To anyone who will help make my dream of the Roots Shoots + Fruits international vegetarian festival come to fruition! If these freeee veggie chips aren't enticing enough, read more about what I have in mind for the festival in my earlier blog post here. Beet you there.
JP's All American Hot Dog Parlor is a modern take on the humble hot dog stand - drawing inspiration from the classic Pink's in LA and infusing a cosmopolitan flair with quality ingredients and unique flavor profiles.
I got a little carried away while crafting JP's sample menu, which features tongue-in-cheek, witty names that count celeb shout outs, rap lyrics, memes, and even old Hollywood history among their broad cultural references.
My personal favorite on the menu is for the undecided, or the decidedly ambivalent: the Clark Gable, code for the chef's special of the day. Menu description: "Frankly, I don't give a damn what I get." Double entendre too much? Honey badger don't care.
It's back to the drafting board with my architecture homies, T-Square and Exacto, because I've landed a new apartment in Palo Alto! Leveling up in the world, one expensive square foot at a time. With the move impending, my to do list is now topped with apartment business, chief among which is the task of furnishing the place. I needed no further excuse to bust out the scaling ruler and tracing paper; here's my scaled model of the place, my new canvas of furniture arrangements. Gotta love me a good paper prototype. And by the way, the piece popping up mimics the folds of a gate-leg table.
I've been revamping my Roots Shoots + Fruits promotional materials from two years ago, which advertise an international vegetarian festival that I conceptualized. I'm excited to share a preview of the new design, which refines the original color palette and addresses some of my layout and typographic concerns about the previous iterations.
The posters feature silly vegetable puns that I hope will inspire a chuckle or two. As a vegetarian and foodie - why do they have to be mutually exclusive? - I couldn't have come up with an event more near to my heart. Roots Shoots + Fruits is to be held in October, Vegetarian Awareness Month, in Santa Monica. Beyond it's 50+ vendors of unique vegetarian and vegan foods from around the world, the 3-day festival will host the filming of a special vegetarian edition of Food Network's hit show, Chopped. To top it all off, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recently named the World's Sexiest Vegan, will be performing. It's really too bad this event is not actually real. Can we all make this happen now?
This is the story of a design improvement that's come just too late to enjoy its realization. I designed the crest and logo for Marquis House in Kilgo Quadrangle when Duke adopted the new housing model in 2012. That design has been immortalized on a plaque mounted on Duke's iconic stone walls, and I am less than pleased with that rendition. When Duke inevitably adopts a new housing model (prediction: 2020), you can bet I'll be on it with this updated design.
In any case, my favorite part of the crest was my fleur de lis featuring an M bar. Here I have refined the logo to highlight the two central symbols of the house: the fleur de lis and the dogwood flower.
There was snow on the ground in Durham when I learned that my packaging design, which I did with Black & Black Creative, for Steve's Ice Cream was out - and now I'm mid-summer melting in this drought-stricken desert of southern California. Read: I'm ready for some o' dat ice cream! I cannot imagine a more satisfying frosty treat than one packaged in my own design. Problem is, I've checked just about all the stores around me incessantly and that partially-translucent pint is ever elusive. Guess I'll stick to stalking the Steve's Instagram account (also the source of this tantalizingly tactile image) to feed my icy fix.
I've remastered the JP's All American Hot Dogs logo to highlight my favorite part of the design, the ketchup and mustard bottle lids. The lockup is now a bit more free without the rigid circular canvas, and the new typography and texture brings a bit more elegance to the gourmet restaurant's branding. What a difference a quick fix - and a good mockup - can make!
The Layar application for Durham Stories and its sister website, featuring original video and audio content, are up! Download the Layar app and search for the Durham Stories geolayer to filter our Durham points of interest. Learn more about the application at https://www.layar.com/layers/test1iv8u and visit the website at http://www.durhamstories.info/.
Here it is, all 124 pages of FORM's Spring/Summer '15 issue, packed with 9 photoshoots, 7 features, and 7 interviews. It was a pleasure working on the issue as Art Director with the talented Shayan Asadi, Jason Chandra, and Chris Hurtado. Issues hit stands Tuesday!