November Design Recap
'Tis the season for festive design stuff. First up, I designed these ornaments for Westland distillery and had them produced with my factory partners. I then finished and packaged them in house. Westland has always been a pleasure to work with in every sense and this ornament was no different. They're for sale down at their SoDo distillery and tasting room for $10.
Another ornament I came up with this month was inspired by one of the greatest neon signs ever made. Also produced with my direct factory partners, it is gold plated and hand tied with festive red string. The elephant ornament is available at Porchlight and online at Porchlight Design Co. Because these are displayed prominently in-store, I wanted to make sure the packaging looked nice and professional, and could be used for past and future ornaments as well.
Corrie is a former teacher and brilliant cook. At the end of October she asked me to come up with some branding for her private chef business. She envisioned incorporating a wheat stalk without looking too cheesy or overused. With some unique type, stalk placement, and colors; we agreed that loved it and it didn't fall into the aforementioned cheesy category.
I've designed quite a few fun things for Sera Cahoone, and this fun wintery one was inspired by the Monorail and its route here in Seattle. The show is coming up on December 21!
Neal Haley is a fitness instructor with a big style crush on the 60s and 70s. She's also an avid boxer who trains non-stop. To launch her personal training venture, I came up with some branding inspired by classic ringer tees of the 1970s with a color palette I knew would appeal to Neal. Taped hands are a signature of boxing and I wanted to incorporate a taped, gripping hand for a tiny bit of grittiness in a pretty easy riding design.
The grand finale of the month is something I actually designed a year ago. Urban Artworks is a Seattle-based non-profit that provides opportunities for underserved youth to partner with artists to create public art. When Urban Artworks asked if I wanted to design a small mural in honor of the late Dave Niehaus, I was beyond excited. I grew up listening to Mariner games on the radio, watching them on TV, and going to the Kingdome; so Niehaus and his voice hold an incredibly special place in my heart. I'm not much of a painter, but I designed the entire mural, then helped outline the design on wood which was later painted by some great Seattle teens. Initially the mural was set for a square wall in SoDo, but due to some building issues, the mural was moved down near the Starbucks headquarters on Occidental to a much larger wall (which makes the square mural look a wee bit small).
And as always, my favorite photos from the month...