Was really cool to see this one arrive in the mail. UK's The Drum magazine, an ad industry publication, had picked up the proposed rebrand for JP Graziano that I had collaborated on with fellow Chicago designer, Jen Serafini. It was pretty wild to see our concept in print next to the likes of agencies Mother, TBWA & Leo Burnett. Somehow, we snuck in there. We'll take it!
Recently, fellow designer and I concerted a rebrand for one of our favorite Chicago mainstays: J.P. Graziano Grocery & Sub Shop. We developed an identity refresh for the 4th-generation family-owned store, based on their rich history and fan following. We were really pleased with how it turned out and were happy to see it shared on such design sites as The Design Blog:
"Jen and Jack wanted to collaborate on a branding project together, so they decided to rebrand their favorite sandwich shop, JP Graziano, as a concept design.
JP Graziano is one of the oldest and most recognized sandwich shops and Italian grocer here in the West Loop of Chicago. They pride themselves on a rich history and generations of a family owned business, which is something Jen and Jack wanted to focus on and celebrate in their new concept. 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. They had a ton of fun building this brand out, from postcards to stickers and sandwich wrappers."
As an avid beer nerd, it's fitting that I've often found myself at the brewpub in my neighborhood, DryHop Brewers. Not only are they my favorite city brewer due to their location, but also because of their creativity. Recently, I was humbled when they asked me to be their featured artist for the July-September installation of their ongoing "Whiskey & Art" series, which is done to compliment their excellent whiskey selection as well. For the 4-print series, I went with the theme of 'cataloging' various aspects of whiskey: glassware, regions, styles. Thanks also to DNAinfo & Chicagoist for sharing a piece about the installation as well. Cheers to that!
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.