Annihilators Strike!


September 15th, 2011

I recently had the pleasure of working with First Edition Publishing on a pair of hardcover books for Marvel Comic’s Annihilators‘ collection.  With two different covers to choose from, each book contains the complete 4 original issues of Annihilators and well as Rocket Raccoon and Groot plus a few extra pages of sketches and original concept art.  You can pick one these up now at your local comic shop or bookstore.

Steely Dan


September 9th, 2011

I’ll be honest, I never really got into Steely Dan – I had heard stuff over the years of course, but they never really moved me and it just wasn’t my thing, no big deal – so when I was asked to create a poster for their sold-out performance at the Tower Theater this weekend, I was a bit at a loss on how to approach it. Doing some research though, I found out they took their name from a line in William Burroughs‘ infamous novel, Naked Lunch.  Being a fan of Burroughs, I decide to take the whole thing full circle and do an illustration of the famous author.  I hope the band dig it.

These were printed by ABNRML and were presented to the band as a gift from Live Nation.  It’s a two color screen print on 130lb Black French Construction paper, size 12.5? x 19?.

Science Skateboards


August 16th, 2011

I’m very honored to announce that Science Skateboards in the UK has just released my first ever skateboard graphic as part of their latest series. The idea for the deck came together after talking with owner Chris Morgan about some of his favorite graphics from the past, including this 1992 James Kelch board on Real – he also mentioned that he liked my painting Mt Cook Avenue Reflections, so we decided to try a cross between the two. I think it came out pretty cool. The original painting, entitled Mount Cook Avenue Reflection #2, is oil on canvas, 24? x 48?.

This one is definitely a dream come true  – I’ve wanted to design a board graphic ever since I was a young teen, eagerly flipping through the pages of Thrasher and soaking in artwork from Gonz, VCJ, Neil Blender, Andy Howell, Ed Templeton and Chris Miller (and years later, guys like Evan Hecox, Don Pendleton and Andy Jenkins, among others). Plus, as a music fan who has a heavy love and obsession for the Manchester scene and British music in general (The Smiths, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The Clash, Stones, Kinks, Sabbath, Suede – the list goes on and on), it just seems fitting that my first board should come out of the UK. Like I said, a dream come true and a real honor. Thanks to Chris at Science for making this happen. Nice one!

Theses boards will also be available stateside in the coming months so stay tuned.

Death Cab for Cutie


August 15th, 2011

I was recently asked to design a limited edition poster for  Death Cab for Cutie’s recent show at the Mann in Philadelphia. The chosen design (pictured left) is a 2 color screen print on 100# Construction Steel Blue French paper, and was printed by ABNRML. These were limited to a run of 40 and were a gift to the band from AEG.  I have a few copies of these that will be available for purchase in the next few weeks, so stay tuned if you’re interest.

Now, originally, I had the idea of doing a Death Cab poster that was a direct parody of ACDC’s infamous Highway to Hell album cover, because when I realized the band’s initials were DC4C, it seemed like too good of an idea to pass up, and one that I thought must have been used previously (after a couple hours of solid research though, I never found anything).  And, honestly, you couldn’t ask for a greater contrast in sound or attitude than between these two bands, which is what made the whole idea humerous.  Plus, I figured that, given the age of the guys in Death Cab, they were probably into metal at some point of their pre-treen lives, so they would get the joke.  In the end, AEG passed on the design, wanting to go with something much less cartoony, which is totally their perogative, no hard feelings, we’re all professionals here, etc.etc – but I was happy enough with the general idea and execution that I figured it was worth sharing here.  Consider it an unreleased B-side. Enjoy.

Keep on trucking…


July 19th, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to design something really, really large but this past spring, I had the pleasure of creating a vehicle wrap for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia’s new truck, which will be used to pick up donations for their brand new Restore.  Just to give you an idea of the scale here – the image on the side of the truck measures 183 inches wide by 80 inches high, which pretty much makes it a billboard on wheels. For those unfamiliar, a Restore is a retail outlet that sells quality used home improvement goods like furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances at a fraction of the normal price. The proceeds are used to help fund the construction of Habitat homes within Philadelphia. The grand opening for the Restore is September 10, 2011 at 2930 Jasper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134, so mark your calendars accordingly.  And remember, to make a donation, please call 215-739-9300.

