Design Convention Trading Cards: Chess
I wanted to create a set of images that functioned as a limited series, partly as an exercise, but also as a means of generating a string of social media content. This third set will illustrate the different design conventions of chess pieces and how they are represented both physically and digitally.
Makeka's Loft - Victor J Freeman Private Collection
Victor J Freeman hired me to create his new brand identity as he launched his new brick & mortar location in Cleveland's trendy Tremont neighborhood. I created logos, business cards, apparel tags, and promotional campaign branding.
Design Convention Trading Cards: Phonetic Vowels
I wanted to create a set of images that functioned as a limited series, partly as an exercise, but also as a means of generating a string of social media content. This second set will illustrate the different design conventions of phonetic symbols for vowels in English
Evil Fortune Tellers
My initial idea was to create Evil Fortune Cookies, but the audience potential very limited. This project plays on human anxieties and delivers the worst predictions.
Alien Language Clock
I designed this clock from a concept I came up with in the mid 1990s. I drew the icons in Adobe Fresco and imported to Adobe Illustrator, where I plotted their size and arrangement. I then printed them out and affixed them to corrugated cardboard. They are attached to the wall with velcro, as is the quartz clock movement, ordered from Klockit.
Design Convention Trading Cards
I wanted to create a set of images that functioned as a limited series, partly as an exercise, but also as a means of generating a string of social media content. This first set will illustrate the different design conventions of court cards in an English deck of playing cards.
Say Her Name Memorial Gown
KJ Gilmer reached out to me to create a brand identity, website, and media kit for the "Say Her Name Memorial Gown" project.
Golems of the Red Planet
Branding and imagery for Akron based surf band Golems of the Red Planet
Quarterly newsletter for St. Malachi Parish, Cleveland OH.
VNTG Home Pillow Promotion
Signage for a pillow sales promotion with VNTG Home, a furniture consignment shop in Cleveland OH
For Valentine's Day 2021, I sent out "Valentimes" to friends and family. There were eight designs in all. Each was also sent with stickers, heart tattoos, and custom-made word-search puzzles.
JMI Youth Big Band cover
Sam Eastmond of The Spike Orchestra contacted me to create a label for a mock 78rpm record. I created the label, which Sam printed and applied to an actual record, which was used to stage a photo. This photo became the artwork for "Maoz Tzur," a single released by the JMI Youth Big Band, an ensemble that Sam leads.
Ex Tenebris Lux (lyric video)
Lyric video for Rob Flax's 2020 single "Ex Tenebris Lux." Script lettering by Linda Alila, made into OpenType font by Mark Allender
The Louis Penfield House photo gallery
Gallery of photos taken at The Louis Penfield House in Willooghby Hills, OH
The Louis Penfield House - penfieldhouse.com
Website for the Louis Penfield House in Willoughby Hills OH, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Usonian" series homes, now converted to a vacation rental.
Gravesites of the Presidents
Gravesites of the Justices
Charlie Peacock - West Coast Diaries Volume II Vinyl
Artwork for the vinyl release of Charlie Peacock's iconic album WEST COAST DIARIES, VOLUME II
West Coast Diaries Volume II promotional video series
Website cataloguing the compositions in John Zorn's Masada songbooks.
TORU Album Covers
A series of album covers for TORU, a free-improv group based in the UK
Clock designed for my sister. Made from a series of horizontal boards attached to the wall with Velcro. Painted with accents from the home. Round black dots are felt furniture cozies.
In 2010, I had created a clock dial design wherein the hours formed a tilted square rather than a circle. The one, four, seven, and ten are called out instead of the traditional twelve, three, six, and nine. This installation was made in 2016 in the corporate offices of Tradesmen International, LLC in Macedonia, Ohio. I have been interested in clocks since the mid-nineties, and one of my favorite things to play with is the observer's strong sense of vertical and horizontal. By omitting a strong indicator to the horizontal and vertical axes (eg, removing the twelve and six), one can make a highly readable clock dial that is unconventional and interesting as a piece of artwork in its own right.
Hey Mavis - "What I Did" CD digipak and poster
Laurie and Eddie Caner asked me to put a Digipak CD package together for their new album "What I Did." After providing me with several photographs, I put this concept together - merging the front cover with some illustrations by Laurie. They also had me put together a tour poster using the "What I Did" branding and coordinated the print with a local printer.
Interference Playing Cards
This deck is a design improvement of one of my very first playing card design projects. It features artwork inspired by the expressionists of the early 20th century. The highlight of this design is the multi-layered vertical noise in front of the principle figures, which I feel (in tandem with the ghostly hollow-eyed faces) creates a post-industrial, post apocalyptic feel which I particularly dig. They feature a double-ended back design, 100% custom faces, and a custom designed tuck box. ALSO - the edges of the faces have been carefully crafted so that the edges are uniform and double-ended.
Type+Color Playing Cards
Type+Color is a set of decks utilizing different color schemes as the primary identifiers of each suit - rendered in the different typeface styles - the BOLD SANS deck uses Helvetica Bold and the ITALIC SERIF deck uses Georgia Italic. Pips are placed in the corner of each card, bleeding off the live area.
Xerography Playing Cards
The artwork on these decks has been processed and enlarged in numerous generations by photocopiers, creating the unusual color separations and shape contours that you see. This look is inspired by independently printed band posters of the 80s and 90s. These decks feature a double-ended back design, 100% custom faces, and a custom designed tuck box. For the court cards, I asked some friends and family to mimic the poses of the traditional figures in the cards. Kings and Jacks (and the Queen of Spades) needed to hold a vertical object of their choice in their left hands while Queens (and the Jack of Hearts) needed to hold a smaller object of their choice in whichever hand was appropriate. And the Jack of Clubs has a flower in her hat. Each model created and fashioned their own look for this project. Finally, there are 18 different pips for each suit in this deck, with no single pip duplicated on any one card.
Postmodern Christmas Cards
I created a Christmas card and sold it through Kickstarter.
Shapeshifter - album cover by Cole & Cofffman
I was approached by the band Cole & Coffman to create the cover for their new album "Shapeshifter." Matthew Coffman presented me with a series of photos. I created several designs and this was the one the group decided on.