Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Logos Galore

As you know, I've been uploading logos to Bill Gardner made my day recently when he called to say that some of these marks will find their way into his next book collection, Logo Lounge 5.

To celebrate, I designed a digital poster of nearly 200 logos and icons created mostly from the last 7 years of my now 20-year career. If you would like a PDF of the 11" x 17" poster, please email me and I'll shoot you the file as soon as possible.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Limited Color

Here's an image I just finished intended to be letterpressed. If you're not familiar with the letterpress process, visit to see some lovely examples. Letterpress printing is very tactile and very beautiful to feel and see.

I don't handle printing much anymore, but when I was a graphic designer years ago, we would regularly select colored paper and print Pantone inks. After we started using Epson printers (with white paper) to mock-up projects for client approval, and 4-color printing became much more economical, our design solutions evolved into ever increasingly 4-color process designs printed on white stock. Today, where full color is everywhere, I think it's interesting that limiting your designs to one or two colors actually allows your work to stand out in the crowd.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Moose Heads

To follow up an earlier post, the Moose Head Hunt was held last night at the B.A.N.K. restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. Nearly 30 Moorhead State University design alumni showed up to reconnect with old friends and pay tribute to "Moose", Professor Phil Mousseau. Those in attendance were, Karen Schwarz, Amy Crews, Bret Hummel, Michael Byzewski, Susan Hofmeister, John Tschohl, Cory and Jessica Docken, Chris Cornejo, Jeff Johnson, Cedric Hohnstadt, Mark Lofthus, Travis Olson, Jon and Amber Erickson, Brent Gale, Eric Vermilyea, Jason Rysavy, Karl Peters, Nicki McCracken and Charles Youel, Scott Thares, Sarah (Nelson) and Jon Forss, Barry McCullough, Roland Eidahl, Sandy Mousseau, along with my wife, Leah and I.

I was struck by how much impact one person can have in this world. This group was just a fraction of the talented designers that came through Phil's program... and yet these alumni are some of the most talented and successful designers in the Twin Cities.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

These photos were from my own camera. Sandy Mousseau shot many more and when I receive them, I'll update this post with selected images from her.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Two Birds with One Illustration

Von Glitschka ( asked me to design "something" using one of his texture designs. I believe the point was to use the illustration/design as an example of how his textures can be used in commercial graphic design. Von is one of the best illustrative designers in the U.S. so I wanted very much to find an appropriate project to showcase his cool texture. Luckily, a new client of mine asked for a fresh Christmas design to be used in their new holiday bag collection. I was able to incorporate "Thorn Blossom" into the border treatment. Click on the image below to get a much closer look at the detail.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Missed The Mark

I was asked to produce one idea for a new investment company. From all of my questioning, I thought I had a bead on what the client wanted and needed... and I delivered this idea. The watering can, I thought, was a great metaphor for the tender care needed to grow investments. The client didn't agree.


As I've been going through my archive looking for logos to submit to LogoLounge (see older post), I came across these six ideas I presented for a company called Mosaic Builders. I can't help but notice the variety of styles I incorporated. As I've evolved from primarily a graphic designer to primarily an illustrator, I'm finding my solutions for logos now are more illustrative in nature.

Isn't it funny that not having a style is advantageous as a graphic designer, but harmful as an illustrator?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Macy's Girl

Here's an illustration I just finished for an animation proposal for the department store giant.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Moose Head Hunt

I didn't hang out much during college. I was in such a hurry to get out into the work force, I missed out on the great experience of collaborating with the other design students. I deeply regret that mistake.

As part of my company "re-boot", I've been making an effort to reconnect with classmates from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. These reunions have been so fun I have been spearheading the effort to do this on a much larger scale... a real reunion of all alumni from Phil Moosseau's design program (Moose Heads for short). Here's the invite.