February was a fun one. First off, I designed a three-color poster for the Sharon Van Etten show at the Neptune. The show was fantastic too.
I also released a small book/bound zine of collected vintage maps and brochures from Washington State called Visitors. I illustrated the cover and took care of all the photography as well. It's available for purchase at Porchlight Design Co.
In an effort to start consolidating some of my creative outlets, I created Porchlight Design Co. Until now, Close By had been the offshoot of Porchlight as a Northwest-inspired online retail shop, but to avoid confusion and simplify the Porchlight brand, I decided to change to Porchlight Design Co. Using the Dandy Man logo I created for Porchlight Coffee & Records, I used a version of him for the Design Co. The majority of the products are designed in-house, but some books, prints and hardware are made by other folks.
A while back I decided to start carrying a small selection of greeting cards for our merch section inside of Porchlight. Tons of folks grab a card while getting their coffee, so I try to add a design or two every now and then. I added some non-holiday cards--one with happy faces and the other features a peppy "HELLO!"
This month I also designed a shirt for my old buddy Michael, aka Telekinesis. He and I grew up playing on the same soccer team as preteens and reconnected as adults as we both wound up involved in the arts. He's an incredibly sweet dude and his band has a great new record out. Luckily we are both mid century modern fans, so we devised this design together. This t-shirt will be available on his upcoming tour to promote his new album, Effluxion.
February brought a lot of snow days in Seattle, as well as some fun projects. Here are my favorite photos that I took around town during the month.
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