Here is a flyer I made for the Beard Ball, which is an event hosted by my friends at Build-A-Beard. One friend recently described my design work as ‘minimalist,’ and I think this design was in part a response to that. I have never thought of myself in those terms, but here are some things that run through my head often: 1) the Swiss design dictum that you should keep removing things from your design until you can’t remove anymore, 2) In its simplest terms, design should ‘say what it is.’ Kinda like how writing professors will teach you “show don’t tell.” In other words, I figured that a silhouetted beard with ball gown would not only be funny, but it would also say ‘Beard Ball’ in simple graphic language.
I am proud to present an awesome new project I just wrapped up: the logo design and responsive portfolio site for makeup artist Shannon Grey Williams. Visit shannongreywilliams.com
Shannon’s logo reflects her love of royal and regal imagery (both monograms and crowns emerged from our research of historical references). Shannon’s request that we create something “historical with a modern twist” led me to modernize the logo into the sleek, streamlined simplicity that’s evident in the finished result.
When it came time to design Shannon’s portfolio site, I chose to use WordPress to accommodate the large number of portfolio items (60+ images) and allow for easy updating in the future. The site is responsive – it will correspond to the screen size of your tablet, iPhone, walkman, abacus, or whatever else you display it on. And most importantly for a portfolio site, it puts the beautiful photographs of Shannon’s work in the spotlight and gives them the room to shine.
Last week, I received a bundle of Planet Booty loot including this shimmering, outrageous t-shirt I designed for the San Francisco funk purveyors and old friends. Nathan requested a ‘wireframe’ booty design to correspond with the geometry of their handmade disco ball booty. I designed the image and decided that it wouldn’t be complete without an appropriately obscene and over-the-top execution in dazzling metallic silver ink. Oh and yes, that’s a Booty sweatband.
My latest web page design for Women’s Health is probably my favorite; check it out at their site. The design is a faux tabloid inspired by Weekly World News (remember Batboy?). I even snuck the headline ‘Martians Invade Earth’ into the background.
I made this ginormous grilling site for Men’s Health: The Ultimate Summer of Grilling. I designed everything from the banner to the Men’s Health ads, then wrote the code for all pages. Some pretty mouth-watering recipes on there.
Back in 2009, a friend of mine asked me to illustrate a tattoo that he described as “The King of New York Ultimate Kick-Ass Basketball Tat.” I was shocked when he told me what he had in mind: he said that it would have a basketball wearing a crown as the centerpiece, and surrounding that would be majestic lions and the World Trade Center and King Kong scaling the Empire and, obviously, the Himalayas. After I stopped laughing, I started drawing. Three years later and the tattoo has been inked. Below is a photo and an excerpt from the original brief. Move over Frank White, there’s a new King in town.
Design Brief: The King of New York Ultimate Kick Ass Basketball Tat