Had a lot of fun making my submission for the genius facexface project by buds Sarah Quatrano and Vidhya Nagarajan. Couldn’t resist the possibilities inherent in the variables “Hipster” and “Cactus” but ended up having a hard time narrowing down the hipster elements to the most iconic and recognizable. I couldn’t use, say, a day-glo tank top because it just didn’t read on a cactus torso. Ended up going with a flannel shirt and a fur bomber hat to show the cactus’s ironic sensibilities and disdain for his desert surroundings.
Check out the whole thing at http://facexface.tumblr.com/
Had a ton of fun working with some three dimensional concepts, a lot of color and some great folks at Wash-U to make the announcements for the senior design show this year. The show is a change from previous years’ formats and called for a solid identity in several iterations: digital and printed invitation, posters, exhibit graphics, and signage.
Above is the double-sided invitation, which fits nicely in a #10 envelope with a one-color version of the 2012.
Here’s the back:
Hope to see you at the event!
Participating in the first ever St. Louis Ideas for Cities, Brain Drain was tasked with this challenge:
Have an animated conversation with a young transplant or multi-generational loyalist and you will understand the passion people here have for St. Louis. But, too often, the message falls back on empty boosterism. Whatever the cause, we must understand it, admit it and fix it. How do we deepen the pool of diverse people who love St. Louis and are personally invested in its progress?
Our idea is based on our opinion (nay, the truth!) that St. Louis has a lot of awesome things happening in it already, but that these things often go unnoticed by transient students and the rest of the country. We sought to highlight the vibrancy of the city in a way that is accessible and exciting for both transplants and natives, for the tech-savvy or the unplugged passerby.
Exciting things are happening! View our presentation and updates on the project here.
I am proud to announce officially my membership in Brain Drain Collective, a newly-established group of young creatives focusing on the revitalization of the St. Louis community.
We are pumped to have been selected to present at GOOD’s Ideas for Cities St. Louis event happening Thursday, March 8 at the Contemporary. I believe the event is open to the public, but will update with details as they are announced.
Note: this post is highly restrained in its lack of exclamation points. (!!)
New logo for the rebranding of the group formerly known as MothUp STL. More detailed post forthcoming, wanted to give an update since the logo was unveiled last Thursday at the final MothUp event at Foam.
The last ever St. Louis MothUp is Thursday! Come for the BIG reveal of its new identity and stay for an AWESOMELY EPIC story by yours truly.
Was browsing this Fast Company article about infographic tools and found this free word cloud creator, Wordle. Definitely a lot of fun to play with, and, as the article mentions, a potentially useful tool for client presentations.
See below: 50 words pulled from my url. Apparently, I like to be (or at least say) making.
Made this for the upcoming MothUp on Thursday — if you’re in town, come! and take public transit.
As John Cusack in High Fidelity once said, The making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many dos and don’ts. I would argue that just as subtle as the making of a good compilation tape (or cd) is the making of its cover – it says so much about the personality/dedication of the maker. Do you fold your own cover and hand-write the songs or just print the iTunes playlist? Create your own title for the mix or inscribe a note or doodle on the CD itself? Leave the whole thing blank?
What if the CD was a gift to your closest friends and family to commemorate one of the most important days of your life?
My coworker and good friend Amanda (no relation) was getting married, and had the brilliant idea of making awesome mix cds as wedding favors. They were doing a small, non-traditional marriage in the same place they got engaged (a coffee house!), and wanted a CD cover that reflected this sensibility.
I ended up going with a simple, illustrative route based on the couple’s distinctive hair (or lack thereof). To give it that personal feel, the track list is hand-lettered on the back of the sleeve.
Here’s a shot of the happy couple so you can get the full effect.
Congrats, Amanda and Tom!
(Both photos courtesy J.J. Lane)
Very much enjoy this portrait drawn by @jeffasketch. The internet: a place where total strangers use crude mediums to draw impromtu and totally awesome portraits of each other. I like.