InDesign Project: Dented Ego Handout

Here is a handout I designed to be put up on college bulletin boards to attract new members to a social networking support site, dentedego.com.

Dented Ego handout

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LetterMPress Project: Disneyland Posters

LetterMPress is a new app that emulates making vintage posters on an old letterpress. It started out as an iPad app, but I got it for my Mac.

Since I’m a big Disneyland nerd, when it came time to try it out I turned to Disneyland for inspiration! The first thing I did was for Haunted Mansion, but I wasn’t totally happy with it. Now that I have an idea of what I’m doing, I came up with this Pirates of the Caribbean poster that I like:

Pirates of the Caribbean LetterMPress poster

And then I came up with this poster for Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Poster - LetterMPress

InDesign & Photoshop Project: Crush Jewelry Card

Crush Jewelry Design needed a piece they could use as a “leave behind” when they met with jewelers: Bigger than a business card, but nothing as expensive or permanent as a catalog. The result was this piece that showcased an array of their designs in a creative way.

Crush-Jewelry-Leave-Behind-1

Crush-Jewelry-Leave-Behind-2

I took the background images on an early-morning photo walkabout through Hillcrest and Little Italy and then used Photoshop to paste Crush’s existing jewelry images into them. Since the piece was all about the jewelry, there wasn’t much else to be done but lay it out in InDesign and send it off to the printer (in real life the piece folds from 8″ x 4″ to 4″ square).

WordPress Blog Project: The Skinny Confidential

You’ve seen the logo, now here’s the Web site at theskinnyconfidential.com.

The Skinny Confidential Homepage

This was a fun project to work on because (a) Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential was great to work with, and (b) I learned a lot throughout the process.

It started out simply enough as a WordPress.com blog, then advanced into various CSS customization exercises before evolving into a full-on, self-hosted WordPress.org blog with Google Analytics, Google Adsense, ShareThis social sharing, a custom contact form, a MailChimp newsletter and lots and lots of other pieces. It was an exciting challenge and it’s been great to see Lauryn getting congratulations and positive feedback from her Facebook and Twitter followers.

I’ve got two more blogs in the early stages of development for other clients, so look out for more in the future!

Illustrator Project: Wizard of Oz T-Shirt

The fine folks at Rancho Bernardo Inn are donating their time and energy to walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and they needed a t-shirt designed to reflect this year’s theme of Team Up.┬áThe walk uses multi-colored shoes in its branding so I combined them with the team of misfit adventurers from The Wizard of Oz.

Web Project: Hands United for Children

HUFC-Homepage

A straightforward site for a good cause: I laid this out using Adobe Fireworks so it could be turned into a Web site by a developer wizard.

A search through Veer’s royalty-free stock images led to the painted hands. I love the rich, primary colors on them and was actually tempted to create the site in similar tones until the client was set on the light blue.

I created the menu buttons in Photoshop, too, and the actual site will have some mouse-over effects on them. Once the site is completed, you’ll be able to see it at handsunitedforchildren.org.

I also produced the logo according to the client’s wishes.