Catholic League Champions
Bella Casa Interiors
J.P. Graziano Italian Market
The Hop Review
Shamrock Food Concepts
Katie Boyce Co.
Best Face Products
Inst. of Int'l. Agriculture, MSU
The Kammer Group
MU Study Abroad - Cagli, Italy
Becky Johns Photography
MSU Advertising Association
Motorkast Cycle Co.
Plum Event Consultants
UNICEF Tap Project
The Ebert Group
Tutors for Lansing
The Polaris Society
Catholic League Champions is a media and promotions agency founded by two brothers in Detroit, Michigan. The agency name and styling is a satirical nod to their schooling's past, and an effort to garner intrigue. For their company seal, we worked to combine witty copy alongside the two illustrated birds of prey, to represent the brothers. Add a trophy and some Latin: Champs.
Recently named "Chicago's Best New Brewery," DryHop Brewers has had little problem making their beer known to the public. In an effort to also give attention to their impressive whiskey offering, they started a rotating gallery exhibit at the brewery, "Whiskey & Art." I was asked to create 4 whiskey themed prints to show in the space. I focused on the idea of the 'regionality' and 'cataloging' of whiskeys. These 4 posters were created as part of a whole series, and screen printed at Chicago's legendary Screwball Press.
I teamed up with Kristyna Archer to help create a memorable and quirky print promotional piece – that both showcased my hand lettering and her amazing photography. The images Kristyna shot and curated fell into one of two iconic Chicago categories fit for summer: hot dog culture or the ballpark. We chose to highlight some unique imagery and phrases that helped describe these two cult cultures. The lettering was created from scratch and retrofitted with plenty of texture and shadowing. In the end, she had a great mailer piece printed on classic newsprint.
JP Graziano is the oldest Italian grocer in Chicago. Opened in 1931, the family-run operation has become a staple in the West Loop neighborhood and boasts some of the city's favorite subs. Fellow designer Jen Serafini and I came up with a new branding concept to refresh their current visual identity by focusing on their rich history and quality product. The colors lend themselves to a more traditional Italian look, while the clean and simple typography balances out the style by bringing in some more modern touches.
Chicago's preeminent rock station, 93XRT, teamed up with Portland's Widmer Brothers Brewing to put on the one-night exhibit, "Explore Your Craft." The proceeds of the event went to benefit local youth charity, Foundations of Music. I was asked - alongside some very talented Chicago artists - to curate pieces inspired by music. I gathered some past gig posters, as well as connected with some trending musicians to create 3 new screen prints. These acts included Lord Huron, On An On, and Brett Dennen. Each piece was inspired partly by the bands' namesake as well as their music.
For its 17th year, I designed collateral with a very literal race reference for the Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run. Inspired by the race bib worn for any competitive run, the poster, brochure and eventually save the dates and dry fit shirts were adorned by this illustration. The brand colors also give nod to the charitable cause - heart research - and date - Valentine's Day weekend.
Revolutionary Lion is the performing pseudonym of musician Ted Schuster. For his second album he teamed up with two other Chicago musicians to pull together 'Bring A Light.' Ted came to me to help bring visual life to the album by providing artwork in tune with the 'moody' acoustic performances on the LP.
Bella Casa is the passionate side project of a proud Louisvillian. Focusing her love for interior design, decorating and custom paint finishes, BC Interiors has already provided creative inspiration to several Louisville area homes.
Drawing influence from the city's famous Victorian homes, this logo and business card were designed to pay homage to the area's notable French influence. The monogram and detailing was hand-drawn and pulled together on a classic purple foil stamped card.
CBA requested a new design for their new t-shirts to be in sold in their two city locations. This illustration combines two of my, and many Chicagoans', favorite things: bagels and skyscrapers.
If you feel so inclined to sport a bagel building, you can purchase a t-shirt via Chicago Bagel Authority.
Setting out to interview the people behind Chicago's booming craft beer industry, The Hop Review was born. A website and brand still in its early stages of life, THR has already had the pleasure of chatting with several of the brewers, store owners and bar operators that make the microbrew scene tick. Aside from the website, this hop-inspired brand came to exist in the form of business cards, stickers and will soon live on in several other swag items.
This venture is a passionate side project of mine, along with a few other beer nerds. And so far, we've enjoyed every hoppy sud-soaked minute of it.
A set of promotional postcards and ads for Dance/USA’s 2012 30th annual conference held in San Francisco.
The Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk is an annual event held just outside of Milwaukee in memory of the late city Alderman, an avid runner himself. It is not only an effort to get hundreds of supporters out running in the brisk Wisconsin February weather, but to raise money and awareness for the research of heart disease, through the Medical College of Wisconsin. A great, unique event with great folks, for a truly great cause.
Katie Boyce asked for help branding her new political consulting venture, so I chose to combine a personable and approachable identity with equal elements displaying a bold professionalism. In the end, Katie received a colorful collateral set complete with personal stamps and embossers.
