SML TLK is an online publication featuring ten interviews with Portland creatives. I gathered over 15 hours of audio which was transcribed, edited, and paired with photographs. These finished interviews have been published digitally to reach a wide audience and to be shared for free. They show studio environments, artifacts and tools, as well as portraits. SML TLK is a publication which is meant to empower and communicate the importance of self initiated creativity for the well being and health of our communities.
Leo is a Portland band who has been putting in work and really developing their sound. They wanted to release a few tracks and make a shirt to get their music and brand into the public. The title track Stopping to Start drove the concept, design, and visual language.
Here are some examples of posters that I have made for some of my favorite Portland bands. These posters show a mix of hand and vector illustration, typographic treatments, and unique color pallets.
Brand ID, Web Design.
Tredr is a fictional company based on the idea of collaborative consumption which uses points instead of money. This was a second year design project incorporating logo design, branding, and a brief style guide. Tredr is an online store specializing in men’s boots which are classified by style and size. Members can send in their boots in exchange for points which can in tern be cashed in for new swag.
Design, Illustration, Layout, Photography.
Meanstreak is a magazine that I made for my first year design studio in which we were prompted to create an archive. I decided to archive a series of tags on a street that I frequently walk. Each tag is translated and classified by crew and medium. A Meanstreak is a brand of oil pen used by train workers and taggers alike.
Design, Strategy, Positioning.
Eliot Lipp is an amazing producer who has developed his own unique form of electronic dance music. He regularly commissions me to create digital track icons and tour posters. We have been working together to develop a more uniform voice for his brand and a system of releases which corresponds with his audience's short attention span.
For my second year Design Studio we redesigned a print publication. The brief requested that we make ads for prompted topics to be placed in our periodical. I chose the magazine Newsweek, redefining its’ color palette, logo, typography, layout, and overall tone. My goals were to reinvigorate the existing brand by moving away from the sensational tone of ‘shock and awe’. My design aims at a more thoughtful and progressive vibe which respects the intelligence of the readership.
Branding, Layout, Illustration.
Skinwalker is the name of my music project. It is a two piece rock band with Pacific Northwest roots. My drummer Peter Ryan recorded, mixed, and mastered nine songs which we released on a mini tour from Seattle to Portland. The icon on the front symbolizes our combined efforts on the project. The wolf on the back represents a Skinwalker: a person with the ability to take the form of an animal. We hand dyed our t-shirts with natural indigo and scrawled our band name on each one with a toxic bleach pen.
One day I was sitting in a cafe contemplating how much I hated rock shows. I realized that my disdain for bad shows didn't have as much to do with mediocre music as it did for the passive consumption of entertainment. That is how Raw Talent was born; from the need to create an event that required participation from average members of the community. Raw Talent is a talent show which gives pretty much anyone a chance to practice an act and preform for their friends and community.
Design, Illustration, Copywriting.
I was part of a Design Week poster show at an agency in Portland called R/West. Design blank was the prompt for the show, as in fill in the blank. I chose Design Demon because I was reading the book Demian by Herman Hesse at that time. In the book, the main character is compelled by a mysterious inner force or daemon which is the central plot device of the narrative.
I won a lil’ design competition put on by the Center for Design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. I created the image of a flower rooted in soil representing the blossoming of our EPIC VISIONS! The design was printed on t-shirts which are sported by my fellow design buddies.
Design, Vector Illustration.
This was one of my first projects in design school. The brief asked us to redesign American currency. I chose to use different trees from across North America as the icons for my bill set. I incorporated people interacting with the trees in different forrest settings to show our reliance on the only real currency there is: the natural environment.