Things are a Brewin’

DESIGN, NEWS August 1, 2014

CIBOLO-CANS

 

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New brewery gettin’ hoppin’ round these parts. Having a lot of fun building the visual identity for  Cibolo Creek Brewery. I always feel pretty rad when I get in on the ground floor of someone’s big idea :) Lots more from them coming soon. In the meantime,  check out their Facebook page and their Untappd profile.

 

 

 

 

 

Cibolo Brewing Co.

UI Kit; Fake it While You Make It

NEWS April 3, 2014

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images courtesy of the fabulous, free and not-at-all-crappy stock photo resource , Unsplash

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 Little diddy I composed of various web project orphan pieces  last week. Ui kits or style guides are super useful and fun to put together.  When sifting through style kits or CMS themes aimed at corporate interactive /tech customers, I can’t help but chuckle some at the sense of self-seriousness displayed in a grouping of typefaces,  pull quotes,  hexadecimal codes and stock photos that would by themselves be utterly inoffensive.  Maybe it’s just that familiarity breeds contempt. Once you sift through one category of anything for an extended period of time it all begins to look the same, and sort of silly and it’s not news that web design trends become ubiquitous to everyone in a short matter of time.  That being said, “Trisynergy” is a very serious, professional and not at all nebulous name for a company and is probably a real brand mark or app somewhere….

How Now Moscow

DESIGN, NEWS March 11, 2014

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A set of untouched Balsa Maytroshka dolls arrived from Amazon today. I’m finding it hard to focus on my work with them sitting there just pleading with me to be painted/wood-burned/modge-podged on.  My love of nesting dolls resurfaced in a big way this last January when Mase, Ryan, Renee and I made a collaborative set for my Dad’s birthday.  My plan is to have  a nice stock of them around the house and doodle on them like I currently doodle on notepads. This plan isn’t very conducive to maintaining the de-cluttering train I have been on but I bet we can find a place for them…
My new wooden friends got me thinking about a corporate Identity design project I did a little over 3 years ago in school.  Presented with the option to rebrand and set the style parameters for the board of tourism anywhere in the world, I picked the place with the highest ratio of nesting dolls to people I could find.  Above are a few of my favorite visual excerpts from that excercise. Pretty friendly lookin’ place,  wouldn’t ya say  ;0

Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy Workshop

NEWS March 6, 2014

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(Left: Lauren demonstrating on my practice sheets and making it look easy! Right: My first “non-practice” attempt)

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My anticipation was finally satiated a few weeks ago when the day of our private calligraphy class with Lauren Essl came due. Lauren’s Calligraphy studio runs under the moniker Blue Eye Brown Eye , adorably named after her whippet mix doggy, Olive. Lauren provided us tools and the most adorable personalized setup complete with mini monogramed composition books. I have a ways to go before I can incorporate my new skills into my wedding invitation game, (well, by hand at least) but I’m trying to practice a little every day and loving developing the little physical idiosyncrasies necessary to wield a nib and some ink like a master.

New CRUMMY Zine With Max Kauffman

NEWS, PROJECT March 4, 2014

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I am a super fan  of Max Kauffman and we are pumped to do a CRUMMY HOUSE zine with him this month. The way he uses color and ornament to create washed out dreamscapes that almost feel…violent? – Its striking and lovely.  we had the opportunity to meet and hang out with Max in Oakland last October when we went to attend Neu Folk Revival, a show Mase and Max were a part of  at Lequivive Gallery.  Someday I will actually get around to editing my coast photos…

The book is black and white (traditional zine-via-Copy Max-form!), but Max’s work takes on a whole new level of good-strange on the printed page. Stay tuned…

 

Outside Furniture Facelift

NEWS November 16, 2013

Sad before-chair posing for it’s face shots to send to AnthropologIE in hopes of one day being marked up 700% retail cost. 

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Stamped canvas drying. I just cut up some soft lino-block rubber ( get it at Michaels for $5). Didn’t bother using one of the stamps I have carved because the canvas was really toothy, but it can be done.

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Little foam, a wood board , staple gun and the NeverWet. Tah–Dah.

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I learned about this stuff called NeverWet that can apparently keep your suede loafers in mint condition if you happen to, ya know, make them sleep outside in the rain or something. It’s a two-coat process that is as simple as spray..wait..spray again and BAM! I figured there was no excuse for not cleaning up the sad chairs that had been living on our porch for two years and becoming mold monsters. Lo and behold, My hand stamped fabric has remained intact for months. Now if I could only muster the gumption to finish the other one…