Maria aka “The Hot Tortilla” is a local guide, content creator, and placemaker from Santa Ana, California. She asked me to build out a new design to help her promote her brand. Maria’s aesthetic is rooted in both her Mexican upbringing and American Traditional tattoo designs.
This drawing was hand drawn, then finished off in Illustrator. It was a fun project to work on! She’s already turned it into stickers and enamel pins. I can’t wait to see what she does with it next!
Mesa County Libraries Comic Con 2019 is wrapped up and in the books! It was another great year and we saw the event grow in both attendance and quality. This year I expanded my role with the event. I created the marketing strategy and design work for the event, ran the official merchandise booth, and hosted a panel presentation / podcast.
The main artwork for this year’s event was a blast to work on! I took inspiration from an iconic statue downtown and turned it into a super hero. The goal was to create a dynamic poster that ties the event to the new creative district in Downtown Grand Junction. Between the bison and the Two Rivers Convention Center silhouette in the background, I think I accomplished that goal.
The other major design element of this poster was the “Kirby Crackle.” I wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest comic creators and artists ever, Jack Kirby, by using these circle patterns in this illustration.
PMA Wellness is a new effort encouraging mental health in the straight edge community. Inspired by Toby Morse from H20 and John Joseph from the Cromags, this project is another welcome addition to the Colorado mental health landscape.
Copeka Coffee is a coffee shop and performance venue focused on serving delicious coffee, organic pastries, and killer concerts. Copeka is also committed to being as inclusive as possible and building community.
As a designer, musician, and an occasional coffee drinker, I totally support their mission. I also love making posters and encouraging people to check out their events. Here are a couple recent designs.
In July 2019, the Fruita Zine Party put out a special edition for the DIY Noise Collection, a concert and art series featuring several bands and artists. Here are a selection of pages I designed for the issue.
Zines are fun projects to work on. As you can see from the images, pages can be about any subject matter, and the publisher encourages artists to be as creative as possible. These pages were inspired by a bright color palette, and the endlessly hot days of summer.
Mesa County Libraries Foundation has once again partnered with Grande River Vineyards in Palisade, Colorado to create a private label wine.
The Grape Gatsby is the second specially branded wine to bear the Foundation’s name. Well Read, a red table wine, was launched last year. Both wines are produced and bottled by Grande River Vineyards, and both are available for tasting and purchase.
“The Grape Gatsby” is a white table wine inspired by the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic “The Great Gatsby.” The label uses the same general layout as Well Read to help reinforce the brand. The design is made in an art deco style with plenty of gold to help bring out the tones in the wine.
My favorite elements are the art deco wine glyphs I made for the side panels. I’m also not a huge fan of gradients but here they help give the label a subtle glow and add some depth to the design.
Along with designing the wine labels, I also helped organize a launch event featuring The Doubious Brothers band. Here is the show poster. It’s inspired by a recent visit to the Hatch Show Print, a letterpress print and design shop located in Nashville, TN.
When the Museums of Western Colorado approached me about redesigning the Two Rivers Chautauqua brand, a number of questions arose. Primarily, what is chautauqua?
The Two Rivers Chautauqua program is a Colorado Humanities supported project where a scholar portrays a significant historical figure and delivers an unscripted dramatic monologue in costume and in character. It’s a unique opportunity for an audience to have a conversation with Mark Twain or George Washington.
In the past, the group had a number of issues come up with their brand. Where is this chautauqua group located? What is chautauqua? Part of the goal of this project was to rename the program.
Those living in Western Colorado immediately know that “Two Rivers” refers to the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. That fact is unclear for people living outside of the region however. Correcting that was relatively simple. Two Rivers became Colorado West.
At its core chautauqua brings history to life. With that in mind we decided to call the program “History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua.”
With the name settled it was time to work on the new logo. While this chautauqua group primarily focuses on historical figures from the old west, it also includes characters from all time periods and all parts of the world in their presentations. We had ideas to take inspiration from historical figures like John Otto and Chief Ouray, or even more generic figures like pioneers or miners. Those felt too limiting however, so we settled on a more generic look.
The new logo is inspired by western signage and woodcuts from the old west. The logo is meant to invoke memories of the past without being specific to a region, time period, or culture.
The ornament piece balances out the layout and has three swirls, each swirl representing the a Museums of Western Colorado museum location, downtown, Cross Orchards, and Dinosaur Journey. The logo colors also tie into the museums current branding standards.
All in all the project was a fun challenge to work on and does a good job rebranding the program for the museum and the public.
For the past 10 years I’ve had the absolute pleasure to play bass with Mount Orchid (formally Dreamboat). Last Friday, April 12, we played our final show, a bittersweet moment for sure. Playing music with Billy Pogany and the band has been so rewarding. Together we recorded, three albums, played countless shows across Colorado, opened for Collective Soul, and were the first band from Western Colorado invited to play the Open Air show on Colorado Public Radio.
Playing in the band as a designer has also been a lot of fun. I’ve made countless band posters, buttons, and album designs for all iterations of the band, from Dreamboat through Mount Orchid. It’s some of my favorite work, primarily because it was for my own passion project. Here’s a collection of my favorite band designs.
• Mount Orchid Smokey the Bear button design by 464r7h4
• Bronco Country / Mount Orchid poster design by Andrew Watson
Every year libraries across the country participate in Summer Reading, a program designed to encourage reading during the summer and keep kids from having setbacks. The 2018 Summer Reading theme was ‘”Reading Rocks!” An offshoot of working on that project for Mesa County Libraries was this limited run of “Read” metal shirts.