I recently collaborated with shoe maker Bucketfeet to illustrate a banana-leaf-inspired print for use on an upcoming release. While the shoes won't be available until Spring '15, you can now purchase the design as an archival art print through their website. Inspired by the lush tropical seaside town in Fiji, the "Savusavu" design would look great on your walls, I promise.
Today, the creative world – and the world as a whole – lost one of its most influential designers, Massimo Vignelli. He was 83. I felt obligated to share this news, since I have considered him to have really changed my perspective on design since I saw him give a talk while I was finishing school at Michigan State in 2007. His perspective, rules and approach were and still are the most honest and refreshing I have come across as a designer. And it is no doubt his theory has influenced thousands of others, and his work has affected millions more – albeit likely unknowingly for many (refer to: New York Subway system, Bloomingdales, Crate & Barrel, American Airlines...)
Thanks for it all, Massimo.
I've gotta say, I was more than humbled when I found out that a piece that Mike McQuade & I concepted was selected for the annual Typeforce exhibit. Typeforce is a typography showcase held each year in Chicago, by the incredible folks behind Firebelly Design, where designers and artists display pieces based around, you guessed it, type. Our concept was a light-hearted approach at the 'anatomy of type,' displaying what a letterform would look like if it was spliced into anatomical layers.
I know I speak for Mike and myself when I say how thankful we were to get to participate in such a great event. The Opening Night was February 28th at Co-Prosperity Sphere, in the south side Bridgeport neighborhood, and was an awesome time.
I was happy to see the final product by Dopress Books, Coloring Your Brand. Some branding I had done for a home painting business was featured for it's use of the color green in its identity. The book was partially curated by Michael C. Place of London studio, Build.
I was thrilled to get a chance to take part in the traveling "Explore Your Craft" event at the Bedford in Wicker Park, on November 17th. The pop-up art gallery was hosted by Widmer Brothers Brewing & 93WXRT-FM. I was able to showcase 4 new prints, including work for the bands Lord Huron, On An On and Brett Dennen; all alongside 3 talented fellow artists. Partial proceeds went to benefit Rock for Kids Foundation in Chicago. Definitely a great event in an amazing venue.
Much thanks to Courtney over at Design Work Life for sharing my new portfolio pieces on the site. I know DWL is a daily staple when I'm checking my morning design site go-tos, so it's really an honor to get the nod.
Thanks to the Swedish design inspiration blog, From Up North, for sharing my typography work for the Hoyt's Hot Chocolate coasters on their site. The pieces were featured in the Graphic Design Inspiration gallery. If you haven't yet, definitely bookmark this site, for some great inspiration galleries for plenty of browsin'.