In the sign manufacturing industry much of our design work is done for free in hopes that the customer will go with the option we’ve provided. We often have customers who haven’t had any logos developed and they’re about to open in 4 weeks, or they have a logo designed by their nephew or the person who put their Thrifty Nickel ad together, so we try to come up with something new, or improve upon an existing idea to give their business the image it needs. It surprises me how often my designs are rejected, and honestly it annoys me when a design I’ve spent a good amount of time on is thrown out for a worse image.
So I decided to try my design skills out in the Threadless.com Threadwars V challenge. Per the rules, I can’t link to my design, but you can see all the designs here.
I won my first round bracket, and the second round is a luckily a text challenge. I’m probably a better typographer than illustrator. Let’s hope it scores well.
I designed a 5 color print for Screen Ink’s annual Biiklops poster show, which went incredibly well. Attendance was great and my poster sold out quickly, with the proceeds going towards improving Lincoln’s bike trail system.
I was asked to come up with a logo for a community-based radio show here in Lincoln. I’ve kept it simple and using only two colors; staying away from gradients and drop shadows can save your client money in the long run when in comes to creating promotional materials, plus I think it creates a sharp, clean image.
Here’s my attempt to properly illustrate how the Outer-Spacemen will rock your brain into zombie mush.
The colors aren’t set in stone, but I’d like to print this on cardboard colored paper.