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Classics Meet Rock

Classics Meet Rock

A legend in Salina music, percussionist Dean Kranzler, asked me to design the poster and program for a concert he was planning with several well-known musician friends. We started by looking at a handful of different ideas in my sketchbook, and he immediately chose...

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Colorful campaign graphics

Colorful campaign graphics

The son of a good friend of mine called and asked if I would design a graphic to be used in his run for mayor (surprising, as I remember him as a 13-year-old adolescent!).Sean wanted something contemporary with a color scheme other than red, white, and blue -- all...

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Something old is new again

Something old is new again

The Masonic Temple in Downtown Salina has long held a fascination for me. In recent years, it's been sad to watch as Masonic groups moved out, activity in the building declined, and it slipped towards abandonment. In June 2017, I did a Facebook post about an article...

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Type Safari

Type Safari

I’m hunting for the letters of the alphabet in Salina Downtown in an adventure I'm calling ‘Type Safari.’ When I started (sometime in 2018), I wanted each of the letters to be vintage and maybe even historic — no post-1960s-urban-renewal signage allowed. Eventually, I...

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Mapping Downtown

Mapping Downtown

Salina Downtown asked me to create an illustrated map to highlight attractions in the area. The map was to be printed as well as serve as an online resource, showing the ever-changing construction zones. As we finished the stage with all the major attractions, the...

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Naked ladies!

Naked ladies!

I’ve been obsessed with all the Naked Lady Lilies (Amaryllis Belladonna) blooming for the past month or so. I did some mixed media experiments, with mixed results. The one on the far right is still in process.

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Even legends get dumped

Even legends get dumped

Remember a while back I made some comments in a post about a new branding campaign for Rhode Island tourism? It was created by design legend Milton Glaser, and the campaign was not received well. I wasn’t crazy about it either, and now Rhode Island has scrapped it....

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#CreativeSprint

#CreativeSprint

Recently I attended an AIGA talk by Noah Scalin at Wichita State University. He discussed his Skull-A-Day project from a few years ago, which he started out of frustration about losing his creative edge (here’s the skull he made with students from WSU). He and his...

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I’m lukewarm on this logo…

I’m lukewarm on this logo…

...but not on Milton Glaser’s coolness.At almost 90 years old, Milton Glaser is still a dynamic force in the design world. His firm is responsible for the new identity promoting Rhode Island. Despite the designer’s reputation, reactions to the logo are mixed. Many...

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