A brand new restaurant concept, heavily inspired by classic hot dog joints in Buffalo, NY and all over the great US of A. I worked closely with owner Jon Luther and his core team over the course of nearly a year to develop the entire JJ's visual identity.
The comprehensive program included all the printed collateral, content managed website, apparel for retail and staff, interior/exterior signage, interior graphics, promotion strategy and the POS. It was a comprehensive undertaking and a true privilege to be a part of launching this brand.
Various illustration projects, commissioned by brands and for editorial applications.
Brand and Identity for start up brewery in Charlotte, NC. The brewery was conceived as a nano-brewery. The concept was to create a brew in the heart of Charlotte that would be served exclusively at the brewery itself. It was to be very destinational and inspired by, and tied to its Charlotte roots and its location in Fourth Ward. Although the branding is completed and approved, the potential opening of the brewery is in question as of summer of 2014.
A self-initiated / personal design project exploring the question, "what if the Carolina Panthers had been founded in 1955?" Not endorsed or affiliated with the NFL or Carolina Panthers.
A 3 month project to create an inspiring and informative motion piece "What is a Pin?" and through the process, to establish the illustrated style for the Pinterest brand across the entire product. In addition to the final video, a large bank of illustrated assets were created for the in house brand team to work with.
Illustrations for the global RSM brand rollout, led by Charlotte agency, Luquire George Andrews. The illustrations needed to express the ideas of global connection and overcoming logistic obstacles in a style consistent with the new RSM brand guidelines. They were to be produced at a variety of scales, so they needed to work in the context of a print ad, all the way up to super graphics in the airport.
Agency: LGA / Art Director: Jon Cain
Rooted in the Futurist style and inspired by the athletic heroes of my youth, this series is an exploration of geometry and dynamism in the human form.
I worked with I.T. staffing, recruiting and solutions provider, Gorilla Logic, out of Boulder Colorado to develop a comprehensive overhaul of their current brand. Their previous mark was a simplified gorilla mascot and through a series of explorations and discussions, we moved to a bold, geometric approach to better reflect their current direction. Look for the brand to roll out over their materials over the coming months.
Various type illustrations, both personal and commissioned
Identity system for Joel Kuehn at Firefly Camps. It's a great product that streamlines the camp management process.
I had the pleasure of participating in the 1st Annual Design Brawl. Josh Emrich created this event and acted as captain of the Denver team, and I was the captain of Team Carolina. Our contest ran alongside the build up to SuperBowl 50. I created a simple header and set the general direction for our team and drafted other amazing designers from the Carolinas. The general public could vote on their favorite team and for overall MVP. We took home the win and Ryan Simpson got overall MVP.
*Sorry to my mom for the profanity.
Following up on my MAX100 project, Nike Sportswear and the Nike Global Digital team commissioned me to create a series of 28 illustrations of the core Airmax product.
The interpretations of these products were centered around color story, design inspiration, cultural impact and reinvention. As with my previous series I utilized illustration, design and photography in combination to create a wide range of styles. This project was conceived as online only, but due to interest eventually led to a motion piece as well as an install at 21Mercer in Soho, NYC. Beyond the thrill of getting to work with such a great brand and team, having one of my concepts lead to designing neon signage of these 4 silhouettes was an amazing opportunity.
#AIRMAX Series / Art Directors: Victor Nguyen Long / Camden Stanke, Producer: Evan Steinberg, Copywriting: Aubrey Corie
#AIRMAX Video: Producer: Decatur Dan, Animator: Greg Solenström, Composer: Forest Pond
Design Gangs is an exploration of the unique sub-cultures of the creative industries using Biker Gang style badges and graphics. Several of the designs were produced as shirts and had a successful run on the Cotton Bureau and the collection is available as a print in the store.
Part creative stunt, part design/illustration endurance test and a complete love letter to the greatest sneaker of all time. What began as a personal project became a self published book that has connected with lovers of design and sneaker culture worldwide.
The Project was exhibited at the SoleDXB event in Dubai, as well as taking up residence in the Afew store in Dusseldorf, Germany. The limited run of 1,000 books has been sold in nearly 20 countries. For the full gallery of 100 final illustrations or to purchase a book, you can visit the MAX100 project site.
