Hard to believe that 2014 is rapidly closing. It's been a year of working on new projects with old friends, and unexpected leads to fun new clients. Please take a look at two such projects with The Law Office of Terence G. O'Brien and The Emergency Foodshelf Network/The Food Group. While each project required different solutions, the core process stemmed on creating trusting partnerships between designer and client and the best ideas were found collaboratively. This is probably the top reason why design (the verb) is endlessly enjoyable.
This fall, I attended my first national design conference in years. Along with the usual fun of seeing friends and being inspired, the big, repeating theme from speakers was “NEVER TURN DOWN A PROJECT.” No matter the client, the money, the crazy deadline, never say “no.”
About a week or so later, a call came in through FeistyPR in Winston-Salem, NC. “I have a crazy project with a crazy deadline and a crazy budget. Will you help?” Siobhan Olson asked.
“Absolutely!” I answered.
No Rules Theatre Company, based in Winston-Salem and Arlington, VA, needed a cohesive poster series to brand their 2013-2014 season performances. Inspired by their splatter logo and graphics, the posters are now a consistent and flexible system showcasing an inventive group of plays. I hope you’ll check them out.
And if you’re in Wash. D.C. or Winston-Salem, buy some tickets, too.
I like working on catalogs. They're big, complex puzzles that need to work hard AND have fun. They require teams of smart, organized, flexible, creative problem solvers. They need heavy use of both sides of the brain, plus a sense of humor. From complex strategy to whimsical art direction, what's not to love about these projects? Bring 'em on!
Check out a few I've been lucky to work on here.
Welcome to my re-designed website!
What do they say about cobbler's shoes?
I designed my first portfolio site back in 2009 with the help of amazing developer, Andrew Norell, who guided me through a basic light box set up and a few other tricks to make me look professional. Many years later, my goal is now to create a site I could update easily without enlisting and annoying others. So here it is: my work-in-progress!
I've uploaded my favorite projects – some I've done in the last 4 years (brand new!). I've been very lucky to work with smart, strategic and fun people these last few years. Please feel free to browse around and let me know what you think.
And if you're one of those smart, strategic, fun people looking for a designer & art director to partner with on a project, let me know. I'd love to work with you.