Nestled in the cozy Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, DePaul is one of the top universities in the city. While considering a refreshed approach to their admissions collateral, they called on us to re-envision the tone and attitude of their image potential students. I worked with an amazing team to tackle this informational piece, as it came to act as one of the first touchpoints of the DePaul brand for incoming freshman.
Created while at Tandemodus.
Creative Director: Kelly Komp
Fellow Designer: Elaine Meese
Hoyt's is an upscale "modern American tavern" tucked on the ground floor of the Element 71 hotel, smack in the heart of downtown Chicago. With unbeatable city views, this spot is no stranger to hosting several a wary traveler or after-work happy hour, and serving up great drinks to do so. For added warmth in the winter months, Hoyt's concocted an adult hot chocolate to lure folks in from the cold. These gold & red letterpressed coasters were designed with hand-drawn type and an appropriate flare to accompany the hot beverage.
The wedding couple reached out to me to create an invitation package that would reflect the same style as their vintage Chicago venues. With the ceremony in the city's oldest church and the reception just down the road in a historic hotel, the designs called for a distinctly craftsman-like approach.
The invitations were adorned with hand-lettering and then letterpressed. They were then sealed in custom embossed envelopes lined with an image of Old St. Patrick's and sent off.
Sauganash Brewing Co. is a quaint beer-making operation in Chicago named after the first tavern established in that fine city, in 1831. The name came from from Billy 'Sauganash' Caldwell – a descendent of an Irish father, Mohawk mother who'd lived in Detroit and ended up in the Windy City where he made his money as one of the top fur traders in the land.
SBCo crafts small-batch brews inspired by the city's historic past and to celebrate the great beer tradition Chicago has come to exemplify.
The Kills are a popular garage rock band of Domino Records featuring Alison Mosshart & Jamie Hince. After reaching out to Alison prior to the band's tour for the album 'No Wow,' I was honored to have the opportunity to create one of their gig posters. Playing off of the male/female duo's band name, this piece was hand drawn for their show at KOKO in London.
Piece featured at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival Student Exhibit.
On one of Fiji's largest and most remote islands, Koro Sun Resort defines paradise and 'immerses you in a genuine Fijian experience that’s nirvana to the core.' I've been lucky enough to help the resort with various brand extension executions, including this Islands magazine advertisement and an approach to a refreshed homepage for their website, among other items.
To ring in 2013, Hoyt's threw a bash in true Chicago speakeasy style. These were part of a set of pieces used to promote the event, utilizing type and imagery actually rediscovered from the city's prohibition era.
Focusing on a classic, old-fashioned approach to quality food, Shamrock Food Concepts is a fresh catering company serving Metro Detroit. Priding themselves on the use of local goods and only the freshest ingredients, SFC has taken an approach that, until recently, had only existed in the days gone by.
Born from corporate fatigue and a serious canine passion, Chicago Dog Walkers has successfully become one of the city's most recommended service-providers. Awarded "#1 Dog Walking Service" by the Chicago Reader in 2010, business had since propelled, and in turn, called for a brand reevaluation. This gave CDW the opportunity to embrace their fun and friendly culture while making a noticeable shift away from their competitors' collectively similar style and tone. A great collaborative client relationship led to a fresh and welcoming new site for Chicago's four-legged.
Work produced while at Otherwise Inc.
The Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) aims to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS engages more than five million Americans of all ages in service to their communities each year through SeniorCorps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, NCCC and Learn/Serve America programs. It also leads President Obama's call to service initiative, United We Serve.
In order to present their yearly PSA offerings, the organization requested a brochure that could quickly provide details to various media outlets nationwide. This piece was created to easily and effectively display information about each program's PSAs.
Created while at August Jackson Co.
Created in Chicago by active urban cyclists, Motorkast Apparel unites true function with casual comfort & fit. By incorporating unobtrusive reflective ink into the design of its quality clothing, MK offers cyclists a more stylish option in the visibility game. You’ll stay seen when you’re riding & be noticed when you get there.
Lady Bird Jane is a jewelry, accessory and confectionary boutique in Detroit with a focus on local crafts. Born from a proud Michigander's entrepreneurial spirit, this shop has grown quickly to supply baked goods and other hand-made goods to the masses.
LBJ called on me to initiate their branding, blending a sophisticated yet approachable style. A versatile logo was created to work across several platforms, from postcards and photo overlays to jewelry bags and tags.
Monday Delight is a curated snack delivery service based out of Austin, Texas. Their goal is supplying healthy alternatives, once a week, to the country's office-dwellers. Focusing on convenience and nutrition, this subscription service provides a break from the mundane snack offerings.
A classic Italian wedding in Detroit called for classic hand-drawn type, accompanied by 'sangria' and silver accents. The finished pieces were typeset and letterpressed before hitting the mail.
A series of graphics developed for a national pharmaceutical company. The sets are meant to represent the approval process of a drug from development to market.
Work produced while at August Jackson Co.
A selection of type created for various clients & personal projects.
Best Face Products
The Green Machine
The Nice Device
The Hard Lessons