Happy 5 Year Anniversary!


May 10th, 2012

Between the various projects and general work mayhem of the past week, I realized I had passed a very special milestone recently.  May 5, 2012 marked the official 5 year anniversary for Red Attic Studios. Although I had been doing freelance design work for longer than that, it was 5 years ago that I left my full time position as Art Director at Please Touch Museum and officially started working for myself full time.  As with most new and small businesses, it’s been a bumpy but exhilarating ride, especially in the current economic climate, and I would like to thank all of my past and present clients for their support and for the opportunity to work together on so many exciting and varied projects.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

pleasetouchmuseum.org


May 3rd, 2012

Last May, I started working with Please Touch Museum to redesign their website.  They were unhappy with the overall functionality of their site and were having difficulty making changes and updating it in general.  I suggested a wordpress format, which would make it much easier for their staff to create content and make edits without any formal knowledge of html or coding in general.  Following 12 months of design and content loading, the site finally went live on May 1, 2012.  Please Touch is a great organization and fun yet educational destination for parents with children ages one to seven.  Take a look around – enjoy!

Face in the Crowd


April 12th, 2012

I’m showing a selection of recent paintings at the City/County Building in Wilmington, De this April, as part of the city’s Art Loop. The opening party is Friday the 13th and goes from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. There’ll be live music by Lowercase Blues along with free wine and finger food. This is the first time I’ve shown a large body of work in Delaware, so definitely stop by if you’re in the place to be somebody. Should be a fun night. For directions:  Louis L. Redding Cit/County Building, 800 N. French St, Wilmington, De.  And here’s a list of all other participating galleries and organizations.

Academy of Music


March 15th, 2012

As a long time lover of music, I am very excited to be working with The Academy of Music in Philadelphia on their bi-annual Members Newsletter.  More than just a home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Academy is a beautiful venue  as well as  just a great organization in general.  I look forward to working with them on additional projects down the road.

Now on facebook


March 14th, 2012

I recently created a Red Attic Studios facebook page – click here to take a look. And be sure to “like” us to stay update on new projects and collaborations.

New Lacrosse websites


March 12th, 2012

I realized recently that it’s been a good four months or so since I last updated this site, so I figured we were all due for an update on some of the projects I’ve been working on.  Following the enormous success of phillylacrosse.com, site founder Chris Goldberg has began broadening his lacrosse coverage to also include Long Island, NY (where I was born, incidentally) as well as Baltimore, MD. I was again asked to create two unique website headers for him that captured both the spirit of the game as well as the flavor of the specific areas he was covering.  Given Chris’ intense work ethic as well as passion for the game, I have no doubt that both of these new websites will match the success he’s had in Philadelphia.

For more information, please visit lilacrossenews.com and balitmorelacrossenews.com.  And please stay tuned for additional lacrosse websites in the coming months.

Switch Skateboarding


November 18th, 2011

I was very excited when the guys at Switch Skate Shop in Newark, De contacted me about doing a painting for a shop board graphic. I go way back with co-owner Joey Simpers – we grew up skating together in the late 80s, and continued to stay in touch as our paths crossed over the years in the DE music scene (some may remember Joey as the dreadlocked bass player in Walleye, one of my favorites back in their heyday). Although I slowed down on skating shortly before they opened, I’ve always respected Switch and everything they’ve done for the local skateboarding scene. The decks are available 8″, 8.125″, 8.25″ sizes as well as a really cool old school shape so grab one before the holiday shopping rush hits. You can pick one up at their new location, 54 East Main Street, Newark Delaware. And be sure to stop by Rainbow Records around back and grab some new and used vinyl. That’s a win-win set-up right there.

Thanks again to Tyler and Joey for making this happen.

Atlas/My Friends split EP


September 23rd, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit that it’s much more satisfying working on a 12 inch record, rather than a rinky-dinky CD jacket – I love the larger format as well as the look, sound and ritual of vinyl, so I’m always excited whenever I get the opportunity work with a band putting out a record. It was also refreshing to have that band tell me that they did not want their names on the front sleeve – only one of my collages, of which I had total creative freedom with when creating it.  Again – rare but very liberating.  This gem of a record is a split 12″ EP featuring two great up and coming indie rock bands from Delaware – Atlas and My Friends.  Both are worth checking out for your listening enjoyment.  Only 300 copies of this limited edition EP were pressed and all are hand numbered, so get one from your local independent record store or from the bands before they are gone.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers print that never was


September 22nd, 2011

Sometime this past August, I was approached by the MTV World Design Studio in Buenos Aires to create a “gig-poster style” print ad for their 2011 European Music Awards, which will feature a live performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Now, as a late 1980’s skate rat, I grew up on the Chili Peppers, picking up the Uplift Mofo Party Plan on cassette after watching them live via VHS at the Vision Skate Escape, and even though I haven’t really followed the group over the past few years, I was still excited to work on something for the band.

 

MTV provided a specific reference photo for the illustration, as well as the EMA logo, a style guide and three specific colors that needed to be used (the pink, purple and dark purple that you see in the poster, which, as you might imagine, proved a little difficult to work with.)  After a few rounds of back and forth, what you see above is what we came up with.

Internally the folks at MTV Design liked it, but higher-ups in the company decided to go in a totally different direction, preferring to use a photo of the soon-to-be-announced host instead.  A bummer for sure but what can you do. So, instead of leaving this to languish in some digital graveyard, I decided to post it here for your enjoyment.

 

Unchained Travel


September 21st, 2011

 

I love to travel and although I’ve slowed down over the past few years, I was very excited to work with esteemed travel writer Beth D’Addono’s on a new web header for her wordpress travel blog, Unchained Travel. The site focuses on locally owned places of interest – whether it’s a funky little restaurant on the edge of town or a one-of-a-kind hotel overflowing with timeless charm.

As Beth states: “Unchained Travel celebrates the joy of discovering real people and places out on the road.  When I find an amazing restaurant, whether it’s Acherberg Olm in Oetz, on the side of a mountain in the Tirolian Alps, or Louie and the Red Head Lady, a funky roadside diner in Mandeville, Lousiana, I’ll tell you about it.  I’ve loosely categorized UT into Eat, Drink, Play and Sleep, but often hidden gems will fit into more than one category.”

The concept for the chosen design (above) comes from an old trunk covered in vintage travel stickers, recalling a time when the uniqueness of the travel experience was something that people wore proudly like a badge of honor.  And the various locals featured on the selected stickers speak to the global focus of her writing.

And, just to give you a little insight into the creative process, below is a first attempt at the banner. This design was influenced by the classic American road signs of the past, and an homage to the Route 66 frame of mind.  In the end, it was decided that the look was not global enough in focus (which is true) so we decided to go a different route.  I still like the way it turned out, and since I’ve never made a realistic looking sign from scratch before, I included it here for your enjoyment.