Archive for the ‘Print’ Category


My first skateboard

July 5, 2011

Bird School of Music skateboard

A long-time client asked for a skateboard with their logo and tagline on it recently – what a fun project! They wanted to keep it ultra-simple, so I worked in two colors and added a little edginess by having the logo slipping off the edge, using a purposefully-pixelated font for the tagline and including a little bird feet and belly on one side.


Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011

Robot ValentineScribbleprints created a Squidoo lens about creative uses for Zazzle’s business cards, including my “Scooter” robot Valentine.  Zazzle’s “chubby” business cards (3.5″ x 2.5″, instead of the standard 2″ x 3.5″) are great for gift tags, Valentines, baseball cards and more.  The only downside is that you have to buy them in packs of 100 of the same design.

This feature reminds me about my post last year on a client who uses business cards as mini-advertising handouts.

You might also recognize this robot from my Automated Cuteness fabric at Spoonflower.


Security envelopes

September 3, 2010

'Bird Confidential' fabric

Ever since I saw some of the cool stuff people are doing with security envelope patterns, I’ve been them saving up. They’re such great little bursts of graphic pattern in the midst of everyday business correspondence.

I finally put a few envelope scraps to good use in this fabric design for the Spoonflower “Collage” contest. It’s not for sale yet — I think I want to do some fine-tuning to the background colors.

I also used a bit of security envelope (along with a recipe and some sheet music) in this cover proposal for last year’s KFOG Live from the Archives 16 contest. It didn’t win (although it was one of 10 finalists), but it was one of those rare art projects that turned out pretty much exactly how I visualized it:

KFOG Live from the Archives 16 entry

What got me thinking about envelopes today was the Craftzine blog post about artist Francisca Prieto’s amazing security envelope creations.


KFOG “Live from the Archives”

July 23, 2010

KFOG Live from the Archives 17 entry

KFOG picked my design as one of 10 finalists in the cover art contest for their latest “Live from the Archives” CD. As always there’s lots of great competition — vote for your favorite at

Since this was LFTA #17, I went back to my notebooks and got inspiration from the doodles I used to do when I was 17. My entry is all hand-drawn, including the lettering, on notebook paper and manila envelope with ballpoint pen. Sometimes it’s fun to get away from the computer and break out the old-school tools!


Big Gig poster

May 24, 2010

Big Gig poster

My vintage Hatch-inspired poster is one of the five finalists for radio station The Band’s “Big Gig” concert. It was a lot of fun to put together – influenced by the work I did last year on the Big Band poster for Bird.


Advertising cards

April 24, 2010

Ukulele clinic business cards

It seems like fewer and fewer people use business cards as business cards anymore — although I still get asked to design quite a few of them, it’s been a long time since someone handed me one at a business meeting. But since digitally-printed business cards are colorful and relatively inexpensive to print these days, they offer a lot of bang for the buck in other marketing applications – as advertising handouts, product tags, etc.

One of my clients, Bird School of Music, has been using them lately to advertise the many camps, clinics and other special events they host. Here’s a set we did for one of their ever-popular Ukulele Clinics. The front is designed to look like the cover of a piece of vintage sheet music.


Mother’s Day Cards

April 14, 2010

Mother's Day Cards

I’ve got 5 new mom-themed cards up for sale on Zazzle, just in time for Mother’s Day. (Tip: Use coupon code ZAZZLEMOMDAY at checkout to save 20% off cards through Monday, April 26, 2010.) Not your typical flowery Mother’s Day cards, these greetings feature tattoo art, bouncing eyeballs and moths. Check them out if you’re looking for something different and irreverent this Mother’s Day. The tattoo cards would also work well for new moms, mom’s birthday and more. And I think the runaway eyeball would make a great get well card or a quick hello to an adventurous (or injury-prone) friend.

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