Thursday, April 22, 2010

★ Spot Light on Bryan Katzel

I have never highlighted an artist on my blog after only seeing just one piece of their work, but when I came across a site entitled I was astounded by the clever ingenuity of Bryan Katzel. The site header has a door with paint dripping down a few steps which looks cool, but was a little too simple for my taste. But as I scrolled down the page I noticed that the paint drips scroll with you as you travel through a cool little world of video-game-type illustrations. IT'S JUST SO COOL!!! I must have scrolled this site up and down 50 times to take in all the fine detail and ways the drips seem to morph before they flow into a pool of paint at the bottom of the page. The site doesn't use trendy animations and sounds or all the other bells and whistles that so many times deems a site to be amazing, it just uses a little elbow grease and some good old fashion creativity!

Bryan's whole marketing scheme called "we bleed design" is potent and seamless. You have to check out his business card in the print section and peep his merch at the bottom. Bryan, we can all see that design is in your bloodline and we tip our hats to you! Keep up the good work.

Monday, April 12, 2010

★ Your Creativity is the Limit

About 6 months ago I designed my Creative at Heart greeting card to give out to my past, present, and future clients. While the cards came with a standard, free envelope, I didn't feel that they added to the content held inside, so I ended up buying colored euro flap envelopes that I finished with a kraft paper wrap that said "BE CREATIVE AT HEART".

Recently, I found all those plain white envelopes and didn't want them to go to waste, so I designed custom rubber stamps to have a little fun personalizing them. The great thing about rubber stamps is that you can "print" the graphic on any paper in any ink color you want, however you want. On the Envelopes, I overlapped stamps to give a transparency effect, applied uneven pressure to give a distressed effect, and filled the pad with more than one color to give a gradient effect. With these fairly inexpensive stamps, I instantly upgraded these plain white envelopes and I can't wait to use them on other marketing pieces in the Future. Remember your Creativity is the Limit.

Creative At Heart ★ DuoTone Stamped Envelope
Creative At Heart ★ Asymmetrical Stamped Envelope
Rob Jelinski Studios ★ Destroy Stamped Envelope

Monday, April 5, 2010

★ One of the most unique companies ever born!

The headline reads "AHHHHHHH!!! Time Is Running Out!!! 3 Nails Bobber Giveaway Ends June 5th!"

Back in September of last year, I was commissioned by the Three Nails Motorcycle Union to develop their line of merchandise and to create their marketing and signage. I even had the pleasure of designing vinyl and cast-metal logos to accessorize their steel steeds as seen in the photo above!

I LOVE working with Three Nails! They are a Not For Profit Company worked by volunteers, yet such focus and precision goes into every detail of their work. It's quite amazing, and even more amazing is the mission that drives their work. Three Nails was created exclusively to raise funds to keep the Renovation House- Substance Abuse Program alive. These men believe in something. They believe that even banged up addicts can shine like new if they just have the right polish. They also believe that if they polish their bikes and merch with that vintage sheen we all love, Renovation House will be able to help restore millions of lives everywhere.

Support the dream by making a donation, purchasing some road wear, becoming a fan on FaceBook, or Trending on Twitter (#3NailsMU).
*A donation of $25.00 or more will make you eligible to own the Bobbed Out Beauty below.
© 2010 Three Nails Motorcycle Union. Images used with permission.