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
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.
Branding for Evie Yapelli's future 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 traditional tattoo shops' reverence for classic American sign-painting, 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 print and screen.
Chef Sam McDermott is multi-talented: a hell of a cook, fine knife expert, kitchen tool master — so when it came to branding his new venture, Buttermilk Supply, he needed an identity to match. I developed a versatile system of marks, which compliment his wide range of skills and sense of humor.
Modern Sprout provides foolproof and stylish planters for the urban gardener. I 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!
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. 18x24" using metallic inks.
Branding for Tine Defiore's new tattoo studio, Black Oak, located in a beautiful storefront in Logan Square. The shop has a vintage treehouse vibe, which drove the logotype. I also digitized Tine's geometric logo for use on signage and cards.
Butterfat Studios is an appointment-only, all custom tattoo studio in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Esther Garcia, the shop's owner, wanted a mark that was unexpected and tough, something that serve as a counterpoint to the studio's nature and fine art-inspired work.
I had the pleasure of going on the podcast to talk about how this was made and what it's been like working at Delicious.
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 Chef Sam McDermott of 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.
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.
A collection of custom logotypes.
Lee Crutchley is an author, artist, and all-around nice guy, whose second book, "How To Be Happy (Or At Least Less Sad)," was released internationally in a multitude of different languages. Since his handwriting plays such a vital role in his books, Lee needed a typeface based on his writing that would maintain his distinct voice across multiple translations.
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.
Signage for Delphine Noiztoy's London tattoo studio.
Gwendolyn is a display typeface inspired by hand-painted signs. She’s detailed but clear, approachable but informative. The first iterations of Gwendolyn’s letters were drawn up in my last week of undergrad, and after years on the back burner, I am excited to bring her into the real world.
I have hopes of someday expanding Gwendolyn’s family to include bolds, italics, and maybe even a script. But for now, I think she’s enjoying the single life and just doin’ her.
Adam J. Kurtz is a super-talented designer and artist whose first book, 1 Page At a Time was recently published by Penguin. Its success necessitated a handful of international editions in Spanish, Portuguese and German.
Adam’s distinctive and playful handwriting is an integral part of his work, and in order to maintain continuity across international versions, he needed a typeface based on his writing.
Bits and pieces of illustrations from the past few years.
A smattering of lettering projects and one-off’s.