn't fully prepare you for having a public audience. I learned also about how to work with film distribution companies to receive press access to films, to receive press kits, how to go about gaining access to materials, information, and etiquette on when to publish. The learning experience was tremendous.
Birdman Cinema in the Highest
According to legendary filmmaker Jean Luc Godard, quoted by Toby Mussman: “There are two kinds of cinema; there is Flaherty and there is Eisenstein. That is to say, there is documentary realism and there is theatre, but ultimately, at the highest level, they are one and the same. What I mean is that through documentary one arrives at the structure of the theatre, and through theatrical imagination and fiction one arrives at the reality of life.”
Watching Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) reminds viewers that there are still great movies being made, mixing the reality of life and the imagination of theatre, set in the world ... Read the full review
Gone Girl Divided
Take Scott Peterson and Casey Anthony, whip them together in the prose of Gillian Flynn, then strain through the mainstream grit of director David Fincher and you get—Gone Girl. The film has already stirred a storm of controversy, especially claims of the film’s misogyny. I won’t necessarily assume that you have heard the spoilers behind the outrage, but perhaps you have at least heard that some people are mad—and with good reason.
In some ways, this response is a fine reflection of one of the film’s key themes: hysteria and mob mentalities conjured by sensational media. Flynn’s original novel did not receive the same sort of outrage perhaps because the quiet subtlety of a novel allows people more time to reflect and fully examine the characters. The audience for long-fiction might also be more inclined toward critical analysis than your average moviegoer, looking for a two-hour thrill. The movie is much more fast-paced, and David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) is not known for ....Read the full review
Scarlett Johansson is having a big year, appearing in several big budget features (Her, Under the Skin). Luc Besson is consistently a commercial success with a range of films, from gritty violent fare (The Taken and Transporter series), to simmering and suspenseful action (The Professional, Nikita) to his space opera spectacle The Fifth Element. Lucy, starring ScarJo, is definitely of the first category. It is already cleaning up at the box office, but the film itself is a bit of a mess, thanks in part to a flawed central premise.
We in Seattle are frequently made conscious of the abundance and grandeur of the ocean. We can go whale watching in the San Juan Islands, witness salmon runs in Ballard Locks and fishmongers throwing the day’s catch in Pike Place Market, identify with the iconic ferry system and often get held up by sailboats at the Fremont drawbridge. Our connection to the ocean is one of the main reasons people flock to Seattle, why we have the most boats per capita of any US city.
In Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is tasked to find and kill Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) who has gone AWOL by defining himself as a demigod to a small village deep in the Vietnamese jungle. Kurtz insults the military in a dialog with Willard, “Are you an assassin?” Willard replies, “I am a soldier” to which Kurtz rejoins, “You are neither. You are an errand boy. Sent by grocery trucks to collect a bill.”
Coppola painted an infamously vivid picture of war as a personal hell, the full force of “the [existential] horror,” all of which reflected the sentiment that many held about the Vietnam War—that it was a human and national disaster. The message Coppola is sending is clear, and whether you agree with it or not, at least the filmmaker is honest.
Hand-drawn Chalkboard designs for the Tipsy Cow Burger Bar in Redmond, Wa. Most of the pieces you see in this collection are large 36 x 48 inches boards and hang in the seating area of Tipsy Cow. If you are in the Redmond area then I highly recommend dining here. Such good food and a great selection of beers!
Large 36 x 48 inch chalkboard for the Tipsy Cow Burger Bar that explains a seating policy.
I Gotta Fever
Cow Bell theme chalkboard based on the Famous SNL skit with Christopher Walken.
The Tipsy Cow Burger Bar
Dave the owner is great guy who hired me to hand draw over 10 very large chalkboards (36 x 48 inches). The tipsy cow is a beer and burger place with two locations --Redmond WA and Woodinville, WA. Fantastic burgers! Tipsy Cow Website
Tipping Point Chalkboard
Hello from the Udder Side, I must have MOOed 1,000 times. Happy to do this board for Tipsy Cow's second location in Woodinville, Wa.
Stumptown Artist Series
Stumptown Artist Series was an inhouse art call to any Stumptown employee. The intention in this project was to show off all the awesome artist who work for the company. features 5 artists work on a bag of coffee.
Hair Bender Coffee Tag
Meowzy Art Show
Meowzy is a cat theme art exhibit at the 3 Square Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Super fun way to ring in the new year with an art submission. These pieces are mixed media on 12 x 12 wood canvas.
Some of the pieces shown are from participating in Inktober 2017.