Friday, September 24, 2010

Community Vital Signs

Hi there!

Told ya I'd be back soon!  This will be a quick one..

About a month ago, I was approached by my awesome friend Will about doing a quick logo design for a project he was working on called Community Vital Signs.  I'll skip a description of the project for fear of screwing it up, but here's an article that was in SF Chronicle yesterday (front page!) about it: Online report card shows S.F. health disparities.  Anyway, Will is always looking out for the business end of my design dealings, and when he saw that they needed a logo he asked me if I'd whip something up based on some ideas they had been throwing around.  I did, they liked it, and now it's everywhere!

The original design

The invitation to the Tri-Annual Community Needs Assessment Breakfast where the project was presented

Party favors - keychain flash drives

It's also on their website (which you should check out, especially if you live in San Francisco):, and it's shown up on a spread in the SF Business Times (I'm sure you all read that every week) and on the local news when the project was covered last night!  This is my first experience with business branding, and seeing something I designed pop up all over the place is really exciting and sort of overwhelming! So.. I thought I'd share!  And of course a huge thanks to Will (yes, that's Will of Nine Wives and Apartment-Drying-Rack/screen-printing-assistant-extraordinaire fame) for getting me into the project in the first place and for always encouraging me to put my work out there!

One last note, pretty much entirely unrelated.. after spending a long (loooong) time thinking about it, I am going back to school!  Art school!  I'll be starting in January 2011 at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, working towards a Masters in Illustration.  I'm REALLY excited, and for better or worse I've finally decided that this is something I really want to do and will hopefully really enjoy!  This move comes after pretty much a lifetime of not really giving art and design my full attention and effort.. now I'm really going to work toward making a career out of something I would love to spend all of my time doing anyway.  Should make for a proliferation of blog material, anyway ^_^  Wish me luck!!

Thanks for reading!! <3


Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Test Print Wall and other news

Hi friends,

Time for my monthly update!  Maybe someday I'll post more than once every five weeks.. (shut up, it could happen).

First up: the Test Print Wall, or door, rather.  Before printing anything, I always run a few prints on cheap fabric (or paper) to see if I've missed anything or if there are any holes in my emulsion.  Then, since I might as well put them up somewhere - though sometimes they do end up wadded up in the bottom of a box or something - they go on my door.  Some of these I've mentioned here before, but some of them never made it to a shirt, or were printed and given away without ever being properly photographed.

Left: a print based on a miniature apple tree seen at the Berkeley farmers market.. never made it to a shirt.  Right: the original Post:Ballet shirt, commissioned by a friend as a gift for the company's founder.

This one on the left is being shown off in Guatemala - I only printed one shirt and gave it to a friend who shipped off to the Peace Corps. (hi Athalia! ^_^)
Also, that one is a good example of the aforementioned emulsion problems - note the black smudges around the design?  That's the ink bleeding through where the emulsion was too thin.. which is why I test print!

In further news, I finally finished a drawing I was working on for years.. not constantly, of course.  At some point a couple of years ago, I decided I wanted to complete a drawing from a photograph that was really detailed and thorough.  I don't remember why I wanted to do this.  Most likely, I saw a similar type drawing in a gallery somewhere and thought, "That would be fun to do."  You'd think I'd be familiar with my own tendencies toward frustration and impatience with things like that.  It lived in my sketchbook (also - didn't think to do it on higher quality paper? That ended up causing some problems) for a few years until I decided I really wanted to finish it, right away (more on why later).  So here it is, drawn from a photo I took in Siena, Italy.  I'm pretty happy with it! (Not a great photo, but I'm learning..)

That's all for tonight, as always thanks for reading!!