In collaboration with Social Status and Nike, I designed a series of 10 Physical pairs of Air Max 1's based on individual entries from the MAX100 book. Each pair was a limited edition 1 of 1 and were auctioned off for charity.
UPDATE: The book is currently sold out. Posters and art prints still available.
If you're not prone to motion sickness, check out all 100 in 60 seconds.
Apparel work for the Nike Graphic Studio, including some personal explorations of the arcade concept. These shirts were released in the UK via Nike Sportswear retailers.
Intro graphic and set of accompanying spot illustrations for Esquire Magazine that captured the important political issues and also created a red/blue dualistic element to support the main idea of the article.
A series of 26 badges for the Vulture[dot]com Most Devoted Fanbase series. Users could download these badges and declare their devotion across various social media platforms or on their mobile device.
Art Direction: Jen Cotton, Steve Motzenberger
A series of illustrated maps for the addictive mobile game TWO DOTS. These are released as timed treasure hunts.
Event concept and development of all visual communications for the GUTS Annual design community pumpkin carving benefit. Each year the creative community in Charlotte comes together at a special event to compete in pumpkin carving events and to raise money for Levine Children's Hospital.
(Completed while at Hawse Design)
Body design of trophy: Barry Becker
Varsity Donuts is a donut shop, housed in a historic former Post Office in the college town of Manhattan Kansas. They have ping pong, bike rentals, community events and amazing donuts. What's not to love? I had the pleasure of completing mascot, brand and extensive apparel work for their launch.
Final shots: via Varsity Donuts Facebook page. "Ping Pong Champion" T-shirt graphic credit John Duggan.
A variety of logos for clients both big and small
Working with the Pinterest Brand Team, I created a set of 3 multi-purpose illustrations and support materials for the Place Pins launch. There were 3 primary illustrations that were created to seamlessly tile and animate in the Pinterest product to announce the new feature. These illustrations were modified and used at the event and were also a part of a set of vintage inspired postcards that were used as invitations and giveaways.
I worked with the in house design team at Evernote to create an identity for their 2013 conference. Along with the primary logo, I created a set of patterns that they could use to execute all the conference materials. The final phase was to create two flexible illustrations, one for the developer focus and one with a lifestyle focus. The individual elements could be pulled out and used on their own or the patterns could be seamlessly tiled.
Art Direction: Adam Glynn-Finnegan, Akiko Ito
I worked with Afew Store in Dusseldorf Germany to create a new identity. Inspired by the primary symbol from the city crest, the two-tailed lion, the mark needed to be simple and versatile to work in the many varied applications and on a variety of materials. (Application and product photos courtesy of Afew)
Along with a great group of artists and designers, I had the opportunity to submit to a special Pinterest Valentine's Day board. Pinterest supplied a fun list of phrases to illustrate and the rest was up to us.
You can send them from here.
A self-initiated daydream rebrand of Dunkin Donuts that was picked up for the preeminent rebrand blog, Brand New, and used for their yearly April Fool's post. The focus of this exercise was to explore a special 60th Anniversary program and general brand evolution utilizing the brand's heritage while injecting it with fun and wit. For more information, you can also see the original April Fool's post and my process post.
A brand identity system for designer/filmmaker Nate Salciccioli that was built around his site moniker, "Nate Says Hello." This was a way for people to quickly remember his URL and work around his intimidating last name. The speech window became a metaphor for Nate as a filmmaker to offer his unique point of view, and being a skilled designer himself, set him up to use the identity as a creative platform in print and motion.
A series of illustrations for Brooklyn-based soccer magazine, Howler. Each illustration represents a humorous soccer cliche.
I worked with the Facebook Business Manager Team to create a comprehensive suite of illustrations. Many of the illustrations needed to appear in multiple states and be flexible enough to mix and alter on the fly. The style needed to align with the existing Facebook look and feel, but also have a bit of its own identity, utilizing a fun relaxed approach and incorporating some texture.
I was commissioned by Facebook to create a series of illustrations in the style of a children's book. These pieces would serve as the backdrop for a booklet full of case studies, telling the story of some of the world's biggest brands. The final illustrations had to be simple and minimal, allowing room for text and headlines.
Art Director: Jim Renaud