As a fan of mid-century architecture, taking photos of mid-century architecture, and drinking date shakes, Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to spend a quick vacation. See my photos of some of my favorite buildings in town right here.
There are a few fun projects to recap from September, but the biggest project was the release of the first volume of Mid Seattle. I started the photo project less than a year ago as a way to collect images of the still-standing mid-century buildings in Seattle and then later decided to bring it to physical fruition. I photographed and designed a 40-page volume of photos, complete with addresses and construction dates and then packaged it with an enamel pin and two postcards. The first volume is available here, and you can follow along on Instagram.
Next, I started a three-poster series for the all-ages champ, the Vera Project. Vera is a wonderful all-ages venue and community space that helps youth get involved in music and hosts local bands, national touring bands, and other performers. The first poster in the series has four versions of "VERA IS ____" with rotating descriptors.
Using elements of the Happy Animals Print, I created a softcover journal with over 160 blank pages and three not-so-blank pages. It's perfect for on the go journaling or sketching. Grab one at Porchlight or online at Close By.
The Showbox is a long-running venue in Seattle that holds a special place in most Seattleites' hearts. It's currently facing redevelopment and most everyone in town has voiced a strong disapproval. My contribution towards saving the Showbox is a poster design for the folks at the venue, depicting their very prominent signage.
I'm not much of a painter, but to help with some last-minute decorating, I painted some tabletops for the VIP area of the music festival Bumbershoot. Colorful raindrops for all the important folks.
As always, here are some of my favorite photos from the month of September.
A quick little recap of last month's projects...
First, some new pins for Seattle's oldest camera shop. The otter shirts I designed for them have been a big hit, so we decided to make some little pins of the same design.
These two commissioned prints are for the brand new Danforth Apartments. They'll be permanent pieces inside a common area for...ev...errr.
The first shows a woman taking a very happy dog on a ferry ride, with the Seattle shore in the background. Not sure if dogs are actually allowed on the decks of Seattle Ferries though. I'll have to check. The second is how I picture a sixty-year-old ad for the apartment building.
This month I also decided to turn my "Coffee & Records" design into a pin. It's been used on all sorts of good stuff at Porchlight and I thought it'd be nice to have an even more accessible option for the design. Even accessible to cats.
The third pin of the month was via the promotions/marketing/everything company, Polite Society, who is working with the aforementioned Danforth Apartments. They commissioned a pin with their ad campaign's motto: "Live Well, Do Good, Have Fun."
As always, here are some of my favorite photos that I took during the month of August. Many were taken driving from Seattle to Redding and Seattle to Portland.
Here are a few of the projects that came to fruition in July. First is a poster for my buddies in The Sidekicks. They love basketball and gave me free rein, so obviously I featured a basketball-playing dog.
Next, I was commissioned by a new apartment building, The Danforth, and local marketing folks, Polite Society, to create a print for a contest that was raising money for the Humane Society, Country Doctor, and Artist Trust. Along with two other artists, I was asked to create a print the conveyed an idea of local community. Having lived in Seattle my entire life, the image of folks flocking to green space at the sign of first sun--May or June, has always been stuck in my head. Everyone tends to be a bit more smiley, talkative, and spread out in parks and beaches with cheap prosecco and rosé. The design itself was inspired by the Eames film "Powers Of Ten", which shows an overhead picnic scene in the first few seconds of the film. The print is 12 x 16 and limited to 12 copies that were all distributed via the contest.
A couple months ago I found a pretty ugly late 90's Leica point and shoot film camera for $50. I finally finished a roll and thought I'd share some of the gems.
As with every month, here are some of my favorite photos I took throughout July.
The first project of June was one of the coolest I've gotten to do. I consider the Eames House one of the most special places on the planet for a variety of reasons, so I was thrilled to make some pins for them.
Next, for the second annual For The Love Of Plants art show at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, I designed a three-color screen print featuring some potted house plants stacked high. It's an 18" x 24" print limited to 50 copies, and available here.
Next is an 11" x 17" show poster for my pal Sera Cahoone. It celebrates the anniversary of her first record, using my illustrated version of the album cover.
Every July 4th, I put together an anniversary party in the park for my shop. It's usually a pizza party, sometimes a softball game, but always pretty fun. I also create a poster for the party and here's this year's!
Lastly, here are some of my favorite photos that I took throughout the month of June.
A little late, but here are the highlights from May. First off, a three color screen print for Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Neptune Theatre. I decided to take a sort of film noir-y approach to the poster and used dots and halftones for shadows to keep the poster to three colors. A couple prints are available via my webstore.
Barsuk Records, the label responsible for releases by Death Cab, Nada Surf, and Rilo Kiley, recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. To commemorate it, they asked me to design a shirt. The Barsuk logo is a dog holding a record in his mouth, so my design (with the original logo in the center) is a variety of animals doing the same. The label even made a pack of buttons with all the animals on 'em. You can purchase the shirt right here.
This year's Sasquatch! Festival over at the Gorge Amphitheater featured Bon Iver, The National, Anderson Paak and a whole long list of other good stuff. I designed a few shirts for the festival's merch and this is what they look like!
Early in the month I snuck off to the very photogenic Kauai and took a whole bunch of photos. Here are a few...
In addition to those Kauai photos, here are the other photographic highlights from the month.
Each year, Porchlight sells a ton of turntable slipmats in the shop, our online store and via Etsy. Every now and then, I like to bring a new design into the lineup and this month I finally found some time to do so. The Tree Ring slipmat is a way to bring the outdoors inside.
Next up is a show poster and t-shirt for Sera Cahoone. The shirt is based off of a design I came up wtih for Sera a couple months ago and the poster is a brand new timber wolf.
April also brought a super fun pin design for Clif Bar. They asked me to design a tiny little pin version of their chocolate chip bar. They debuted at a collaborative event with Clif Bar and Ebbets Field Flannels.
Like most folks, I'm a big fan of photo booths and a bit bummed by their digital replacements. I started drawing up my own version based on one of the very old booths from 50+ years ago. Then I went on to see if I could design three other prints with the same 4 colors. All are available over at closebyshop.com
Lastly, here are some photos I took during the month:
In addition to recapping all my design projects each month, I've started to share more of the photos I take. Here are some of 'em from March:
Next are some pins that I designed for the 19th ave sweet shop Hello Robin! The pins are based off of their delicious ice cream sandwiches:
A few months ago I designed some pins for the startup, LOHO, who are developing new tights for all shapes of bodies. They reordered this month and wanted some new backing cards, so I took the floral route:
I finally found a little bit of time to make some pins for fun--and just in time for baseball season. I designed a couple Ken Griffey Junior jersey pins based on some of the old school Mariner color combos. They're available at in-store at Porchlight and online at Close By if you want one!
First up, I designed this three color, 18" x 24" screen print for Gogol Bordello's sold out show at the Neptune Theater here in Seattle. I decided on a mustachioed man, loosely based on the band's lead singer, dancing along some clotheslines, making his way to a guitar.
Every month I take a lot of photos--a lot of which are shared on Instagram, but a lot of others that stay stashed on my computer. Here are a few of my favorites from the month.
Between Porchlight and my own web orders, I ship out a few packages a day. I designed some shipping bags to spice up all the orders.
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.