The Risograph is not a perfect machine. When printing multiple colors it rarely registers correctly, and when printing multiple layers of ink, it will often leave a roller mark from the paper feeding mechanism. Perfection in design is something we strive for but at times a blemish can give a quality that was unachievable with precision. The show was a celebration of imperfection. I titled the show Not Perfect.
I invited 36 local designers and artists to submit digital files of their work to me. I then printed out each persons work based on their color preference. All prints were made on Portland State University's new Risograph printer.
The event was held on July 26th at the Aalto Lounge. Many people attended opening night and purchased a print for themselves. I was able to donate money made back into the PSU Risograph Room, as well as pay the participants of the show.
Imperium means "ultimate rule" which was the inspiration behind using the bust on the cover. All images portray seemingly normal objects, skewed in some way to make them altered versions of themselves. The visuals further push the concept of the bands sound.
Imperium was released worldwide by Captured Tracks on September 17th, 2013.
A fictional event celebrating local, small, craft business and the makers that supply these stores with all of their goods. Much like Design Week Portland, the event would span multiple days in Portland, OR and have various locations throughout the city. The purpose of the event would be to raise awareness of local product and purveyors, attend workshops, artist lecture series, meet the owners and of course buy the product.
In order to have an effective and impactful event branding I created a logo, tagline, guerrilla as well as traditional campaign concept, icons, maps and posters. The logo is meant to be easy to read and approachable, while also showcasing a bit of a DIY aesthetic, much like the products sold in local shops. I used this visual approach for most of the branding and the actual brand book itself.
The name Of A Kind is a nod to something being one of a kind. A unique treasure that was specially crafted by an artist or designer, therefore having more meaning and quality.
Along with fellow students Kylie Freeman & Erik Berglund, I project managed and was lead designer of the 2015 PSU BFA Catalogue. There were 14 students highlighted in the 72 pages of the catalogue. We started at square one, meeting with the students to collaborate on colors, size, and content.
This project was all encompassing. From time management to photography to delegating and approving spreads to other team members. 300 copies were produced for Portland State University.
Owners from popular bars Dig A Pony, Sweet Hereafter, Bye & Bye, Jackknife and most recent addition Victoria started a collective called the Lightning Bar Collective. I have been asked to do various design work for this collective. Here are two of the projects I have worked on thus far.
Victoria is a beautiful new bar in NE Portland on the corner of Albina and Alberta. I wanted to create a menu that was simple but had elegant touches to it. The menu fits in very well with current branding.
Thomas Bradley at Pizza Friday tasked me with creating a simple business card for Dig A Pony. I used the logo he created and made a card that is also very simple and timeless.
“In most parts of the developed world, packaging constitutes as much as one-third of the non-industrial solid waste stream."
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Waste is a publication I created to show people a few everyday examples of extraneous waste. As you peel the layers of thick non-recyclable plastic and ink soaked cardboard, you are left with the actual usable product. A re-imagining of product packaging with less materials and more availability of recycling is absolutely necessary for our planets future.
Our Winter 2015 Branding class was tasked with rebranding a few local non-profit organizations. I chose to rebrand Farmstand, a small community garden located in the SE Woodstock area of Portland, OR. A selection of the best rebrands (mine included) presented our rebrand strategies and logos to the actual non-profit in a 5 minute pitch.
The brand book I created is printed on newsprint to give it more of an organic feel. The logo I created is simple and clean. In this case the artichoke is a metaphor for community. The individual leaves are the individual community members, all surrounding the heart which is the garden itself.
The Portland State MFA students needed posters for their thesis shows. I created a system of posters for each individual student, all with one cohesive design strategy. Colors were determined by the students work. Design elements are reflections of the title of each students show.
Digital elements were created for each individual student to promote on their Facebook, Instagram and for PSU to promote as well.
The first joke I remember being told was a "Yo Momma So Fat" joke by my brother. That was the inspiration behind my piece for the Compound Gallery show I Got Jokes.
"Compound Gallery presented an exhibition celebrating the humorous aspects of life. I GOT JOKES brought together emerging and established artists, designers, and illustrators with the sole purpose of making the viewer laugh. Each participant was chosen because of their abilities in the area of humor. Artist were chosen either because their work consistently exhibits or explores elements of humor or the artist is perceived to be a person of comedic talent. The works demonstrated the sense of humor of the artists and the variety of comedic expression that art presents. Curated by Conrad Crespin"