I built this pair of bedside tables for a friend of mine and they marked a big point in my wood working career because they are my first commissioned piece. I always try to output the best quality but I took extra care with these.
Maple Veneer Plywood and Steel Legs
This coffee table is built with simple design in mind. In essence, it is a long-mitered box with a center support dadoed into the top and bottom for extra strength. Built out of maple veneer plywood, edged with banding, and black steel hairpin legs.
I’ve always wanted to see what I could do with pallet wood and I guess this is what I came up with.
George Nelson designed this platform bench in 1946, and since then it has become a mid-century modern icon, featured in museums across the world.
Cycle Force Group has quite a few brands that they own and distribute to shops around the United States. Piranha is one of those brands that is primarily sold in Scheels Outerwear stores around the midwest. The Pronto, Tailspin, and Boomerang were designed for the boys line and are easily some of my favorite bikes that I created.
At Cycle Force Group, there were a lot of separate divisions of the company. One of those was CFG Promos where I was able to design for companies around the world. Custom apparel was one of the favorites for companies, charities, and schools. These options gave me a lot of freedom to have fun and go crazy with multiple iterations and truly give the customer a product that they really like and will use for years to come.
Skiing and the art that comes with it is something that got me into Graphic Design. From the time I put on skis when I was 10 years old, I have wanted to be involved in the industry that is skiing and be apart of a brand. So I made my own.
Ski companies are a huge opening for design and have plenty of opportunities to go wild with design, so that's what I tried to do with this company.
This project was presented at the Square One Design Exhibition at Hyvee Hall in Des Moines, IA.
This catalog is the thing that I worked on the longest for Cycle Force Group. It is 86 pages of anything you can image that can be personalized and kind-of, sort-of is related to bikes. It is still every changing with prices and products but the gist of it is done and couldn't be more proud of it.
For legal reasons, "SnowRiders" is the nick-name for the Iowa State Ski & Snowboard Club. When I was an executive of the club, I was tasked with remaking the old logo and since then, it has been used for numerous t-shirts, sweatshirts, and posters. We also ran fundraisers in which other designs were used that I headed.
This project was one that I was super excited for and it let me really explore what was possible being a Graphic Designer. The finals came out beautifully and are certainly going to be on my wall for the foreseeable future.
I decided to design the top sheets for Gibson SG’s that could be used as limited edition guitars. This is something that not many people do so it is fairly rare to see an actual working electric guitar like these. One of the things that I think has been lost in design is the idea of physically holding something and not simply looking at it on a computer, or even worse, a phone. So getting the chance to build guitars and seeing my designs on them was a huge positive for me.
Like most of my typeface designs, this one also came from a project that I may have taken too far. I was commissioned to paint a quote and didn't want to use anything basic or something preloaded onto the computer, so I created the savage typeface. I lovingly classify it as a mash-up that has a lot of different styles including serif, typewriter, and stencil.
This project, for the Venice Biennale's "All The World's Future" theme, was a huge undertaking. As I was on the branding team for the event, a lot of the print and visual elements went through my group's desk. The goal of our exhibition was to convince people to let babies be taken care of by their mothers who are in prison. It took a lot of research and decision making to figure out exactly how to proceed. The theme of "Legame" was chosen.
A key element of a child's growth is their bond with their mother. Legame means "bond" in Italian, an obvious connection with the location of the exhibition. We used spray paint for most of the applications, most specifically the main logo type and throughout the setting because of the connection with the prison-type labeling system.
If I don't have anything to do, I usually watch sports and sketch. Here are some of the various digitized versions of those sketches.
One of my passions is hand lettering. It has helped me on numerous projects and has been critical in my advancement as a designer. Here are a few of my favorite examples of my typography and a lot more will be added in the near future.
Originally designed for a bike to be sold at K-Mart, the Decay typeface came about when I was finishing up the decal packs for the bike and out of OCD necessity, I guess, finished the alphabet.
This was the first typeface I designed as a separate part of my Capstone Project, "Scene Skis". I originally designed the logo mark for the hypothetical company and my professor, Bernard Canniffe, told me to go all the way with the typeface. In the end, I was able to use it as a header and display font for the rest of the project and my personal branding.