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August 7, 2014 - No Comments!

Charlie was a sinner.

When Nicole from HipCityVeg asked me to help brand her newest cocktail bar, I was beyond excited. I’ve always wanted to do branding for a bar. After meeting a few times to discuss concepts she called me up and said: “We have a name…Charlie was a sinner.” and I thought, “Who the hell is Charlie?” But for some reason I loved it. It was very Dickensonian in a way – “Marley was dead to begin with.” You’re immediately hooked and asking questions…wait, who? What? Why? and for a restaurant, that was the perfect kind of attention we wanted to draw. Nicole is a visionary of types, she’s trying to change the perception of vegan and make it not such a dirty word. Order any sandwich from HipCity and you don’t give a shit if it’s made from plants or meat; it’s delicious and that’s all that matters.

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December 19, 2013 - No Comments!

A Vague Christmas Card

For those of you who don't know me personally, I love Christmas. So. Much. So this job was obviously a dream come true. But like all great dreams they are ruined when printers are involved. I shall now tell the tale of how this card came to be. During my last day at 160over90 my boss asked me to come into his office. He said he had a job for me, something that I might enjoy. I said, "PROCEED PLZ..." He said it's a family Christmas card for a friend of mine, but this is no "regular" Christmas card and then he showed me cards from Christmases past. They ranged from beautiful die-cut pop outs of the Philadelphia skyline to scenarios in which Mary & Joseph were on twitter/facebook saying things like "OMG I'm pregnant". So obviously this guy had a great sense of humor and class. So I took the job, And a few days later Chara and I met up with Mr. Vague (yes, that is his real name) to discuss concepts. We came up with about 15 different ideas. The best involved a "How to catch Santa Claus Kit" (Which included ex lax to put into his cookies.) Anyway, we landed on this advent calendar idea, it was something that could be really beautiful/classy but could still be fun for people of all ages. Who doesn't like opening small illustrated doors?

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September 6, 2013 - No Comments!

TRUE Poster

Before I started working at charity: water, they asked if I wanted to be part of a handful of designers that would help bring some additional awareness their September Campaign by making some posters. I hadn't made a poster in what felt like years so I jumped on the opportunity to get back into it. I went through a ton of horrible/half-assed ideas such as; Elephants, Jerry Cans in place of stars on old war posters (Come & Take it), hundreds of sayings, and so on until I finally landed on the word TRUE. One of the main selling points of charity: water is the fact that 100% of the public's donations go directly to the field and is tracked so that no matter how much you donate you can see exactly how/where you helped. Internally they call it transparency, but transparency was too long of a work to illustrate every letter. Anyway the word TRUE felt right to me because it can mean so many different things to so many different people. I wanted to make a poster that could serve as a reminder to just stay true to what's most important to you; whether that's helping others, being straight edge, working hard to be the best you can be or whatever it is that you want. At the end of the day just make sure that you feel happy with yourself and with what you're doing for this world.

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February 17, 2013 - No Comments!

One Inch Wonders

Over this past year I found out about Pure Buttons and kind of went off with reasons as to why I needed to make tons of tiny little pins; restaurants, art shows, friends, vacations, and whatever else just happened to come up. No one really NEEDS buttons but it’s these little 1″ circles that make people happy for some reason. There is something awesome about such a small space, there’s no room for any tricks, long ass headlines, or bullshit. Just unbelievably simple colors, icons or words.

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November 4, 2012 - No Comments!

GoVote Poster

Now, I don't normally do this but this election is going to be a doozie. I try to stay out of the whole "Who are you voting for" scene because I don't want some ass hat jamming politics down my esophagus. But I was approached by the #GoVote people last weekend to make something to encourage young/all voters to get out there and make their voice heard. I was futzing around with some textured fake hand done looking type (like the rest of the world is doing right now) then I decided, nah, I want to make this more interesting/comical. So this is what I came up with. A newspaper that has some quips about the debates as well as some incentives/excuses.

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August 25, 2012 - No Comments!

My Best Friends Wedding

I got to design this wedding invitation for two of the most special people in my life. I met Matt & Kirby my sophomore year of college and ever since they have always been Matt & Kirby to me, never one without the other. They came over to my mom's house to carve pumpkins and ever since then I've declared them my second set of parents. They've been there with me through the worst times and the best times. There are no other people in the world that I would trust more than them, they listen to me bitch and complain about every single thing that happens in my life and then offer a valid, considered, and sane response that I don't want to hear but is always right.

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May 30, 2012 - No Comments!

The Internet Will Never Love You.

I got asked to do these editorial illustrations by Philly Mag for this really great article called, "A Non-Cynics Guide to Life". The article itself is very inspiring, it makes you realize how much of our daily lives are wrapped up in devices and the internet, when, in actuality, the internet doesn't really matter at all. It does exactly what we want it to do without hesitation but it's slowly but surely disconnecting us from real emotions/human beings. The article also emphasizes on taking your time, really being grateful for what has been given to you, and realizing that you are a very very small piece of a giant whole. So because you are such a small piece, you should really take the time to be nice to other small people around you, just because you should. It talks about really letting yourself go in someone, letting yourself be exposed: your body, your feelings, your desires and fears, because thats where real life is lived and I couldn't agree any more.

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