Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hamilton Wood Type - WOW

Lucky me ... getting to visit the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Since 1880, they have been making wood type - and grew to the largest producer of type in the country. With over 10,000 type families - it is one incredible place. I even got to pull a few prints in their letterpress studio. Now that I am a member of the museum ... it comes with some great perks ... like the ability to use their sweet studio. I am already planning my next trip back ... and getting the time to really explore. The best part about my trip was my mom telling me my uncle earl worked there ... along with a cousin of mine. For all graphic designers this is a must see and all need to support a place like this.

Monday, September 13, 2010

un/common & common space

It is that time of the year, I am working on a crazy alaska design forum project.

This year's lecture series theme is un/common ... focusing on inspiration from things, common and uncommon. We have a shortened lecture series, but will be presenting a symposium and design challenge titled common space, happening in April of next year. It will focus on common spaces in communities rural and urban across the state. Right now, it is set for five communities.

I created these dimensional letters with the help of Michael Gerace doing some very nice drawings .. and Insofoam, a foam company right here in Anchorage. The idea was to use the common word of common, create it in a material (that is locally made), have it share the common space, and be able to use the sculpture to create excitement and awareness for the symposium and design challenge.

With the help of Larry Harris, a photographer here ... and back up help of Mike Hondell, we photographed one location of them .. today we will do another on water.

Now I just have to bring it all together for the season poster that must go to the print on Wednesday.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Go old school

I stumbled across this short film on the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Titled Typeface, it is an interesting film on the soon to be lost history of letterpress type creation. The crazy thing is this place is just an hour away from where I grew up. I am looking forward to my visit to the museum ... and maybe a workshop if it works out. Jim the director says they have some major leaks in the building, which is putting off some of their summer workshops. I am heading back in September, and hopefully I get to play with these -- and meet some of the neat people there!

Help support the museum.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Object Runway - another round ....

This weekend ampersand will have another round of wear down in Homer, Alaska. The Brunnell Street Arts Center is hosting the IGCA Object Runway show. Should be a fun time.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

4 logos selected for next LogoLounge Volume 6 book!

Just received an email saying that four of my logos were selected for the next publication of logolounge! ----- Over 34,000 logos were entered for consideration. The book is published by Rockport Publishers and will be released in February of 2011. The logos that were selected were Rise & Shine Bakery, Motherhood Later, museummomentum, and FREEZE.

Ruby's delicatessen install almost done!

Ruby's ... just finished except for creating some sculptural type ....
It is fun to see it all come together. Here are some photos ... along with a little sketch of what the type will look like too.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Some great photos done by Clark Mishler of the event.
Cute photo of Sarah and Charlee - No. 6 and a nice one of the dress No. 69. Too bad Charlee got a bit tired ... will have to get some photos of her in her dress.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Alaska Design Forum AIA 2010 Collaborative Achievement Award

Just recently announced - Alaska Design Forum has received the 2010 AIA (American Institute of Architects) Collaborative Achievement Award. A very cool honor to be listed amongst previous winners such as Metroplois magazine, Chicago Architectural Foundation, etc. The ceremony and panel will take place at the national conference in Miami in June.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Ruby's delicatessen opening ...

The first part of February, a new delicatessen will be opening in mid-town. A extensive menu with all the things of a new york deli --- even matzo balls and loxs. I am working on environmental graphics right now ... those will be installed after the soft opening.

Object Runway

Putting final touches on my entry into object runway. It is definitely in the experimental category. & (ampersand) is playing with uniting forms, in a graphical, sculptural way. This event is definitely going to sell out -- buy some tickets now for the event on Sat, Feb. 6.