graphic design

Backstage Design Studio

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There are some seriously talented artists and designers living in Texas, and most of them are here in Austin. While this makes it pretty nerve-wracking for a young designer like myself to even dream of succeeding in this town, it means I get to gain inspiration from some of the best designers active today. While checking out local design studios, I was suddenly transfixed when I came across the work of Austin-based Backstage Design Studio. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Personal Brand – Or, “What Not to Do”

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I haven’t shared much of my personal work here on this blog, so I thought I’d start off by tracking the development of my own personal brand. My professional image has finally reached a point where I’m happy with it, but it certainly didn’t start out that way. Don’t consider this post a walkthrough of my design process so much as a field guide for other designers and students who aren’t sure what direction to take themselves in. Read the rest of this entry »

Albino Dragon – Cthulhu Playing Cards

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H.P. Lovecraft has been one of my favorite authors since I first read At the Mountains of Madness, so when I ran across the Albino Dragon booth at RTX last weekend and saw their newly released playing card set, I instantly bought myself a pack. I’ve always loved playing card designs, because they merge illustration and graphic design in such a fascinating way. These cards in particular are pretty awesome, especially if you’re a Lovecraftian. Read the rest of this entry »

RTX Design

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I spent most of this past weekend at RTX, an annual convention here in Austin that’s put on by a group called Rooster Teeth. If you’re plugged in to the video game community then you’ve probably heard of them, but if not I’ll give you a quick description: Rooster Teeth is a company dedicated to all things gaming and internet related, and they’ve built up a huge following and community over recent years. Read the rest of this entry »

Christophe Szpajdel – Lord of the Logos

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I have a secret passion that’s not shared by many of my graphic design brethren: heavy metal. I mean HEAVY metal. So when I first came across Lord of the Logos, a book published in 2010 that contains hundreds of death and black metal logos, I thought “awesome, I definitely want that”, especially since I’d heard several of the bands. But then I noticed something else – All of these logos had been designed by one man. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Bum, and the Art of the “Fan-sumer”

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In a previous post, I discussed Brand Identity, and why it’s so important in today’s world. I’ve noticed a few companies that have taken this concept to the next level by trying to build less of a consumer base, and more of a fan base. These “fansumers” are wholly dedicated customers, not just because they enjoy the products, but because they believe in the cause and mission of the company. Read the rest of this entry »