If you've been following HBO's Game of Thrones series for the last six years, you know how central the phrase, and motto of House Stark, "winter is coming" has been to the narrative since the very beginning. In fact, the very series premier episode in season one bears the motto as its title.
A couple of weekends ago, the finale episode of season six brought a new phrase that immediately stood out like Wun Wun the Wildling giant: "Winter is here."
To avoid any spoilers, I'll stop short of sharing what "Winter is here" pertains to, exactly, but for GoT fans who are caught up and know, I made this print to celebrate the series milestone. The design was created completely on the iPad Pro in the excellent app Procreate.
This is a 20x16 inch digital print on photo-quality matte paper.
My friends behind the massively popular @goodtype Instagram account asked me to do some live spontaneous lettering for the Kickstarter video for their new book. I also refined the Strength in Letters piece for use as a sticker that will come with the book.
I was hired to create some custom hand-lettering for the program cover for the big 50th Academy of Country Music Awards.
Florrie is a new young girls line out of Australia, specializing in custom dolls and matching girls clothes/accessories. They hired me to craft the logotype for the brand.
Denver-based agency Integer reached out and asked me to design a few Texas and Austin-themed cans for Miller Lite.
Riverhead Books hired me to create live lettering videos, writing out the first lines of several of their best books. These are being posted to Instagram once per month, and you can enter to win a copy of the book and the original art from me.
Artful Diversion is a site I created in 2015 as a playground for exploring all of my many interests, from design, to photography, to fashion, to music, to parenting, to whiskey, and probably more.
October 2015 marked ten years since me and my wife's wedding. The traditional 10-year gift is supposed to be tin/aluminum, so I decided to make her this piece of artwork using aluminum foil.
I was hired by St. Edward's University to create some lettering for the cover of the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of it's magazine.
AARP hired me to develop a new logotype for influent50, its internal full-service marketing agency focused on the 50+ market.
Long-time client, friend, and nationally ranked powerlifter Kyle Ota, came back to me to come up with a favorite call to action, motto, and exclamation of the Kilo crew—Smash!
My friend Chrissy at Green Straw Creative hired me to design and paint this mural in their new office in South Austin.
My new Medium publication covering my thoughts on design, creativity, and life as it pertains to them. Read more about the ideas and goals of the publication here, and follow along here for lots more to come.
My good friends Nick Sambrato of Mama's Sauce and Brian French of French Paper Co. asked me to design the poster and join them for the Austin stop of their Print Matters lecture series. Prints were given out to everyone in attendance at the event hosted by AIGA Austin, O-K Paper Co. and IBM Design.
Bummed that my new Durango hasn't been around long enough to be able to find a sweet old script emblem for it, I decided to make my own.
State Bicycle Co. asked me to take over its weekly Motivation Monday series on social media. Follow them on Instagram.
New logotype designed for Salt Lake City-based brewery Squatters
Quick lettering piece for Dribbble playoff asking "What is design to you?"
Laundry day is inevitable. Let everyone know what you’d be wearing if it wasn’t time to run a load of darks. Buy this tee on Cotton Bureau for a very limited time.
Hand-lettered label design for Alpha Styling Co. tags and apparel
My friend Ross Moody of Fifty Five Hi's fame asked me to collaborate with him on a jar for his new venture Madison Glass Co. featuring strong, clever hand-lettering, expertly painted onto fine glassware by Ross himself.
Hand-lettered logotype designed for Chicago-based two-woman broadcast and digital talent rep agency Renee & Melissa
T-shirt designed for Cotton Bureau. Successfully funded and printed. Didn't get one? Request its return here.
PGH City Paper in Pittsburgh asked me to execute some custom lettering for the cover and section pages of its annual City Guide.
lululemon athletica asked me to design and paint a huge piece of artwork for its San Antonio retail shop at The Quarry.
Logotype designed for bodybuilder Kyle Ota's new clothing line.
I've been asked to contribute to a new project from Capital One for its Venture Card called The Venture #BucketList — an online campaign aimed at taking your dreams of travel to various exotic destinations and turning them into inspiring pieces from talented Tumblr artists.
The aspirations represented in these posts are pulled directly from an already-ongoing conversation on Twitter under the tag #bucketlist, where people are sharing their lifelong travel dreams, amongst other things.
