Classic Literature-Themed Birthday Poster

A good friend of mine hit the big four-oh this summer and her mother asked me to produce poster artwork for the dinner party. Her original idea was to create a collage, but she decided it would be too much work, so we settled on a single baby picture and a reference to forty years … Continue reading

Book Cover Design Takes Home the Gold

Cover art for Sean Davis' memoir of service, loss, and healing through art therapy

Ooligan Press acquired the manuscript for this memoir late last summer, and I was embroiled with eighteen other projects at the time. It wasn’t until a few days after Christmas that I woke up in the wee hours of the morning and realized it was the perfect time to get to the heart of Sean … Continue reading

Art & Advertising: Portland’s Loyalty to a Chop Suey Sign

Hung Far Low

The American Advertising Museum once took up a storefront in Old Town. Its kitschy collection included Bob’s Big Boy, Buster Brown, Mr. Peanut, and the Jantzen Diving Girl in her red tank suit. I visited in 1999, five years before it was shuttered, and I became infatuated with its collection of Volkswagen magazine ads with … Continue reading

Grammar Details: Articles and Prepositions

The Picture of Dorian Gray Book Cover

I was recently entertained by a fellow blogger’s deconstruction of the craft of writing movie synopses (blurbs, really) for a popular online DVD rental giant. He was compelled by the description on the mailer sleeve for a Cassavetes classic, only to find out that it had been lifted from a book about the director’s contribution … Continue reading

Repostería Menu Re-Design

A group of us were given the opportunity to come up with a new layout for Pambiche’s menu. I remember it being of muted tonality, so I brightened it up with the caribbean aqua and pink tones. My version would print onto 8.5 by 14 heavy-ish text weight stock and be tri-folded. This is a … Continue reading

Goudy’s Diamond-Shaped Tittles & Punctuation… and Other Charms

This retro ad is super-cool, and set in enormous Goudy Old Style. I found it here. A chubby little font with mostly substantial uprights, Goudy Old Style is nice and readable as well as being a little on the dark side in the block on the page. That’s not automatically a bad thing, I’ve been known to … Continue reading