Some juicy blackletter and animation for Delicious Design League's new website, launching soon!
Had the honor of tackling the iconic Oz for The House Theatre, who are mounting a twisted take on the story in March of 2017.
A few of my favorite little bits and pieces of lettering.
A collection of custom logotypes.
I was thrilled to design the cover for a new fantasy series The Lost Property Office, out this November through Simon & Schuster. The story follows 13-year-old Jack Buckles as he travels through time in search of his father. A story this mysterious, lush and alluring deserved a cover to match!
Art Direction: Lizzy Bromley
Poster for Tauk, who wanted a lush, dreamy poster for their winter 2016 tour.
Adam J. Kurtz is a really talented, super funny illustrator, designer, and author whose books 1 Page at a Time and the soon-to-be-released Pick Me Up have been released in a myriad of languages worldwide. Their success relied on his trademark mix of self depreciation and earnest encouragement, and the books' handwritten aesthetic was important to maintain across translations.
We worked together to develop a massive, comprehensive typeface based on his handwriting that would see the book's release through French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Dutch, Polish, and literally any other language that uses the Roman or Cyrillic alphabets. The font tops out at a whopping 1,295 Glyphs, including three versions of every single letter, number and punctuation mark, which are programmed to cycle through to maintain the natural flow of handwriting.
Butterfat Studios is an appointment-only, all custom tattoo studio in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The studio needed a mark that was as tough and unexpected as their work — and served as a strong counterpoint to the studio's nature-focused work.
Various event promotion, merchandise and fun floral pieces to boot.
Tour poster for Tauk, who wanted an octopus as feisty and groovy as their music. Moiré Madness!
Poster for The House Theatre's interactive show, The Last Defender. Inspired by classic arcade games, the show puts audience members to work solving puzzles against the clock in order the save the world from imminent nuclear disaster.
I had the pleasure of appearing on the podcast to talk about the process behind this lettering, and what it's been like working at Delicious.
This one's just for fun — and a lot of fun at that! Typefight puts two designers head to head to battle it out over a letterform. I was paired up against the very talented Kyle Crawford in a combat of the Kyles, a skirmish of the S's. After a tense week I nabbed the win, 153-99.
Jacket design for Of Better Blood, a young adult novel that follows a young polio survivor as she fights against the eugenics movement in the 1920's.
Art Direction: Jordan Kost
Branding for Evie Yapelli's tattoo studio, Show Pigeon, located in Southern California. Evie's work is a playful spin on American Traditional Tattoos, or in more straightforward terms: super cute.
I've always loved that tattoo shops traditionally hold American sign-painting in such high regard, and since Evie's style is a twist on time-honored traditional inking, I thought it would only be fitting to reference sign-painting, in a slightly different light: grocery store and showcard lettering. It ultimately felt as friendly, playful, and rooted in tradition as her work. I also digitized her original drawing of the lady bird, to make sure it's optimized for any environment.
Had the pleasure of building (and breaking!) the cover art for The Hood Internet's second compilation of remixes and producer jams while at Delicious Design League. Download the album here!
We also designed and printed the band's tour poster, which is available in the Delicious shop! Go get you some!
Modern Sprout provides foolproof and stylish planters for the urban gardener. I've worked on packaging, pattern design, illustration and lettering for their diverse range of products. It runs the gamut from a fool-proof mason jar herb garden to hydroponic planters, and seed starter kits.
Modern Sprout's Garden Jars were included in Oprah's Favorite Things 2015!
Branding for Tine Defiore's new tattoo studio, Black Oak, located in a beautiful storefront in Logan Square. The shop has a stunning, vintage treehouse vibe, which informed the logotype's look and feel.
The Sherwood Community School is Columbia College's gateway to arts education, bringing private music education, group classes, and performance opportunities to children and adults in the Chicagoland area.
I provided art direction, illustration, layout and lettering for Sherwood's Fall 2015 brochure, aimed at young children ready to Explore Something Amazing.
Photography by Phil Dembinski.
Buttercream is a fine dining and tattoo event hosted by Butterfat Studios in collaboration with Buttermilk. Its inaugural event took place on Valentine’s Day 2015, featuring exquisite small plates and a hand-sized tattoo. A second, blackwork-themed night took place in May, and later this month, they'll host a Hawaiian-themed Luau with Lost Lake Tiki.
For the inaugural event, I screen printed and hand lettered personalized menus for the guests to take home.
Open Circuit Dining is a pop-up fine dining concept based in Chicago. 12-course dinners take place once a month in different venues across the city. Chef Jacob Demars’ graffiti-influenced plating was a perfect jumping-off point for the identity.
With visuals this stunning, I wanted to make sure Chef Jacob’s work would be the featured player, so I lettered this straightforward mark with just enough quirks to fit in. Handmade watercolor and stamped business cards continue the expressive, playful nature of the food.
Check out more photos and grab a ticket to their events on the Open Circuit Website.
Urban Initiatives provides incentive-based athletic programs for at-risk youth in Chicago. Their mission is to drive better academic and social performance through team sports, while also providing nutritional and physical fitness education.
While working at Firebelly, I redesigned their previous website, streamlining the wealth of information into something more concise and easy to navigate. Best of all, the website was built through Wordpress, allowing staff to update information whenever they need, leaving time for what’s most important: the kids.
Drawing in chalk is, was, and always will be the most fun.
Typeforce is an annual typographic exhibition curated by Firebelly Design. I was honored to be a big sparkly part of its fifth year.
Party Pooper is a ten-foot wide piñata, and a true labor of love. My boyfriend and I put this behemoth together from scratch over the spam of three sleepless weeks using cardboard, masking tape, glue, a mile of hand-fringed streamers, and a whole lot of coffee.
After all that work, I just didn't have the heart to smash the piñata, but it hangs proudly above the couch in our living room.
Branding for tattooist Delphine Noiztoy's London studio.
I fall more in love with my neighborhood every day. Logan Square is home to incredible bars and restaurants, friendly small business owners, and Tamale Guy, who wanders through late night haunts with a cooler of fresh tamales (It's the best).
This is an ongoing illustrated love letter to Logan Square, and to all the beautiful buildings it hosts.
Branding for Buttermilk Supply, a fine Japanese knife supply company.