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.
The first project was for Do206's Valentine's Day show at Barboza. The whole poster is heavily influenced by 1950's children's books (aside from the bearded, bare-butt, Galifianakis-looking Cupid) and features a couple Seattle landmarks.
Second, is a large 18" x 24" screen printed movie poster for Hannah Peterson's documentary "Cowboy Poetry". See more photos of the design right here.
Lastly, I made some new Porchlight shirts aptly titled Mt. Porchlight. The design is a 1 color screen print on athletic gray American Apparel shirts. You can purchase them in the store or the online store.
My pal Andrew and I decided to take a very quick road trip through a large portion of California over less than three days. We went from Oakland to Big Sur to Palm Springs to Jalama Beach and back up Highway 1 to Oakland, playing catch along the way. Here are the riveting highlights!
Recently I made a couple new pins--Soup Nazi of Seinfeld fame, and Pizza Slice...of pizza fame. To celebrate, I wanted to give away one of each to a lucky winner via Instagram. As always, I enlisted the help of Junior to choose a winner. If you entered to win last week, watch the whole video and see if you've one. If you see your name at the end of the video, email me to claim your prize!