Please check back from time to time and I will provide project updates, thoughts on design, and some other tidbits I'm sure.
January 2, 2012
Completing this poster was an adventure. We started with the director's idea for the woman sitting on a park bench at night next to a street lamp with a man watching her from a trash can with a box over his head. What we had for the shoot was a small space in the annex of an old grainery, a rickety lamp post that was too tall, a bag of dead leaves, and a fake Fica's tree. Between the six of us at the shoot, we set it up and lit it the best we could by blocking out a window, plugging in the lamp, and adding an aluminum work light above the scene. Then the magic of Photoshop and composite imagery kicked in. It's amazing what a little bit of teamwork and creativity can accomplish!
About the Play:
"Pec Playhouse is honored to present and produce the World Premiere of a play written by retired Winnebago County Judge Dan Doyle. The comedy/drama is a who-dun-it murder with lots of laughs, twists, and turns along the way."
Other shows this season include:
• Murder's in the Heir by Billy St. John
• To Kill A Mocking Bird based on the book by Harper Lee, adapted by Christopher Sergel
• Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver concept by Harold Thau, Orchestration & Vocal Arrangements by Jeff Waxman
• Greetings by Tom Dudzick
For tickets or season subscriptions visit www.pecplayhouse.org and navigate to the box office page. All tickets are $12. Watch for special performances including reenactments of famous American figures in our "Historic Voices" series!
November 30, 2011
Fun projects like this remind me of some of the reasons why I like design so much:
• Happy clients
• A beautiful finished product in my hands
• The versatility of color, shapes, pattern, images, words, etc. to communicate a full spectrum of emotions and messages
It was such a good feeling to provide this client with a solution that was budget friendly and personalized in every way– from home photos with captions to a chevron pattern in bright colors.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to everyone. I hope your days are jolly and your evenings cozy. May the new year bless you with all the joy your heart can hold.
February 20, 2011
It's been a very long time since I've shared any news, it's been such a busy year. I'll share some brief highlights from the year and some photos from my trip to Massachusetts.
• July/August 2010 - Plymouth & Boston, MA
Walked around Boston and saw some very cool street art, took in a whale watching tour on the Atlantic, side tracked to North Adams to see the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and sampled some regional cuisine
• September 2010 - Rock Valley College
I started working on a Marketing Certificate and completed an introduction to business class and a principles of marketing class. I really enjoyed each and am looking forward to getting back to the coursework when things calm down
• September 2010 - Marquette, Michigan
A good friend and I spent Labor Day weekend in our college town of Marquette. It was great to meet up with so many of our friends and to tear up the old stomping grounds
• January 2011 - Home Sweet Home
I survived the Blizzard of 2011! The highways leading to the office were closed so I worked on a label project for a new client when I couldn't make it in. All in all the project and the day off were a success. Though, I'm not itching for another crazy storm like that anytime soon.
October 20, 2009
In early October, I set off on an awesome road trip! I drove 500 miles to Memphis all by my lonesome to take part in the AIGA Make|Think conference. It was my first function of this magnitude, we're talking 1,400-1,500 designers and heroes.
I talked to, and shook hands with, Michael Beruit at a party on Beale Street. It was exhilarating! I talked with some cool students and everyday designers too. I also met up with a past professor and NMU AIGA guys, and I did a hands on workshop with Stefan Boucher, and sang with Stefan Sagmeister.
The speakers and breakout sessions were phenomenal. I tried my hand at letter press, heard from the head designers/thinkers at Coca-Cola, Google, Hatch Show Print, and so many more. Plus, Al Bell of Stax records gave an awesome and inspiring welcome address. Demitri Martin bailed but at least Elvis showed up.
I'm so excited to start working on another level. I'm re-energized and invigorated! I have a million things I want to do, read and see! There's not enough time in the day! I am definitely going to try to make it to the next conference!
September 28, 2009
Plant a Row for the Hungry is a grass-roots organization aimed at lessening hunger in local communities. The general idea is for each gardener to plant an extra vegetable, fruit or herb row and donate that row's harvest to a community food bank or food pantry. In 2008, Rockford area gardeners donated over 11 tons (22,000+ pounds) of fresh produce to local families who could not afford to buy or grow their own.
Under a grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, awarded to a local organization, I've been charged with the task of creating banners & brochures (as well as a few more promo pieces) in English & Spanish to promote this organization. I wish I could have a garden to participate in a more physical way, but for now I'm happy to be of service to such a great cause through design.
For more information explore these web sites.