I have been experimenting with different types of lettering for the past year and half. Lately I have been exploring different ways of digitizing the lettering to create different styles of casual hand-lettering and elegant styles of hand-lettering. Each lettering style from my experience is better achieved with different techniques, be it using the width tool in illustrator or duplicating he initial path and joining the ends (for a thicker/chunkier) lettering style. This post is an exploration in the elegant style of lettering, which I have not had the opportunity to work in. It also entirely relied upon the width tool within adobe illustrator to achieve the seamless transition from thin to thicker lines.
This past fall, I worked on the identity and branding for Fathom, a digital learning management system. The project was a great project to work on for several reasons, the most important being is that the owner/stakeholders chose a great name with a lot of allegorical meaning to it. The stakeholders also had a very clear idea of what they wanted and also had a minimal design sensibility. Overall the project was smooth and these are a few more of the half-cooked or not even fully thought out ideas that I thought would be fun to share.
I’m a native Nevadan and graduate of the University of Nevada. This means that each winter when my alma mater’s football team packs up and heads to a bowl game to finish up their football season; I understandably get a little excited and nostalgic for the formative years I spent in Reno. This year, Nevada is playing in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson (which I will make the short drive from Phoenix to see) and I hope we can watch them get another win for the season to come out over .500. For the past 3 years I have been doing illustrations to mark Nevada’s bowl games. A personal project. An homage to my state and my college. I really do hope that they can find a way to bring back the excited kind of play I was able to see when Colin Kaepernic was our starting QB. But until […]
Sometimes when I am making logos, I will combine an icon with a logotype to create the final combined logo. With this project I created this series of icons that were eventually rejected on the way to the final approved logo for the client. Each of these options have their strengths, from solid/established thick lines projecting the feeling of strength and trust to more minimal icons that seem to connote the ability to point direction or show the way forward. In the end the client went with another direction, which I will post later, but I wanted to take a minute to show some love for the bits of the project that didn’t get enough love.
I was recently exploring some more expressive hand-lettering as part of a larger branding exercise and these are just some hints of what I can share at this point in the process.
I put together this hand-lettered lockup together recently for the city of Reno for their ARTown summer festival goings on.
Sometimes when you are making logos for a client you get lucky and come up with a ton of really beautiful unique options that are really nice. Sometimes you don’t and luckily the client chooses the only good one in the bunch. On this client the client chose from a group of really good ones, chose the best but still had some nice options that they rejected. These are the rejected options, even though they were really beautiful.
I put this design together this spring and submitted it to Cotton Bureau for production. The shirt was picked up Cotton Bureau but came in short for being produced. I truly feel like this message of radically waging peace is one that should be embraced by people globally to end the continuous violence and exploitation of people around the globe. It all starts with you.