Here is a little snippet of a poster I am working on for the Fourstring Brewing Co. Poster show in April. I just sent the files off today and couldnt be more excited to warp this one up!
This is the second installment of my Synthlandia series, where I illustrate the different aspects of of synthesizers, the noises they make and different functions of both the machines and how we interact with them. This image represents the low frequency oscillations (or LFO) that help to shape sounds. Sometimes they are so low they can fucking melt shit...
On my never-ending quest for resources, inspiration and other rad stuff to fuel the creative fire, I sometimes come across something that really sticks out. Recently it's been the Creative Pep Talk podcast. Hosted by illustrator/commercial artist Andy J. Miller, (AKA Dr. Pizza) the podcast covers a wide variety of topics like: staying inspired, building a personal brand and how to know what to make.
There are a lot of design related podcasts out there and lets face it, most of them suck. However, Creative Pep Talk and its sister show Ask A Freelancer offer a unique perspective into the life and working habits of somebody that is in the middle of building a career and a reputation. I can't say enough good things about this show and what it has done for me over the last several months. It always gets me fired up to start making and run my business better and smarter.
Among the array of advice, tips, stories and resources, he interviews some of the best people in design and illustration. On top of all of that Andy's work is killer!
Check it out, like, support, subscribe, donate or just tell somebody about it.
Authenticity can be a complicated thing to nail. Finding the sweet spot in design can be one of the most challenging but rewarding parts of the job. For me and the team that I work with, it’s the standard under which we try our best to operate. We build as much by hand to create a real feel behind the brands and campaigns that we build.
In the midsts of working on building new case studies and other projects, I want to share a piece that we feel captured that authenticity well.
Inspired by the memo books from the agricultural world, we created a first market edition notebook to hand out to the vendors and patrons of the Canal Market District. The cover includes the sayings and graphics used throughout the project. The inside offers market tips, kitchen conversion tables and lists of what produce is available during the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Over the last few years I have been on an ongoing treasure hunt to find and collect my favorite logos, type lockups and graphics.
If you know a creative person, this habitual need to collect things probably sounds familiar. I think it is safe to say that for a lot of us, we collect things to connect back to an idea or a feeling we had. It makes it easy. I have dug through books, looked under boxes and gone to every antique shop in my city on a bimonthly basis for the last few years in my never-ending quest for more. It’s now to the point where I have collected and cataloged hundreds to use as inspiration and reference in my design work.
Growing up there were a handful of logos that were burned into my memory: Bell, Merrill Lynch, John Deere and even the Quaker Oats guy. After becoming a graphic designer, I would learn that these images were created by some of the biggest names our industry has ever know. No wonder they stuck, they were meant to.
So now, I pass my collection on to you via my Flickr site. There is tons of stuff there for you to check out and download as you please.
Quick legal disclaimer: I do not own the rights to any of these works, nor do I claim any of them to be my own.
I just want to share and help other designers build resources that inspire them to create work that will stick in the heads of the next generation of curious kids.