Category Archives: Design

The Collective Brewing Project

In case you haven’t heard, I’ve been working with some fellas in Fort Worth who are starting a brewery. When I started working for them last year I had no idea it would turn into such an undertaking. I’ve done a lot of work for them and I’m excited about all of it. This van is the latest. If you look closely, you can see a dinosaur gripping a beer bottle. Those little circles under the arrow are where the taps will be installed.

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New Work

I’ve been plugging away lately at getting my work section updated. We’re going through a merger and rebrand right now so everyone in the UX department at American Airlines has been pretty busy. Some of the stuff in the work section is just for mockup but some of my work has gone into production too. Check it out some of the rebrand stuff here and have a look at Award Map too!


Disclaimer: I did not design the new American Airlines logo, I just use in my comps. 

New Site

Welcome to the new! I’ve been working pretty hard to get the site updated and a little more modern. Most people won’t notice, but it’s fully responsive to it will work on your phone or iPad. The portfolio has been updated but more is to come. I’ve got plenty of American Airlines work left to add. I’ve also updated the About page with a new Family section that includes some pics of the babies. Have a look around and leave me a note with your thoughts.

This site is responsive!


Update – Straight Shooters North America

I wanted to give everyone an update about my project real quick. I was having some issues with Kickstarter and Amazon payments but it’s all worked out now thanks to a pretty efficient customer service organization. So now I’m back on track and plan to actually launch the Kickstarter project tonight. When I get home I’ll shoot a quick video for the kickstarter page and then it’s launch time. I worked this weekend on one of the next designs for shirts and finally decided the “Knucklehead” design will be next. Just need to get the screen burned and get to work! In the mean time check out some mockups I put together and see my thrown-together press in the garage.

“Made In USA” shirt in Tan, and “Knucklehead” shirt in Steel.

“Made In USA” shirt in Steel, and “Straight Shooters Logo” shirt in Earth.

Look at that setup!

Lost Type CO-OP

I’ve decided to try some new things with the blog. Depending on feedback, we’ll see how it goes. I realize whether you’re a designer or a chef or a doctor, in order for you to grow you have to get involved in something besides yourself. Engage the community to which you belong. So I’ve decided to start a list of resources to share with other designers out there. I think that if I had found some of these resources sooner I would have had a better portfolio when I graduated and maybe gotten a better job. Well you live and you learn and if you’re a decent human being you teach. So to start this off I’ve decided to feature the Lost Type CO-OP by Tyler Galpin and Riley Cran

Their words:

“The Lost Type Co-Op is a Pay-What-You-Want Type foundry, the first of its kind.
Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, originally in a whirlwind 24 hour adventure to distribute a single typeface, Lost Type has blossomed into a full fledged foundry, distributing fonts from designers all over the world, with its unique model.
Users have the opportunity to pay whatever they like for a font, you can even type in ‘$0’ for a free download.
100% of funds from these sales go directly to the designers of the fonts, respectively.
Lost Type takes no cut of sales, and holds no funds.”

My words:

The Lost Type Co-Op is great resource for some really great fonts. I’ve used these fonts on a couple projects including this site but also just for fun stuff I’ve done. Some of the fonts are limited to only Uppercase characters or a font might not have numerals but, in my opinion, that just adds to the character of these fonts. The first font I bought was “Onramp” by Michael Spitz. I visit the site regularly and I’m starting to see more and more of the fonts being used in various projects out there. Well, I won’t ruin it with any more opinions – go check it out and see for yourself.

Labor Day + T-shirt printing tips.

Here’s a little preview of what I did this weekend. I decided the first print I wanted to use would be “USA” print that I put together a while back. So I got to work putting it together not knowing how to do this at all really. Kinkos printed the artwork on a transparency for me and after I coated my screen I exposed it myself in the office. The first attempt was over exposed so I reclaimed the screen and went over the artwork on the transparency with a marker to make it darker and thus – more opaque. The second time worked. The next part was building a “platen” (the part that you stretch the shirt over) and determine where to mount it. So with some scrap wood and some rigging, I got it together and the went about lining everything up. After some quick measuring and marking with masking tape I tried a couple test prints on junk shirts and they worked out pretty well. It turns out you need to have a pretty good system in place in order for this to be successful. I was a little slow so the more prints I made the worse they got. My theory: the ink was starting to dry in the screen. So, if you have an air-conditioned space to do this in you’ll probably do better. I think the heat and humidity in the garage hastened the drying time on the shirts and in the screen so I had to move quick. Overall, I’m still happy with the results. The style of the design that I chose lends itself to imperfection so, in this case, my sloppy process works. I’m still going to refine it and I’ll keep you posted.

Shirts coming soon…

So I’ve been wanting to print some shirts for a long time and I finally started the process. What you see here are a couple of mockups of potential designs. Earlier this year I came up with the brand “Straight Shooters North America” and these could be the first in the lineup. Stay tuned for more!

Dribbble 3

I just realized I didn’t post the last Dribbble update. For those of you that don’t know, Dribbble is an invite-only site for designers to showcase what they’re working on. There a couple ways to get drafted that I know of and one is to post your submissions to Flickr and hope someone sees them and sends you an invite. Of course if you know someone that’s quicker. Well I don’t know anyone so you can understand my excitement when I finally got drafted. Someone found my work on Flickr and sent me an invite and now I’m an active member. I’ve only got a few followers but that’s ok. The more good work I do hopefully the more people will start to follow me. So I just thought I would pass that information on for all to enjoy. Here’s my profile.

Devil’s Dance

Here’s a poster I’ve been working on for an event in August. It’s to raise money for Bikers Against Road Rage and Bikers Against Child Abuse. There might still be some changes to the design but hopefully they’re minimal. Check it out over on dribbble.