The literal big one of the month is a 40-foot billboard banner on the side of the Oddfellows building on Capitol Hill. When Oddfellows decided to go into COVID hibernation for a couple months, they asked me to come up with a design to let people know it was only temporary. Luckily, I am a big fan of older advertising, which was often based around "large and eye-catching" which translates well to billboards, banners and murals of that size. In the late afternoon, I walked down the street to see it in person and took these photos.
Lake Street Dive has a new album coming out on Nonesuch and asked me to design a poster to accompany the pre-orders of Obviously. The design was meant to show a couple bustling Brooklyn buildings while giving nods to new song titles and lyrics.
The holidays wiped out most of the Porchlight merch and I wanted to bring on a couple new designs. Because I've been drawing cats for the last 30-ish years, I figured I would draw some more. These new shirts are aptly titled the "Harmonicat" shirts (for very obvious reasons). They're available at Porchlight Design Co. and in-store at Porchlight Coffee.
After a few requests for photo prints over the holidays, I decided to start stocking some at Porchlight Design Co. They're standard sized 11" x 14" so they can be easily and affordably framed.
Lastly, a few of my favorite photos of January...
Some fun ones to finish out the year...
The big one from December was the cover of Death Cab For Cutie's new record, "The Georgia E.P.", which features five songs originally recorded by artists from Georgia. When the band announced the digital album, it was only to be available on December 4th for 24 hours–and 100% of the proceeds would benefit Fair Fight and their work to help Democratic nominees make their way to the Senate. The fundraiser came up with over $100,000 in 24 hours.
Since the victory, the band decided to put the record out on vinyl. In addition to the cover art, I've been working on the entire vinyl packaging, which will be released later this summer.
When I was first asked to design the album, the only real guidelines were that the album artwork be centered around the state outline and that it be fairly legible for a digital release (which for most people, is seen on an iPhone). I was inspired by an old jazz LP by Eddie Heywood, that had a few pieces of torn construction paper strewn about the cover. So slowly, but surely I created Georgia with the look of collaged construction paper with torn edges.
The album can be pre-ordered here on 180-gram peach-colored vinyl!
King County Public Health enlisted the help of the Vera Project to reach the youth of Seattle and spread the word about stopping the spread of COVID. Part of the campaign was live streaming four shows for free. I designed the posters with snowglobes as bubbles, full of different types of homes to remind everyone to stick to socializing within your own household.
Lucia Eames was the sole daughter of famed designer Charles Eames. Not only was she responsible for forming the Eames Foundation, which maintains the Eameses' legacy (as well as their house), but she was admired for her own art as well. The Eames Office recently released her starburst designs as ornaments and asked me to help with the packaging. You can buy the ornaments in sets of three right here.
Yoga studios have (obviously) had it rough this year, with very few being able to teach at all. A couple months back, I posted my designs for Take Care Yoga, and since then, co-founder Anna has also started Yoga School Collab. YSC brings together three yoga teachers to remotely train those that want to become yoga teachers themselves. You can find my logo design on their website on their Instagram.
Photographic Center Northwest is a vibrant part of the Seattle arts community, offering classes, workshops and exhibitions–they also have a darkroom (a rarity these days). I designed a shirt and a tote bag for them, based on tools used in the aforementioned darkroom.
Last, but not least...my favorite photos of the month.