If you made it this far you must be really, really bored. What is this exactly? A random dump of projects with some honest commentary.
My client ended up going with a different shirt style and color that I didn't like so I faked my own.
My sketchbook for this logo project. One person at the meeting said, "it's too female focused". Ummm, it's called the Women's Impact Network.
The idea was showing the tech of Brooks Running shoes without being techy about it. Brooks has a fun brand. It's quirky and weird. I was really able to let my freak flag fly. If you think this version is weird you should have seen round 1.
I was surprised how much I liked designing trade show booths. Who knew? I went balls out on all sorts of bells and whistles to make the booth a fun and educational experience. At the end of the day it was whittled down to a backdrop and a table cover. sigh.
Trade show part 2: Part of the trade show booth included new shoe displays. Instead of simply doing what I was told, which was updating the current displays, I had this fun idea to create shoe displays that reflected each type of running/walking shoes. A cloud for extra cushy, a spiral for springy, a bolt for speedy, flexy-twisty for lightweight. The result? A lot of blank expressions and a few, "oh, yeah that's fun" (translation: what the fuck is wrong with her, that's not what we asked for)
I created this little logo bug for the Downtown Wenatchee Ale Trail and in return I got 10 tickets to the event. I'm hazy on the details after about an hour in. I'm pretty sure I had fun.
Hands down one of the highlights of my career. A customer loved my card design so much she got a tattoo of it! She called up customer service to ask who designed it. Somehow that customer service rep happened to know someone working in the creative studio so they contacted that person and that person knew me and passed along the customers information. I contacted her and she sent this photo. I was so humbled and flattered.
This was my original idea for a mother's day card for The Buck. The copywriter and I came up with a sweet concept of a little storybook to give your mom to let her know about all the little and big things you appreciate. What concept did they end up choosing? Thanks for asking, a bunch of flowers. All in all I still had a lovely time illustrating flowers...I mean...how can you NOT have a nice time illustrating flowers? (unless you're dead inside)
Sometimes it's fun to just go with it. Is this ground breaking work? No, no it's not. Did I have a great time as a freelancer thinking up the most ridiculous scenarios to put the drinks in? Yes, yes I did.
Don't you love it when clients pick the concept you recommend? I sure do. I have a special place for this small campaign that launched overseas.
Remember Zune? That's ok, no one does. Zune was the weirdest place I've ever worked. The only feedback I would get is "make it cooler". Um, ok. Thanks bro.
The creative director said, "I don't know, just use these colors and do something for the holidays that is abstract" Ok...ummm ok. How about this? "It's not very cool but, ok".
This was a HUGE deal. I was hired as the Creative Director and designer for the first non-coffee product in grocery. Starbucks Hot Cocoa was around but usually as a promo thing for the holidays. This was the concept that was approved and on press until the VP said 'WAIT STOP THE PRESSES!" (for real). This person was uncomfortable with illustration (huh?) so I had to pull something out of my ass in less than a week (see next photo).
I got to illustrate the inspiration behind the entrepreneurs Microsoft funded a few years back for an Instagram campaign. It was a feel good time.
Our buddy has had so many operations we all lost count. Some needed, most not needed. I created this shirt for him and his buddies for their annual motorcycle ride.
To be honest. I have do idea what this was for. I know it was for Starbucks but I have zero memory of why I created it but I like it anyway.
I've always loved these ideas I pitched for Microsoft's Office for Mac. Guess what they decided to do? Come on, it's Microsoft. If you guessed use the same design 5, 6, 7 years in a row then DING DING DING you guessed right.
This was the MOST FUN I've had as a designer hands down. I created 33 designs for the Starbucks Holiday Dot Wall (and over 250 ideas, crazy). It was an absolute joy to work with this team. It didn't feel like work and that's a rarity.
"Run into a Target, grab what you can and make a superhero diorama" THIS IS MY JOB Y'ALL! This gig was one of those moments where I say to myself, "self, you are getting paid to do this, cool huh?"
I created this years ago. Yea, yea, yea, I know, don't post work that is more than 5 years old. Do I care if you're judging that? Nope. I'm bored and I'm going to post this. Why? This was a super fun campaign I designed and art directed. I grabbed some friends from the Starbucks studio and we shot at Discovery Park in Seattle. It was one of the few times I was allowed to do my thing without a crapload of people looking over my shoulder.
I created some icons for the first Nutella cafe in Chicago and they turned it into a big 'ole sign. Cool.