• LGDA: 22nd Annual One Hundred Show

    2011 LGDA 100 Show Award - BronzeLast night I attended the Louisville Graphic Design Association’s Annual 100 Show, a competition that awards the top 100 pieces of design from the region. There are five categories including Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Interactive Media and Motion Design, and three guest judges (typically from out of the area).

    Anyway, I won a Bronze last night for my 2010 Holiday Wine Bottles. The design is similar to the 50th Anniversary Wine Bottles from my portfolio. In full disclosure, the 50th Anniversary bottles are the third such design I’ve done using negative space as a focal point on a bottle label. The first design was done as an internal award given during our company retreat in 2010. On those, the negative space was a large numeral 1. That design was so well liked by the company leaders that I was asked to revisit the concept for a second time for the holiday gift we sent clients – hence the 2010 Holiday Wine Bottles, which use an evergreen tree as the negative space.

    Out of the three, I actually think the Holiday bottles were my least favorite design. I loved the strong typographic characteristics of the original design, and though I was stumped for a while concerning how to handle the negative space, I ended up quite happy with the Anniversary design, and feel that the heart is subtle, and yet still powerful enough as a visual wrap.

    Regardless, I am happy to be so honored by the LGDA. Thank you.


  • Skeletons (sneak-peek)

    Skeleton Sneak PeekHere’s a sneak peek of a personal project I started tonight: two skeletons facing one another while wearing sweaters. I expect the full project to be done by December 10th, so you won’t have to wait long to see where this is going.

    My initial thoughts: I’m not sure what to do with the male skeleton’s hands just yet; I like them behind him, but how to pose that I’m not sure. There are other small nuances here and there. And finally, I’m not sure the female skeleton really needs the impression of boobs under her sweater, I think I may take those away and maybe try a low-cut neckline or something to reinforce the femininity there.

  • What’s your favorite color?

    Paula Scher answers the question 'What is your favorite color?'
    I use to have a favorite color. It was purple.
    And then my favorite colored changed, and it was green, then blue, then back to green, a brief stint in red, so on and so forth.

    At one point during college when I was actually meeting better known designers from time to time I thought it would be fun to collect their favorite colors. By which I mean I planned to ask them when I met them what their favorite color was. I thought it was a simple enough exercise, never intending to be anything more than a brief return to younger days when things were simple and you had a favorite color. So when a few friends and I took a 500 mile road trip to visit Chicago and attend a small design conference in Dekalb I took the opportunity to ask Paula Scher what her favorite color was, and was somewhat frustrated with her answer.

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