Do you ever find yourself taking on too much? That’s been me the last couple of months with weddings, birthdays, baby showers, work trips, etc. Then I recently agreed to collaborating with a good friend on a PBR can design. For a minute there I thought I was going to burst, but once I sat down and got to it, I absolutely loved doing this project. It felt great to step out of the world of advertising for a bit, pull out a pencil and paper (or wacom tablet), and it felt even better to work with my best friend. I think this is turning out to be one badass looking can design.
Let me be clear; it's not every day that I hate my job, but today is rough. I have no motivation, it's the middle of winter, and I constantly work my ass off on things that never get produced. I mean literally work my ass off, like skip meals, loose sleep, etc. Which got me thinking about some of the people I work with. The people who will sit facing a blank wall for 14hrs and walk away with a killer campaign. How do you do it? Is it drugs? Is it so much caffeine that your thoughts are no longer your own, but actual a bean from Columbia talking through you? *I don't drink coffee, if you can't tell.* Anyways, I need a pep talk, and a vacation. Below is a logo who died too soon, just to keep in-line with the topic.
I don't think anything goes by faster than summer in Maine. The humid nights, with 4 fans pointed at my face, have now passed on to waking up shivering to one window open at 3am. But then again, it's not just the weather changing, it's me. Growing from content to discontent, I've changed a lot in this past month. Continuously searching to challenge myself and conquer new adventures. Here's to fall 2017!
Ah the weather has been toa-sty! I would do anything to get out of this AC filled office and into the mountains, but here I am with pants and blanket on my toes. So to keep that bikini-state-of-mind feeling fresh I made a quick logo for a dive bar where the ladies only wear bikinis.
It's been over a year since I finished my thesis and life has been crazy. I am now working as an Art Director at a local ad agency, and because I can't share my work for clients I've left this blog pretty bare... But recently I have decided to do small freelance projects to keep myself feeling fresh, and of course put some extra cash to those student loans..
Below is my most recent design for a non-profit gardening center called Hippie Hallows.
Here's the final install! Will be opening First Friday, May 6th!!!
I know that I have 15ft of wall space to work with for the installation, so why not fill every square inch of it with work. Including one HUGE poster. Here's the first test print.
I am happy to say that the zines are officially done and photographed as of just last night. The only thing left to do with them is print a shit ton!
Mixing the old with the new. Text is from an essay about love in mythology and the western world. While the image is taken just a few months ago. I likey..
Finally... It's a great feeling to see things coming together. It is starting to sink in that I need to stop collecting content and begin designing this project as a whole. The end is quickly approaching.
I've always had a certain style of photography and then a certain style of design. The trick is merging them, but for now I'm still producing.
As of right now, 6:36pm on February 24th, I have created nine different versions of this zine. The lessons of trying and failing and learning from your mistakes seem to be ringing in my ear. Luckily I have come to a place where I am satisfied with the design. I have lost countless hours and sleep over this situation. WE ARE AT PEAK STRESS RIGHT NOW...
Anyways, here's a picture of a few of the original zines. I'll save the final for later.
I set up one box and 30 cards for people to fill out in the cafe on Thursday afternoon. Two days later I've received 7 responses. MECA is the best! I really figured I would only have two or three responses. Plus, they are all great!
Ever wondered how dating was in the 1960s? Well I had to write a paper about the history of my thesis topic in my synthesis class and I stumbled upon this video in my research. The video obviously targets women. The part that gets me is when they say, "The waiter should never ask a female a direct question, but if she does here's what you should say:" Seriously..
I have begun the process of designing the booklets/books that these stories will go into. This started by taking out my almost forgotten color-aid and setting up some color palettes that I think represent modern dating/love/romance/whatever I am naming this now. Then a cut up some newsprint, because I love the informal feeling you get when you read something on newsprint. These are really personal stories that I want people to really get into and read, so newsprint seems like a good idea.
Anyways I'm starting with a slab serif with two columns of type. Sort of like a newspaper, but more modern type and typography.
12 drawings, about 12 days. My tack board is pretty much full with these babies. Quite the range of emotions and connotations that can be connected with them. Which means it's a success.
On to the next project.