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.
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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.
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.
For me, inspiration comes from different places. I tend to avoid looking at design when seeking inspiration for design. Instead I pay attention to what sparked my attention to the various details of a project. I am designing a book cover at the moment, the title contains a word that is also present in the title pictured. Part of my process is to repeat the title and subtitle over and over to visualize the words while also holding gently the direction from the author, the words from the manuscript, and my own experience of reading them, all the while staying vigilant for images that may appear to me. The central idea of the memoir led me to this book which was given to me as a gift many years ago. I have cherished the book but had not looked at it in some time. Today I leafed through it and also looked at Duchamp’s painting “Nude Descending a Staircase” and I was able to approach the work with purpose. None of the covers I produced remotely look like any of these other elements but they served to give my mind flight to make connections and decisions about the initial look of the comps.
In observance of the anniversary of D-Day I give you “Our Finest Day”. This 36 page book with removable documents sets the scene of that infamous day. The book includes a handwritten statement from Eisenhower accepting full responsibility if the whole thing should fail. Maps and handwritten notes are just a few of the tasty items residing in this book.
Occasionally, drawing letter forms is my best defense. I made this title this week for a book cover I am working on. I wanted type that felt like it was made for a music poster and posted on telephone poles around a gritty city. I could have looked for a font to use but it was faster and easier to draw it and scan it and put it together.
Upon distribution of this year’s Farmers Market Poster I dug up this old post from last spring. We’ve been enjoying terrific (until today) weather. Everyone is glowing and busy with the sunshine that has visited us for a week. I thought I would look back and see what was happening last year.
It’s spring, sort of. It snowed today, just light flakes but still, it is March. I am thinking about planting things and feeling envious of people with greenhouses. It’s too early and we have to be careful not to jump the gun. Design is like this too. I go along moving things around, introducing elements, color, typography and sometimes it’s all for naught. The client waves the idea down and I am left feeling like a barren desert, no idea in sight. I generally walk at these moments. I get out on my little stretch of untraveled country road and I mull the problem over and like magic something comes to me. In the case of this poster I got off on a tangent involving a lot of words and to that I added lots of dingbats and the overall effect was not good. After a little reflection I came up with what you see here which uses some elements from the earlier piece and a simple image of a carrot in suggested ground. And with this poster the 20th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market is launched. I am proud to say I have been on a 10 year journey with this client.