I've got some work up at Board & Vellum, a great architecture firm on Capitol Hill. I was beyond happy when they asked me to to hang a show in their small gallery space. Half of it can be seen from the street on 15th ave, and the other half inside the office. If you'd like to purchase a framed piece, head over here.
A few projects came to physical fruition over the month. The first is for the 80-year-old camera shop/Seattle institution, Glazer's. They've been in the camera business a long time and have always had a simple, clean brand image. They asked me to design a couple things in my own style, that weren't necessarily aligned with their logo.
Next up, I designed the show poster for the fundraiser "Dancing On The Valentine", which is in its 13th year of raising money to fight leukemia and lymphoma. This year's show is a collaborative effort covering the songs of the Pixies and Breeders. This is the poster:
The last piece of work is a personal project I gave myself--a three-color 18" x 24" print with a bunch of different smiling animals, inspired by midcentury children's books. It's for sale right here.
The chances of being drafted by a Major League Baseball team are slim. Of all the high school and college stars drafted, only 10% of those folks make it into a Major League game--but Joe Beimel pitched in close to 700 games over 13 years in the Majors with 7 ball clubs, including the Mariners here in Seattle. Not only that, but the guy has his own Dodger bobblehead.
Earlier this week, I stopped by Joe's new venture in Los Angeles--a performance and arm training facility for baseball players. It was a real pleasure to hang out and chat with the notoriously reliable lefty, nice guy, and now-business-owner about all the aforementioned as well as our mutual love for punk bands like the Bouncing Souls. Here are a few photos of Joe and the brand new Beimel Elite Athletics.
December brought the Holidays and a bit of last minute deadlines. I worked on a lot of projects that can't be shared with the public yet, but you'll see 'em next month!
This first poster is a four-color screen print for Industrial Revelation's show at the Neptune Theater in which they were playing all of Bjork's "Homogenic". I included each main instrument in the band resting in some snowy woods, with a Bjork-Swan looming over it all. The nice folks at Broken Press managed to print these perfectly on short notice in time for the show.
Tomo is one of my favorite Seattleites and a great musician. Again, I wanted to make this winter themed and knowing that Tomo has a sweet corgi that he loves, I thought putting a silhouette of man and dog together would be a nice fit.
Lastly, I added another print to my Midcentury series. This airplane window seat was inspired by the now-defunct, but very colorful Braniff Airlines.
This month had some burgers, drinks, birds and goats...and Santa...
A couple years back I designed a little pizza tote bag for Delancey, and this month they asked me to update 'em. The reverse side of the bag now has a burger and beverage to include their delicious attached bar Essex.
Next up, I needed to make some posters for events at Porchlight that are loosely tied together--our annual Xmas Formal and our brand new Mini Market. The Formal is an annual dress-up party that crams a whole bunch of folks into the shop for a late night of Rainier and photos while the Mini Market will host a few local vendors that make clothes, candles, art and more.
Sera Cahoone is one of the most talented folks in Seattle. She asked me to come up with a poster for her show at St. Mark's Cathedral--an expansive, beautiful church that occasionally hosts shows curated by Fremont Abbey.
This pin was for my friends at Good + Well, who specialize in candles, soaps and more while donating a portion of the proceeds to the National Parks. The North Cascades mountain goat is the second in a series of park pins I've designed with a third coming next month.
Close By is an online retail shop that I started developing a couple years ago. The brand is loosely connected with Porchlight and occasionally participates in pop-ups and markets. This year I designed a new label for some ball caps and beanies. It's a super simple, wordless label featuring some little trees and half a sun.
Lastly, here are a selection of photos taken in Seattle and Los Angeles during the month.
The Thompson Hotel hosts some delicious themed dinners and this month paired the deliciousness with vinyl. The evening included a set from Jay-Z DJ Neil Armstrong, great food and these pins that I designed.
One of the most challenging things with event posters is fitting A LOT of information onto an eye-catching illustration. This poster for Sasquatch Festival's photo event was very, very wordy but worked out alright--plus I will never complain about drawing a sasquatch.
Artists For Progress is a small organization that brings artists together to collectively support causes--in this case, Planned Parenthood and ACLU. My piece for the show is a stack of books with spines that tell an Albert Camus quote from 1955 in which he discusses the freedom of the press. The print is limited to 5 and only one remains in my webstore.
At Porchlight, we have a sign mounted high on a shelf that I made from an old X-Ray display. The sign's face is interchangeable with multiple designs, so each season I try to come up with a new one. I didn't want the sign's design to be too ephemeral, so I turned elements of it into a greeting card to stretch its use.
