To all those who've fought the good fight, sharpened their pencils down to stubs, and persevered against the most tedious client feedback, I give you the Practice Print. Originally designed this for the Adventures in Design Podcast while working at Delicious Design League, we just re-released it in a new incarnation! Get one here!
If you're curious about how we put this together, I wrote up a process and behind-the-scenes post on Medium.
To celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Jack Daniel's opened a series of pop-up stores across the country to bring Lynchburg, Tennessee to the masses. We had the pleasure of painting barrel heads live, and customizing barrel stops for guests!
Photos and assistance by my favorite partner in crime, Stacey Chapman.
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
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.
Under the Ashes is the story of 11-year old Elizabeth Morgan and her struggle to find her family amid the chaos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The cover is full of hellfire and collapsing buildings, which, despite the very serious nature, were a ton of fun to draw!
Art Direction: Jordan Kost
Some juicy blackletter and animation for Delicious Design League's new website! Bonus: my goofy face pointing to books! Check it out in action.
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.
It's a logo party! And you're invited!
A few of my favorite little bits and pieces of lettering.
Café Marie-Jeanne is a French-style café in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, offering some of the most drool-worthy pastries on this side of the Atlantic. The logotype pulls inspiration from understated wine labels, and was beautifully painted by my favorite earth angel, Shelby Rodeffer.
Photos by Julian Baker.
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.
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.
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' reverence for classic American sign-painting, and since Evie's style is a twist on time-honored traditional tattoos, I thought it would only be fitting to twist the usual tattoo sign-painting. So I took things in a friendly, showcard style that felt as playful, personable, and rooted in tradition as her work. I also digitized her original lady bird drawing!
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!
The Hood Internet is the best, both as a party saver (put on the "Ignition (1901 Remix" any time your party is falling flat), and a client. After designing their album cover for II, I had a blast making this blackletter and floral poster as an evergreen tour piece.
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!
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 were a series of fine dining and tattoo event hosted by Butterfat Studios. The inaugural event took place on Valentine’s Day 2015, featuring exquisite small plates and, as with all things Butterfat, beautiful tattoos. They've since hosted a handful of other events, including a super-fun Hawaiian-themed Luau in collaboration with Lost Lake.
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.