Managed Moves LLC

Managed Moves 2017 - Front
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Managed Moves is a moving company located in Portland, OR that caters to the Senior community. Managed Moves not only assists in moving Seniors, but also offers packing services, estate clean-out services, estate sales, professional downsizing assistance, and free estimates.

Here is a promotional card I designed for Managed Moves in 2017. I also streamlined their existing logo. If you would like to see the back of the card, please click here.

Hill-Ten Construction LLC

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Hill-Ten Construction LLC is a concrete focused contractor in Albany, Oregon. While they performed all phases of construction, their specialty was stamped-concrete and other artistic concrete applications.

Here is the official logo for Hill-Ten Construction LLC.

I worked closely with the owner Mike to create a logo that honored an older tradition of branding, a style that was incorporated in their signage, vehicle decals, apparel, advertisements, and business cards.

Mike was very pleased with my work on this project and often passed along compliments he had received from other contractors and businesses he worked with.

Originally, they had wanted a logo that incorporated an excavator, so many of my early sketches were heavy with construction image equipment. After a number of conversations and meetings, it was decided that we would go with a retro-inspired look and feel – something I felt I would particularly excel at.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating these pieces and working with Hill-Ten Construction and thank them for the opportunity to help them realize their image and goals.

Wendi Kali Photography: Logo and Card Design

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Wendi Kali asked me to design a logo for her photography business, to help further establish her identity. She requested a clean, professional, and “laid back” design, and with that, I got to work.

She liked my first card design, but wanted me to focus more on a friendly, fun look, while still maintaining a professional edge. After a few attempts to modify and enhance the first design, I scrapped it altogether and went for something completely different. This next piece hit home with her, and after a few minor adjustments, the new logo was complete and ready to go.

Breaking out of the typical “name and iconic image” look that is often seen in photography logos, this one was more illustration based, with a thick, modern serif font that was both bold and friendly. The font chose is called Chunk Five, and it’s a real beauty that fit in nicely with the illustration of Wendi.

Wendi is currently working on  photo book project called “The Butch/Femme Photo Project” which was recently funded through a KickStarter campaign. What is the project all about? Read about it in Wendi’s own words, below:

“Everyone in the world has an identity. With identities, we tend to want to give them a strict definition without recognizing that we are constantly redefining ourselves and those identities as we grow and evolve. Within the LGBTQI community there are many identities. Among them are Butch and Femme.

Both identities date back to the beginning of the 20th century and, for the most part, are part of the lesbian and bisexual sub-culture. Both have taken on many definitions and in claiming either identity, each person has their own definition and reason for doing so.”

You can read more about Wendi’s Project at http://butchfemmephotoproject.com/ or check out the February write-up at Huffington Post.

Wendi’s online portfolio is available at http://wendikaliphotography.com/

Chaz Vitale

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Chaz Vitale of Skeleton Key Tattoo asked me to design a business card for him. He expressed a desire to have the overall design bring to mind the old playbill styles of the old west, as well as vintage carnival advertisements.

Chaz had a few color palettes and specific font-types that he wanted me to pull from. After researching the varied styles of theses late 19th & early 20th century adverts, I began laying out the front and back of the business card and narrowing down the color choices.

Chaz also expressed a strong desire to incorporate ornamental flourishes — something I love to to do. Using existing ornamental vectors for a basis, I then began editing those ornaments and using the pieces to build more elaborate borders and corners,  exclusive to Chaz’s business card.

Finally, I narrowed down the color palettes to just a few prominent tones and chose their associations. The more elaborate typefaces, such as the one used for Chaz’s name, were hand painted too tone and with gradients to really make them pop out.

Since typography is one of my favorite avenues of design, I am grateful for the opportunity to work on this piece. I thoroughly enjoyed designing this business card and am proud to have it as part of my portfolio.

SoCal Crawfish Connection

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SoCal Crawfish Connection is a new seafood restaurant located in Irvine California. The business, owned and operated by the Tran family, began as a coffee shop, later morphing into a whole new venture.

This is the front and back of a coupon card they asked me to create for inclusion in local papers and establishments.

I had a lot of fun with this – particularly the back portion of the card, as I was able to play around with some more unconventional type faces.


Changing Spots

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The Movie:

Changing Spots is a film by Susan Turley and stars Lane West, Danielle Egnew & Lars Jackson. It is the story of Molly, an actress (played by Lane West) who, after returning to her small hometown, comes to terms with her past as a child actor, as well as the relationship with her father, and culminating in a confrontation with a sexual offender from her childhood.

The Design:

Susan, Lane and I went for a more mainstream look to the poster with the lead character in the foreground. The use of the swing set has particular significance in the film, while the stormy backdrop and lighting help represent the darkness of Molly’s past.

Additionally, an image of Molly’s father (Larrs Jackson) and her girlfriend help to balance out the ominous tone of the poster while providing a sort of “celestial” watching-over of Molly.

This was the original design of the poster. Since then the title logo as well as other fonts were changed by the director to better express her vision of the film. The image itself remains intact, though affected by and orange filter for the website and DVD release. The image above represents my work only.

You may read more about Changing Spots here, as well as view cast info, a film synopsis and trailers.