Customers at Porchlight regularly tell us "Your punch card is the only one I actually keep track of." Since people hang on to these and fill 'em up to get free drinks, it's important that they look nice. I decided it was time for a redesign. Most of our branding is black and white, which is partially due to my love of simplicity and minimalism, but also because of how cost-effective one-color designs are.
Lastly, I took a bunch of photos all over Michigan, including a really wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the Herman Miller archives, and the Eames-designed DePree House. All my photos are available here.
The Eames + Herman Miller partnership goes back almost 70 years and is one of the most influential in modern furniture design. In addition to designing some of Herman Miller's most successful and recognizable pieces, Ray and Charles Eames also designed a house in Zeeland, Michigan for Max De Pree, the company's eventual CEO. The home was completed in 1955, with the De Prees occupying it until 1975 when they sold it to Herman Miller employee Bob Rynbrandt. The company then purchased it in 2010.
Down the street from the De Pree House is Herman Miller's 750,000 square foot facility housing offices, warehouses and archives. Those archives include Alexander Girard textiles, Eames drawings, photographs, early furniture productions and seemingly never ending stacks of flat files and boxes filled with all the stuff that makes designers giddy.
The Eameses and Herman Miller are both an influence on my approach to design, illustration, and business so it was incredible to see all of this in person. Also, a BIG, giant thank you to Herman Miller archivist Amy Auscherman for making all of this possible!
September proved to be heavy on the pin designs. Here they are!
This Summer has gone by so quickly that I didn't even have time to post a July update--now it's practically Fall and it is snowing ash in the Pacific Northwest. Weird world.
First, we have a poster for my pal Sera Cahoone. The main version was created for her Seattle show, but I also created a stripped down version that could be updated for each individual show after that.
Next, I added another piece to my Midcentury Series--the Chemosphere. After seeing the iconic 1960 John Lautner building in person last Summer, I felt like it'd be a great addition to the ongoing series I've been working on. It's available to order right here.
I've done a good amount of work for the folks at Do206 and this poster was for a Pig Roast (not up my alley), which raised funds for charity (up my alley!)
Every couple years I build a new A-frame sandwich board for the front of Porchlight. This year I wanted to replace the usual black and white sign with a bright yellow and this is what I came up with.
Another busy one! This month brought a lot of new Porchlight merch, as well as some goodies for the 8th anniversary party. On top of all the Porchlight design projects, I made some pins and a poster for other folks. Here they are:
First off, Ben and co. at Death Cab asked me to design a poster for their acoustic show with the Decemberists to raise money for ACLU and Planned Parenthood. I came up with a little letter-writing-desk poster with some hand lettered text. Click through to see the poster details.
Porchlight Coffee & Records has been my main focus since I opened it in 2009. To celebrate the 8th anniversary, I threw a little party in the park with free pizza from Sizzle Pie, free ice cream from Molly Moon, and all sorts of other free goodies such as koozies and frisbees. I've been wanting to use the phrase "Providing Very Okay Service Since 2009" and I finally got my chance!
In addition to the anniversary designs, I also introduced some new merch into the store. This little two color, discharge ink print is of a little flamingo holding a coffee cup.
Using the same text layout as the flamingo, frisbee, and koozie, I decided to design a little pennant enamel pin for Porchlight in two different colorways.
One of my new favorites in the pin department is this Mount Rainier I made for Good + Well Supply Co. The first in a series of National Parks posters, I made a simple representation of the iconic mountain, with nature details on the backing card.
Next up was a pin for Molly Moon's Ice Cream. It's a cute little classic milk carton that the shops are selling to raise money for their non-profit that provides dairy products to food banks.
Pin number three was for one of my favorite Seattle musicians--Whitney Ballen. This pin coincides with her new album "Being Here Is Hard".
And the pins don't stop. My favorite part of these ones for The Racket, a pinball bar in Bellingham, is the backers I made. Inspired by older, simpler pinball machines, I wanted the backers to give a clear image of what the pins were advertising. Of the two pins created, I designed the pinball with text, and then helped transition their already-made logo into an enamel pin.
Last but not least are some pins I made for the women-focused co-working space that recently opened up in Seattle--The Riveter. Yes, I see the irony in being a male designing this pin for this client, but I really appreciate them asking me, as well as other neighborhood folks to create merch for the company throughout the community. This pin is based on the iconic Rosie The Riveter "We Can Do It" poster in a range of skin tones.