Keep Moving

These past couple months I’ve been working on getting all the work on my site up to date & I’m almost there. I’m in the cleanup mode as of now; going back and reviewing what I thought would be the best way to represent the work and tweaking things. At the beginning of this year, I was able to get some time in a photo studio and take pictures of some print pieces from last year. Shout out to friend/coworker Sean for helping out with that.

CSCA poster for David Vawter

CSCA poster for David Vawter

The first project that was added was a poster that I designed and silk screened for Columbus band Drose. I did a blog post on them last year but I finally got some good pictures of the post that picks up the texture of the print. You can view the full details here.

The next project that I added was the CSCA poster created last year. I volunteered to help CSCA and design a poster for one of their monthly speakers. The speaker was David Vawter, COO of agency DoeAnderson. His talk was on marketing and brand positioning that DoeAnderson has done with bourbon Maker’s Mark over the past 10 years. Check out the project here.

The final project added was the work that I’ve created for Look Human. Look Human was under the company Print Syndicate in which I had worked at for the past four years. While I was working here I worked on many things as art director, email marketing design, UX/UI designer, and blogger. You can view my work from there here. 

Look Human Mobile Header & Navigation Update.

Look Human Mobile Header & Navigation Update.

I also have been designing flyers for shows around Columbus. Here is the most recent.

Flyer for Drose, Night Vapor & First Bite @spacebar 04142017! Come out!

Flyer for Drose, Night Vapor & First Bite @spacebar 04142017! Come out!

The Boys are Back in Town

Well, it’s been a full year since I started this blog. I think it has gone well for me trying something like this for the first time. I can tell that my writing has improved slightly(with the minimal amount of writing that goes into this). I stated when I started this blog that my goals would be:

• Display projects I’m currently working on to provide a closer look at the
  design process
• Share some smaller projects
• Share my life experiences
• Improve my writing skills
• Have something to work on and update on a regular basis
• Prove that I’m a real person for the random people that stumble upon my website

I think over the past year with my posts I did exactly that. WooHoo! For the this year I hoping to accomplish the same things above with posts that revolve around design projects, life projects and life experiences expect I want to update more frequently. I have set goals for myself this year. The main one is to just dive in on projects and get started. I tend to prep too much before hand & it makes harder to get your hands dirty and just get started. It’s like when I’m rocking climbing and the next move on the wall is difficult, about 80% of the time when I mentally just say screw it and go for it I am successful, while the other times when I think about it too much about how I need to use my body I usually end up falling before even attempting the move. 

Last year I set goals that were more specific and more of just a list to check off. This year I am going to set goals that are more larger scale goals for me to be mindful of. This year I am going to “semi” share them with you all again. If you didn’t see last years I showed my goals in a mad lib sort of way. I’ve read many times that you are 50%, 60%, 70% whatever percent(I read a lot of different statistics) that if you share you goals or resolutions you are more like not to complete them. Here they are! Let’s get to it!

Nothing more inspiring for the new year than this picture of Phil from Thin Lizzy keeping the rock n' roll dream alive.

Nothing more inspiring for the new year than this picture of Phil from Thin Lizzy keeping the rock n' roll dream alive.

 

 

Favorite Albums from 2016

I have done a best of list for my favorite albums released over the past couple years. I do it just to look back on the year and see what music has made an impression on me. I don’t rank the albums, to me that's not important. It takes a lot of time(for me at least) to decide who gets the number one spot & it’s unnecessary because Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska has been number 1 every year since 1982 when it was released so what’s the point. Here's the list in no particular order.

• Blood Incantation - Starspawn
• Drose - Boy Man Machine
• Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
• Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
• The Body - No One Deserves Happiness
• Gatecreeper - Sonoran Depravation
• Sumac - What One Becomes
• Magrudergrind - II
• YG - Still Brazy
• Absolute Power - S/T
• Trap Them - Crown Feral
• Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered.
• Scorched - Echoes of Dismemberment
• Eccentric Soul - Sitting in the Park
• The Ropes - Poser
• David Bowie - Black Star
• Like Rats - II
• Nails -  You Will Never Be One of Us
• Oathbreaker - Rhei
• Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow

Here's some various 7", splits & EPs of note.

• Lock - The Cycle
• YG - Red Friday
• Putrisect & Scorched Split - Final State of Existence
• Homewrecker - Extinction by Design
• Gatecreeper, Outer Heaven, Homewrecker & Scorched - 4 Way Split
• Dead Congregation - Sombre Doom

That's it! Plenty of great music released this year. Let me know some of your favorites this year that I definitely need to listen too.