Project role: branding, graphic design, illustration
Logos are the best. There is no more intriguing a challenge to me than distilling a brand or individual down to one clean, singular mark that tells its story and expresses its attitude with one glance.
This is a small collection of some of my more favorite marks I've designed over the past few years.
Project role: branding, illustration, graphic design, print design
The owners of this Cleveland-area avocado green monster sought me out in 2014 to re-brand it as an Asian-American fusion beast known as "Wok-N-Roll". Instead of cloaking the truck in a full wrap I opted for spot vinyl graphic application to show off the the charm of the older truck, from the awesome paint job to the metal plating to the windshield awning up front.
Project role: illustration, graphic design
I was contracted to illustrate and design some looks for apparel pieces ranging from t-shirts to trucker hats to varsity jackets as part of Bud Light's "Whatever USA" experience. What started as some graphics and embroidery for apparel turned into a much more expansive project.
ADs: Jason Teegarden-Downs & Billy Baumann - Delicious Design League
Project role: illustration, graphic design, laughing
I love jokes. Like most creative people I'm inspired by a lot of things, but if I had to choose just one muse it would be the energy I get from standup comedians' performances and how they carve out their paths as professionals.
Often times I feel like I relate closer to comedians than I do designers and visual artists. The solitude, and the fight to create is something I've lived through and thrived under for sometime. The only constant in my life besides creating art is a gravitation to stand-up comedy as a fan, and later on dabbling in stand-up comedy as an open miker.
These are some prints I've had the privilege of working on with my favorite comedians and friends alike.
Project role: art Direction, type design, illustration, branding, graphic design
My best and worst client is myself. I started designing apparel and related goods for myself to fill the void in the world I felt when I looked at such things. I don't very much care to critique other designers work, I feel like my work in general does that without talking or tweeting about it. It all satisfies a weird compulsion I have to just make STUFF and in turn it also feeds into better and more refreshing work I produce with my clients.
You can buy this stuff at my online store.
Project role: branding, type design, art direction, illustration, graphic design, print design, editorial design
Scene Magazine commissioned me to brand their annual "Best of Cleveland" 2015 issue. This project expanded beyond art direction and design for the issue itself into all design and branding aspects of the awards celebration itself.
Photography: Frank Lanza
Project role: FUN, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SUPERHEROES, NOSTALGIA, CABLE TV
A series of prints I've produced for various gallery shows, including Gallery1988 and Free Comic Book Day.
Project role: branding, identity design, illustration, graphic design
Live Large is a lifestyle brand with its DNA rooted firmly in the punk/hardcore DIY scene and designed for the strength training community.
What started as a few t-shirt designs has expanded to supplement packaging, sweatpants and other apparel designs after a rabid reception from its intended audience.
This 2+ year process of bringing the vision of Live Large to life through establishing its identity design and apparel designs has been one of my more fulfilling and energizing experiences. Plus it's gotten my husky butt back in the gym more.
Project role: art Direction, Illustration, graphic design, editorial design
Various covers I've designed, illustrated and art directed for Scene Magazine.
Project role: illustration
I was hired by Funny or Die's The Occasional to illustrate the characters for an interactive game.
Check it out here.
Project role: graphic design, illustration
Project role: art direction, identity design,
Over the past 3 years I've worked as art director with the extremely funny and hard-working Cleveland comedian/promoter Ramon Rivas as he's built a thriving independent comedy scene in Cleveland, one that's respected nationally. I started out just designing and printing posters for shows he booked for comedians I was a fan, from there it evolved into putting a strategy to rolling out shows and festivals he booked.
In 2015 he re-branded his promotion agency as Accidental Comedy Club, a co-op that books shows almost nightly in addition to the annual Accidental Comedy Fest. I was more than game to mirror the attention to detail he paid in the shows he books with an identity system that helps set Accidental Comedy Club apart both locally and nationally.
Project role: illustration, graphic design
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland, Oh trusted me with the poster art for its annual outdoor concert series which takes place in front of its iconic atrium looking out onto Lake Erie.
RIP Das Racist.
Project role: art direction, illustration, graphic design
My favorite canvas is the t-shirt. I love the notion that something I designed can end up on the other side of the world, adorning a person I have never met. It turns into a living thing that has a life cycle and ages with its owner.
A friend and I launched Made By Superior initially as a regionally-inspired clothing brand in 2012 which since has widened its scope beyond that into something more iconic that's not bound by an area code.
Project role: identity design, graphic design, print design
An independent salon sought me out to refresh their brand as they grew into a larger studio space. Included was signage, new identity and printed promotional print materials.
Project role: illustration, printing, installation
I was commissioned by Chef Eric Williams for some large format canvas prints to hang at El Carnicero, Cleveland's premiere modern Mexican restaurant.
'Violencia Spectacular!': 15 ' x 4'
'Dios Mio!': 9' x 4'
Abandona O Morir!: 9' x 4''