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.

ESPN Magazine – Editorial Illustration

ESPN Magazine, The Money Issue – Editorial Illustration

I recently had to opportunity to illustrate a few badges for the nice folks over at ESPN Magazine. The series included a main badge for the issue and several secondary badges specific to each article’s sport theme. Although they didn’t make the cut in the end, I really enjoyed the experience & had heaps of fun doing the work. Big thanks to Jason for the opportunity!

Fonts.com – Egyptian Slate

Fonts.comEgyptian Slate

I recently had the opportunity to work with Fonts.com on a type treatment using the Egyptian Slate family. I’m a sucker for a slab serif & was really stoked to get cracking on the project. I chose my grandfather’s former business for a source for inspiration, B & L Floor Covering and Installation Service (Bud & Lopez). He was a hard working man his entire life & owned a piece of the American dream with his business partner “Lopey”. As soon as I saw Egyptian Slate it struck me as a solid, no B.S., working man’s font – the match up seemed perfect. Above are a few of the pieces I created to compose the graphic. Big thanks to Ryan and the nice folks at Fonts.com for hitting me up!

Texas Monthly – Editorial Illustration

Texas Monthly – Editorial Illustration

Creative Direction: TJ Tucker; Art Direction/Layout: Brian Johnson; Illustration: Kendrick Kidd; 3D Rendering: Digital Progression

Just finished up some insanely fun editorial illustration for the nice folks at Texas Monthly. Big thanks to all the people involved in the production of the project. I love it when a group effort comes together like this!

 

 

Brindle Dog Brewing Co – Packaging

Brindle Dog Brewing Co – Packaging

Here’s a fun project I spent some time on in 2011 for Brindle Dog Brewing Co. It’s tough to go wrong when you’re designing for beer & man’s best friend. When the brewery’s owner approached me to help out with the brand & package design I was more than happy to take on the work.

In addition to the owner’s love for Dee Dee (aka Brindle Dog) he was also adamant about including themes from his home town, Tampa, Florida. After some noodling, we ended up with a Florida postcard esq. design solution. It allowed us to keep the continuity throughout all the pieces and also include the themes important to the owner.

Big thanks to Kevin for the project… it was tons of fun. I can’t say enough good things about working with folks who have vision, but trust you enough to let you run.

Above are a few of the logo iterations we went through during the process as-well-as some details of the can design. Hope you enjoy.

The Invitation Company – Logo

The Invitation Company – Logo

Logo exploration for The Invitation Company.