Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The MOSAIC Project (Logo)

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The Mosaic Project is a multicultural exhibition and educational program for students and families in Lancaster County. Some of the direction I was given for the logo design was that Mosaic is "bringing many parts together to make a sum that is greater than the parts" and that the project is "about multiculturalism, many ethnic identities making art – represented in art."

I designed many comps but, in the end, this one was selected for its ability to visually match the personality and goals of the project itself.

Paying Homage To Classic American Illustration Via Fantastic Modern Television

Illustrator Dyna Moe (real last name, nickname first) has been creating mid-century-inspired illustrations for AMC's original series (and best show on TV), Mad Men. Check out both her Q&A on the show's official site and her Flickr page featuring the entire lot of 'em.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Collage Magazine (layout)

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After designing the magazine's logo for the re-launch of PCA&D's Collage Magazine, we settled in and knocked out the 20-page publication's layout. This included a total "from scratch" style guide for fonts, colors and more – which is always both a challenge and a blast. The process went very smoothly and everyone's happy to have it off at the printer now – on schedule, mind you!

I can't wait to hold a copy in my hands...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Record of a Record Year

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This 1948 Armstrong Cork Company annual report, titled The Record Of A Record Year, is a classic example of mid-century, American design. The 45rpm annual report recording is housed within a 10-panel booklet perfectly bound by fabric tape.

I inherited this fantastic piece as part of my grandfather's personal collection after his passing in 2006 (he spent over 45 years working at Armstrong). Click HERE to download a collection of images walking you through this unique piece of design history.

Also, if you subscribe to Print Magazine, you'll find a fantastic article on page 34 of the June issue ("Flexi Spending") by Michael Cumella that inspired this very post.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Collage Magazine (Logo)

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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has resurrected their annual magazine, Collage. Mary Stadden & Co. at the school picked yours truly to design both the publication's new logo and its layout and design (more soon regarding the latter). They wanted to logo's color scheme to follow suit with the school's long-established logo (see below) and I not only addressed that, but I took it one further. I also integrated the "hand" from that logo into the "o" in the Collage logo itself, which works without being cheap or easy.