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.
This month has a big workload crammed into it. Pins, posters and pizza projects. First off, I designed a little Sasquatch Festival pin featuring a rainbow-toting sasquatch that was sold in all of the festival's merchandise booths.
Next on the pin list--a pair of paint-related gold pins for the non-profit Urban Artworks. Offered as rewards for fundraising, I came up with a paintbrush similar to their logo as well as paint splattered overalls.
The nice folks at the Bellevue Farmers Market asked me to design some merch for them. I came up with a poster featuring a whole bunch of happy people interacting at the market, a classic style apple crate for their tees, and a little 1" strawberry basket enamel pin (complete with a branded backer).
As part of a fundraiser, Seattle-based creative agency We Are Unicorns invited some artists to each put their art on pizza boxes. I came up with this flamingo eating pizza (an obvious choice).
Lastly, and most importantly I illustrated a poster for my dad's book reading in Chicago. His latest book, "Chicago's Grand Midway", is due out mid-June and I wanted to surprise him by working with one of the bookstores to create a poster for the event. It's illustrated in a more modern style, but each building is based on photos of specific buildings from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. He and I will be in Chicago for the event, so make sure to come see it and hear the discussion.
Here are a few projects from April:
First up: a pin set I made for Westland Distillery. Westland is the largest single malt whiskey distillery in America. In addition to top-notch booze, they have a very well-curated selection of merch that I was honored to be a part of. The three pins include the Westland building, their logo, and a glencairn whiskey glass pinned to a postcard-sized backing card.
Another pin from April was for Conway Electric. Manufacturing beautiful, modern and safe extensions cords in Los Angeles, they asked for a pin representing one of their mint colorways.
Last but not least, a sweet little cat shirt for the instrumental band Unwed Sailor!
March was buuuusy. There are a few projects that I can't yet share with everyone, but these few are out in the world and ready for public eyes.
First is a print I designed for a group show inside the Volunteer Park Conservatory entitled, "For The Love Of Plants". The show is plant themed and having just come back from a weekend in Arizona, I had cacti on the mind. The print is 3 colors and measures 18" x 24". It'll be available for purchase at the opening party on April 21st and online via my webstore soon after.
Second is a poster, along with social media assets and gifs for a Red Bull Sound Select/Do206 show featuring Autograf, Pell, DoNormaal and Dream Journal at Chop Suey in Seattle. They envisioned a Summery Northwest influence and the ferry ride at sunset is what I came up with.
Last month I decided to start partnering with bands in an effort to raise money for particular causes we both felt were important. When I brought this up with Ben, he was already in the midst of planning this fundraiser for Standing Rock and I hopped on board. Here's how the poster turned out.
The short month went by quickly and here are the design projects I managed to cram into it:
First, the Camp Cup enamel pin, modeled after the iconic blue camping enamelware. I made this little guy to add to the long line of enamel pins offered at Porchlight as well as online at Close By.
Second and third I finished up a couple new additions to my Midcentury series including a Stahl-inspired cliff house looking out over the city and a bright, sunny desert motel. Both are available in my store.
Last but not least is the poster for Ben Gibbard at the Showbox to raise money for Standing Rock and the legal fees they've encountered while protesting DAPL. In collaboration with the wonderful print shop Broken Press, I'll be donating 100% of the proceeds from poster sales to the same fund.