This is a bit of a Thrilling Adventure Hour in-joke. You see, the one character, Sparks Nevada, who is the marshal on Mars, has a pair of robot fists. Which he uses to dispense justice on the red planet. Naturally.
So, TAH had a 9th anniversary show earlier this year (happy birthday, guys!) which I went to, and every time the robot fists were mentioned, the audience loudly and enthusiastically yelled "POW!" As they do.
Anyway, I got this idea into my head and this is the result. A piece of fan art really. But the really cool thing? They sold this design as a t-shirt at the live shows! I got mine (signed by the cast and creators!) as you can see.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a live show (recorded for a weekly podcast) in the style of old time radio, performed at the Largo theater in West Hollywood. They take the show on the road from time to time and I have been fortunate enough to become involved in creating promotional material for these away shows.
DESIGN & PRODUCTION SERVICES
DESIGN & PRODUCTION SERVICES
Getmovo.com, designed and built to launch a new tech wearable, the Movo Wave. The site launched smoothly and spearheaded the rollout of an international promotional campaign that kickstarted sales of their new tech.
Movo needed a handsome, flexible, mobile-responsive website quickly and economically. The site was designed and built on the Squarespace platform to save time and ensure the final site was beautiful and immediately optimized for tablets and mobile devices.
A simple, effective startup site for a web design project dedicated to helping small business owners upgrade their out-of-date websites to Google-friendly, responsive technology. So of course it needed to look good and be fully responsive itself so that it keeps looking good on any device.
Website for FoundWellness.org, a business in New York City that delivers healthy living seminars and events to the office-bound. Desperately needed updating to a responsive design with cleaner lines. Healthier-looking, in other words.
The old website, designed for desktop only – instead of adapting to new devices, the content just shrinks on mobile platforms, making it much too small to use on phones (you can't even read it on a smartphone without a lot of zooming in the browser). It relied on Flash, an insecure, outdated web technology that is all but phased out by now because it simply doesn't work on most mobile devices, so non-desktop browsers were actually missing content.
I preserved the spirit of the design, but replaced the low-res images with beautiful, Retina-ready photos, improved on the typography, the graphics, the spaciousness, and generally upgraded it to an elegant, responsive site that looks great on every device.
A recently-completed identity and site design for a new information security education project called S-Curve Infosec. Based in Seattle, S-Curve produces seminars and training events to promote improved security practices.
Got to develop logos, stationery, and cards as well. All the fun stuff!
In 2010-11 I worked as a contractor with WOWIO, an e-book publisher and distributor with larger media aspirations. One of their aspirations was a site called DrunkDuck.com, one of the largest webcomics-hosting sites (about 100,000 users, about 25,000 comics). During the re-design they decided to re-brand to "The Duck Webcomics" in order to appeal to larger audiences.
The original DrunkDuck had been clattering along for a few years on a code base that has been patched together over time, in the grand tradition of seat-of-your-pants development. The old site needed to be rebuilt with new code, new databse structure, etc., to modernize it and improve performance and scalability. WOWIO wanted to really grow the community there and improve the overall user experience for the long haul.
I did a lot of work on this project, from redesigning the original Drunk Duck logo to completely overhauling the site design from the ground up (as lead designer and art director, with other people doing the actual coding, just to be clear about that – I'm no programmer but I did dabble in my youth, so I interface pretty well with developers).
I answered to a creative director, but I was the sole designer, so logo design (twice), graphic design, art direction of original spokes-cartoons, icons and badges – really every pixel of design on every button and headline – saved out and delivered as assets to the dev team for implementation. Quite a project.
BELOW: Early UI dev, from section blocks, content wireframes, typesetting, etc.
Visual design for an animal hospital site, built on the Wordpress platform. The brief was for a friendly, comforting look that would reassure pet owners that their animals would be well taken care of. I decided to keep it colorful and simple, with friendly type choices that would accommodate all of the required content and still have that classically reassuring emotional appeal.
The challenge was including all of the front-page content hooks that their existing site had, but organizing it in a way that made it all more easily discovered by the users, and therefore more actionable. I wound up using a segmented grid approach that would give nice big content blocks, and establish enough structure to derive the other pages throughout the site from the same grid.
The design included plenty of space for content generated by the clinic (photos, videos, news, etc.) as well as custom icons and illustrations for the various site sections (dogs, cats, forms, etc.).
Ten Web Street was a web marketing consulting company. I devised a Website for them based on the theme of classic race cars. Each color section of their site would correspond to a different topic.
The main page was an orange-themed Maserati, the red page had a Ferrari motif, and my personal favorite, the midnight blue Shelby page.
Unfortunately, Ten Web Street hit on hard times and lost funding before the live site was completed, but this was a very fun design that I still hope will get implemented some day.
Website for Jet Black Entertainment, Seattle-based transmedia, merchandising, and entertainment brand development agency.
Identity and promotional materials for Health Solutions/Dynamic Medical in Murfreesboro, TN. Project included a logo, newsletter, responsive website, and other miscellaneous collateral.
The logo was designed in Adobe Illustrator so it would be as versatile and adaptable as possible. The newsletter was produced as a letter-sized four-page printed piece.
The website was built on the Wordpress platform, and features a strong, flexible grid structure and modularity to make it responsive and mobile-friendly.
above: Logo, sell sheets, and services catalog for Apple Corporate Wellness.
above: Presentation materials (printed one-sheets and PDF slides). Included custom graphics for chart and globe illustration.
below: PDF presentation slides with custom graphics.
below: Product catalog design and production for KR Ideas, in California, who makes hand-made foot stools.
above: Postcard for West Vinings Dental Aesthetics. below: a pair of promotional one-sheets/fliers.
below: Print newsletter design for an Atlanta-based kitchen remodeling studio.
above: Book cover/dust jacket designs. Always is a work of fiction dealing with Hollywood history and blend of spirituality and romance. Renewable Energy is a non-fiction book dealing with the economies of energy industries.
below: Logo design and render for Vista Continental, an international rare-earth minerals mining company. I developed a logo, stationery set, and a series of full-page announcement ads for the Wall Street Journal and the UK's Globe and Mail.
Witchblade standee and poster:
Standing about 6 feet tall, this life-size standee was produced to help pre-sell international distribution rights and drum up buzz for a potential Witchblade movie. The campaign was successful – rights were secured and buzz was generated – although the movie never got made. Such is Hollywood sometimes.
Since this is pre-production art, I had to composite a stock photo (the head and torso), CGI (legs and feet, rendered out of Poser), and pure Photoshop illustration (for the Witchblade forearm itself).
Below: Examples of sketches received from art directors, and the resulting Photoshop renderings. Usually these arrive with simple instructions as to what materials they'd like them to look like, and an instruction like, "Make it look spectacular." Which is my favorite brief.
above: Infographic for an e-book publisher, demonstrating how far the technology of publishing and distributing words and pictures has come.
below: A horizontal summary graphic version of the same data set, for use in social posting, marketing materials, and so forth.
below: Illustrating the changes in a neighborhood – in the space itself, the people, tone, and the overall usage profile – resulting from converting a traditional parking structure to an underground robotic parking solution, recovering and repurposing above-ground space.
below: Infographic posters for a treatment office, illustrating principles and techniques for correcting non-optimal organ/endocrine system conditions.
below: Created for a German-themed restaurant in Helen, GA, this map was intended to show the general political and social arrangement of Central Europe in the century prior to World War I.
below: An informational map graphic created as a poster and handout for the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Alpharetta, GA.