Design Vs Cancer – Lettering

Design Vs Cancer – Lettering

Design Vs Cancer is an organization that provides financial assistance directly to families with loved ones who are fighting Cancer. They also donate a portion of their profits to help support Cancer research. I first heard about DVC at a design conference I attended this past spring. After speaking with their founder Peter, and hearing how the organization came about, I quickly realized I wanted to contribute. Above is lettering piece I recently finished up to help raise a few dollars, and some awareness for the cause. If you feel compelled to help, or you’re just looking for something nice to hang on the wall at work, please visit the Design Vs Cancer site and pick up a print. Thanks in advance for the consideration and remember… for love and life we must always fight.

Hot Wheels – Illustration

Hot Wheels – Illustration

A few months back I had the opportunity to work with Dan Janssen of Soup Graphix on a small piece of a branding book he, and SG were putting together for Hot Wheels. As you can imagine, when the email came through I about lost my mind… I read, reread and then forwarded the note along to my wife to make sure it was wasn’t part of some funky burrito post lunch hallucination. Up until that point, working on anything for this iconic brand from childhood seemed like a designers’ pipe dream. In addition, teaming up Dan and the heavy hitters at Soup was an opportunity I could hardly fathom.

The project came through fast but the direction was on point. And despite a pretty tight turn we were able to punch out some quality work for book. Big thanks to Dan & the nice folks at SG for lining up the work. Hoping we can do this again soon.

Lost Type – Lettering for Dude Hank Pro

Lost TypeLettering for Dude Hank Pro

For the love of type and lettering, people! If you’re not familiar with Lost Type & the gang of rad folks that created it, it’s time. I’ve always been a huge fan of self initiated projects as a way to create your own fun/good excuse to try out new areas of design you’re interested in. It’s even more exciting to watch that interest grow into a success venture like it has for these guys. I was super stoked when I got an email from Lost Type’s Dan Gneiding asking if I’d participate in a project for his new release of Dude Hank Pro. I’ve been a fan of Dan’s work for a couple of years now and was chomping at the bit to collaborate on anything he (or Lost Type) had cooking. Above are a few process images for a piece I created for the cause. If you purchase Dude Hank Pro now, you’ll receive a limited edition block print (designed by Cade Cran) that includes all the stylistic alternatives… including “Closed”. Big thanks to Dan & Riely for the invite to contribute and to Cade for the rad poster design… truly honored to be involved in such a fun project with so many talented folks.

Texas Monthly – Editorial Illustration

Texas Monthly – Editorial Illustration

Creative Direction: TJ Tucker; Illustration: Kendrick Kidd; 3D Rendering: Digital Progression

Just finished up another super fun project for the nice folks at Texas Monthly. This time our creative team put together a belt buckle for an editorial piece on living country legend, George Strait. So stoked on how well the buckle rendering turned out… once again Digital Progression comes through with an Ace. Also a huge thanks to TJ for the creative vision and trust. Pulling together a team through multiple time zones on a tight deadline is no easy task, but you seem to pull it off with ease. Cheers to all the collaborations to come.

Eagle One – Poster Illustration

Eagle One – Poster Illustration

I recently had the opportunity to do some work for the nice folks over at Eagle One. They are hosting a booth at several of the Nitro Circus events this year and were looking to bolster their merch offerings with a few limited edition screen prints. The direction was pretty straight forward: Do something cool that tells the Eagle One story, in a style that the Nitro Circus crowd might like . Done, and done!

Big thanks to Tim for hooking up the project and letting me run with the ball. And also Tim Styles at Mama’s Sauce for slaying the poster printing. Lots of trust on a hella fun project almost always yields the best results. Hope you enjoy.

Label Design – Skillshare class

Label Design – Skillshare class

I recently had the opportunity to work on a label design class with the nice folks over at Skillshare. The experience netted out over an hour of video instruction detailing everything I know about approaching label design. Including useful bits about concepting, design grids, color choices, and setting up a label series. The lesson even includes a downloadable beer can template for your own label mock ups. If you’ve never taken a Skillshare class before, I definitely recommend giving them a look. Lots of great information to be soaked up from many talented folks. Sign up today and check it out.

Modus Bearing Company – Apparel

Modus Bearing Company – Apparel

Finally getting around to posting the apparel work I did for Modus Bearing Company in 2012. Bearings are often viewed like a commodity in the skateboard industry, no one manufacture standing out from another. Modus however, is making strides to break free from the industry perception by focusing more on the quality of their bearing construction. In 2012 we teamed up and put together an apparel line that reflected their efforts.

I had a rad time working with the nice folks over there. Big thanks to Brett for having a clear vision for Modus & trusting me enough to execute it. Hardly seems like work when things go as smoothly as this series did.

REAL Skateboards – Shatter Deck

REAL Skateboards – Shatter Deck

I recently had the opportunity to help out over at REAL Skateboards with a new deck design. Can’t tell you how much it means to contribute (however small the amount) to an industry that has been a part of my life for so long. Big thanks to Andy & Jim for letting me have a crack at it. Looking forward to more projects in the future.

Bold City Brewery – Packaging Update

Bold City Brewery – Packaging Update

I recently had the opportunity to revisit some of the branding/packaging elements for Bold City Brewery. Up to this point Bold City has been bottling much of their beer, but a few months ago they decided to make the switch over to cans. The goal was to stay true to the existing brand and labels, but develop a system that more tightly unified all of the packaging across the board (as well as other branded efforts). Based on inspiration from the brewery’s warehouse floor, and the owner’s bust-ass work ethic, I chose a slanted stripe similar to ones found on loading docks to help define the family of the pieces… the small adjustment felt like a natural fit for the earnest, Jacksonville brand. The roll-out plan is to fold the new stripe into other printed and digital pieces as the need calls until the effort is completed. Below are a few places we’ve implemented the updated system, as-well-as a brief video Shepherd put together of the canning process.

Big thanks to Shepherd and Bold City Brewery for making all of this possible. The trust and partnership has grown to places neither of us could have predicted in the beginning.

Fall Out Boy – Poster Illustration

Fall Out Boy – Poster Illustration

I recently had the opportunity to work with Fall Out Boy on a poster for their 2013 tour. Big thanks to Gaby of Crush Management for hooking up the work! Can’t say enough good things about the experience… nice folks and fun projects always make a rad time.

Final poster design along with a couple of color variations that just missed the cut are pictured above.