My buddy Dan Gneiding asked me to contribute a couple of catchword designs for his Dude expansion set. Naturally, I went straight for the gutter.
T-shirt design for tattoo art clothing company Sullen
My personal mantra, lettered and ready for production soon in the form of prints, apparel, etc.
Branding for In the Red Espresso from The Red Door in Australia
Hand-lettered print design for use at the Pulp & Pressure letterpress workshop at Sapling Press as part of AIGA Pittsburgh's Typography Month
Hand-lettered and hand-screenprinted holiday cards to send to friends and family
My good friend Zach Inglis asked me to handle the complete rebranding of Rails Rumble for the 2012 competition.
The letter 'I', designed for my TypeFight against the incomparable Jay Fletcher
Hand-lettered masthead design for a semi-regular lettering column I held at The Industry
Self-initiated poster design for and art show at Commonwealth Press
Hand-lettered holiday card commissioned by Boston Private Bank to send to its most valued customers
Hand-lettered clock design for sale in my Society6 shop
Hand-lettered clock design for sale in my Society6 shop
My submission for the To Resolve Project 2013
Hand-lettered wallpaper design for The Fox Is Black's Desktop Wallpaper Project
Logotype design for web development shop Plainly.co
Logotype for the Creative South design conference in Columbus, GA. I also had the great pleasure of speaking at this event on the value of custom design.
Peach Illustration by Nick Slater
Logotype for photography studio Pixelframes
Logotype design for creative agency Revolution Media Group
Logotype and business card lockup for Pittsburgh magician, comedian and friend Lee Terbosic
Logotype for my design and lettering studio. Eventually, there will be a more official web presence for the company.
Hand-lettered logotype for web development shop Phil & Toby
I was asked to create five different logotypes with corresponding monograms in varying styles for a new Canadian condo property that's currently in production. These are a couple of the standouts.
Rejected logotype concept for a Middle Eastern bakery
Hand-lettered logotype for custom phone case company CustomBee
Hand-lettered logotype designed for the branding of an upcoming whiskey line from North Carolina
Logotype design for web development shop Xtendit
Taken from my first experimentation in drawing negatively with a white charcoal pencil on black paper.
The sharp difference in contrast works wonders for maintaining balance and proper spacing while concepting.
Prints available here.
I was asked to contribute to Holstee's original Artist Series, where two other artists and I created our own interpretations of the strong messages and thoughts in the Holstee Manifesto.
Letterpressed onto the finest quality salvaged paper in the US, and available for purchase right here.
I had the great privilege of designing a lettering treatment for my buddy Jason VanLue's new baby girl.
It probably has a lot to do with the subject, but regardless, this is one of my very favorite projects I've ever done.
Album cover for a single being released by a church in Australia by the same name
A few sketches from a Samsung refrigerator campaign that never saw the light of day
I was honored to be invited to speak at the May 2013 Pittsburgh gathering of global breakfast/lecture series Creative Mornings.
May's theme was "Backwards", and I spoke about the trials and tribulations I dealt through when teaching myself the ins and outs of lettering, and how it can be very helpful to find your end goal and move backward to determine what you need to learn to get there.
As a continuation of the Holstee Artist Series, I was asked to add to my Share Your Passion design to create a set of letterpress greeting cards inspired by the Holstee Manifesto. Buy your set right over here.
Limited edition letterpress print created for sale at my "Progressing Backwards" Creative Mornings Pittsburgh talk
Hand-lettered logotype for upcoming travel review community Traveltrooper.com.
Fonts.com asked me to contribute a design for its Hero Image series. I lettered Skee-Lo lyrics with the wonderful Wishes Script font and some extra swashery of my own.
I designed a custom hero image for my great friends at Cotton Bureau to celebrate their 1-year anniversary.
Personal logotype design for web designer David Simpson
I decided to go with the most elegant lie I could fathom.
Logotype design for the rebranding of a small design and development shop in the UK
Logo design for web design and development shop Dot Dash
I was asked to submit a design to be included in the book that will accompany the 2013 Typism conference in Australia.
My first shirt design for sale on Cotton Bureau. Successfully funded for an extremely limited run of 34 tees.
Logotype design for my good friend Zach Inglis' new web design and development shop Superhero Studios.
Self-initiated letterpress print originally created to hang in a local art show held at Commonwealth Press.
Printed by Sapling Press.