Cheers to the freakin' weekend! And to this new beer label I designed with Masterminds Agency, for Yards Brewing Company here in Philadelphia.The design was inspired by old wrestling posters and Yards' love for Sylvester Stallone's movie Over The Top. It is always so much fun to design a beer label and to see it out in the world. So thank you, Yards!And have a great weekend, everybody!
My fiancé(!) recently started a reggae band. It's called "Ear Me Now" and they are so much fun to watch! They are playing tonight at City Taphouse in Logan Square Philadelphia at 7pm. Come on by!And if you can't make it, check 'em out on YouTube.Ear Me Now!
I recently finished up the logo for a new business called Bowerbird Garden. If you Google "bowerbird," you will see that they are beautiful birds with creative spirits. Bowerbird males are known for building brilliant nests to attract their mates. And they'll use anything from feathers, to shells, to leaves, to flowers, to berries, and even discarded items like plastic and glass.Similarly, the owner of Bowerbird Garden uses found objects as planting containers. She has been known to use light fixtures, industrial metal drawers, vintage vent covers, old baking molds, etc. It's pretty awesome. Check her out on Instagram at @BowerbirdGarden. You'll notice that she also makes terrariums and has been hosting workshops around Philly. So follow her to stay up to date on that!And as always, thanks for checking out my work!
I recently finished up some TV spots with my agency, Masterminds. The campaign is for Finger Lakes Gaming, a fun-loving client that cares a lot about making their customers feel good. They were a lot of fun to create and I hope you enjoy them.[vimeo 161493210 w=500 h=281][vimeo 161493211 w=500 h=281][vimeo 161493212 w=500 h=281]Thanks for reading, and watching. You're awesome.
For Christmas, a friend of mine gifted her sister, Lizzie, a new logo design for her healthy eating blog. Super creative gift idea, right? And I got to be the lucky designer to work with her.The name of Lizzie's blog is, It's a Veg World After All. She wanted something simple, clean and colorful. She also seemed to have a thing for carrots. (And avocados - which she believes to be the eighth wonder of the world.)This is the final mark:We hope you like it. And we hope you keep up with "It's a Veg World After All" for plant-based recipes and inspiration. I plan to!On a side note, thank you for reading "Love is all around" and "Traveler's Compass" Art Prints and for voting! Traveler's Compass won an Editor's Pick Award and is now for sale on Minted!
You want to see some great art, but you don't want to spend a beautiful summer day inside a museum? I hear that! And I might have the perfect solution for you.The Love Letter Train Tour in Philadelphia. I referenced it in "For What I Want, I Can Wait" last year, and I finally took the full tour last weekend.As I knew it would be, the tour was an incredibly unique experience.First, we hopped the El train at Market East Station and headed West. Once we hit 45th street, a whopping fifty murals by Stephen Powers (aka "ESPO") started popping up one by one, all within eighteen blocks. It was almost like a rapid-fire game of "I spy." And each mural was more creative and colorful than the next.Check out some of my favorites below: "Your everafter is all I'm after." (with the greatest view of Philly I've ever seen) "Miss you too often not to love you." (note how Powers was sure to never paint over any original building signage. Cool.) "Open your eyes I see the sunrise." "This heart is safe for valuables" (above Philadelphia Savings Fund)What a beautiful, upbeat and positive gift Stephen Powers gave to West Philadelphia. I highly recommend you check it out!
I've always been proud to be a runner. And a designer. Especially recently.Runners and designers have really stepped up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. For example, running clubs all across the country gathered for a jog on April 17th to show their support, calling it the Run For Boston. And this past weekend, Philadelphia held its 34th annual Broad Street 10-mile Run where participants showed their love for Boston by running in red socks. Both events were a beautiful thing to be a part of and a nice reminder that if you look around, there really is a lot of love and support in this world.As for designers, many have created awesome logos and apparel so that we can all (quite literally) show Boston our support. I wore my "B Strong" t-shirt (below) for the first time yesterday and got dozens of nice comments. These heartwarming and reassuring designs are a nice way to remind us all to keep Boston's victims in our thoughts.To donate to the recovery of fellow runner/designer, Christian, who was injured in the Boston explosions, and to learn about his progress, visit his funding page. Let's support one of our very own.
