Ben Scholtz of Mallard Ice Cream has opened a new restaurant next door to his Bellingham landmark on Railroad Avenue. Bantam 46, his next project opened this week and it has been my pleasure to work with him and his team to craft the graphic identity for the restaurant. The space interior designed by Tirzah Woods is rich in texture, and tone. The focal point of the restaurant is a firey vertical rotisserie oven, you can see it’s flames from the street! Upstairs the bar is tucked away under a starry canopy with a view of Railroad Avenue from the trees. They have truly created a magical setting. Stay tuned for more on this evolving project.
One of the services I offer is announcement design. These can range in size and format. They are most often small booklets designed to invite and commemorate. For the client these can be very powerful pieces of communication. The finished pieces can be digitally, offset or letterpress printed.
Pieces I have designed include Save the Date, Birth announcement, Wedding invitations, Memorial folders, and custom holiday cards. Please contact me for more samples.
My client, the Bellingham Farmers Market needed a tea towel and we decided to knock it out of the park with a 3 color composition. If you are seeking a lesson in reductive design try designing for silkscreen in multiple colors. I have plenty of experience with the pitfalls of letterpress printing, adjusting details of size and coverage to suit the printing vehicle. Offset is easy, anything can be printed with precision. Silkscreen is another animal all together and less is definitely more. Considering all the elements in the design I moved pretty quickly toward simplifying things. I embraced the negative spaces around spots of color to tell the story of this piece. I am lover of large color fields in offset printing but in silkscreen it can work against you. I added different textures into the solid areas to further mottle the colors to give more of a vintage feel, and to lighten the load on the printer who is a real person. The color palette, also inspired by vintage tea towels from the 40’s is designed to fade gently with washing. The illustration was created using Adobe Illustrator. Erin Boyd at Redboots Design was hugely helpful with the process and really helped me create a good finished product. Thanks Erin!
Detail of the illustration and one of me and the dog in Erin’s studio. The towel is nice and big, almost covered me, almost.
I am pleased to unveil this super fun little project I have been pecking away at. Welcome to Chickenlandia is the magical imagining of Dalia Monterroso local Chicken whisperer.Welcome to Chickenlandia is her creation and I was happy to help her realize a visual identity for an imaginary place. Check out the website we put together for her which also showcases the set of visual assets created for Ms. Monterroso’s project. Included in the group is this terrific photo taken by Seattle based photographer Rick Dahms. We wanted the best shot of the President of Chickenlandia and we got it. Enjoy the website here. We design, and manage websites as well as create content for them.
I have always tried to embrace change, personally and professionally. On a philosophical level change is only a new set of problems to be solved. As a designer I am hardwired to find solutions. So 2018 is well underway and I am doing my thing, working with my clients, welcoming new ones on board and saying good bye as well. It’s easy to talk up newness but there is something beautiful about saying good bye too. Lately I have been assembling an archive of about 15 years worth of work to present back to the client. I began building this archive some time ago in a moment of clarity, endings are inevitable. I feel very honored to have been able to work so long and so diligently, and to see the evidence of all that work in one place was terribly satisfying. I have never spent much time looking back but now and again it can be a very informative activity. So while the faces and problems of clients ebb and flow my job is to keep showing up. Here are 2 things I found when I showed up to work today. Enjoy these two sketches from my ever expanding archive of ideas.
This in-progress series of ads talks about the collaborations, partnerships, and relationships my client, Mallard Ice Cream is having in the local community. The design of each of these ads needs to reflect not only the Mallard Ice Cream brand but the partnering brand as well. I worked with a different group of people on each ad to help me weave the visual story of the collaboration.
I will miss working with Michelle Grandy and I wish her all the best at her new position with Acme Farms and Kitchen in Bellingham. We worked together for the better part of 10 years and it is our partnership that produced much of the branding success of Sustainable Connections. These really superb collaborations don’t come along that often and this was one of the best so far. The work helped to change a community and in so doing changed us a lot too. I am a better designer as a result of my work with SC because Michelle was able to bring a lot out of me with her enthusiasm, and direction. Together we created a unique visual language. In January I helped make a commemorative gift for Michelle, a record of our work together, condensed down into a dozen symbols. At the end, I was so pleased to see what I had created, a graphic journey for both of us, still in progress and going strong.
I wish you Love, Luck, Prosperity, Creativity, Freedom and a good buzz!
More about collaborations with Miss Grandy.