SML TLK is an online publication featuring ten interviews with Portland creatives. I developed a theoretical basis for my work and set out to demystify the archetype of the Artist and to illustrate the pragmatic aspects of creative practice. 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.
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.
Here are some examples of posters that I have done for bands in Portland. I always take the opportunity to do a little experimentation with each poster design. These posters show a mix of hand illustration, vector illustration, typographic treatments, and unique color palletes.
Center For Design
Redesign, Branding, Layout, Copywriting.
For my second year design studio I redesigned a print publication and created ads under specific topics: Google Fiber & prostitution. The brief requested that we make "for and against" ads for our topics and place these in our redesigned periodical. I chose the magazine Newsweek redefining it's color palette, logo, typography, layout, and overall tone. My goals were to reinvigorate the existing brand with the aims of reaching a younger audience while retaining it's current hard-earned 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.
Branding, Illustration, Silkscreening.
One day I was sitting in a cafe contemplating how much I hated rock shows. It became clear to me that my disdain for bad shows didn't have as much to do with mediocre music but 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 Week Poster
Brand ID, Strategy, Positioning.
Lane Walkup is a female blacksmith and metal worker who specializes in custom knifes and jewelry. We worked together to develop a brand ID and strategy to reach her audience in a saturated makers market.