Children’s Artwork – Cottage Grove Planters Society in 2012

For a 3rd and 4th batch, I have helped out the wonderful Leiana Gary with her planters project. Her wonderful cause has had some trying troubles and wonderful successes over the past season.  One notable success is a grant from Pepsi to help fund the project.  Another notable success is the inclusion of additional sponsors to help maintain the lovely flowers.  And lastly, the planters are even getting press. Click here to learn more about the Cottage Grove Planters Society As before, my work is to take the 12″x12″ artwork from the children and make it look great.  This means making it roughly 3x larger, clean up any stray marks, use Photoshop to edit any “over-painting” where the children cannot redo mistakes they made effectively with paint alone.  Then I fit the work to a template we decided upon, match colors to create a background, and add sponsorship information.  In the samples shown, a basic font is used.  In some cases, we experiment with different fonts if time allows. If you have any means or time, please try to support this great cause.  The children love seeing their art publicly, and the neighborhood seems a bit warmer with these beautiful planters. Here is some of the wonderful artwork from the batches this...

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A T-Shirt Shop – How Challenges Make Beauty

A midst more professional work, I spent a couple days over the weekend putting together a t-shirt shop online. While the site claimed it offered templates, the build was virtually from scratch. This writeup illustrates a tale: that design is more beautiful when you can understand the problems it had to solve. The constraints make design.

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The Four Hour Client

The amount of work I was able to complete within 4 hours for my friend DJ PillFX makes me rather proud. My friend and old college roommate, Ratish Pillai, going these days by PillFX, needed business cards.  He was spinning a big gig in the next week and knew it was an opportunity to get further business.  The best way to get word out about yourself to people around you while your hands are busy is to have something speak for you.  In this case, he wanted business cards. While I had to make some compromises, in the interest of time, the result is good.  PillFX was very happy with the cards.  The font choice and color choice was his.  The idea for the neon look was also his.  The ring on the lower-left of the front is meant to be ambiguous – to look like a ring of light.  The faded background shows that the ring of light is actually a CDJ, a DJs tool for spinning. Part of the process was to create a logo.  While we had little time to do that, it came out well.  I would not consider this a proper logo by any account – it does not consider the b/w viewing, it is not a metaphor for the brand, and the lines are rather messy.  But again, not bad for so little time. Below are images of the final product.  And I will work to later show a bit more of my process around this project, it is rather revealing....

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More Work for the Planters Association

Once again I find myself helping these wonderful people who beautify the Cottage Grove neighborhood. This is the second set of planters I am helping design the art framing for, and the effort has been increased to step up the quality. The added effort includes the following things: In this batch of designs, I spent some time finding a unique font for every panel, by the client’s request. The colors of the frame now match the artwork created by the students a bit closer. If you see a color not from within the painting, it is likely a compliment color of the largest element to help make it “jump” Brush strokes in the art were either enchanced to compensate for the inherent problem with scanning art. Kids make mistakes. I tried to correct those where possible. The hardest part is distinguishing between overpainting and muddiness from a mistake and those stray marks that give the piece “character”. Too much polish can be a bad thing. Strengthen the bird sketch from one of the young artists. While a part of the scanning limitation described above, fixing faded pencil sketches is much more challenging than acrylic paint. The pencil work is by a high-school student.  The acrylic paint is from a grammar school students.  And the frame and page layout work is from me. Below are the designs.  ...

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Helping the Cottage Grove Planters Association

  One of my friends recently introduced me to a wonderful group looking for graphic design help. The Cottage Grove Planters Association beautify their neighborhood by not only planting flowers in the concrete planters, but by decorating the boxes with 3′ tall artwork created by students at local public grammar schools.  Some students aren’t in the best economic areas, so this work does wonders for the kids, who get to see their art displayed in a public space. The founder of this organization, Leiana Gary is one of the nicest people I have met in a long time.  And her organization has such a nice story behind it.  So I was happy to help the organization out with some graphic design work. My role was to take 12″ artwork and blow it up to 36″. I also added descriptive copy to explain the art and noted its contributors. Also a big part of the project was to bring out the best in the artwork, including adding borders, backgrounds, and enhancing the original paintings to overcome limitations of the scanning and enlargement process. Click here to learn more about this Cottage Grove Planters Society. Below are images I laid out for the...

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The Ultimate Punch Bowl

So I decided to take a break from all the professional work I have been posting here.  So I decided to post this fun graphic I created for my friends. One night we had the idea to create a punch bowl at a party out of a fish tank.  The idea kind of took a life of its own.  In the end, we had the brilliant (or insane) notion that perhaps a living fish could co-exist with party punch. Who knows if it will actually work.  But I decided to create schematics for the concept, just for fun.  ...

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Storyboarding a Campaign

The image below is my storyboarding a big campaign. 3 events, 3 emails sent per event (2 before, one after), one decision tree (attendee vs. non-attendee), and a corresponding website with a qualifying form, all leading to a video and piece of collateral about one of our new offerings.

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Cisco Telepresence Email Campaign

I was asked to create a series of internal emails that were a “fun” theme to support a new networking team project. So we decided upon 3 emails and a supporting intranet webpage in a comic book theme.

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Integrated Marketing – Forsythe Club

At my 9-5, I have been working more and more on graphic design. My realm is Interactive Media, which usually limits me to digital graphics for things like email. But the team Graphic Designer has been great enough to let me run with some projects for print too!

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