Morning Circle Media


June 7th, 2011

As you can probably tell by our lack of recent blog posts, we’ve been keeping busy here with a decent crop of fun projects. Most recently, we had the pleasure of creating a logo and website for Morning Circle Media. A recent start-up, MCM primarily produces  children’s books, workshops and digital media projects that promote bilingualism and cultural competence in young children, for both families and educators.

For the logo, we incorporated the brand’s rising “morning sun” peeking over a horizon line that draws it’s inspiration from an open page of a book.  For the website portion, we created a fully functioning webstore, complete with a shopping cart feature with paypal integration, as well as a blog feature for updates on upcoming engagements.  The site was created in wordpress so that it’s user friendly and easy for the client to update regularly.

Morning Circle Media recently published their excellent first book, Slide! with a second book to follow Fall 2011.  For more information, please visit morningcirclemedia.com

Creative Partners Roundtable


May 20th, 2011

I’m honored and excited to be participating in Hypno Design’s Creative Partners Roundtable event this weekend in NJ. Brought to you by the same caring folks who put together the annual Create-A-Thon benefit, this event is geared toward lending a hand to over 40 deserving non-profit organizations by offering free advice and consultation on everything from marketing and development strategies to getting the best mileage out of a printing budget.

From the press release: “During this 5-hour “speed dating”-type event, representatives from area nonprofits will be able to seek counsel from experts in a variety of creative disciplines, including graphic design, copy writing, website design, strategic marketing, public relations and social media. The experts will provide any type of marketing-related guidance that the nonprofits need to help take their branding or marketing to the next level. Organizations can ask the experts for advice on web design, marketing strategy, branding, maximizing their use of social media as well as fundraising ideas, volunteer recruitment, and the like.”

For more information as well as updates on this great event, please visit creativepartnersroundtable.blogspot.com.

Philly Fair Trade Roasters


January 12th, 2011

This past fall, I had the pleasure of working once again with Joe Cesa (formerly the owner of the now closed yet dearly missed Philly java joint, Joe Coffee) on a logo and label for his latest business endeavor, Philly Fair Trade Roasters.

Since mid-2010, Joe has been roasting his own organic coffee beans, which have been for sale at various farmers markets and mom and pop stores throughout the city.  As sales began to pick up, Joe was looking to take his product presentation to the next level. The logo I created uses a coffee and cream color pallet and includes the two coffee leaves in the corner, symbolic of both the coffee plant as well as the green ideology that the business runs on.  And for good measure, we included a little coffee bean in the “D” of the word “trade.”

And I can tell you first hand that the coffee is amazing (truthfully, I’m drinking a cup as I type this).  All the beans are purchased fair trade and roasted locally (hence the name) which guarantees you the freshest brew in town. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.  For more information or to order online, please visit phillyfairtrade.com.

Deerhoof


January 7th, 2011

I  recently designed a poster for indie rock group Deerhoof’s upcoming performance at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia on February 11, 2011.  It’s a 2 color silk screen print on 100lb Orange French paper cover stock and measures 19″ x 25″.  I’m not sure if these will be available at the show or not, but I do have a couple of prints for sale over at ETSY so, if you’re interested, pick one up quickly because only 40 were produced and once they’re gone, they’re gone.  And, as always, theses were printed by our good friend at ABNRML.

Delaware Children’s Museum


January 6th, 2011

Starting this past fall, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with the nice folks over that the Delaware Children’s Museum on a number of marketing project. As someone who grew up in the First State, I was very excited when I learned that kids in DE would finally have their own first class museum.  The opportunity of working with the DCM and bringing my 12+ years of experience in children’s museums to their recently opened organization was something I jumped at without a second thought.

To the left are just two samples of various work we completed for the DCM over the past few months – the top piece was a logo treatment for their upcoming Spy Night event on  January 27, 2011.  The bottom is a type treatment for their ongoing Mom’s Night Out Speaker Series. Both events have a lot to offer and are well worth checking out if you are a parent of young children.

I look forward to working with the DCM on a number of different projects in the upcoming month so please stay tuned.

For more information on the DCM, please visit delawarechildrensmuseum.org.