Process

Clients sometimes ask how things work, what are the steps involved. Many of these posts help show some of these details. Others are quick notes about ideas and trends that we are working with.

Hoppin’ John CD Package

This post is here to monitor the sketches and progress of the artwork and design for the new Hoppin' John CD pack. Since I will be working closely with Mike Hood, the band leader, I wanted to create a place online to look at the sketches. Mike handed me several...

Because the NFL said so

Okay, I've been in this business for a while. I'm hardly what you would call a "precious" designer. I'm here to work with the client, serve the people, make things look and work better. "How can I help?" is my mantra. Just recently, I had that premise really called...

When a stereotype is the order of the day

Temple University Press frequently publishes titles that make every effort to push the buttons of social, cultural, political and sexual issues. This cover for Serial FuManchu by Ruth Mayer is no exception. When I was provided the manuscript from the director, many of...

Stories from real people make all the difference

I recently worked with the team from BMC Communications in New York to design and produce a site for cancer survivors. Due to the sensitive nature of the material, we wanted to present the core information in the form of stories from the people themselves. While this...

A cog in the brand

I recently started working with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Penn doing some small packaging tasks. They had started to roll out Coursera, an online classroom that draws from some of the core course work at the school. While these offerings have...

Quick search for “God”

Okay, this is the time of year when we get get a handful of book cover design requests. One such request is for a political science title from Temple University Press titled God Talk. It sounds like a great topic. At first glance, it looks like a discussion about...

The Wireframe. Restraint Will Set You Free.

I'm settling into a new project with a client. We're trying to be careful about content strategy and planning before we climb into the design phase. As we set up our diagram to properly organize the information, we're beginning to wireframe and discuss design. This...

Sketching out a CD cover for Mitch Woods

Already waist deep into creating branding art and a project logo for Mitch, the next step was to get under way with package design. While I'm very familiar with the Jump Blues sound and scene, this package was different in that the client wanted to express his new...

Super Fly Redux

Okay, this was supposed to be easy. Once I received the manuscript for the cover design, my mind started to rattle off several references that would work well to express the title at hand: "Pimping Fictions". It wasn't long before the other shoe dropped. The editor...

The Invisible Business Card

Looking through a gallery of Behance Pro Sites this morning, I fell into a portfolio by graphic designer Michael Hanson. While the work here has the distinctive look of personal projects or even student work, that doesn’t diminish it’s wonderfulness. Some of the...