This is a just-for-fun redesign for the Johnson City, Tennessee Blue Plum Festival, which celebrates the revitalization of the downtown area in this historic Tennessee city. I have been to Johnson City a few times and its charm is apparent and infectious. The festival includes Southern food and music, especially blue grass and jazz. I wanted my take on the event to feel lively and youthful, celebrate the spirit of Tennessee and the start of summer. The illustrations were created with pen and ink, and then brought into Photoshop. Also shown here is a poster and typographic entrance ticket.
2015 Holiday Cards
For 2015 I pulled myself together and finally sent out homemade holiday cards, something I have been meaning to do for the last few years. After deciding on the word "PEACE," I illustrated the letterforms and embellished the extra thick paper with a swash of metallic paint. Emerald green envelopes were lined with wrapping paper and sealed with our signature wax seal.
Jim James Skateboard
Acrylic painting of a beloved muse of mine, Jim James from My Morning Jacket. There is truly something magical about this musician, and I tried to capture it here. This was a project I completed while working for Sears Holidings Corporation in Chicago on the digital web team. As a creative exercise, everyone was given a blank deck to design, which was then featured in a team art show. This is my favorite memory about my first big job after college.
Good News Blog
It Is Good News is a blog I was invited to contribute to with my lovely friend from SCAD, Monica Lynch. Each week we came up with a two-word theme (king sized, long lines, washed ashore, etc.), and Wednesday we posted our designs. They vary in appearance from typographic, to illustrative, to abstract. More than anything, it was a fun exercise for us and a place to unwind our designer minds. Currently on hiatus... stay tuned.
This was one of my first assignments when I was hired as a designer for the Sears website team in Chicago: to make a team poster for our crew of designers, developers, user experience experts, information architects, writers, etc. The team was nicknamed "The Rockstars," and I was tasked with designing a series of posters that could live up to this namesake. I was designing this around Halloween, so the sugar skulls became my muse. My inspiration for the style derived from my love for the Ames Brothers and Guy Burwell, artists who have created some of the best modern rock posters I have ever seen.
A few excerpts of my doodles. Drawing lettering is a favorite hobby of mine.
When I moved to Chicago in 2011 I first lived in a cozy little studio apartment that I rented for the summer. It felt amazing to have a job in a big city and to experience living on my own for the first time. I arrived home from work one day to find a flyer under my door for a t-shirt design contest held by my leasing agency, Planned Property Management. They were calling for design entries that best described your experience renting from them. My idea was to show all the questions and conversations I had with the wonderful team I worked with about relocating to Chicago. I lived in Lincoln Park, so I turned my questions into a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. My entry made it to the top 20 of their contest, where it then moved onto a voting system through Facebook.