Design

Book Design

I have written seven and designed nine books over time. I am proud of all of them, but because most were in service to the university, they cannot be shared here. What I can share, however, is my most recent book design for The Austin-Marie Collection, a two-volume set showcasing the amazing collection of classic guitars assembled by Jeff Wells and photographed by David Bishop.

The project was born from a collaboration during the dark days of Covid isolation with my friend and photographer, David Bishop (https://davidbishopstudios.com). The two of us worked together on the first design and direction of the book. As the project grew in scope, we needed a third perspective for critique, so our friend Guy Diehl, the fine art painter from California (guydiehl.com) offered his valuable feedback. After we made our first printed comp, the collector, Jeff Wells, came in to fully support the project, write the scholarly text, and arrange for the publication. The first volume of The Austin-Marie Collection showcases the collection and the second volume, The Compendium, shows how the guitars were made and restored – complete with X-rays that David arranged. I think it’s an excellent design that compliments both the artistry of the luthiers and David’s wonderful photography. To learn more about these amazing guitars, check out https://austinmarieguitars.com

Posters & Covers

I love design of all kinds. While poster design provides the opportunity for direct impact with the audience, cover and newsletter design provides the opportunity for continued engagement and branding consistency over time.

My March for Science posters were adopted by the MFS organization and designed during those dark years when we had an ignorant ass-hat for president who was constantly attacking truth and science. It was great seeing them reprinted all over the country on different news outlets. I designed some of the posters to encourage my students to enter their brilliant work in university-wide shows and to demonstrate some of the concepts we were teaching in class.

Logo & Identity Design

These logos represent a small portion of the logos, logotypes, and identity systems I have designed over the years. Some are award winning designs and all were created using either Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or Aldus Freehand (remember that?).

My personal logo received Print’s Regional Design Annual Certificate of Design Excellence and was later included in Print’s Best Logos and Symbols, Volume 3. This was one of the first duotones created in Photoshop before it supported duotones. The Great Basin logo, stationery and promotional brochures won the Executives Society Golden Merit Award. And when I first designed Anchor Bank’s logo and identity system, it was a small chain of banks; now their offices extend all through the Puget Sound, not because of my logo but because of them.

Cartoons

For two years I was fortunate to have written and drawn a cartoon strip. Before computers, Illustrator and Photoshop, I made pencil studies in non-photo blue pencil, inked them with Higgins Ink and a Winsor & Newton sable brush, touched-up with Rapidiograph and finally, the halftones were brushed in using photo developer on cartoon board — a great way to learn about line quality.

I enjoyed the process of making cartoons so much, I began to wander from the client’s goals by creating new characters like a magical frog and a bug. Quite understandably, they discontinued the strip. Another reason may have been because my work wasn’t so funny even though I was having a wonderful time! I am working on another idea even now.