As I mentioned in A Walk Down Art School Memory Lane, I recently assigned a project to the advertising students at the University of Delaware.In short, I challenged them to come up with the next big thing in social media. The next Facebook, the next Twitter, or a great new app. Then, to advertise a product using only their new creation. Because as we know, we can't rely solely on television and print ads anymore. Social media is where it's at.So last week, the students came up to Red Tettemer + Partners to present their ideas to me. It was so much fun to see what they all came up with. They really exceeded my expectations with their innovative ideas. In fact, I'd love to share a few of them here, but they're so good, I'm afraid you'll steal them and make millions! So instead, I'll just share some of my favorite photos from the day, and hope the students continue to push their ideas into reality.
Last week, a brand new spot called Metropolitan Café opened in my Philadelphia neighborhood, so I used the cold, snowy weekend as an excuse to grab a cup of tea and check it out.When I walked in, the very first thing I noticed was the absence of laptops. Hard to believe, right? But see for yourself:Turns out, there is no WiFi at Metropolitan Café, and I think that's awesome. It seems that cafés have become synonymous with hiding behind a laptop while sipping on a latte for five hours. So I love that Metropolitan is doing just the opposite. They're not trying to one-up their competitors. They're just trying to be themselves; a place to enjoy a cup of coffee, catch up with friends, get to know your neighbors or read a book. They're really just trying to be what cafés were meant to be.Metropolitan Café is also eat-in only. No take-out allowed. It's like this café is practically forcing me to relax and unwind! And therefore, it's my new favorite spot. You should check it out!
2013 is well under way and Philadelphia continues to inspire me to add more color to my life. That's right, Resolution Color continues.My latest inspiration was the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day. It traces back to the 17th-century Swedish holiday tradition of visiting neighbors' houses while singing, dancing, making noise and drinking. (Did you know the Swedes were the first settlers of Philadelphia?) This later evolved into masquerades and parades.And I'm pretty sure the big event just wouldn't be the same in black and gray. Check it out!It is equal parts strange and amazing. Much like the city of Philadelphia, I suppose!Tell me, what is your New Year's resolution? And what is inspiring you to keep it up?
Nothing is more terrifying for an art director/designer/blogger/workaholic than an impending hurricane. No power? No internet? Oh, no.So I have prepared with provisions as best as a designer can...Stay safe everyone!And tell me, as designers and bloggers, what are you doing to prepare? What books and magazines will you be reading if you lose your InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Wordpress, Twitter... oh, the horror.
On Wednesday, I moved into a new apartment in Center City, Philadelphia. This marks my 9th move in 7 years. Yikes! But I'm hoping this is it for a long while. In fact, the moving boxes I usually store under my bed are officially in the trash. Could this mean I'm here to stay? Could this mean Philadelphia has won me over? How could it not? Look at all the love around here:
A couple of months ago, as you may have read in my post, Resolution: Color, I decided to add more color to my life. Around the same time, I started seeing Color Run imagery pop up all over social media sites. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube...Considering the first ever Color Run was just in January 2012, word sure was spreading quickly. Over 22,000 people signed up in Philadelphia alone, and I don't think I saw a single ad. Just fun, vibrant, amazing pictures all over the interwebs. Oh, the wonders of social media in advertising.If you actually haven't seen it, The Color Run is a 5K held in numerous cities throughout the nation. Participants wear white and are covered in different colored dust at every kilometer.Considering my color resolution, I thought it inappropriate not to sign up!Before (That there on the right is team "Pantones." All two of us.)AfterThe incredible clouds of color at the finish line festivalProps to founder Travis Snyder for creating this unique event that is getting the country talking. And more importantly, exercising.So tell me, do you have killer pics of your city's Color Run (or as it's also known, "The Happiest 5K on Earth")? Link us to them in the comments. We want to see!
We are in it now! The prime of wedding season, that is. And I have designed about a dozen wedding invitations. In doing so, I was recently asked, "When you design these, do you get upset that you're not getting married?"The answer came rather quickly.... Nope!And it's true.Fact is, I haven't found what I want yet. Therefore, I will wait. It's cool!Then later, while writing my blog post "Resolution: Color", I came across the website for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. While browsing the site, I fell madly in love with one mural in particular. It read, "For what I want, I can wait."My thoughts exactly. I had to check it out.So this past weekend, I drove to West Philadelphia. And as I neared the corner of 48th and Market, the mural came into site. Though it sounds sappy, the biggest smile appeared on my face. It was gorgeous! I love the bright blue color against the bright blue sky, the simplicity and the strong message.The mural was designed by Stephen Powers. It is actually part of a 50 mural series entitled "Love Letter". The series adds amazing color and energy to West Philly. If you don't live in the area, you can see some examples at muralarts.org. And if you do live in the area, apparently there is a "Love Letter" train tour every Saturday and Sunday. Another thing to put on the "to do" list, for sure!So tell me, what is the big hurry?